The site of Cavallo Point Lodge was originally selected by the military for a fort and battery because of its strategic position at the mouth of San Francisco Bay.
Between 1901 and 1915, the 24 Colonial Revival buildings around Fort Baker’s 10-acre parade ground took shape, and the post remained active through World War II. Today, the meticulously restored turn-of-the-century officer’s quarters and sensitively designed new buildings is a unique first class hotel which manages to combine history, a National Park, stupendous views of one of the most famous cities in the world with comfort and style.
Since the Cavallo Point's opening in 2008, it has earned much recognition, including LEED Gold certification and being named No. 59 among the World’s Top 100 Hotels and ranked as No. 5 in the U.S. by Travel & Leisure magazine. Amongst its many good features is the Murray Circle restaurant featuring the French-inspired, ingredient-driven Northern California cuisine of award- winning Executive Chef, Justin Everett and his talented culinary team. Chef Justin sources local, seasonal, farm-focused ingredients selected weekly from the area’s farmers and fishermen. House-cured and handcrafted charcuterie combined with seasonal salads and appetizers are produced as splendid sharing plates. Next door the Farley Bar offers a more casual bar menu in the clubhouse-like atmosphere of the bar or outdoors on the terrace. The wine cellar boasts one of California’s most diverse collections, featuring more than 2,000 options. Another feature of the hotel are the 800 or so original works of art and photography from upcoming and well-known artists on display throughout the lodge’s guest rooms and public areas.
NB Although you are not in the city, a complimentary shuttle provides round-trip transportation to San Francisco and Sausalito Ferry Terminal
Cavallo Point Lodge has an 11,000-square-foot Healing Arts Center & Spa with 11 treatment rooms integrating the best cultural healing practices from around the world. Spa treatments include facials, massages and body wraps, while healing arts services include herbal consultation, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, and shamanic journeys. A heated outdoor meditation pool is a focal point for guests, as well as the Tea Bar, featuring teas, snacks and herbal tonics.
Cooking School: The cooking school emphasises local, seasonal ingredients and introduces well-known chefs, local producers and vintners. It offers a range of afternoon and evening classes and demonstrations that focus on a variety of topics, such as an ingredient, a geographic region, a cooking technique or the season’s best picks at the farmers market.
Adventures & Activities: Daily morning yoga, weekend afternoon teas, live music performances, discussions on environmental topics and walking tours are offered. Children enjoy the Bay Area Discovery Museum or playing on the parade ground lawn.
Cavallo Point Lodge is at the very heart of the Golden Gate National Parks, granting guests unprecedented access to activities such as hiking, biking, bird watching and kayaking. Forming a spectacular 118-square-mile greenbelt stretching 80 miles north to south, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area encompasses more than 30 national park sites, including famous forts, rugged Pacific coastlines, verdant redwood forests and hundreds of miles of spectacular coastline trails. Muir Woods, Angel Island, Alcatraz and the Marin Headlands are some of the park sites easily accessible from Cavallo Point Lodge. The world-class attractions of San Francisco, Marin, Berkeley, and the fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma are all a short distance away, and guests may enjoy local farm and vineyard tours, museums, concerts, shopping and sightseeing.
Cavallo Point Lodge offers two room categories: Built between 1901 and 1915, Cavallo Point Lodge’s 68 Historic rooms and suites once served as officers’ quarters for Army personnel. The restored landmark brick buildings feature expansive foyers and staircases, authentic tin ceilings, fireplaces, panoramic windows, and spacious front porches, many with breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay. Rooms vary in size from a fairly standard hotel room with one king or queen bed, through one-bedroom suites to glorious two-bedroom suites and houses.
The 74 Contemporary rooms and suites, set on a hillside, offer spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge through floor-to-ceiling windows. Cavallo Point Lodge’s new rooms and suites which have either 1 king or 2 queen beds, feature sustainable design and construction with solar power, radiant heat floors, renewable materials, organic bedding and linens, and natural amenities appropriate to the lodge’s national park setting.
Why we like it
History, space. views and comfort.
Photo credits - Michal Venera, Kodiak Greenwood
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