Looking for a peaceful stay near the hustle and bustle of San Fran? Look no farther than the Inn at the Presidio. Talk about location, this place is perfect. The Inn is located within the Presidio, which is a park and former US Army fort located on the northern tip of San Fran. As you can see in the map, it is directly south of the Golden Gate Bridge, and just West of the City. Sometimes San Francisco can be overwhelming, so returning to the Inn at the Presidio can have a welcomed, calming effect. The Inn was formerly used as a home for unmarried officers and then was the quarters for visiting officers by the military until 1994, so it’s rich in history.
The rooms at the Presidio offer a little more quiet than staying in the heart of San Fran. They have several options to chose from between 2 buildings, the Main Building and the Funston House.
The Main Building was used as a home for unmarried officers and then was the quarters for visiting officers until the military's departure in 1994. Room sizes start with a classic queen at 290 sq ft and go up to 530 for the Classic Kings. I think the best option here would be a Classic King Tier 3. These rooms gives you a good vantage point of the grounds as well as views of the bay (from some). There's a separate sitting area with a pull out sofa bed, so this would be ideal for families. The gas fireplace will keep the chill off, and the large windows that open allows you to feel the ocean breeze in the warmer weather.
If you have a large group, I would consider staying in the Funston House. This is a renovated officer's home, that consists of 4 rooms, which can be rented individually or as a whole. Imagine renting the entire house so you and your family can spread out.
While the hotel has a continental breakfast for guest, all other dining will be off property. That being said, you don’t have to go far. Celebrated Bay area chef Traci Des Jardins has 2 restaurants in the Presidio, Arguello, which offers Mexican cuisine and The Commissary, which offers Californian fare.
Not only is the Inn at the Presidio a more tranquil setting, but there's a number of things to entertain you within the Presidio Park. The activities include: a 12 lane bowling alley, hiking one of the many trails, visiting the Walt Disney family museum, bouncing at the indoor trampoline park, getting a workout in at the fitness center, relaxing at the spa and playing a round of golf.
The Inn is also a great central base to see some of the sights.
- The Golden Gate Bridge: This historic landmark is a sight to see. It’s a quick 1.6 mile walk (35 min.) from the Inn. You can also bike over to it (bike rental info below.) If you do bike to the bridge, try biking across! If you make it, keep going until you hit the beautiful town of Sausalito, a quaint little town across the bay.
- Alcatraz: I missed this place on my trip and I am dying to go back. After you purchase your tour (ahead of time), take a cab to Pier 33 for the ferry. After you return, you can stop by the Coit Tower which is in the area.
- Ghirardelli Square: Are you looking to load up on sugar and ice cream? Head over to the square and go to town. It’s a 2.4 mile walk (48 min) or a quick 19 min. bike ride.
- Fisherman's wharf is an energetic place. It has a lot of people, a lot of shops, and a lot of late night activity. This is a very scenic 20 minute bike ride from the Inn. If you go, travel down Crissy Field, and you’ll bike along the water’s edge where families gather to hit the beach during the good weather. Along the path you’ll see Golden Gate in the background, Alcatraz, million dollar homes and fort Mason. If you want to take a cab, it would be a 14 minute ride.
- The Embarcadero district is a good alternative to fisherman's wharf if you want to be water front. It does have as much of the activity of the wharf, but still active. You can visit the Ferry Building for the exceptional farmers market there, as well as other specialty shops. This area is great spot to grab a bite to eat.
- Shopping: Take a taxi over to Knob hill and union square with a lot of large national brand shopping centers around
**I recommend Sports Basement because the pick up is conveniently in the Presidio. Daily Bike rentals start at $32 for 1st day, then 16 each additional and include: Helmets, locks, maps, & large carrying bags are included free with bike rentals and tours. There are tandem bikes available as well. This may be a cost savings if you’re up for this.
**Cab rides from the Inn will typically not go above 20 minutes (which includes Pier 39, Embarcadero, Coit, China, and Union Square). With cab prices at $3.5 to start, then $.55 for each 1/5 mile, all cab fares will be under $20 (Each min of delay time will cost another $.55, so might be more during peak traffic times)
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