SAN FRANCISCO — The Presidio Trust announces the debut of the highly anticipated Lodge at the Presidio, opening its doors to the public this week. This newly renovated historic hotel is the closest lodging in San Francisco to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, featuring unparalleled views of the bridge, the Presidio’s lush 300-acre forest, the San Francisco Bay, and the city skyline. Located in the heart of a national park, yet close to downtown San Francisco, the Lodge is the ideal getaway for active travelers seeking a home base both for natural and urban adventures. It is the sister property to the award-winning Inn at the Presidio, which opened in 2012.
”We are so excited to welcome guests to a new hotel in the Presidio,” says Jean Fraser, CEO of the Presidio Trust. “Visitors can spend days just exploring this national park as well as nearby downtown and points beyond. What better than to wake up to the sounds of the fog horn, or to watch the sun set sun over the Golden Gate?”
The Lodge is the newest gem in the transformation of the Presidio from army post to world-class visitor destination. The three-story 42-room Lodge at the Presidio occupies one of the five identical Montgomery Street Barracks built between 1895-97 by the U.S. Army to accommodate six artillery companies, a Calvary troop, and two infantry companies. It is one of 470 structures in the Presidio on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Design Honors Presidio History
Historic elements and the original character of the building were preserved, showcasing its past as an enlisted men’s barracks. A master carpenter was brought on to restore the two grand staircases to their initial state, one of which was discovered behind enclosed walls. The third floor, which initially functioned as a storage space, features exposed brick and an original stenciled wall sign stating “Maximum Occupancy Five Men.”
The military history of the building and its park setting served as a design inspiration for Laura Cook of San Francisco-based LC Interiors. The large lobby is divided into four seating areas for socializing, eating or working. A ghost pattern of the walls of the former company office and arms storage room was created in darker wooden inlay on the floor to indicate the original floor plan. Most rooms are located on the first and second floors, the former locations of the company offices, mess hall, barracks, day rooms, and the residential quarters for the tailor, barber, and cooks.
A comfortable contemporary design reflects the history of the building with modest profiles and classic tones of blue, grey, black, white, and pops of red. Furniture and fabrics reflect American history with the use of materials such as leather, rich woods, antique brass, and iron. Tent-inspired canvas headboards communicate a modern reference to the military past. The bed bench is representative of a military cot with woven leather and metal legs, while ottomans are covered in canvas and denim strapping to resemble army duffel bags. The crisply designed bathrooms are outfitted in black and white tile with marble vanities.
Relaxation and Park Exploration
Outdoor areas of the Lodge include a relaxing front porch with rocking chairs overlooking the activity of the Main Post. A large courtyard behind the hotel is an ideal lounging area to take in the dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge while gathering around the fire pit. Additional guest amenities include complimentary breakfast, an evening wine and cheese reception, free wifi, complimentary usage of bikes for exploring the area, and more.
The Lodge’s central location on the seven-acre Main Post public greens is the perfect jumping off point for exploration of the Presidio’s cultural and recreational activities. Guests can enjoy the new Presidio Visitor Center, 25 miles of hiking and 25 miles of biking trails, beaches like Crissy Field, the 18-hole Presidio Golf Course, the Walt Disney Family Museum, renowned restaurants, and so much more. A year- round calendar full of free public events includes concerts, cultural performances, and the highly popular Presidio Picnic.
Rates start at $275 per night, exclusive of tax and based on availability. For reservations call (415) 561-1234 or visit www.lodgeatthepresidio.com.