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Join us for a very special Holiday season at Inn at the Presidio. As you walk through our lit entry way you’ll see our Christmas Tree decorated with silver and gold bulbs, enjoy a glass of wine by the fireplace in our lobby, sit on our front porch decorated with lights and wreaths, follow our holiday trimming upstairs to your room.
One of the best-kept secrets in the Presidio is in a modest brick building that used to be a stable for 102 Army mules and horses. Inside is an amazing trove of photographs, maps, building plans, and other historical treasures – about 5 million items documenting the history of the Presidio and other important historical sites within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This is the Park Archives and Records Center (PARC), and if you are a history buff, graduate student, or are just fascinated by old maps and photographs, you owe it to yourself to come spend a few hours – or days – exploring this place.
August 25th marks the 100th Anniversary of America’s National Park Service, and celebrations are happening at some of the best-known natural wonders in this country. Places like Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Among these famous national treasures are some lesser known gems like the Presidio that hold not just great historical importance, but also a glimpse into how the National Parks are evolving and making themselves sustainable for the future.
We are proud to announce that Inn at the Presidio has been awarded a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers.
Thank you to all of our guests who stayed with us, enjoyed themselves, and wrote positive reviews!
Here are just a few from TripAdvisor:
“Gem of San Francisco”
“…We enjoyed our time in the Presidio area and would highly recommend the Inn at the Presidio if you are looking for something special and a place that is away from the touristy areas.” – Reviewed July 19, 2016
If you had visited Mountain Lake 20 years ago, you would have been underwhelmed. This small urban lake at the southern tip of the Presidio was severely polluted and choked with algae. Resident bird and fish populations were dying off. It was a sad state of affairs for one of the most important natural and historical sites in the city.
Today, after a decade of careful remediation and restoration, Mountain Lake is once again a haven for native wildlife, a resting stop for migrating birds, and a lovely spot for San Franciscans and visitors to enjoy the beauty and history of the city.
Just up the road to the south of the Inn there is a peaceful green glade full of the sound of birds and the trickle of a water. The waters spring from the underlying serpentine rock and sustain a lush riparian habitat that is one of San Francisco’s most diverse spots for birds, butterflies, and native flora. This spot, El Polín Spring, has been the heart of the human and natural history of San Francisco for many centuries. With its native plant and animal life restored as part of the complex Tennessee Hollow Watershed restoration project, the waters of El Polín now nourish a new generation of San Francisco residents and visitors.
As the season draws closer and closer to winter solstice, the days grow short and the winter chill sits in the air. For a second step through the doors of the Inn at the Presidio and sit next to the warm fire; perhaps take a chocolate chip cookie hot from the oven.
Inn at the Presidio is proud to be considered #3 out of top 10 hotels in San Francisco by Condé Nast Traveler Readers. “More than 128,000 travelers took part in the 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey—the most in its history—submitting millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments to help create a list of winning favorites.” – Condé Nast Traveler.
We are proud to announce that Inn at the Presidio has been awarded a 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers. Inn at the Presidio is also a green hotel and is considered a GreenLeaders Platinum member for its many efficient green practices.