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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.
We are very happy to announce that Inn at the Presidio has earned the San Francisco Green Business recognition which signifies our commitment to a healthy environment and community. The mission of San Francisco Green Business is to help San Francisco businesses adopt environmental practices that are sustainable as well as profitable. This mission is met by by setting stringent criteria, providing technical assistance, and publicly recognizing and promoting Green Businesses with a seal that enables customers to shop in keeping with their values.
Long before centuries of military activity and construction projects covered up the area known as The Tennesse Hollow Watershed, it was home to a system where three creeks and freshwater springs came together to create a natural bird habitat and primary freshwater source for the marsh at Crissy Field.
With so many wonderful museums and cultural points of interest, it can be hard to decide exactly what to explore and experience while visiting our city. Above is a video highlighting a few points of interest that we recommend visiting while staying at the Inn at the Presidio along with a brief history and description of each.
California is a state with a vast amount of natural and diverse beauty and luckily for us, we also play host to many National Parks that highlight a wide array of landscapes within our borders. Along with the historical significance of the park system, there are also a handful of hotels located inside our state’s National Parks, some have been around longer than the National Park system itself! The Big Trees Lodge in Yosemite, the Drakesbad in Lassen and the Inn at the Presidio in the Presidio are all great examples how guests can not only enjoy the National Parks during the day, but actually have the opportunity to spend the night in a historic and beautiful setting.