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The Lodge at the Presidio

History: 
    The Lodge at the Presidio
 in San FranciscoHistory: 
    The Lodge at the Presidio
 in San Francisco

History

Lodge at the Presidio is a newly opened historic boutique hotel in the Presidio of San Francisco, a former U.S. Army post that today is a national park at the Golden Gate. The name “Presidio” comes from a Spanish word describing fortresses built to protect land via the coast. The idea behind this boutique hotel was to create a contemporary basecamp inviting visitors to enjoy a national park adventure.

The Lodge sits inside a red brick barracks built in 1895-1897 by the U.S. Army to house six artillery companies, two infantry companies, and a cavalry troop. The three-story barracks were converted to allow sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the city itself.

The transformation of the Presidio from a military post to a national park is widely considered to be the one of the largest and most ambitious historic preservation projects in the United States. The Presidio features 470 structures on the National Registry of Historic Places, including the Lodge building.

Many historic elements of the original structure were preserved. To honor the original 1897 floor plan of the barracks, there is wallpaper to distinguish new walls from the originals, as well as contrasting woods on the lobby floor. Guests can indulge in a continental breakfast in the dining room, which was one of the mess halls in the barracks.

Guests can explore the historic park's 25 miles of hiking trails as well as the Walt Disney Family Museum, located next door to the Lodge. The Lodge serves at the sister property to the Inn at the Presidio, which is a 26-suite location that opened in 2012.

The Lodge at the Presidio, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2018, dates back to the 1894.


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