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“A perfect blend of rural and urban!” 5 of 5 stars
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Cavallo Point
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sausalito
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Thousand Oaks, Ca
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22 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“A perfect blend of rural and urban!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

Amazing location.....the best view of San Francisco you can get but in a relaxed environment. I love the city views but not the city noise and traffic. At Cavallo Point you can literally walk to SF (.8 miles to the Golden Gate Bridge walkway and then a 1.5 mile walk along the bridge brings you to Crissy Field) yet you are surrounded by trees, wild flowers, and deer.

We stayed in the new section and had a view of the bridge. Our room was spacious, and had robes, slippers, extra blankets, luxurious linens, toiletries (even ear plugs in case you don't like listening to the fog horns). Everything was perfect! We had an opportunity to tour one of the fully restored historical buildings. The room we saw seemed like a small apartment but had lots of charm.

The prices were on the high side at the spa but as a guest, you can use the facilities there for no additional fee. I appreciated not having to pay for the extras that you get charged for at many resorts (parking, daily facilities fee...). The dipping pool was small but the warm water, lounge chairs, and soft music was perfect!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

Someone "pinch me." The property looks like summer camp on the outside, and the Four Seasons on the inside. A summer camp tucked away at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge in a National Park, adjacent to acres of oceanfront nature preserve, the Marin Headlands. Yes, this place is hidden, and I would like to keep it in an affordable hidden gem. However, the success of this hotel supports the National Parks, which compels me to share my honest review.

*layered perfection - positive historical change, eco-friendly practices, powerful & artistic Golden Gate bridge views, dog friendly attitudes, rich organic food offerings, a zen gift shop and art gallery, a gorgeous spa, a sleek cooking school, and a Children's Discovery Museum on the adjacent property.

*unforgettable sensory experience: the smell of lavender, the sounding daytime rhythm of the bridge fog horn, the fluctuating artistic light and fog on the bridge, the luxurious amenities and professional lighting in the room, the invigorating temperature changes with hike to and away from the crisp bay breeze. I had to keep checking the bridge to see how it had changed, every few minutes, as the fog billows by it. Seemingly, the fog has not encroached into the alcove of Cavallo Point, but mysteriously dances by along the bay. This clarity has allowed picturesque viewing in sunlight from 5:30am to 9pm, and the moonlight during my stay.

The property owners spent 4 years restoring this 110 year old military site in partnership with the National Parks. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a guest at such a unique site that took such forward thinking and innovative cooperation. I hope the partnership lease lasts forever, rather than the current 58 remaining years.

Some have commented on the parking situation, but I feel this is a huge plus. My valet parking was free, since I stayed for an extended period, and the lobby is close to the room. The lack of cars added to the safety and serenity of my stay, and the cars did not disturb the deer that I saw on a daily basis.

To think that a warzone has evolved into an inspirational eco-resort does give me great hope for mankind. I will be back, as this beautiful place that sits at the top of my list for location, luxury and a lifetime memory!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2010

I travel for a living, and its' rare that I have'nt abandoned my room long before the official check out time. Cavallo Point had me lingering longeer than I can recall in any other property. the placed is tucked away, under the 'Salsalito sid" of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the views from the lush front lawn were hard to give up. Never mind, I loved the old fittings, from door-knobs to iron-toed tubs the place speaks to guests who like myself, sat on front porch rockers, hoisted drinks from the front porch verrandahs, and enjoyed a fully-different view of San Francisco. I was offered the choice of an older, original room, which I chose over the 'contemporary' newer rooms and was pleased that I did. The food was exceptional, with many locals as repeat, walking advertisiments for the food and wine lists. I'll be back to stay - when I'm doing full on business in town, its the Handlery Hotel of Union Square, but when I can get the time and space, I'll be found at Cavallo Point. Mark Sheehan Author of "America Over Easy!"

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reno, Nevada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

Location: Breathtaking property with historical heritage. Views of the Golden Gate Bridge and within walking distance to the bridge.

Room: We stayed in a historic queen suite and the room was great. Beautiful building, two room suite with great shower and gas burning fireplace.

Service: Everyone was friendly, but nobody went above or beyond. You are paying for location and not service at Cavallo Point. The shuttle to Sausilito was nice, but rarely on time.

Spa: Relaxing and peaceful, the steam room was great.

I have to give extra kudos because they are dog friendly!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sugar Land, Texas
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2010

Our stay at the Cavallo Pont was simply incredible. Their advertisement as “A View With Rooms”, while definitely true, actually understated the experience. What set this encounter apart was the obvious comprehensive commitment by staff for the guest to have a happy stay and experience. More on that later. The hotel is set at the old Fort Baker shore battery site located near the base of the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Late 1800’s era Field and General Officers quarters surrounding the main drill field were converted into guest houses and sustainable source “green quarters” appointed with bamboo furniture and trim are on the hillside above this already idyllic setting . In addition to stunning views of the bridge itself, the National Forest setting includes panoramic views of the surrounding hills with whisps of cloud and fog blowing over them from the Pacific Ocean, incredible views of the city across the bay from nature trails above the inn, understandably commanding views of Angel and Alcatraz Islandsthe bridge and city from the location of the old shore batteries, the bridge hills and city from many of the rooms, as well as incredible views of the bridge passing ships and sail boats as well as of the city from the rockers on the front porch of the lobby and restaurant buildings just above the parade ground with their adjacent fire pit equipped patio. We spent considerable time wandering the grounds and taking in the views. While enjoying the patio and toasty fire pit, staff brought snug blankets to wrap up to with just take it all in, along with plentiful libations from the indoors bar. The blankets felt like they should be half an inch thick or something - very cozy. The room itself (ours was on the hillside near the old post chapel) was huge and well appointed with flat screen TV, windows that opened to capture the breeze, and a very nice gas fireplace. More than plenty of room. The space had ample storage and desk space along with complimentary wireless internet access. The bath facilities were top notch. Tile work, fixtures, trim and paint - attention to detail was evident. My children insisted on buying extra shampoo and lotion at the girft shop when we checked out. Staff was available to take you around the grounds in golf carts or to shuttle you the short distance into Sausalito for dinners and so forth. Requests were cheerfully accommodated and helpful suggestions offered. There was an on location spa with complete facilities and offerings such as sauna and so forth. Every step of the way, staff was helpful, friendly and available without being intrusive. I really cannot say enough about this experience and how special the staff really was. There are plenty of views with really bad experiences tacked onto them, as well as places where the establishment just has to try harder to overcome a less than ideal setting. This is one of those gems that are few and far between where you get the best of both worlds. They don't have to try harder to overcome an incredible setting but the act like they do. To the staff, "Well Done." Wow. Location is about ten minutes across the Golden Gate to the Presidio and Fisherman’s Wharf and about eleven miles from the Muir Woods. My family was suitably impressed with me for finding this gem, I have to say. The value proposition is subjective - you always pay for what you get. This is one of those rare occasions where you actually get what you pay for. I do not hand out wows in cracker jack boxes. This place is a double wow. Don't miss it if you get the opportunity. Excellent.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, CA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2010

We stayed at Cavallo Point in a King Contemporary Suite and it was absolutely incredible. Everything about the property was gorgeous, from the well-appointed (and quiet) room to the stunning, picture-perfect view of the golden gate bridge. Every staff member we interacted with was friendly and extremely helpful. We loved the unique touches in the room: the double sided fireplace, open shower, slate bathroom floor, and big windows. Another thing that impressed us was how eco-friendly the entire property was. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

We decided to stay here for Memorial Day weekend as a quick getaway...We loved the idea of staying at Fort Baker. The location was lovely, we had an ideal weekend to come. The views were great. My teenage daughter loved the location too.

Pros: Found great deal on Perfect Escapes. First room was in historic buidling Queen Suite, though very nice, the rooms were a bit old and noisy. Loved the golf carts that would pick you up and the setting is lovely. We ended up switching to one of the Contemporary Suites and it was much more to our liking, modern, bright, quiet and better views.

Cons: Very limited parking, the restaurant service was spotty, $20 daily parking fee and the spa only allowed 18 and older to visit. My 13 year old could not join me so we decided to forego that part of the trip. No pool and limited dining options.

All in all, we would stay again. It was a great adventure, went to Marin Headlands, Disney Family Museum and Boating at Golden Gate Park. Lovely memories.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965
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Location: United States > California > Marin County > Sausalito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sausalito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Cavallo Point 4.5*
Number of rooms: 142
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in an idyllic location on the San Francisco Bay at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, Cavallo Point offers unique historic and contemporary lodging options. Kid friendly and pet friendly, Cavallo Point offers a multitude of activities and services to choose from.The Healing Arts Center & Spa offers innovative spa treatments in a serene, tranquil setting. Filled with natural light and top-of-the line culinary equipment, the Cavallo Point Cooking School is an intimate place to taste, create and learn. Murray Circle Restaurant is one of Northern California's top culinary destinations. ... more   less 
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