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Cavallo Point
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sausalito
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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
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Reviewed June 1, 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
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Reviewed June 1, 2010

As you go over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco you see a cove next to the road; that is where this property is situated. It used to be Fort Baker and they have converted the rooms to a hotel. You have two choices; the historic section (old army buildings that have been nicely refurbished) or the modern, new buildings; we stayed in the modern section.

First of all, not all of the rooms have a view of the Golden Gate Bridge; ours had a view of trees, as did the rooms of several of my colleagues. However, if you walk on the path you do, indeed, see the bridge. That said there are a number of reasons you may want to stay elsewhere:

1) The shower was open and freezing - there was no door.
2) The building is supposedly "green", which, apparently means no heat. They said it was a radient heater but if you have been to San Francisco in the summer you know you need heat! The fireplace is on a timer, with a 2 hour limit, so don't even think about waking in a warm room.
3) You have to walk on dirt paths to get everywhere. They will pick you up in a golf cart, but if you have nice shoes forget about walking.
4) The bed was pretty uncomfortable. Unless you like to sleep on a rock, in which case you would love it.

My biggest concern is that you are in the middle of nowhere. Yes, looking at the Golden Gate Bridge is pretty, but after a few hours (O.K., minutes) of that you realize how isolated you are. Sausalito can be accessed by a shuttle that runs every two hours but there is not much there, either, unless you take the ferry boat to San Francisco.

If you want to stay in the Sausalito area stay at the Hotel Sausalito. It is right next to the ferry boat terminal. The town is quiet enough (especially at night) and you don't feel so isolated. And it is a fraction of the price!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

STAY SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!
The historic old Fort Baker at the Marin headlands, under the Golden Gate Bridge looking across to San Francisco, is one of the most spectacular spots in the bay area. And that says it all!
The area is part of a national park, open to everyone, and a beautiful place to spend the day. A children's discovery museum is next door, with a snack bar and everything you could want to entertain preschoolers and young gradeschoolers.

And then, there is the hotel itself:
Service - poor. Particularly in the bar and restaurant. It took three requests to get mayonnaise for my hamburger, and then it was garlic aoli (out of mayo!)
Food - great for the ultimate gourmet....maybe. A souffle sadly undercooked, $20 breakfasts. $10 corn dogs which turned out to be mini sausages with an unidentifiable sauce. $15 burgers with a dozen fries. And the dogs and burgers were in the bar!
The bar - Order a drink neat, it is one price. Put it on the rocks, add $2. Ask for it "up", add another dollar. Then hope they have the brands listed on the menu - good luck!

Our room was in the historic officers' housing, with sitting area and view. While it was clean, well furnished, and pleasant, it was not good value at $500+ a night (add $20 a night to self park.)

My recommendation is to find other quarters, and there are lots of great boutique hotels in the area, and make Ft Baker a day trip!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2010

We recently travelled to the bay area for several days, spending some time in San Francisco, hiking in Yosemite, and wrapped up our travels with a few nights at Cavallo Point.

Our arrival at the resort was seamless and efficient, with a friendly welcome from the front desk staff. Our room was amazing! We stayed in a contemporary king junior suite, which while a bit pricey, was one of the nicest rooms I've seen. The rooms are spacious, clean, well-appointed with beautiful materials, and frankly, luxurious. We had a lovely view of the property and the western portion of the bay and surrounding hills from the balcony, complete with Adirondack chairs. This was the perfect location for a nice breakfast outdoors.

We also enjoyed dinner on the porch of the resort's restaurant, from which you can seat yourself and choose from either the dining room or bar menus. The menu was diverse and well-presented, and the food & cocktails were very tasty. This is a great location for relaxing while enjoying views of the city, bay and nearby Golden Gate Bridge. Room service was also a nice indulgence, though the gentleman delivering our food forgot the utensils and one of our dishes, which was quickly remedied.

If you are staying here, please also consider an afternoon at the spa. It was incredible, and many of the staff were very friendly and welcoming. The outdoor meditation pool is nicely heated and tranquil, where you can enjoy views of the hillside or relax by a firepit. The locker rooms are also clean, spacious, comfortable, and include very nice steam rooms and outdoor hot tubs and showers.

If you're looking for a new perspective on staying near San Francisco, definitely check out Cavallo Point!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2010

This National Park Lodge is so much better run than other park lodges. The Park Service got it right when it selected this vendor as the facility and staff are great. The renovated Army officers quarters plus new units offer a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and across the Bay to the San Francisco skyline. As quaint as the old quarters are, the new units are very nice. Spa offers massage and facials with steam room, jacuzzi, small outdoor pool and a tea bar. Restaurant is of the local food type with good variety and quality. Lodge offers van service to Sausalito ferry terminal, so it is easy to get over to downtown San Francisco. The lodge has a small exercise room, but the best exercise is walking 2 miles into Sausalito or the many hikes in the Marin headlands area. Bay Area Children's Discovery Museum is on the site. Bar prices seemed a bit high but otherwise prices seemed on par with quality and service.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 28, 2010

Rooms: the very best part. We were upgraded to a contemporary king suite with a view of the Golden Gate. It had about a zillion light switches. Soaps and lotions were herby/floral and smelled great. It rained most of the weekend, but I didn't really notice since the room came with robes, slippers, fireplace and soaking tub with bath salts.

The one amenity I especially appreciated was the Brita filter pitcher in the mini fridge. All that lounging makes a girl thirsty.

The privacy of the contemporary suites is a two-edged sword, though. The staff isn't strolling by all the time, so won't notice when your room needs servicing, room service trays cleared, etc. If you're not the proactive type (and we're not), it can be disappointing to be gone for the whole afternoon and come back to an uncleaned room.

Food: we ate at both Farley Bar and Murray Circle. Good, but pricey. Hidden food sources: coffee/tea/pastries in the lobby in the mornings. The Mercantile, the gift shop, has sandwiches and salads in the fridge. The Presidio Yacht Club behind the Discovery Museum has a bar with bar food.

Other than that, you're SOL unless you head into town. We stocked up on snacks at Mollie Stone next to the Heath Ceramics.

Spa: just hanging out in the lounge and sipping cucumber water was relaxing. Note the heated pool is more like a giant hot tub at 3 ft and approximately 100 degrees.

One annoyance: I tried to book a massage on Saturday for the next day and was denied; they only had facials available. Maybe they were super busy this weekend, but I've never had that happen to me as a guest at a hotel.

Transport: free van shuttle to/from Sausalito runs every 2 hours. Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. We called the front desk from downtown Sausalito wondering when the next shuttle was running, and they said that they'd send one down right away. Forty-five minutes later, a shuttle arrived at its regular scheduled time.

They'll cart you around campus if you'd like, but we walked most of it. Coming down from the contemporary buildings feels like summer camp.

Activities: there wasn't a lot going on the weekend we stayed, which was a bit of a bummer since the location is so far removed from everything, you depend on the hotel for entertainment. As it is, there's yoga in the morning and a couple of easy-going guided hikes.

All in all, I'd stay here again if I wanted to get away from the city and wanted a luxe homebase for day trips farther north to Muir Woods, Napa, etc.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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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
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Sausalito
#3 Romantic Hotel in Sausalito
#3 Family Hotel in Sausalito
Price Range: $461 - $935 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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