A Historic San Francisco Bay Area Kid-Friendly Hotel: Cavallo Point

At the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, Cavallo Point  is a perfect base, literally, for exploring Sausalito, Muir Woods and San Francisco. Previously an U.S. Army post, the 10-acre property features a complex of former officers’ residences that have been converted into luxurious and sprawling suites, ideal for families.

Kid-Friendly Review of Cavallo Point: The Lodge at the Golden Gate

With its grassy parade ground and relaxed vibe, Cavallo Point does really lend itself to families. Not to mention the numerous hiking trails and Bay Area Discovery Museum, which practically sits on property. But what makes it truly special and memorable has more to do with the peacefulness of the place and spectacular views of San Francisco across the water.

Case in point: Our four-year-old daughter was glued to the window of our two-bedroom loft, wanting to stare at the city skyline and let in the fresh air. She insisted on pulling the armchair next to the window and having her breakfast there. Two mornings in a row. Knowing that the property made this impression on her inherently made an impression on us.

The San Francisco skyline from our hotel window.

The San Francisco skyline from our hotel window

Accommodations

The property, which is part of the J.MAK collection, offers a handful of room configurations, which are all incredibly spacious, ranging from 350 to 800 square feet. Families though will want to book the Historic Two-Bedroom Suites or Two-Bedroom Loft. The former sits on the ground level of a three-story house, complete with a porch adnd white rocking chairs; the latter is the upper level.

Note: You’ll have to walk up to the third floor to reach the Loft as these historic houses didn’t have elevators back in the day. The charm of original hexagon-tiled bathroom and a fireplace more than make up for the climb. And a minibar with complimentary goodies such as Rustic Bakery crostini and local cheese, a small bottle of wine, and local apple juice (yum!). Our little one went straight for the fancy crackers and juice.

There are also contemporary rooms, which are newly built but meant to retain the clean aesthetic adapted to the historic lodging. Our vote: If you’re going to stay here, choose the authenticity of the historic rooms.

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A two-bedroom suite. Courtesy of Cavallo Point.

A two-bedroom suite. Courtesy of Cavallo Point

Location and History

Along the water, Cavallo Point sits on what was once Fort Baker, with the 24 historic houses on property built from 1910 to 1915. Fort Baker eventually transferred into the National Parks Service.

Things To Know About Cavallo Point for Families

> The hotel does have one onsite restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well a lively bar.

> As family-friendly as the property is, the spa area is adults-only.

> From complimentary morning yoga to guided hikes to cooking classes, there is quite a lot of programming for guests, but it is mostly geared towards adults.

> Sausalito dining is heavy on seafood or extremely touristy. Book a table at modern Mexican restaurant Copita where we counted five other families all dining. Chili-dusted jicama sticks and margaritas for parents; cheese quesadillas for the kids. Win-win.

> You will inevitably want that postcard-perfect family photo with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Do yourself a favor and walk straight toward the water from the hotel grounds and click away.

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Editor’s Note: Cavallo Point offered Tanvi a media package to experience the hotel. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Tanvi Chheda unless otherwise noted.

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