Hotels near Golden Gate Bridge have the appeal of being located within close proximity of one of the most identifiable landmarks in the United States. Built in the 1930's, the famous Golden Gate Bridge dramatically spans the strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. The views of the structure are divine from any vantage point, and depending on which San Francisco area hotel you select, you might just be able to savor dynamic Golden Gate Bridge views from your room or suite.
All of the hotels in downtown San Francisco are close to the Golden Gate Bridge, so generally speaking, travelers who wish to stay near the famous landmark have plenty of lodging establishments to select from in the big city. The hotels in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco are among the closest to the Golden Gate Bridge, so that can be a good place to start. Even closer yet are the San Francisco hotels that are found on or around Lombard Street and near the Presidio area. These hotels include a number of inns and several chain brand hotels or motels. Also of interest for those who are seeking Golden Gate Bridge hotels are the lodging establishments that are found north of downtown San Francisco on the Sausalito side of the Bay Area. Several of these hotels are highlighted in the following paragraphs.
Bay Area visitors who are interested in finding hotels near Golden Gate Bridge won’t want to overlook Cavallo Point (pictured at top). This upscale lodge/resort occupies the site of the former U.S. Army post, Fort Baker. That puts it at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge and within the confines of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Historic buildings that were once officers’ residences house some of the Cavallo Point guest units, and there are also rooms that are housed in newer, two-story buildings that are perched on the hillsides. Some of the rooms and suites at Cavallo Point offer sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline, and regardless of the guest unit in question, it will be stocked with enticing amenities. Among the general facilities at Cavallo Point are a restaurant that has an excellent reputation, a renowned cooking school, and a soothing spa. When Cavallo Point guests aren’t relaxing in their cozy quarters or taking advantage of the resort’s wonderful facilities, they can cross over the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy all of the great San Francisco attractions. Taking a ferry into the city is also an option. 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito is the Cavallo Point address.
The Gables Inn Sausalito
The Gables Inn Sausalito
Bed and breakfast enthusiasts who are searching for hotels near Golden Gate Bridge are encouraged to keep the Gables Inn Sausalito in mind. Originally built in 1869, this charming and historic inn was actually Sausalito’s first hotel. Renovations have served to keep it up to date without ruining the historic appeal, and it has the feel of a stylish boutique hotel. Fine furnishings and splendid San Francisco area views that feature such renowned landmarks as Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge are among the many perks in the 13 guest units. Thanks to its location at 62 Princess Street, the Gables Inn Sausalito is within walking distance of shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Guests can also stroll to the San Francisco-bound ferries, and it is just a short drive to the Golden Gate Bridge should that be the preferred means of crossing over into the city.
Another gem among the Golden Gate Bridge hotels is the Hotel Sausalito. Part of the Sausalito fabric since 1915, this hotel at 16 El Portal has a rich history. Thanks to an extensive renovation in the 1990s, it also has contemporary appeal. The decor, as is described by the Hotel Sausalito, is "evocative of the French Riviera," and there is plenty of warmth to be found in the common areas and guests units alike. Luxurious bedding, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and DVD players are among the standard amenity highlights in the elegant guest units, and the hotel’s competent concierge service can be used to plan and arrange all kinds of things, such as side trips to San Francisco or voyages north into the amazing Napa Valley wine country.
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
Rounding out this list of highly recommendalbe Golden Gate Bridge hotels is the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa. Found overlooking Richardson Bay at 801 Bridgeway, this Sausalito lodging establishment expertly blends vintage with modern and offers an all around pleasant setting. In the upscale rooms, amenities include such delights as pillow top mattresses and flat screen TVs. Guests also enjoy a variety of other benefits, including Wi-Fi access, the use of an on-call movie library, admission to the hotel’s fitness center, and access to the onsite spa’s steam room and lockers. Spa treatments can be booked for an added fee, and there are flexible event venues that can be used for such things as business meetings, family reunions, and weddings. Like the surrounding area, the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa has a lot to offer and can serve as an excellent base for California vacations.