Presidio's first hotel to open doors in San Francisco 

click to enlarge The Inn at the Presidio is among the commercial ventures spearheaded by the Presidio Trust, which the federal government has said must make the park self-sustainable by 2013. - COURTESY IMAGE
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  • The Inn at the Presidio is among the commercial ventures spearheaded by the Presidio Trust, which the federal government has said must make the park self-sustainable by 2013.

An 18th-century officers quarters in the Presidio will be transformed into a 22-room inn, the first hotel in the national park.

Scheduled to open in April, the Inn at the Presidio will be located at the historic Pershing Hall, built in 1903 and previously used as temporary housing for officers.

“This is a very exciting one; we’ve always had a demand for lodging here and it was never available unless you were willing to go camping,” said Clay Harrell, a spokesman for the Presidio Trust, the park’s caretaker. “This is a small development, but it’s a first step.”



The hotel is among the commercial ventures spearheaded by the trust, which the federal government has said must make the park self-sustainable by 2013.

Other new additions include an archaeology center and a Southern-inspired restaurant.

But not everyone is enthused about the development plans.

The Presidio Historical Association has long opposed the trust’s vision for the park, accusing the agency of commercializing a historic and environmental gem.

The association is most opposed to projects that could include new construction, such as a proposal for a larger hotel, according to President Gary Widman.

“The attitude of trying to maximize revenues has led to a distortion in planning,” Widman said. “They’re supposed to be making it a historic park, not an urban convention hotel.”

Harrell said the projects are intended to attract a broader group of visitors by expanding the park’s public uses and adding amenities.

Among the most in demand is temporary lodging, which is why the trust is eager to open the inn, Harrell said.

According to Michael Hraba, a project manager for Waterford Hotels & Inns, which will manage the inn, developers took great care to preserve the building’s historic elements while incorporating
green-building techniques.

sgantz@sfexaminer.com

Price of a night of lodging

Cost comparison for a night at the Inn at the Presidio and nearby hotels*:
$195-$350 Inn at the Presidio
$309 Cavallo Point, the lodge at the Golden Gate
$229 Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf
$179 Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf
$154 Hilton Fisherman’s Wharf

* All prices for beginning of April
Sources: Inn at the Presidio, Cavallo Point, Priceline.com

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