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Cavallo Point
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Sausalito
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Reviewed 16 October 2009

My husband and I just returned from a trip to San Fran/Napa. We unfortunately only spent 2 nights at Cavallo Point. We were so missing it while staying in Napa as Cavallo Point set a high standard.

The location is so unique and the rooms were wonderful. We stayed in a contemporary room. The rooms are spacious with all the amenities. We loved the fireplace and sitting area. My favorite was the window nook reading area where I spent my early mornings reading a book.

We had a wonderful view of the bay, unfortunately our view of the bridge was blocked by a huge tree (the one time I have wanted to chop a tree down).

We spent an afternoon on the porch of the restaurants where we enjoyed an awesome beer, Hopf, and the best hamburger we have ever had!

I would recommend this location to anyone!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2009

We stayed two nights in room 1904, situated on the top floor of a contemporary building above and behind other similar buildings and above the former headquarters building and parade grounds. Unit is well appointed having all the amenities spelled out on their web site.
When we arrived to check in we were told our room was not yet available so we went up the hill above the GG bridge to the former gun emplacements to watch the Blue Angels flying their practice runs for the Fleet Week show that Saturday. Finally received a call that our room was ready. Checked in, learned of the $20 per night parking charge, etc. and hopped in a golf cart for our ride to the unit. For guests staying in the contemporary rooms, one either walks or rides in a golf cart to the unit as no cars are allowed since there is no parking near the units. Once I learned of the lack of parking by our building and the convenience of having the valet people provide transportation to/from the room, I felt it was an OK charge.
We had a narrow view of the GG bridge above/between the buildings in front of us but if one were on the first floor of our building, there would be little or no view. The unit had a deck with two chairs so one could enjoy the fresh air and 'view' over a glass of wine (bring your own) from the small refrigerator. Unit is good size with LCD TV, Boze radio system with Ipod hook-up, plenty of lighting, and a fireplace which we enjoyed during the cool evenings. Photos are attached with this review. The only negative about the unit was the bathroom fan would turn on at all hours (apparently programed but no instructions to allow changing the times). The robes and slippers provided were a nice touch. The bed with a Duvet provided us with a sound night's sleep making it difficult to want to get out of bed in the AM.
A late afternoon glass of wine on the front porch of the Murray Circle Restaurant/Farley Bar building was very pleasant as we watched the 'Blues' flying their practive runs. Bar staff was personable and efficient, the wine expensive and the bar menu unique. Ever heard of a Petrale sole stick? I had one and thoroughly enjoyed it. Valet staff was friendly and efficient upon arrival and during our stay. When we called to check out, apparently the front desk didn't tell the Valet of our departure, so we walked down to the reception to check out. Most reception staff friendly and accommodating but one or two could use some customer service training. Morning coffee and muffins are available by reception each morning for guests to enjoy.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

My significant other and I traveled to Cavallo Point from San Jose for our 5th anniversary. I was so excited because we found it on the internet and then at work about a month before I saw it written up in Sunset magazine. I could hardly wait. What a delight. Although I grew u in the Bay Area I had never been to Sausiltio. We arrived at the hotel to check it out- impressed immediately. We asked for an early check in which didn't really happen but that was ok b/c we ended up spending much time eating and drinking our way through town. It was beautiful and the people were so so friendly and made up feel like we walked on water. Later we sat in the whirlpool, unfortunately not as hot as a hot tub and we couldn't bring our champagne in, but it was fun. Then we moved on to dinner at the restaurant on site. We had bought a package deal which included a four course tasting menu- we upgraded to an eight course for practically nothing. OMG, probably the best meal I have ever had and the service was spectacular. We are going back soon The smells and views are so great as well. Please go and enjoy this little resort like hotel! Next time we will participate in some of their organized activities (walks, cooking classes, yoga)

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2009

Located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge we booked Cavallo Point as the last leg to our San Fran/Silicon Valley Trip. We had high expectations as the rates are expensive, but we were able to book during a 3 Nights for the Price of 2 promo. We stayed in a Historic Suite, which was beautifully decorated and tastefully re-designed w/such a homey, personal feel -- we didn't want to leave. We have a 21 month-old and the staff was very accomodating, plus theres plenty of room for a toddler to roam. Traveling all over the world for business & personal travel, Cavallo Pt ranks at the top of the list for those who value:
-a unique retreat that doesnt fit w/in the cookie-cutter model of resorts & hotels
-an active lifestyle - with access to on-site fitness, hiking
-natural beauty - it's hard not to wake of daily w/o feeling in awe of the Golden Gate Bridge & the beauty that surrounds
Our only complaint was the food -as it's pricey - $15 for a Kids Meal & $17 for hamburger & a handful of fries - the Hamburger & Kids Meal were good, but for the price, there are other in-town options 5 minutes away

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Thank jf1216
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Reviewed 30 August 2009

THE GOOD (GREAT)...
The location is unmatched. Beautiful property nestled at the base of the Golden Gate bridge. Virtually 360 degree views. We chose the contemporary room and were rewarded with a view of the GG Bridge and a panoramic of the property. No words could capture the true beauty of this property. Simply breathtaking.

Areas of Improvement...
Our room was not ready upon arrival, so we waited until 4:45pm to check in. The reception personnel are not exactly deft at their job and as we waited outside on the porch (enjoying wine, so it wasn't too painful) a host would appear and say that they would check on our room and be right back. Twice they never returned.

The lounge is nice. Bartenders are great, but when they get busy, they need 2-3 more bartenders and the manager did not jump in to assist. They also have three hosts/hostesses, but only two bartenders. Seems like an odd ratio. Also, their prices are VERY high. The lady next to us ordered a Diet Coke... $5.25. Ouch. Many wines are $10+ per glass.

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THE COOKING SCHOOL!!!! We paid $250 (for two) and it did not live up to it's billing. We were told we would be drinking wine during class, but were only served one glass upon arriving and one with dinner. We had to go downstairs to get our own wine (and pay for it). The students do all the work in the school. We already know how to chop, knead, cut, dice, etc. We made minstrone soup and it would have been much nicer to have prepared most of the ingredients up front (like boiling the beans which took over an hour). For the same price, you could go to many other well known cooking schools for a class. The instructor definitely knew her craft... as did her co-instructors. They really did. But, for the price it is "skip worthy".

Oh... one more thing...

If you stay when it is foggy, there is a foghorn on the GG Bridge that sounds relentlessly.... and loudly!!! Bring earplugs!!!

Overall, a GREAT (!!!!!) experience and we are already looking forward to our return!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank swanny60
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Reviewed 28 August 2009

Stayed in August 2009 for 3 nights with family (two adults and kids age 5 and 7). I had always wanted to stay here since reading about the "inn at the Golden Gate" in a travel magazine a year or so earlier. No doubt it is a fabulous location, literally just off the road after crossing the GG bridge with fabulous views of the bridge and SF bay. The decision to stay was swung by the fact they had suites available with 1 king and 2 twins perfect for our family. This is in the historic section and seems a lot of other families with young kids had the same idea. The rooms with twin beds are on the top (3rd) floor - apparently when used by the Army these were the servants rooms! Just be aware you have to go up a couple of flights of stairs for these (bless the poor in room service guys who go up and down these!). The suite was very, very nice with a nice view of the bridge from the master bedroom. But it did have some quirks which make it not perfectly suited to family. First there is no real table, so when we had room service we had to eat kneeling around the coffee table. Also there is plenty of room they could easily add a small kitchenette which would be very helpful for families. And then the TV had channels like ABC family, Disovery and Disney listed but not available! These are small things but all take away from it feeling like a 5 star home from home that I like when travelling with the family.

We had breakfast included and that was very nice, the service at Murray Circle is top notch. Again for those with young kids though the atmosphere even at breakfast is a bit businessey/stuck up. I think they'd do well to loosen it up at breakfast. Great for dinner I am sure (we never got round to trying)

Service in general was very good... not quite excellent. You certainly get the feeling everyone is trying very hard but not quite polished. And some strange quirks. For example they run a buggy service to the ferry port at 7am and 9am. Yet the boats depart at 8am and 10:30am! I pointed this out to the guy at front desk and he had no answer, but said if they weren't busy they could take us on demand. My suggestion for 5 star place is to drop a service that takes you to an hour long wait and when someone asks for transfer you tell them yes sir no problem!

In terms of value we used their 3 for 2 offer for the suite but just for comparison I could have had two rooms at the St Regis SF for the same price using my corporate discount, so pricing is pretty high even with the offer. As others point out the $20 for parking is a bit steep too seeing you just park on the road outside your "house" and clearly is not an issue. One tip though for those staying with family or even colleagues if you cross over the bridge before 9am there is no toll for car pool. This was great... we managed to drive in to SF and park all day for $7 and it took no more than 20 minutes... so planned right this CAN be a perfect base for staying in San Fran. It also a quick hop up to Napa from this spot. It's nice to come back from the hustle and bustle of the city to this spot which is very quiet. Oh you do get the noise of the fog horns... I am normally easily distubed by noises but for some reason this didn't bother me... maybe I truly managed to zone out on this vacay!

Overall definitely very good and reading some of the older reviews it seems it has improved and I think if they continue to work hard and address some of the quirks and issues this could well become a top spot in the SF area and one of the most unique upper end hotels.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

This place is a real find. The prior reviews already go into how unique it is so I will not go into it again, but just know they are true. We stayed in a historic room with a sitting area, which is probably a worthwhile upgrade as we had a nice extra room with a couch, chair and TV. Beds were heavenly. No view from our room, but you don't have to go far to get some postcard views. I did not see the contemporary rooms, but it seemed the historic rooms were more in character to this place. Without question the views would be better from the contemporaries as they are up on a hill. We used the spa, no treatments but just hung out. I loved the outdoor shower next to the hot tub area. The pool is nice but a shame there are no whirlpools for couples use. Breakfast (included in our package stay) was delicious. You will find the service as gracious as the accommodations. The only quibble I would have is the 20/day parking. Though this was also included in our package, c'mon guys; this is really cheesy. It's not like the place is in the middle of the city. Also, speaking of such this is not the best base if your only objective is to see San Francisco. Ferry and shuttle service is available but is not frequent or available in the late evening hours, and it is a tough walk. The ideal thing would be to spend 1-2 nights here and the rest in a city hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA 94965
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Region: United States > California > Marin County > Sausalito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 Family Hotel in Sausalito
#3 Romantic Hotel in Sausalito
Price Range: £336 - £643 (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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