"The cool grey city of love." — George Sterling

Press & Awards


We are proud that Cavallo Point has received these honors:

Winner – ‘Sense of Place’
National Geographic World Legacy Awards 2015

#1 – Best Hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area
Travel+Leisure | World’s Best Awards 2015

#6 – Best Hotels in California
Travel+Leisure | World’s Best Awards 2015

#25 – Best Hotels in the U.S.
Travel+Leisure | World’s Best Awards 2015

Sustainable Spa of the Year
Green Spa Network | Spa Sustainability Awards 2014

#3 – Top Resorts in California
Travel+Leisure | World's Best Awards 2014

#4 – Top Hotel Spas in the U.S.
Travel+Leisure | World's Best Awards 2014

Winner in Sustainability Category, Global Vision Awards
Travel+Leisure, 2013

#5 – Top Resorts in the U.S.
Travel+Leisure | World's Best Awards 2013

#59 – Top Resorts in the World
Travel+Leisure | World's Best Awards 2013

#8 – Top 75 U.S. Hotel Spas
Condé Nast Traveler | The Top 270 Spas, Readers' Poll 2013

Top 10 Green Spas
Organic Spa Magazine, 2013

World's 500 Best Hotels
Travel+Leisure | Readers' Choice 2012

Top 35 Hotels in Northern California
Condé Nast Traveler | Readers' Choice Awards 2012

Top 10 Hotels – The San Francisco Hotels Review Guide
Gayot.com: The Guide to the Good Life

Top 200 Hotels in the United States
Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice List, 2011

Best Hotels in the West
Sunset Magazine Hotel Awards, 2011

Top 5 Hotels in San Francisco: Cavallo Point Lodge
Haute Living magazine, 2011

Labor Day Getaways
OutTraveler.com, 2011

#1 – Best Wedding Venue: Cavallo Point Lodge
SF BayList, 2011

#1 – Best Restaurant: Murray Circle
SF BayList, 2011

#3 – Best Day Spa: Healing Arts Center & Spa
SF BayList, 2011

#3 – Best Massage: Healing Arts Center & Spa
SF BayList, 2011

Best Resort & Spa in Marin
North Bay Bohemian, 2011

2011 Michelin Guide – San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country
One star selection – Murray Circle Restaurant

#1 – Top 10 Hotel Culinary Schools
Gayot.com: The Guide to the Good Life October 2010

One of Top Five Wedding Venues
2010 Best of the Bay List

Designing the Parks 2010 Honor Award
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, sponsored this annual awards program to recognize outstanding examples of recent public park design that best illustrate and capture the spirit of the "Designing the Parks" principles.

LEED Gold Certification
U.S. Green Building Council

2010 Michelin Guide – San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country
One star selection – Murray Circle Restaurant

The Hot List
Condé Nast Traveler 2009

Governor's Historic Preservation Award – 2009
Office of Historic Preservation, State of California in conjunction with California State Parks

2009 Honor Award – Fort Baker Retreat Group for Cavallo Point Lodge
National Trust for Historic Preservation October 15, 2009

Fort Baker Project Wins GEELA Award
The Institute and the park partnership represented by the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Fort Baker Retreat Group won the 2009 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership (GEELA) award in the category of environmental and economic partnerships. The GEELA is California's most prestigious environmental honor, given only to organizations and individuals who exemplify exceptional leadership for protecting and enhancing the environment while promoting economic growth. Over 120 nominations were received and 14 awards were presented by Governor Schwarzenegger. The award was announced at a reception on September 30, 2009 as part of the Governor's Global Climate Summit, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Plaza in Los Angeles.

Best of Award of Excellence – Murray Circle
Wine Spectator August 2009

Cavallo Point – Editors' Choice Award for 2009 in Sausalito
Marin magazine August 2009

USA Resort – 2009 Value Awards winner
Marin magazine August 2009
By WestJet

2009 Michelin Guide – San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country
One star selection – Murray Circle Restaurant

Must See Green American Landmarks
Travel+Leisure November 2008
For much of the 20th century, the spectacular string of promontories known as the Marin Headlands remained undeveloped because it was of great strategic value to the military. Today this glorious coastal landscape is dotted with decommissioned gun batteries and missile installations. Fort Baker, for example, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge at the south end of Sausalito, was a depot for the minefields that kept enemy submarines out of the bay during World War II. In July, this historic site was reborn as Cavallo Point, a luxurious lodge, spa, and center for environmentally themed conferences and lectures. The former officers' quarters have been carefully restored, and newly constructed, modern rooms look out over the bay from the hillside. Where soldiers once assembled explosive devices, guests can sleep soundly on organic linens, indulge in an herbal hot-stone massage, or linger at the Tea Bar. More ambitious visitors will notice that the lodge is still of great strategic value: it's the perfect base for hikes, bike rides, and kayak trips.

GIFTTS Hotel of the Year
Preferred Hotel Group November 2008
The award winning lodge was honored as "Hotel of the Year" for efforts in environmental design, its leadership role with the Institute at the Golden Gate and other environmental organizations, and its support of The Good Night Foundation.

GIFTTS: Great Initiatives for Today's (Tomorrow's) Society was created to recognize exceptional actions on the part of member hotels and their staff in the areas of:

  • Philanthropy
  • Community
  • Environment

Top 100 Restaurants – Murray Circle
San Francisco Chronicle April 4, 2009
This Sausalito spot at the newly transformed Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker is as impressive as the view. Masterful chef Joseph Humphrey creates artful and delicious plates such as quail, ribeye steak and crab bisque... read full article

Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate
San Francisco Business Times March 27, 2009
The Cavallo Point lodge has married the old with the new. The $100 million eco-resort brings back to life the historic military buildings from the early 1900s at Sausalito's Fort Baker while complementing them with subtle, modern structures...

Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate (BraytonHughes Design Studios)
HotelWorld – Global Hospitality & Design Awards March 2009
• Sustainable Design Category

Green Building of America Award
Real Estate & Construction Review – Northwest March 2009

Top 10 New U.S. Hotels – Cavallo Point Lodge
Gayot.com: The Guide to the Good Life December 2008
Cavallo Point, the Lodge at Golden Gate, is in one of the most gorgeous locations in Northern California... read full article

Murray Circle at Cavallo Point wins Michelin star, 2009
Marin Independent Journal October 13, 2008
One of Marin's newest restaurants has become the county's only Michelin star establishment, just three months after it opened in July... read full article

One of Top 5 Pastry Chefs – Ethan Howard
Gayot.com: The Guide to the Good Life 2008
Get to know the name Ethan Howard, one of the most talented pastry chefs in the San Francisco Bay area... read full article

2008 Top Project Awards
Business Journal October 2008
• Historic Restoration Category

Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation
National Housing & Rehabilitation Association 2008
• Best Hotel/Hospitality Category
The "Timmy" awards honor outstanding rehabilitation and preservation projects based on overall design and quality, interpretation and respect of historic elements, impacts on the community and financial and market success.

Preservation Design Awards
California Preservation Foundation July 2008
This highly competitive awards program honors exceptional historic preservation projects in California for excellence in design, construction, planning and technology. Awards are given in nine categories.

• Rehabilitation-Large Category
This category recognizes projects that make possible the continued historic use, or a compatible new use, through repair, alterations and additions, while preserving those portions or features which convey a site or structure’s historical, cultural or architectural values.

• Sustainability Category
This category recognizes projects that successfully and compatibly apply innovative technologies, sustainable design and/or practices to historic structures or sites, which promote environmental design, material and energy conservation, and an improved quality of life.

31 Places to Go This Summer
New York Times June 1, 2008
Cavallo Point, a retreat center devoted to environmental health and sustainability, is opening on the grounds of the century-old Fort Baker, in Marin County across the Golden Gate from San Francisco. The latest step in the Bay Area's slow-food obsession, the complex officially opens June 14, with rotating guest chefs, a spa, adventure programs and an eagerly awaited restaurant. Units in the historic section, set in former lieutenants' and generals' quarters, start at $350 for a room with a view and $250 for one without a view.

Best of the Day 2008
7x7 Magazine May 27, 2008
Less than a mile north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Fort Baker lays the 45-acre oasis now known as Cavallo Point: The Lodge at Golden Gate. With its easy access to points both north and south, Cavallo is the newest, quickest way to escape the city. Starting on June 1, you can hole up in one of the 142 rooms – some were carved out of former officers’ residences (now historic landmarks), while others are brand spanking new (and environmentally correct) construction, with gas fireplaces, private decks and patios, radiant-heat floors and sweeping views of the Bay. Between the healing-arts center and spa, expansive event space, a restaurant run by award-winning Chef Joseph Humphrey (lured down from Meadowood) and a slew of activities ranging from active to spiritual, you may never come home. Oh, wait, you are home – almost.

Top 10 National Park Lodges
Sherman's Travel May 2008
This national park is not one piece of land but a composite of sites in the Bay Area, including spots in San Francisco. In the 1990s, the park acquired Fort Baker, a historic army outpost a mile from Sausalito in Marin County, and recently transformed it into Cavallo Point, the Lodge at Golden Gate. Opening this summer, accommodations in both the new and restored buildings are hardly barrack like-the park wisely partnered with the folks behind Post Ranch Inn at Big Sur, and the results are stunning. On top of spa services and yoga, guests can take photography classes, train for a triathlon, or channel their inner Alice Waters through a culinary program that includes olive oil tastings and day trips to wineries in the Napa and Sonoma valleys.

Cultural Resource Award
National Park Service 2007


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Ruchika Jain
Graham & Associates