The bustling city of San Francisco, located in Northern California, offers gorgeous waterfront views in every direction, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Francisco Bay to the east. It’s also home to many popular tourist destinations like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and Lombard Street – the most crooked street in the world. Plus, there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions like the Disney Museum, the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, the San Francisco Zoo and Aquarium of the Bay, making it a great destination for your next family-friendly vacation.
So, if you’re ready to hit the west coast and explore this amazing city, check out these seven best family-friendly hotels. Whether you want to stay in the lap of luxury or just enjoy comfortable, affordable accommodations, there’s something to fit every family’s needs.
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Omni San Francisco Hotel (Prices & Photos)
Situated in the middle of downtown San Francisco, the Omni San Francisco Hotel is located right on the city’s famous cable car line and is also within walking distance of Chinatown and Union Square – a popular shopping and dining destination that includes theatres, nightlife, live concerts and more. Housed in a bank building from the 1920’s, the hotel is an impressive mix of historic luxury and modern comforts. Guest rooms range from deluxe rooms with high ceilings, residential-style furnishings, bathrooms with oversized vanities and local artwork, to expansive suites that feature separate bedrooms and living rooms, luxurious bathrooms with dual showerheads and body jets, and amazing views of the city. Plus, the Omni Kids Crew has your little ones covered as they’ll receive their own backpack upon check-in that includes activities, games and a set of binoculars, as well as milk and cookies delivered to the room on the first night of your stay.
Fairmont San Francisco (Prices & Photos)
The Fairmont San Francisco, also located in the heart of downtown, is known around the world thanks to its grand architecture, unmatched customer service and breathtaking city views. The hotel offers over 600 guest rooms, as well as 62 elegant suites, including 10 that feature balconies that overlook the city and the bay. In addition to pillow top beds, luxurious linens, flat screen TV’s and marble baths, the king and queen size rooms also feature sofa beds, to accommodate larger families with children. Family suites and two-bedroom suites are also available. The hotel also offers several unique features especially for families including babysitting services and healthy kids’ menus in the on-site restaurants and bars, as well as a selection of amenities for guest use including diaper genies, playpens, baby bathtubs, cribs, children’s bathrobes and children’s bath products. Plus, if you visit at Christmastime, you can see their world-famous giant gingerbread house!
Hotel Nikko San Francisco (Prices & Photos)
Located just steps away from Union Square, Hotel Nikko offers both elegance and modern convenience, with touches of Asian hospitality. In addition to Japanese-inspired guest rooms with pillow-top beds, flat screen TV’s and iPod docking stations, the hotel also features a 10,000 square foot health club, a glass-enclosed pool and whirlpool spa, a business center and Anzu restaurant, as well as a Starbucks and a car rental agency on-site. If you and your family are travelling with your furry friend, they’ll also get to enjoy some special amenities like their own dog bed, bowls and treats, plus a pet terrace with a dog run for getting plenty of exercise!
San Francisco Marriott Marquis (Prices & Photos)
Also located in the heart of downtown and close to Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Marriott Marquis offers lots of amenities for guests including a fitness center, spa, restaurant, rooftop bar and several on-site shops including a gift shop, beauty salon, barbershop and drugstore. Rooms feature plush beds, high-speed Wi-Fi, plug-in’s for streaming media and mini fridges, so you can keep the kids entertained and their snacks and drinks cold.
Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway (Prices & Photos)
The Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway is an affordable, family-friendly hotel that’s conveniently located downtown near Nob Hill, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge, and not too far from popular attractions like Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park and AT&T Park. There are also more than 100 different restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, so you can park the car and not have to worry about dealing with traffic! If you need extra sleeping space in your guest room, rollaway beds are available or reserve a suite that comes complete with a sleeper sofa. Kids 18 and under also stay free with their parents and up to four kids age 11 and under eat for free in the hotel restaurant, no matter what time of day.
Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf (Prices & Photos)
Hotel Zoe is a charming boutique hotel located in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco, near North Beach and the city’s Little Italy neighborhood. Guest rooms feature sleek, modern furnishings as well as lots of amenities like 50” HDTV’s, mini fridges, Cubie radios with charging ports for up to four devices, umbrellas, makeup mirrors and an honor bar that features local products. While the hotel offers additional amenities like a fitness center, on-site laundry, a full-service Italian trattoria and iPads for guest use in the hotel lobby. Guests can also receive a 10% discount on local tours and attractions and rent bicycles right on-site for taking a family trip around the Wharf.
Argonaut - A Noble House Hotel (Prices & Photos)
The Argonaut is a boutique hotel located in Fisherman’s Wharf, inspired by Greek legends and housed in a historic building from 1907. Besides having a unique name, this hotel offers lots of one-of-a-kind features like exposed brick walls and wooden plank floors in the guest rooms, in-room spa and beauty treatments, a Nintendo Wii console in the lobby and even special “tall rooms” that feature extra-long beds and higher shower heads.