San Francisco with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: June 4, 2016

Downtown San Francisco with Children

Tips and Recommendations

  • The central downtown area of San Francisco (including the Embarcadero and North Beach) is the best place to stay for families visiting San Francisco – roughly the area north of Mission St. and east of Leavenworth.
  • The best playgrounds in the downtown/embarcadero/north beach area are the Yerba Buena Gardens, the Chinese Playground, and the North Beach Playground.
  • The best luxury hotel for families in San Francisco is the Palace Hotel (central location, nice pool).
  • The best mid-range hotel for families is the Hotel del Sol (fun vibe, great neighborhood).
  • The best budget hotel for families is the The Herbert Hotel (great location, good value).

The 11 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in San Francisco

Palace Hotel (luxury) – SoMa

A beautiful kid-friendly pool and jacuzzi are the highlights. Good sized rooms and a fantastic location half-way between the Ferry Terminal and Union Square, and steps from a BART and MUNI station make it nearly perfect. Phone: 415-512-1111
The Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco with Kids.

The Four Seasons (luxury) – Union Square

A great location on Market Street. Beautifully decorated rooms with ample space. Greeting gift for young kids. No swimming pool but guests have access to the Marriott’s pool located a short walk out the Four Season’s side door. (There is a sports club on the ground floor of the Four Seasons with a junior olympic pool, but guests must be 16 and older to use these facilities.) The F-line streetcar, cable car, MUNI, and BART are just out the door. Phone: 415-633-3000
The San Francisco Four Seasons with Kids

The Sheraton (moderate) – Fisherman’s Wharf

Very nice heated outdoor pool. Close to pier 39, Fisherman’s wharf, touristy (kid-friendly) shops, and the cable car turnaround. Nice rooms that are good value for San Francisco. Phone: 415-362-5500
San Francisco Sheraton with Kids.

Handlery Union Square (moderate) – Union Square

You can’t get much more central than this. A half-block from Union Square. Nice heated outdoor pool. Suites are great for families. Phone: 415-781-7800
San Francisco Handlery hotel with Kids.

Hotel del Sol (moderate) – The Marina

Kids love this fun and brightly colored hotel. Heated outdoor pool. Free continental breakfast. Fun things for kids include cookies, milk, cocoa, dvds, library, and pool toys. Many good kid-friendly restaurants within a short walk. Phone: 415-921-5520
Hotel del Sol with Kids.

Best Western Corte Madera (moderate) – Marin

Huge family suites can sleep a family of 6. Deluxe rooms are smaller (and cheaper) and fine for a family of 4. Large heated outdoor pool, 2 jacuzzis, fire pit, and free breakfast. The hotel is located across the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco. If you’re interested in the outdoor activities of beautiful Marin County or just want to enjoy a quiet spot outside the city this a great hotel and much cheaper than staying in the San Francisco. Phone: 415-924-1502
Best Westin in Marin County (near Sausalito) with Kids.

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7 questions and comments

  1. San Francisco Fairmont with Kids

    We have four kids (ages 9, 8, 5, and 4) and the best hotel we have found is the Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square. They are residences so they have full living rooms, kitchens, and multiple bedrooms – all right in the heart of the city. Free (and GREAT) breakfast and their “room service” is actually somebody from the hotel picking up food from any of the nearby restaurants. Their house car (an escalade) was also so nice when we were wanting to go to a Giants game but didn’t want to pile in a taxi. Bummed it didn’t make your list but it’s the only hotel I’d recommend when traveling with kids through SF.

    Jen G.

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  2. The Inn at Jack London Square in Oakland with Kids

    My 8 year old daughter and I will be visiting the Bay Area in September, 2016. We’re going to stay in Oakland (for a variety of reasons) and I’ve been looking at the Inn at Jack London Square. We don’t need anything fancy just good value, a pool, and walking distance to a few places to eat. Would you recommend this hotel?

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    1. DavidDavid Post author

      I like this hotel. There is some construction going on right now but that should be completed by early August. Pool and deck chairs are nice. Pool is bigger than pictures make it seem because it’s quite deep (8 feet at one end). Easy walk to the restaurants of Jack London Square along the water. Attached restaurant is good for breakfast. And Everett and Jones (1 minute walk from the hotel) has great bbq, beer, and pecan pie. This is a good value 3 star hotel and staff are very friendly.

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