Family Hotels in San Francisco

Updated: January, 2015

San Francisco with Kids - the best hotels

Recommended Family Hotels

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 parking (very rare in SF). 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 (budget) – 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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3 questions and comments

  1. Eton

    The new Exploratorium is amazing. Very kid friendly and a wonderful location right on the Bay. The Academy of Sciences is also great. A walk across the GG bridge and a visit to the cable car museum are good secondary choices. Alcatraz was sold out for weeks in advance so weren’t able to see that though the kids nor I weren’t too disappointed. Wish there were more hotels with swimming pools in our budget range. We recently moved to San Diego so I’m sure we’ll be back soon.

  2. Harris

    The best things to do with kids in SF include:
    -The Exploratorium (currently moving to new digs on the waterfront). If I had just one day in SF I’d spend most of it here. One of the best science museums in the world.
    -The California Academy of Science. Great natural history museum and aquarium. Nice location in Golden Gate Park.
    Tour Alcatraz. Best for kids older than 8 or 9. It’s very interesting and informing without being to much of a “tour”. You’re left to see the island prison at your own pace. Book your boat tickets as early as possible as they sell out far in advance.

    Renting bikes is another good idea. San Francisco Bike Rentals allows you to pick up and drop off rental bikes from different locations which is very handy.

  3. Cham

    We stayed at the Marriott Marquis. Great location near Union Square and lots of shopping. Walking distance to everything we were interested in. It has a nice pool which my son enjoyed. Starbucks in the lobby which I enjoyed, though it closes too early in the afternoon. A couple cons: wi-fi costs $14/day (it should be free). And the sports bar that was recommended to us by staff was a dive. We took the BART train from the airport (about $10 if I remember correctly) and it was fast and easy (about 30 minutes). The Powell Street station was only a block from the hotel. Cable car depot is two blocks away and lines were surprisingly short, probably because it was so cold. I would recommend this hotel as long as you’re not expecting a 5 star hotel.