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10 Best San Francisco Hotels for Families

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It”s nearly impossible to find an inexpensive hotel in San Francisco (but that”s the case in most cities). It”s not impossible, however, to find a lux hotel in the center of all the action. In the City by the Bay, these hotels are the best, as rated by our staff and other families like you. They are listed in no particular order.

Written by Amanda Geronikos


Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fisherman’s Wharf

This hotel is the only one in Fisherman"s Wharf to serve complimentary breakfast. Enough said… but in case you"re not sold, it"s also located just two blocks from a cable car stop, and offers free Wi-Fi. Guests of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fisherman"s Wharf enjoy access to the swimming pool at its sister hotel, Holiday Inn San Francisco - Fishermans Wharf, as well.

Holiday Inn San Francisco - Fisherman’s Wharf

Holiday Inn San Francisco - Fisherman"s Wharf has an onsite restaurant, swimming pool and free Wi-Fi -- everything families need during a vacation in San Francisco. The hotel is one block from Fisherman"s Wharf.

Omni San Francisco Hotel

The Omni San Francisco Hotel is a reliable choice for families, with a kids" program, onsite restaurant and free Wi-Fi. It also offers complimentary walking tours every Saturday, providing guests with a history of the City by the Bay. Tours last one to 1.5 hours.

Argonaut Hotel

Formerly a Kimpton Hotel, Argonaut Hotel remains a boutique property in Fisherman"s Wharf. The deluxe hotel features nautical-themed guestrooms and suites, along with a restaurant and bar. Other perks include wine receptions for parents, a spa and the ability to bring pets.

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

The Hilton San Francisco Union Square provides easy access to shopping (bring your teens), as well as the famous cable car turn-around at Market and Powell. It also has an outdoor pool, two restaurants (including a Starbucks), free Wi-Fi and the option to rent a mini-fridge for your room.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco

The Grand Hyatt San Francisco offers complimentary mini-fridges in guestrooms and suites -- a rarity in San Francisco, yet a valued perk for families. It also offers a restaurant, as well as a coffee bar, where you can purchase snacks and drinks on the go. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available, so it"s easy to upload scenic shots of Union Square outside.


The BEST WESTERN PLUS The Tuscan is located in Fisherman"s Wharf, and features complimentary Wi-Fi and evening wine receptions, along with the option to bring pets. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at the onsite restaurant, Pescatore.

Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel

After a trip to nearby Alcatraz Island and Ghirardelli Square, relax in the outdoor swimming pool at Sheraton Fisherman"s Wharf Hotel, or if it"s chilly, warm up by one of the cozy fire pits. The hotel"s rooms offer the option to rent movies or video games, and pets are welcome in select units. Wi-Fi is free if you sign up to become a member of Starwood Preferred Guests (also free).

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

Opened in 1904, The Westin St. Francis is situated in Union Square, close to the Theatre District. It features a spa, juice bar and free Wi-Fi, along with stunning views. Visit during the winter holidays to see the hotel"s giant sugar tree, decorated with more than 1,000 pieces of candy!

Handlery Union Square Hotel

The Handlery Union Square Hotel is an especially ideal hotel for families, with a lovely, heated pool and onsite restaurant. Guestrooms and suites -- situated in four sections of the hotel -- provide mini-fridges and complimentary Wi-Fi. Pets are also welcome in select accommodations.

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