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The destination of San Francisco is a great choice if you've been thinking about a holiday with your children. The interesting architecture, art scene and famous monuments are just a few things that make this an attractive family holiday destination. Arrange a flight into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), which is located 11.8 mi (19.1 km) from the city centre. San Francisco offers 367 child-friendly hotels and other types of accommodation so you'll have a variety of options when you're choosing where you want to stay.
Families on holiday have good things to say about these types of accommodation:
Hotel Zephyr: Offers free WiFi, an arcade and in-room fridges. This hotel is rated 3.5 stars.
Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport - South San Francisco – Features an indoor pool, a restaurant and free cooked-to-order breakfast. The overall comfort and central location make this 3.5-star hotel popular with guests.
Bay Landing San Francisco Airport Hotel – Offers free parking, free breakfast and laundry facilities. Guests like the overall comfort and clean rooms at this 3-star hotel.
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites-San Francisco Airport North – Features free parking, free breakfast and free WiFi. This 2-star hotel is popular with guests for its quiet location.
You're likely hoping for good weather for your family holiday. You can use these tips to plan when to grab the children and head to San Francisco.
While you are visiting San Francisco, you may want to round up the youngsters and make time to see interesting attractions such as Pier 39, Westfield San Francisco Centre and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Make sure that you have plenty of time to take in the area's activities such as Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Arts and Alcatraz Island.San Francisco is also well-known for its:
San Francisco has transport options that will make it easy for you and the family to get around. Walk to nearby metro stations like Powell St. Station, Montgomery St. Station and Civic Center Station. If you'd like to explore more of the area, hop aboard a train from San Francisco 4th and King Station, San Francisco 22nd Street Station or San Francisco Bayshore Station.
San Francisco family-friendly hotels welcome children and provide essentials for family travellers such as additional bedding for higher occupancy per room; in-room conveniences; and facilities for kids and family activities.
In-room: Connecting/adjoining rooms, family suites, babysitting services and refrigerators are some other room facilities to look out for. Family travellers find these helpful.
On premises: Family-friendly hotels may also have some additional recreational facilities such as outdoor pools, kiddy pools, playgrounds, kids clubs and game rooms.
*These are only guidelines as policies and amenities vary across hotels. For more information, view details listed on each property page.
While each San Francisco hotel defines its family room its own way, it usually refers to rooms available in the hotel that comfortably sleep at least 4 people. A family room is usually a larger room with 2 double/queen beds, or 1 double/queen bed and 2 twin beds. At some hotels, you might find 1 double bed for the parents and a sofa bed or bunk beds for the children.
The family room may also include other family-friendly conveniences such as infant beds, rollaway beds, a ground-floor location for convenience, treats for the kids, microwaves or refrigerators for meal preps.
Most of the time, family rooms provide bedding that sleeps at least 2 adults and 2 children, allowing a family of 4 to comfortably share one room.
Family-friendly hotels often also have additional rollaway beds and infant beds available (at a surcharge). If young children share existing bedding, there’s usually no extra charge So, depending if these are available at the hotel of your choice, it could be possible for more than 4 people to share a family room.
On Expedia, you will find room details listed for each room, such as number of beds and types of beds, so you can make the right choice to book for your family.
Yes. Look for San Francisco hotels with rooms which have 2 double beds or 2 queen beds. On Expedia, you can use the family-friendly filter to narrow your search. These hotels are more likely to have such rooms suitable for a family of 4 to stay comfortably in one room.
Alternatively, you could hire an infant crib or additional rollaway beds to fit more people in a regular 2-person room. Check if your hotel of choice provides these facilities.
*These are only guidelines as policies and amenities may vary across hotels. For more information, view details listed on each property page.
Yes, depending on the hotel’s policies, it could be possible. Many family-friendly hotels have higher occupancy rooms that come with beds for 4 people, sometimes more. Of those hotels, look out for one which provides the following options to accommodate a fifth person:
✓ Infant cribs available (free or surcharge)
✓ Kids-stay-free policies (younger children can share existing bedding at no extra charge)
✓ Rollaway beds available (free or surcharge)
✓ Extra guests allowed
Alternatively, look for hotels with family suites or 2 connecting rooms.
On Expedia, you can find these details listed on each property page. Note, age restrictions and hotel rules around qualifying as a family apply for all of the above. Not all hotels allow extra staying guests.
It depends on the hotel. Most of the time, yes a surcharge applies for any additional staying guest beyond the original capacity of the room -- for instance, having a third guest in a two-person room.
It’s not as clear in cases where the room already comes with enough beds to accommodate your guest(s).There may be no fees as many hotels charge per-room, not per-guest (unless breakfast is included). However, some hotels may still charge for any extra staying guest beyond the original number of guests mentioned in the booking. Many hotels require all staying guests to register their details.
Note that not all hotels allow extra overnight guests, so it’s best to check beforehand.
Generally speaking, young children under a certain age are not allowed their own room, unless it's a connecting room with their parents next door. Older children may be able to have their own room. It’s best to check the individual policy of the hotel you’re interested in, as this varies from one hotel to the next.
The terms ‘adjoining’ and ‘connecting’ are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing. That is, two hotel rooms that have a connecting door, where guests can move freely between both rooms without using the front door. For family travellers, this allows parents to have more comfort and privacy, yet remain within visible reach of their children comfortably in their own beds next door.
The more accurate term for this is connecting rooms. ‘Adjoining rooms’ are in fact simply two hotel rooms located next to each other.
On Expedia, you can check if a hotel has adjoining rooms in the room details or property details.
Adjoining/connecting rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
Family travellers love hotels with good swimming pools, kids clubs, good service, larger rooms (to accommodate families of 4 or 5), and have a convenient location for sightseeing.
Consider location and transport options carefully, ensuring it's convenient to get around San Francisco together as a family:
You have the option of hotel alternatives too:
You can start your search by entering your destination and dates, to see a list of hotels. Then check the filter box that says ‘family-friendly’, and sort the hotels to see the top recommended hotels, best deals or hotels with the best guest rating. Depending on the age of your children and the size of your family travelling together, different amenities will be more suitable. Look out for the features above.
You can also read genuine guest reviews from other family travellers. To do this, once you’ve found a hotel you’re interested in, click on the number of reviews, then select the ‘traveler type’ button. Here you can view only the most relevant reviews by selecting ‘families’ or ‘families with small children’.
If you have young children, look for San Francisco hotels which have the following available:
✓ Infant cribs
✓ Kids-stay-free policy
✓ Children’s pool
✓ Babysitting/childcare (free or surcharge)
✓ Supervised kids club
✓ Snacks available on-site
✓ Kids menu
Availability of these in-room facilities comes in handy for storing formula and preparing food:
If you have teenagers, look out for adjoining rooms, on-site arcade or gaming rooms, multiple pools, nearby activities and theme-park shuttles in your San Francisco hotel.
If you’re travelling with older folks, use the filters to search for family-friendly hotels with accessibility features. Consider booking ground-floor rooms for easy access.
For large families, check if hotels have✓ Kids-stay-free policy ✓ Additional/rollaway beds available for hire ✓ Connecting rooms ✓ Family suites ✓ Recreational activities for various ages.
On Expedia, you can use filters to search for family-friendly hotels, sort the hotels to view the cheapest first or the best deals available. When you’ve found a hotel you like, look at the guest rating or click on the number of guest reviews to see what past guests had to say.
Some other considerations to save costs are: