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Hotel Zephyr
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£146
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec
4.1/5Very Good! (4,848 reviews)

"Interesting decor. Like a combination shipping docks / nautical / exploration theme happening. Staff was nice, check in was smooth. Room was very comfortable. Only thing I thought was odd was that I thought the hand soap in the bathroom was lotion until I tested out the hand lotion."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

Hotel Zephyr
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
3.5 out of 5
150 Anza Blvd, Burlingame, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£102
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec
4.1/5Very Good! (2,915 reviews)

"We like happy hour and the free breakfast. Helps create a more relaxing stay."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport - South San Francisco
3.5 out of 5
250 Gateway Blvd, South San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£95
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec
3.6/5Good! (2,049 reviews)

"Room carpet/furniture needs to be updated. First time to be disappointed by Embassy Suite. Take care of your name brand. In the end of the day, that’s all we got."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019

Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport - South San Francisco
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport North
3.5 out of 5
5000 Sierra Point Pkwy, Brisbane, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£85
per night
20 Dec-21 Dec
4.3/5Excellent! (4,013 reviews)

"Great property, located near Downton (without paying parking) Near the airport as well. not may restaurants nearby though"…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Francisco Airport North
RIU Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£150
per night
16 Dec-17 Dec
3.9/5Very Good! (5,437 reviews)

"Great location, beautiful hotel. We enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

RIU Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Bay Landing San Francisco Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
1550 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£74
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec
4.4/5Wonderful! (5,053 reviews)

"Friendly staff, easy self parking, fast check-in/out, quiet room, comfortable bed, great view of the SFO landing strip. Needs updated electronics such as USB outlets. Overall this is a great place to stay in SF area."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

Bay Landing San Francisco Airport Hotel
Larkspur Landing South San Francisco - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
690 Gateway Blvd, South San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£77
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec
4/5Very Good! (2,126 reviews)

"I enjoyed my stay and will return, I wished there was a full breakfast service there."…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2019

Larkspur Landing South San Francisco - An All-Suite Hotel
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites SFO Airport N
2 out of 5
701 Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£94
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec
4.1/5Very Good! (1,389 reviews)

"Convenient access to highway 101. Updated room was nice and clean."…"

Reviewed on 7 Nov 2019

Americas Best Value Inn & Suites SFO Airport N
Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
5 out of 5
2 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£168
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec
4.5/5Wonderful! (3,613 reviews)

"Your staff are exceptional, friendly and courteous. Every interaction I had with them, from housekeeping to front desk to the bell captains was enjoyable and professional."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2019

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North
3 out of 5
2000 Shoreline Ct, Brisbane, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£99
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec
4.1/5Very Good! (1,524 reviews)

"Hotel was clean and had friendly staff. Also had great amenities."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2019

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellation
£102
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec
4.1/5Very Good! (2,130 reviews)

"nice, good location, many restaurants and convenient stores around,"…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Handlery Union Square Hotel
3.5 out of 5
351 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£114
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec
4/5Very Good! (5,375 reviews)

"The hotel is very near Union Square. Easy walk to the shops and restaurants. However, we stayed in the 2nd floor with no view..that was the only downfall. So before you check in, make sure to ask them if they can comp you to a higher floor with the view."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

Handlery Union Square Hotel
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf
3.5 out of 5
495 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellation
£109
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec
3.9/5Very Good! (4,768 reviews)

"The rooms were pleasant. Construction going on to update. Close to attractions. Parking was expensive to us."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£159
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec
4.3/5Excellent! (5,665 reviews)

"The location and ambiance was amazing. The room was comfortable and clean and the staff was very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
4 out of 5
333 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£112
per night
16 Dec-17 Dec
4/5Very Good! (10,052 reviews)

"I like the cleaness of the room and bathroom, the security in the building, the lobby area. Beside that there are rent-a-car offices and restaurants around the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2019

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
4 out of 5
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA
£150
per night
23 Dec-24 Dec
4.3/5Excellent! (4,900 reviews)

"It was a beautiful hotel with a great location. Has it’s iwn restaurant/ bar and coffee bar. However, parking across the street is an issue but either than that it was perfect."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf
3 out of 5
550 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellation
£114
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec
4.3/5Excellent! (2,264 reviews)

"Location was great and hotel was clean with great staff."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf
Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£112
per night
2 Jan-3 Jan
4.2/5Excellent! (12,530 reviews)

"I loved the location, everything is close to the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel
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Where should we stay in San Francisco?

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.

When should we visit San Francisco?

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.

  • Hottest months: September, October, August and July, with an average temperature of 21°F
  • Coldest months: December, January, February and November, with an average temperature of 8°F
  • Driest months: July, May, October and April, with an average rainfall of 20.50 inches
  • Rainiest months: December, January, February and March, with an average rainfall of 106.50 inches

What should we see and do in 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:
  • Museums
  • Theatre
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Monuments
  • Tours
  • Shopping

Getting around San Francisco

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.

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Travellers loved these Family-Friendly Hotels

What is a family-friendly hotel?

 

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.

 

What is the definition of a family room?

 

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.

 

How many people does a San Francisco hotel family room sleep?

 

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.

 

Can a family of 4 stay in one San Francisco hotel room?

 

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.

 

Can a family of 5 stay in one San Francisco hotel room?

 

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.

 

Do San Francisco hotels charge more for extra 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.

 

Can kids have their own hotel room in San Francisco?

 

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.

 

What is the difference between adjoining rooms and connecting rooms in a San Francisco hotel?

 

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.

 

How do you get an adjoining room at a San Francisco hotel?

 

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.

 

How do I choose a good family-friendly hotel in San Francisco?

 

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:

  • Hotel-airport shuttles (free or surcharge)
  • Free parking
  • Shuttles to family attractions (free or surcharge).
  • Well-connected public transportation nearby
  • Within walking distance to main attractions

 

You have the option of hotel alternatives too:

  • Spacious vacation rentals with multiple rooms
  • Aparthotels with in-room kitchenettes and laundry facilities
  • Unique local style of accommodation, for an authentic experience

 

How do I find a good family-friendly hotel in San Francisco on Expedia?

 

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’.

 

How do I choose a good San Francisco for a family with kids?

 

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:

✓ Microwave

✓ Refrigerator

✓ Kitchenette

 

How do I find a good San Francisco for a family with teenage children?

 

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.

 

How do I choose a San Francisco hotel that’s good for a family with elderly parents?

 

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.

 

How do I find hotels in San Francisco that are good for large families?

 

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.

 

How do I choose a good hotel for a San Francisco family holiday on a budget?

 

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:

  • Room Facilities: Rooms that sleeps four to six people, rollaway beds available, kids-stay-free policy. Kitchenette for preparing and reheating group meals. Aparthotels with laundry facilities. Free airport transfers, free parking.
  • Hotel Location: Cheaper hotels outside the city-centre or popular tourist areas, with public transportation nearby so it's convenient to get around. Or hotels in the best location where you can walk to attractions.
  • Vacation Rentals: These tend to be more spacious and do not have 24-hour front desks, toiletries or other frills, so you save on those costs.