If you”re looking for a luxury hotel in San Francisco, you”re in luck — the City by the Bay features some of the world”s fanciest, most expensive hotels. These luxury resorts in San Francisco are the best for families, with kids” programming, onsite dining, city tours, car service and more — as rated by our staff of experts and other family travelers.
Written by Morgan Agesen
Omni San Francisco Hotel
Located right on a cable car line and a short walk from Union Square, Omni San Francisco Hotel features a convenient location and complimentary walking tour of the city every Saturday. Rooms feature coffeemakers, complimentary Wi-Fi for Select Guest members (membership is free), clocks with iPod docking stations, and in-room movies. The Omni Sensational Kids program provides your little ones with activity books filled to the brim with healthy snack recipes and fun games, twisty tomato straws, memory match-up cards and crayons. Onsite family dining is available at Bob"s Steak & Chop House and Bobs Bar, in addition to in-room dining. When it"s time for a workout, there"s a 1,500-square-foot fitness center available.
A stay at the Argonaut Hotel (formerly a Kimpton Hotel) is one you and your family are sure to remember. Located at Fisherman"s Wharf, this nautical-themed hotel includes amenities such as laundry services, a fitness center, and onsite family dining at the Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar. Rooms feature coffeemakers; yummy treats in the fully stocked, in-room honor bars; and luxurious bath amenities. Suites feature the same amenities, in addition to separate living areas with sleeper sofas and dining areas that accommodate up to six people.
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
Families should consider a stay at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. Amenities include a fitness center, complimentary overnight shoe shining and a 24-hour, personal wake-up service. This hotel is pet-friendly, as well. Rooms feature coffeemakers, terry cloth bathrobes and slippers for each guest, large bathtubs and fully stocked in-room bar refrigerators, and suites feature separate living areas and master bathrooms with dual sinks. Kids can participate in the Ritz Kids program, which includes welcome cards, toys and food amenities in your room, kids" menus at the onsite restaurant (Parallel 37), and a fond farewell card and amenity in your room. Parents -- treat yourselves to some relaxation at the Spa~De~Vie.
BEST WESTERN PLUS The Tuscan
BEST WESTERN PLUS is BEST WESTERN"s luxury level option, and the BEST WESTERN PLUS The Tuscan doesn"t disappoint, with offerings such as a fitness center adjacent to the hotel; complimentary Wi-Fi; complimentary limousine or town car to the shopping districts from 7 to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday; and laundry services. This hotel is pet-friendly, as well. Rooms feature coffeemakers, and onsite family dining is available at Pescatore.
Located in the financial district of San Francisco is the Palace Hotel. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, laundry services, babysitting services, and Wi-Fi (for a fee). Rooms feature a plethora of amenities, including mini-fridges, complimentary newspapers, pay-per-view movies, and complimentary bottled water. Fabulous onsite family dining is available at the Garden Court and the Pied Piper.
This all-suite hotel, overlooking the San Francisco Bay, offers families amenities such as daily continental breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. (for a fee), complimentary BMW Bicycles (for Fairmont President"s Club Loyalty Members), laundry services, babysitting services, in-room massages, and airport transfers. Suites at the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square feature DVD and CD players, fully equipped kitchens and refrigerators. Treat the family to a round of golf, a Broadway show, a baseball game, or a football game nearby.
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
The Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the perfect place for families to rest their heads after their jam-packed days in Shaky Town. Kids" amenities include milk and cookies, child-size bathrobes, and complimentary baby and children"s toiletries. Other family-friendly amenities include DVD players and babysitting services. Parents are invited to do some laps in the adults-only indoor lap pool or relax and unwind at the spa (for guests ages 16 and older). Rooms feature free Wi-Fi, complimentary newspapers, and iHome alarm clocks. Onsite family dining is available at MKT Restaurant.
Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
This hip and happening hotel, located in Union Square, has a little something for everyone in the family. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi for Kimpton Karma Rewards members (sign up - it"s free!), onsite family dining at Scala"s Bistro, complimentary morning coffee, complimentary bicycles and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Forgot It? We"ve Got ItÃ¢â‚¬Â travel necessities. Rooms at Sir Francis Drake Hotel feature on-demand movies and video games. This hotel is pet-friendly, as well. Families will benefit from the Kimpton Kids program, too, which includes travel gear, such as strollers; goldfish to Ã¢â‚¬Å“rentÃ¢â‚¬Â for your room; and babysitting services. Parents will love the complimentary evening wine receptions, hosted daily.
InterContinental San Francisco
The InterContinental San Francisco, located in the ever-so-lively South of Market community of San Francisco, offers guests amenities such as airport transportation (for a fee), laundry services, Wi-Fi, an indoor swimming pool and babysitting services and activities. Rooms feature iPod docking stations and high-speed Internet, while suites feature sofa beds and separate dining and living areas. Onsite family dining is available at Luce. Ample museums are nearby, as well as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman"s Wharf.
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