Argonaut Hotel -- Close to all the funky kid fun of Fisherman’s Wharf and the National Maritime Museum, this bayside hotel also has kid-friendly perks like board games, PG movies, a Wii system in the lobby, and the chance for each child to grab a gift from the hotel’s “treasure chest.”
Beresford Arms Hotel -- TThe Parlor Suite can sleep up to a family of seven and comes with a full kitchen and dining room—all for around $299. The Junior Suite sleeps six and costs around $259. Located a few blocks from Union Square, this Victorian charmer is perfect for families on a budget wanting a little extra space.
The Fairmont San Francisco -- While the glamorous lobby and spectacular Nob Hill city views delight parents, the whole family will be thrilled by the hotel’s Tonga Room, a fantastically kitsch tropical bar and restaurant where “rain” falls every 30 minutes.
Hotel Del Sol -- It’s as colorful as a box of crayons, but tots are more likely to be impressed by the VIP treatment they’ll receive. With a lending library, toys and movies, evening cookies and milk, a heated pool, and a nearby park, what’s not to love?
Hotel Diva -- The sleek, mod Diva has all sorts of fun, kid-friendly perks. Check out SF’s version of the Walk of Fame right outside the door, and definitely ask about their two-room Little Divas Suite, with bunk beds, drawing tables, and a TV loaded with kids' movies.
Ritz-Carlton -- The Ritz’s Very Important Kid program offers a kid-size in-room tent, coloring books, and milk and cookies at turndown.
Seal Rock Inn -- The Seal Rock’s setting—surrounded by parks, across the street from the beach, and just a few minutes from the San Francisco Zoo—is a real draw, as are the hotel’s suites with kitchenettes.
Stanyan Park Hotel -- Plenty of elbow room and a half-block walk to Golden Gate Park’s Children’s Playground make this admittedly dated hotel in the Haight a prime budget spot for crashing family-style. The biggest bonuses are the suites, which come with one or two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a dining area.
Westin St. Francis -- A classic San Francisco hotel down to its hospitality, the Westin welcomes little ones with gifts and toys, including coloring books and crayons. Kids love riding in the glass elevators, and the bustle of Union Square is right outside the front door.