San Francisco on the Cheap: Best Family Friendly Hotels

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Hotel Diva’s Kids’ Suite.

This year the hotel prices in the city are through the roof–an astounding three times the normal jaw-dropping rates we see at this time of year. It’s not even because the sun is out, or that the Oracle Convention is coming to town, nor that there seems to be an event on every weekend (whoop whoop). Nope, it’s because of America’s Cup–which ends on September 21.

After that, if you are visiting SF with your kids, don’t fret, prices will drop to their normal stupidly expensive rates and you’ll be able to score a room that might allow you to afford a Giants Dog at AT&T Park.

Still reading? Below are some of my family’s faves worth a peek.

Hotel Del Sol might not be in the center of town (it’s eons from Union Square, a plus in my book), but the retro chic decor, the pool populated with kid toys, and the proximity to Crissy Field and the Marina makes this a fun spot for families with a car.

If you really want to stay near Union Square, Personality Hotels offers a couple properties with kids’ suites. Hotel Diva is a great find for celeb-styled quarters with doors leading to a kiddo-haven decked out with a bunkbed, Wii, and karaoke machine, not to mention toys galore. Their other property, Hotel Union Square, looks out onto the cable car line, and is Kai’s favorite for their SF Giants themed suite.

In Fisherman’s Wharf, check out Columbus Motor Inn, especially if you have a car as (I am not lying) PARKING IS FREE. The rooms are as modest as can be, but you can walk to Fisherman’s Wharf, the Cable Car and the Exploratorium.

In Japantown, Hotel Tomo appeals to anime fans and families interested in one of the city’s funkiest neighborhoods (which also rocks some amazing eats). Rooms are on the small side, but because of the location (you probably want a car), it’s not out of control expensive.

If you are visiting the city between September and November, you won’t be disappointed with Seal Rock Inn’s address near Ocean Beach. Their pool, ping pong areas, and simple rooms cater to adventurous families able to brave the wind and fog.

For more information on San Francisco on the cheap, purchase a copy of my Northern California: An Explorer’s Guide, or Backroads and Byways of Northern California.

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