With its liberal culture, recognized architecture, and long-stretched beaches, San Francisco truly is an iconic city in California. The San Francisco Bay Area, however, covers a much wider area including nine counties with a population of approximately 7.8 million people. Most people divide the area up in five subregions: San Francisco, Peninsula (Silicon Valley), South Bay, East Bay, and North Bay.

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Top 5 Hotels for Families with Children in the San Francisco Bay Area

Palihotel San Francisco – San Francisco, mid-range

This 3-star property is conveniently located near several attractions, with the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, Union Square, the Children’s Creativity Museum, and the Coit Tower within walking distance. Palihotel San Francisco has an array of family-friendly facilities, a dedicated excursion desk where you can inquire about tickets and tours, bicycle rental, and family rooms for up to 4 guests. The rooms offer excellent city views and are equipped with a flat-screen tv, a dining area, and a minibar. The hotel allows pets upon request, which means that the complete family is welcome to stay in this property in downtown San Francisco. Tel. +1 415-400-0500


Silverado Resort and Spa – Napa, luxury

For an exciting family getaway in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Silverado Resort and Spa is one of the most attractive options. The 4-star estate has everything to keep you and the kids entertained; Silverado Resort and Spa has 10 pools, a tennis court, and two golf courses. Other than that, the resort has a large spa and wellness area, a gym, three restaurants, and bicycles available for rent. On sunny days it’s a joy to simply hang out around the property. The hotel has a garden, picnic spots, and a fully furnished terrace where you can enjoy the quality time with your loved ones.

Silverado Resort and Spa has spacious rooms with a coffee machine, an iPod dock, and a walk-in bathroom. There are family rooms available with a balcony, dining table, and living room. Tel. +1 888-882-3780


Parc 55 San Francisco A Hilton Hotel – San Francisco, luxury

A prime location, lots of compelling amenities, and rooms with the most stunning views; there’s much to love about Parc 55 San Francisco in the downtown district. Within the property, you’ll find a restaurant and a bar. Coffee and tea are available for guests throughout the day at no additional fee. To give you energy for a day of discovering San Francisco, go for the optional buffet breakfast, which is displayed every morning in the lounge. Parc 55 has a wide array of services, including daycare for the smallest travelers and an excursion desk where you can arrange tours. The hotel does offer rooms suitable for families. Some of the comforts of the rooms are a lounge area, a bathroom with tub, and splendid views over San Francisco.

The lounge of Parc 55 San Francisco A Hilton Hotel has vending machines, an ATM, and a large sitting area to hang out with family and friends. Tel. +1 415-392-8000


Best Western Plus Garden Court Inn – Fremont, budget

As far as budget accommodations go in the San Francisco Bay Area, there’s hardly any better value for money than the Best Western Plus Garden Court Inn in Fremont. This hotel has classic rooms equipped with coffee and tea facilities, patio, balcony, and a fridge. To keep you and the children entertained, indulge in the outdoor pool, gym and wellness facilities like jacuzzi and hot tub. In case you’re on a more extended trip, and you run out of clothes, Best Western Plus Garden Court Inn has a handy laundry and dry cleaning service. Family rooms are available.

The outdoor area of Best Western Plus Garden Court Inn invites guests to relax, with a terrace, garden, and barbecue facilities exclusively for customers to use. Tel. +1 510-792-4300


Hotel Valencia Santana Row – San Jose, mid-range

See our detailed hotel review here, and video about Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose.

The location of Hotel Valencia Santana Row is nearly perfect; the property is surrounded by shopping malls and restaurants. You’ll find numerous family-friendly amenities, like the large pool, a wellness center, and the fitness room where you join several classes.

Furthermore, the hotel has a couple of bars, a Spanish restaurant, and a rooftop terrace with wonderful vistas. The rooms come with a whole bunch of perks, such as flat-screen tv, a Nespresso machine, and newspapers upon request.

Even though Hotel Valencia Santana Row lies in an urbanized area, it’s easy to escape to the nearby forests and beaches to have a magical holiday time with family. Tel. +1 408-551-0010 

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