San Francisco has nearly universal appeal to travelers. It is a city visited by people from every part of the globe in all stages of life. Teen-friendly shops on Pier 39, the new San Francisco Dungeon, the ever-popular Alcatraz Island and many more sight-seeing activities available day and night make the city perfect for family vacations and sure to please children of all ages. San Francisco is an ideal family vacation destination year-round.
With the where to visit question answered, the where to stay question becomes crucial. My husband and I took two of our five boys on a spring break trip to San Fran just a few weeks ago. We’re seasoned travelers and so understand the enormous impact hotel choice has on the quality of the vacation. We chose the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport South San Francisco because it checked all the boxes of my top five list of requirements for choosing a hotel for a family vacation.
Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Hotel for a Family Vacation:
1. Space – the more your family has to call its own, the more family members will get along.
2. Sleeping arrangements – kids who don’t sleep well tend to radiate misery the next day. Let them sleep.
3. Proximity of children to parents – from toddlers to older teenagers, having an eye on them from inside the same hotel room is helpful to prevent disaster.
4. Hotel fun factor – hotels that have a high fun factor are remembered and revered by the kids for years to come.
5. Proximity of hotel to main attractions and airport – this is less important than you may think. You don’t want to be an hour away, but staying just outside of tourist-packed areas of the city tends to be cheaper and quieter.
The space at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport is ideal for two parents and two kids. We reserved a larger corner suite on the top floor (Executive Suite). Our room had a large family room with a comfortable full sofa bed and flat TV, plus a beverage area (complete with Keurig, mini fridge, counter and sink) and a dining room table. With a layout so conducive to eating in the room, we let them order room service on our first day (they LOVED the luxury). Past the table were floor-to-ceiling windows with an expansive view of South San Francisco and to the left, my husband and I enjoyed our huge master bedroom and bathroom. Our room also had wide windows with a view, a king bed, reading chair, flat TV, carved wood wardrobe and a sink area with granite counter tops. The bathroom boasted a granite counter top and an oversized shower/tub combo. To sum it up, we had all the space we needed to enjoy relaxing evenings without bumping into each other.
Both the sofa bed and king bed received high marks for comfort and quality of bedding from all family members. This used to be an area where some hotels skimped, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. It’s clear this hotel values sleep quality.
On several trips, we’ve reserved adjoining rooms for family vacations. This is also a great option, but in my opinion, it is not as good as sharing a large suite. Here’s why – reserving two rooms costs twice as much, the kids can lock parents out of an adjoining room, and there is a certain togetherness than is felt while sharing a suite.
The fun factor of Embassy Suites SFO Airport South San Francisco is second only to hotels near theme parks. The gorgeous lush atrium and exotic live koi gracing the ponds were my favorite features. In your average lobby, exploring takes minutes, not an hour. The gift shop sold fun items the boys enjoyed buying. The top floor of this hotel comes with a code to get snacks and drinks free from the vending machine – free! This feature alone earned the hotel a “ten” in their minds. The pool was warm and not crowded. The included breakfast buffet was both fun and incredibly convenient (word to the wise – go early for the best selection of food and places to eat). Although we didn’t try the restaurant, next time we will. There is a benefit to an on-site restaurant after a long day touring.
Book your room! For families traveling to San Francisco looking for the luxury of SPACE in a great location near the airport, but only minutes away from the sights in the city, this hotel is a wonderful choice.
For more information on Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport South San Francisco or to book a stay, please visit their website.
Examiner’s Note: Many thanks to David Trumble and Danielle Vivion for arranging my stay.
Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My husband, David, and I occasionally create luxury hotel video reviews for our YouTube channel, Travel by Lori. See them by visiting http://www.YouTube.com/TravelbyLori.