Ready to explore the city by the Bay? Check out these family-friendly hotels in a variety of price ranges.

By Laura Hilgers
October 05, 2005

$ budget choice

$$ mid-range

$$$ luxury accommodations

$$ Sheraton Fisherman's WharfFamilies will love this nautical-theme hotel not only for its location (a stone's throw from Pier 39 in the heart of the Wharf) but also for its heated outdoor pool. There's a fitness room for parents too. Double rooms start at $149 a night. 2500 Mason Street; 415-362-5500;

$$ Argonaut HotelThis new Kimpson Boutique hotel, housed in the historic 1907 Haslett Warehouse on Fisherman's Wharf, offers views of Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and San Francisco Bay in a location just steps away from the most popular tourist attractions. The Argonaut's family-adventure package, which starts at $219 a night, includes a queen room for up to four people, breakfast for four, one-day cable car passes, a toy for each child, boarding passes for the Hyde Street Pier, and a Pier 39 Fun Pack. 495 Jefferson Street; 866-415-0704;

$$$ Four Seasons Hotel San FranciscoThough this hotel -- located near the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Union Square -- is serenely elegant, their service-friendly staff will go to great lengths to accommodate little ones, from finding out what they love doing (and helping make it possible) to stocking the mini-bar with kid-friendly foods. For parents only: 100,000-square-foot health club offering every amenity, including yoga and Pilates classes. Rooms start at $339 a night. 757 Market Street; 415-633-3636;

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