San Francisco has accommodation in every imaginable style and price category, from luxurious downtown options such as the Four Seasons to the surprisingly comfortable San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel (sfhostels.com) in wooded Fort Mason park.
Those on family holidays or breaks gravitate towards international chain hotels such as the Hilton in Fisherman’s Wharf and the oversized Marriott Marquis, since they have swimming pools and family-friendly room configurations. But San Francisco also has dozens of unique and comfortable boutique hotels, including the Argonaut and the Hotel Adagio, that are worth considering.
While families with cars may opt for Marina District motels, many of which offer free parking, be sure not to get rooms not overlooking noisy Lombard Street. Or consider staying in Japantown, at the Kabuki Hotel, where the distance from Union Square means better bang for your buck.
For eco-friendly family options in the area, see Green Places to Stay: Americas. If you're thinking about exploring further afield, consider a fly-drive motorhome holiday.