I love a good family friendly luxury hotel as much as the next gal, but sometimes I find myself in a situation where, due to an unfortunate date choice on my part, my preferred hotel’s prices have shot into the stratosphere. Such is the case for what was supposed to be an ‘inexpensive’ family getaway to San Francisco. I nabbed (rather too spontaneously) an amazing deal on our flights, but when it came to booking our accommodation, I was shocked to find that for these particular dates 4 star hotels were going for $1000/night and 3 stars for $600/night. Was this a joke? While I fully respect the laws of supply and demand, there was no way I was going to pay this.
It was time for ‘plan B’ so I turned to the world of vacation rentals by owner and the popular website Airbnb.com. Being that Airbnb is based in San Francisco, using them seemed particularly fitting.
When it came to finding the perfect vacation rental for our family, I had a number of things that were important to me. While we didn’t really need a whole house, I wanted something with a separate entrance, a small kitchen, wifi, some great style, stellar reviews from previous guests, and ideally, a unit that was not the owner’s primary residence (I don’t like the idea of finding a leftover sandwich in the fridge). I also quickly ruled out vacation rentals where the owner didn’t bother to take decent photo, or worse, didn’t tidy up before taking photos. It’s an attention to detail thing. If you can’t be bothered to get your listing right, how could you possibly run a good vacation rental property?
In the end, I found a number of gorgeous family-friendly short term apartment and suite rentals in San Francisco, and was fortunate that my top pick was available (#1 from the list below). For less than $300/night (with taxes, cleaning charge and Airbnb fees included), I found something that would be just perfect for us. If you are also looking for a vacation rental in San Francisco suitable for a family with a baby, toddler or young children, check out this list:
Important note: If you are new to Airbnb, you can receive a $20 credit towards your first booking. See my invitation link here.
5 lovely kid friendly vacation rentals in san francisco
1. the welcoming 1 bedroom garden flat – noe valley (sleeps 4 for $230 USD /night).
This modern and stylish garden suite sleeps 4 in a one bedroom plus pull out sofa bed in the living room. It has a bright galley kitchen, washer, dryer and pretty garden patio. It also happens to be in a very nice neighborhood with many restaurants, cafes and even a Whole Foods nearby. Read more about Airbnb listing 2519809.
2. the charming and private garden suite – ocean beach ( sleeps 4 for $224/night)
Ideal for the active family, this suite is a five minute walk to the beach and close to many hiking trails as well as Golden Gate park. It has a queen bed in the master, as well as two trundle beds in the living room. This popular Airbnb host has been known to leave yummy treats, and even breakfast for her guests. Read more about Airbnb listing 3168359.
Apartment in San Francisco, United States. Spacious, quiet and beautifully decorated, this private garden 1 bedroom sleeps 4. Ideally located beside the beautiful ocean view walks at Lands End. Roll out of bed and grab breakfast at one of the diners just a half a block away with panoramic… View all listings in San Francisco
3. victorian nopa flat with 13 foot ceilings ($245/night)
The Haight Estate offers a newly renovated fifteen hundred (1500) square foot Victorian era flat with thirteen foot high ceilings, two king bedrooms, two baths, a living room, kitchen and separate dining room that seats eight comfortably.
Apartment in San Francisco, United States. Experience old world San Francisco charm in one of San Francisco’s most vibrant and fastest growing neighborhoods in this beautiful Victorian home. The Haight Estate offers a newly renovated fifteen hundred (1500) square foot Victorian era flat w… View all listings in San Francisco
4. dutch colonial home close to Golden Gate Park ($350/night)
Enjoy this spacious, inviting, and kid-friendly 3-story Dutch Colonial style home located four blocks from Golden Gate Park and one block from the University of San Francisco in the trendy Nopa neighborhood. The home is a true “only in San Francisco” experience being a secret, hidden house built and tucked behind a traditional street-facing Victorian.
House in San Francisco, United States. Our spacious and comfy 3-story, 3-bedroom home can sleep 4-6 adults and 2 kids. It’s located in the central neighborhood of NOPA (North of Panhandle). We’re a short walk to Golden Gate Park, USF, Haight Ashbury district, & the Divisadero corridor…. View all listings in San Francisco
5. charming 2 bedroom home – pacific heights ($248/night for up to 6 people)
This nicely decorated two bedroom Victorian apartment is only one block from Filmore and close to many great shop, restaurants and a Whole Foods. It also has a well equipped kitchen for those who enjoy cooking in, and recent updates such as a renovated bathroom. Read more about Airbnb listing 982029.
Apartment in San Francisco, United States. This quaint apartment is located two blocks away from charming stores of Fillmore Street, and about a 5 minute cab ride away from the Marina. The apartment is located on the middle floor of a beautiful 4 unit Victorian building. There are two fu… View all listings in San Francisco
If you are new to Airbnb, you can receive a $20 credit towards your first booking. Click my invitation link here.
Enjoy your family vacation to San Francisco !