*Welcome to our new format for family-friendly hotel reviews! Here we are giving you the family-friendly basics—why, where, what, how much and a few other essential bits of info. We'll be compiling as many of these as we can, but we'd also love for YOU, yes, you to submit your own reviews. So drop us a line. We can't wait to read your stuff! Love, T+G.
Why We Chose It: We looked at Airbnb options in San Francisco but the listings were confusing, and with three kids, including a 10-month-old, not very appealing. (I may or may not have had a panic attack looking at these options worrying about their safety.) Thus, we decided a hotel would be the way to go. The St. Regis is all-out luxury, but we reasoned that it was just for a few days and it was Spring Break. #treatyourwholefamily.
The Location: Everyone loves to stay around Union Square in San Francisco but the St. Regis, which is technically in the SoMa nabe on Third Street, is in a killer location. It's adjacent to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It's across from the Yerba Buena Center. It's about two blocks from the Children's Creativity Museum. Another two blocks from all the shopping and fun stuff on Market, including the Cable Car station. And perhaps most importantly, two blocks from a Target. (We made three trips during our three-day stay.)
The Room: Initially, we were booked into a Grand Deluxe Double room but with the baby going to bed at least two hours before everyone else, we (wisely) paid for an upgrade to a St. Regis suite at check-in. This suite has about 700-sq.ft. and, which is most important, a bedroom that is separated from the sitting room. So in goes the baby at 6:30pm, and out goes Mom and Dad to hang with the other two kids. The best part of the suite, however, was the long window seat where the girls sat and played with LOL dolls and watched the world go by.
The Amenities: St. Regis really knows families. They gave the kids a little knapsack at check-in with a teddy bear and reusable water bottle. They also brought up child-sized bathrobes, a bottle warmer/sterilizer, several bottles of water for bottle-making, milk and cookies for the older kids, and since it was Easter, they put a little Easter basket with candies outside our door on Easter morning. For adults, the turndown service is a delight, complete with slippers at the side of the bed. Additionally, guests in a suite have the prompt services of a St. Regis butler who can bring up coffee and tea in the mornings and whatever else you need during your stay.
The Rest of The Hotel: The hotel is a rather modern-looking affair with black and grey decor and a sleek fire pit in the lobby. The lounge and bar is also a popular spot for locals to congregate at night. But it's not rowdy. It's all very classy and elegant, probably thanks to the champagne hour that begins nightly at 6pm with a white-gloved champagne saber. Yet the shining jewel of the hotel is it's 6th floor indoor saltwater pool, just past the spa. We took the kids there for an afternoon and had the entire pool to ourselves, during spring break. This was a major win for us.
Bonus Tips: The hotel has one main restaurant called The Grill and it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is good, nothing amazing, yet it can get very expensive, even more so when eating with children. They do have a kids menu but closely analyze all your options to see what you can split. We're not being miserly here but it's always exasperating to pay $16 for a breakfast that a child has two bites of and then announces she's full.
Rate: An average rate for this hotel is around $500 but can increase during peak times. Also, this hotel is the host hotel for teams playing the Golden State Warriors so booking a room here may come with a side of NBA stardom.
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