Hello lovelies! As you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram (and if you don’t, get on that yo, link is in the sidebar!), we spent a couple of days in one of our favorite cities, San Francisco, a couple weeks ago. It was the first time we have traveled with Squirt as a family anywhere other than Disneyland, and it was definitely his longest car ride to date. In general, he did very well and we had an awesome time. I’m going to be sharing some of the highlights of our trip with you over the coming weeks, and I figured I would start with a review of our hotel, the Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf.
For this trip, we stayed at the Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf. Despite our multiple trips to San Francisco in the past, we had never stayed at this hotel before, and we had never really stayed near the Wharf before so we had lots of new experiences. We tend to visit Nor Cal at least once a year (though this was the first time since Squirt was born) and we both have friends who have lived or live in the Bay Area so we are very familiar with the city, and even though we are technically out-of-towners, we tend to live more like a local than a true tourist. One of our favorite things about SF is the walkability of the city, and that was probably the best thing about our hotel. We parked the car the first day we arrived and didn’t go near it again until it was time to pack up and leave. We didn’t venture too far from our neighborhood, but if we had wanted to, public transit would have been readily available.
The other major plus of the Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf is the size. We basically had a full kitchen, complete with a regular size fridge, sink and microwave.
If you have traveled with kids before, you know how important a kitchen is. This was one of the best we have ever had in a hotel before, so it was a huge selling point for us.
Our suite was also equipped with a separate bedroom, which is another awesome selling point when traveling with a little one. We set up the Pack N Play (which the hotel had on hand) in the bedroom so we could put Squirt down and still have adult conversation time in the living room. The sofa in the living room was also a pull out bed, so that is where Matt and I slept. Pull out sofas are never the most comfortable, but it was nice to not have to worry about waking Squirt when we went to bed.
The room also came with a small table, and even a small writing desk. Really, it was like staying in a small one bedroom apartment rather than a hotel room. Space wise, we were super comfortable and it was a great space to stay in with a toddler.
Another bonus of the Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf is the rooftop deck (though this is a feature we might have enjoyed more sans kiddo). There is a small deck on the roof of the hotel that is set up with a couple of tables and chairs, and some lounge chairs. It’s not very big, so if there are multiple guests up there at the same time it can be a little crowded, but the views are so amazing, who cares.
We would have loved to have been able to enjoy a drink on the roof deck, but those are the breaks when traveling with a little one! As you’ll see in upcoming posts, we were able to hit a ton of major San Francisco attractions, including Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghiradelli Square, both of which were within an easy walking distance of the Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf. There were some hiccups in the hotel while we were there (we didn’t have hot water for one of the days and the wifi was terrible), but we will 100% stay at this location again because it was so easy to get to everything. Squirt really enjoyed our day at Fisherman’s Wharf, but his favorite part of the trip was seeing the trolleys up close and personal (there is a trolley stop right outside the hotel). Of all the places we have stayed in San Francisco, this one was the most family friendly, and that is why we will keep it on our list of favorites, at least for the next few years. It’s in a great location and has amazing space, and honestly, with a toddler, those two selling points make it worth it right there!