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If you’re traveling with your family, the amenities at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco fall into two categories: those for the kids and those for Mom and Dad. As long as you mention children at the time of booking, your kids will be welcomed with milk and cookies at check-in. They’ll also find just-for-kids toiletries, child-sized bathrobes, coloring books, board games and children’s selections in the hotel’s DVD library. The pool at the hotel is only for guests 16 and older, but those who don’t make the cutoff can head to the pool at the Marriott Marquis around the corner, which welcomes youngsters.
There’s a children’s room service menu and a kids menu at Seasons, the hotel’s restaurant, that features classics like PB&J, mac and cheese, chicken tenders and hot dogs. You’ll also find yummy kid-friendly desserts, such as chocolate chip cookies, pudding and a make-your-own sundae. If your kids are early risers, they’ll love the breakfast-in-bed options: silver dollar pancakes, Belgian waffles and French toast. For families who want a little privacy, children can stay in an adjoining room — the hotel can turn a one-bedroom suite into a two- or three-bedroom setup. In the kids’ separate room, the standard refrigerated private bar will be stocked with snacks and drinks for the short set.
For guests with very young children, the hotel will provide parents with childproofing items, nightlights, high chairs, cribs and rollaway beds at no extra charge. Child care can be requested through the concierge, but to guarantee a babysitter — the hotel uses highly recommended sitters who are bonded and insured — be sure to book 24 hours in advance. The concierge will also be happy to arrange family activities in San Francisco, like sea-lion-watching on Pier 39, walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, ice skating, riding on a cable car, visiting a hands-on children’s museum or watching chocolate makers at work in Ghirardelli Square.