Review: Omni Hotel San Francisco
My husband’s work trip gave me the opportunity to fly out and meet him in San Francisco. I’ve been several times before, but it was his first time to the Golden City -which was a great opportunity to do many touristy activities and look out for child friendly attractions.
(Photo above courtesy of the Omni Hotel San Francisco)
We stayed at 3 places during our week long trip; The Omni Hotel in the city, our friend’s house in Novato and then at the Argonaut by Fisherman’s Wharf.
Overview of the Omni
The Omni is situated downtown in the Financial District, approximately 30 minutes from the San Francisco International Airport. It’s located on the cable car line and is in close proximity to Union Square. There are plenty of CVS pharmacies and Walgreens nearby if you need to purchase any nappies, groceries, milk etc. WiFi is available in the public areas, and if you join the Omni hotel club then you can have free WiFi in your room too.
There is no swimming pool on site but children can use the YMCA pool nearby for a fee.
The Omni San Francisco has one restaurant on site, ‘Bob’s Steak and Chop House’ which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service with a children’s menu is also available.
Room wise, they have several room choices including deluxe rooms with one king or two double beds. California suites come with a king size bed and a living area with sofa bed. Rooms come with Keurig or Nespresso maker with tea and coffee amenities. There is also a fridge in room. We had a deluxe room with a king bed. If you have younger children, then you’ll be pleased to know the rooms do come with a bath.
Child Friendly Facilities
The Omni San Francisco is not a hotel dedicated to kids and their specific needs – it clearly has a strong business market. It’s prime downtown location also makes it popular for tourists too. What it does do, is provide child friendly touches to it’s product which are greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, the Kids’ Sensory Suite is no longer available, but children do receive an Omni Kids Crew backpack. The backpack includes an activity book with stickers, crayons, binoculars and a small game. A further nice touch is the complimentary cookies and milk at bedtime.
In the restaurant, a colouring in menu is available and an Omni Kids Crew cup. The restaurant is quite dark inside with lots of wood panelling- one side does overlook the street. We only ate breakfast in the hotel and the portions were enormous but very tasty. The hotel has highchairs and are happy to puree fruit or vegetables upon request too!
As mentioned above, the rooms come with a minibar fridge, with some space for your own bits and pieces. If a parent needed to and wished to heat baby milk or baby food in the room, the hotel can provide a kettle upon request. There is a children’s menu within the room service menu too. Rest assured there were also plenty of kids TV and movies available too. Like most hotels, the rooms have black out curtains to aid sleep, which is particularly handy for overcoming a bit of jet-lag.
The staff were very helpful especially with tips for restaurants and the local surroundings. I was especially grateful when I realised for the first time in all my years of travelling, I had actually left something behind in the hotel safe, yet didn’t realise until two days later! My belongings were returned to me promptly and efficiently.
We had a lovely stay and for a downtown hotel, with easy access to transport and some attractions, the Omni San Francisco makes every effort for their younger guests. Little touches like pureeing food, providing milk and cookies, a kettle etc make travelling with kids just that little bit easier.
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