Rosewood Sand Hill Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The stylish and modern Rosewood Sand Hill is a wonderful pick for families. The hotel offers top luxury in a family-friendly atmosphere, and features great amenities for kids, including a fun outdoor pool, children’s menu, babysitting services and velour terry child-sized robes and slippers. The Rose Buds program offer great conveniences such as baby toiletries, in-room wireless baby monitors, cribs, changing tables, bed rails, and bottle warmers. Several room types come with two queen beds, and rollaway beds are available in certain rooms. The Michelin-starred Madera Restaurant and the luxury spa are great perks for adults, too. Its pool is bigger and kid-friendlier than the narrow rooftop pool at the Four Seasons, making it our top pick.
Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Four Seasons brand is known for its myriad family-friendly services, and this property is no different. From welcome gifts for kids, to child-size bathrobes and kids’ menus, parents are covered here. The hotel also offers babysitting services; childproof rooms; free cribs and rollaway beds, and a concierge who can help arrange family-friendly activities during your stay. But there’s also a lot for adults -- a lovely rooftop pool with free sunscreen, a luxurious spa, and a fine dining restaurant.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The 261-room Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay serves the Ritz-Carlton name well, offering stunning rooms, a large spa, and beautiful bay views, which make for a wonderful romantic getaway. However, there are several outstanding family-friendly features, including a comprehensive Kids Day Program with swimming, arts and crafts, board games, sports, s’mores and movies. While kids take part in the Night Out program, parents can enjoy the top-notch spa, a quiet night by the fire pits, or just some time alone in one of the comfortable, elegant rooms. For family fun, the hotel offers tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, and walking and biking paths.
Garden Court Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
At the Garden Court, kids get a goodie bag at check-in, and there is a kids' menu at Il Fornaio. Some rooms have two queen beds, and there are also suites with sofa beds. Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request. However, there is no pool, and the quiet atmosphere may turn some families off.
Residence Inn Palo Alto Mountain View Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The 112-room Residence Inn Palo Alto Mountain View is a convenient mid-range pick for families. All suites offer fully equipped kitchens, cozy couches, and flat-screen TVs. Additional perks include a free grocery shopping service and free continental breakfast. While there are no on-site restaurants, there's an outdoor pool, a tennis and basketball court, a small convenience store off the lobby, and family-friendly suites with multiple bedrooms.