We traveled over spring break with 2 kids, 11 and 6. Temps were in the 50s and 60s, comfortable to be outside. We booked a kitchenette room that included 2 queen beds and a sleeper sofa. The room had a stove, oven, microwave, coffeemaker, small fridge, dishes/pans/utensils, table and chairs. There's a TV with cable and a DVD player. Continental breakfast is included so we didn't use the kitchen much but the extra bed and larger room were good to have. The rooms was in a separate building across the street from the rest of the hotel complex so it was quiet. The room was $85/day. This was one of two properties in the SFe area that had an indoor pool and this is closer to downtown.
If you're looking for a posh place, this isn't it but it is clean and the staff is friendly. There is a game room next to the breakfast area so we also played ping pong. Breakfast is toast, cereal, biscuits and gravy, waffles, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, juice, milk and coffee.
The small hot tub worked fine - says capacity is 5 but at least 7 squeezed in - and the pool was warm. Beds were fairly comfortable and the pillows were better than average. For kids: there's a small playground three blocks away, at Declovina and Maclovia. A nice riverfront park (Frenchy's Field) with a playground, labyrinth and 1/3-mile path is 1 mile away - go 2 blocks north of the hotel, left on Osage, then follow that street until it ends.
Runners: It's 5 miles from the hotel to Frenchy's Field, then northwest to downtown. After 2.5 miles on the riverfront trail you run into intersections and traffic, but overall it's a nice route. There's a port-a-john at the riverfront and restrooms at the sports complex 1.5 miles up the river.
Negatives: the wi-fi didn't work consistently in the room and the pool towels are on the small side. We also had to replace our room keys twice because they stopped working. The bathtub hot water tap was loose but it still worked. I consider these minor issues considering the price and amenities. I'd stay here again with kids.
Other area kid-friendly activities we liked: children's museum, hanging out downtown at the square, bug museum at DeVargas Mall, Cowgirl Cafe downtown (small playground in the back!), Frenchy's Field riverfront park.
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