9 Best Hotels with Pools in San Francisco

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Published: June 27, 2023

Are you looking for the best hotels with pools in San Francisco? You will find several hotels with swimming pools in top districts, such as Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, and downtown SF.

Some hotels offer indoor pools, and others have heated outdoor pools.

Our weather is cool all year long, so make sure you find a comfortable option for your stay!

Three Hotels with Pools in San Francisco

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1. Hotel Caza in Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco District: Fisherman's Wharf

Pool Type: Outdoor

Find a Room: Read recent reviews and learn more about the Hotel Caza

Occupying a prime spot in Fisherman's Wharf, Hotel Caza is a popular family-friendly hotel with excellent rooms and superb facilities. The heated outdoor pool is the perfect choice to relax with a cocktail or beer from the well-stocked bar.

For kids, there is a choice of brilliant play facilities that will keep them occupied for hours. A clever feature is the availability of 'Caza Bikes', free for guests for up to four hours and a great way of touring the area.

The hotel has a well-equipped game room where you can enjoy a game of pool. The Grab 'n' Go snacks bar is a convenient choice, and guests can also order a picnic basket for a fun afternoon adventure.

With free Wi-Fi throughout and well-furnished rooms across various sizes, Hotel Caza is an excellent hotel with a pool in San Francisco.

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2. Hotel Riu Plaza

Riu Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco District: Fisherman's Wharf

Pool Type: Outdoor

Find a Room: More details and recent guest reviews

Just one block from the waterfront in the Fisherman's Wharf district is the hugely popular Hotel Riu Plaza. The hotel features 500 rooms, but don't let the size put you off! It is a friendly and welcoming establishment.

Rooms at the Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf are fully equipped and furnished to a high standard and come with Satellite TV and Wi-Fi. This one should be high on your list when looking for hotels with pools in San Francisco.

The fantastic heated outdoor pool is perfect for that refreshing swim, while the relaxed and comfortable bar services a full choice of drinks. This hotel also features a fully equipped gym. For business users, the conference rooms are an ideal choice for our San Francisco meeting.

>> Find more great hotels in Fisherman's Wharf

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3. Hotel del Sol San Francisco

Hotel del Sol Marina District San Francisco

San Francisco District: Marina

Pool Type: Outdoor

Find a Room: Read more about this hotel including recent hotel reviews

For those on a budget looking for hotels with pools in San Francisco, the Hotel del Sol in the Marina District is a great option. Occupying an original 1950s motor lodge, this fun and welcoming 3-star hotel has a choice of rooms and suites that are all situated around the heated outdoor pool.

Grab-n-Go breakfast boxes - complimentary for guests - are to be found in the delightful courtyard, and another lovely touch is the offer of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon.

Rooms are decorated brightly and colorfully, which adds to the appeal of this charming hotel. While no bar or restaurant is found on the premises, the Marina District is significant for eateries, bars, and boutique shops, and the waterfront is a short walk away.

Hotel del Sol is an excellent choice for couples visiting San Francisco with a limited budget.

>> Find out more about staying in the Marina District

4. Hotel Nikko San Francisco

San Francisco District: Union Square

Pool Type: Indoor

Find a Room: Read more about the Hotel Nikko including recent reviews

Hotel Nikko San Francisco could not be closer to the heart of this vibrant and exciting city. Located in Union Square, the city's shopping and theater district, this magnificent hotel offers more than 500 superbly furnished rooms for two to four people.

If the pool is the main attraction, then you will find few better options than this one. The hotel offers a stunning fifth-floor indoor pool with a sunny deck thanks to the glass ceiling on either side of it that keeps out the chilly San Francisco air.

The hotel also offers a pet terrace with a dog walking area, a gym, and a fine restaurant, bar, and lounge. The concierge services are a welcome touch, and this luxury hotel is also popular with businesspeople, as various facilities are provided.

>> Find more great hotels in the Union Square District

5. Handlery Union Square Hotel

Handlery Union Square from the street

San Francisco District: Union Square

Pool Type: Outdoor Swimming Pool

Find a Room: Read recent reviews and more details about the Handlery Union Square

The Handlery Union Square Hotel is a fantastic family-owned business, having been in the hands of the Handlery family since 1948. This is a hotel right in the beating heart of San Francisco, with its prime spot in the Union Square district.

Nestled among the best shops and close to theaters, the hotel is the perfect choice for couples, families, or business visitors who want to be close to the best of the city.

For many, the attraction will be the stunning heated outdoor pool, surrounded by a terrace on all four sides in the courtyard. It's a relaxing place to swim or rest by the pool with a drink.

Rooms are superbly furnished to high quality, and the hotel includes a fitness center, sauna, and a full concierge service. There are also pet-friendly rooms available.

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6. Palace Hotel San Francisco

San Francisco District: SOMA

Pool Type: Indoor

Find a Room: Find out more about the gorgeous Palace Hotel and read what recent guests loved about it

The location of this Palace Hotel in SOMA could not be better for those who want to enjoy life in the heart of San Francisco. This luxurious establishment offers access to downtown shops, boutiques, restaurants, and bars, as well as to the theaters and main tourist attractions.

This historic 1875 building is a San Francisco landmark and an architectural delight to behold. The stunning heated indoor pool has a rounded glass ceiling—a pretty spectacular experience for taking in the sun by day or floating under the sparkling city skyline at night.

The hotel is known for two of the finest restaurants in the city: the Garden Court, which dates from 1909, and the Pied Piper Bar & Grill, which has been named among the best bars in the world.

Offering a choice of lavishly yet tastefully furnished rooms and suites that have fine city views and all the amenities you would wish for, this is a luxury hotel that must rank among the best of all and is perfect for couples, families, or business visitors exploring one of the world's most vibrant cities.

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7. Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf

Hyatt Centric in Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco District: Fisherman's Wharf

Swimming Pool Type: Outdoor

Find a Room: Discover more information about staying at the Hyatt Centric in San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

The Hyatt Centric lies close to the waterfront and a short walk from the world-famous Pier 39. This superbly presented hotel offers rooms furnished to a high standard, comfortable beds and sitting areas, and spectacular views of the region.

Anyone looking for hotels with pools in San Francisco should check out the stunning heated outdoor pool surrounded on all sides and with sky views. This is where you could easily spend a good few hours relaxing and taking the odd dip in the water.

At Brick and Beam, the hotel's excellent restaurant, you can enjoy a varied menu and a great selection of drinks, including local Napa Valley wine. On-site, there's also the Wardroom for breakfast and the Market for quick snacks.

The Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf is also dog-friendly, has a full concierge service and a fitness center, plus business services.

>> Find more great dog-friendly hotels around SF

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8. Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

San Francisco District: Nob Hill

Swimming Pool Type: Outdoor

Find a Room: Read more about this lovely hotel and what recent guests had to say about it

A little off the beaten track on Van Ness Street is the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, a popular hotel for families, couples, and business visitors.

It's located right next to the end of the California cable car line and close to the highly-rated restaurants and shops on Polk Street.

With a choice of rooms furnished in a simple, modern style, providing Wi-Fi, luxury bedding, and all the amenities you could expect, you can be sure of comfortable beds, living spaces, and stunning views.

The outdoor rooftop pool is one of the best you will find anywhere, and from the roof, the views of San Francisco are pretty remarkable.

There is an on-site bar where you can have a relaxing evening with a few drinks.

9. Four Seasons - Embarcadero

San Francisco District: Union Square

Swimming Pool Type: Indoor

Find a Room: Read more about what recent guests say about this hotel

The Four Seasons - Embarcadero offers the advantage of a downtown setting plus a superb fitness facility within the building, the Equinox Sports Center.

Complimentary access to the sports center is for guests aged 15 years and older. Of interest to those looking for hotels with pools in San Francisco is the Junior Olympic Lap Pool.

Rooms are beautifully finished and offer a high standard of comfort, plus views of Market Street. You'll also find top-notch dining experiences, including the MKT Restaurant and Bar, which offers a selection of local and meat dishes with fine downtown San Francisco views.

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