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Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel

450 Powell Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102
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    +1 415 392 7755

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  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Pets Allowed
  • TV In Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Voicemail
  • Electronic Room Keys
  • In-House Bar
  • Video Check Out
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Clothing Iron
  • In-House Dining
  • Wake Up Service
  • Family Rooms
  • Mini Bar In Room
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  • 98%
    Foodies
  • 83%
    Nightlife Lovers
  • 81%
    Business Travelers
  • 68%
    Local Culture
  • 66%
    History Buffs
  • 54%
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  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
    Basha Leah
    5 Dec 11, 2013

    The location is perfect - right in the heart of the shopping area and blocks from the theaters. The cable car goes right up the hill from there. They used to do a tea in the afternoon, but I'm not sure they still do. The view from the restaurant at the top is spectacular. We've stayed at other Kimptons and are always happy with their rooms and staff. It's pricey, but San Francisco is worth it and who knows what celebrity you might see in the lobby.

    Recommended for:FoodiesLocal CultureLuxury TravelersNightlife Lovers
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  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
    Susan McBeth
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    4 Oct 23, 2013

    Loved the historic nature of the Drake Hotel. We were in town for a short weekend and they were conveniently located within walking distance of some great restaurants and points of interest. We ate at the hotel restaurant, which served delicious Italian fare at a reasonable price.

    Recommended for:Business TravelersFoodiesLuxury TravelersNightlife Lovers
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  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
    Veronica Sartori
    3 Sep 11, 2013

    An interesting boutique hotel in Union Square. As with most Kimptom properties, this hotel has a boutiquey feel to it. The staff is dressed up in costumes which I find a bit gimmicky - but hey whatever works right?

    The rooms are decently sized, following the same theme as the dress of the employees. This would be a good hotel for the kids, but nowdays I just prefer something clean and simple.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
    Arthur Rohrbacher
    3 Mar 13, 2013

    This hotel has a very classy and old feeling. When you walk in it feels like your in 50's hanging out with movie stars. They have a bar in the lobby plus one on the top floor ( starlight room ). The bar on the top floor has a view of the city and they make an amazing dirty martini. The starlight room has a DJ on the weekends and a small dance floor.

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  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
    Bonnie Kyburz
    4 Aug 31, 2012

    This hotel is lovely! It is older and retains its historical charms even as it's fairly well updated. Could use a pool, but I'm crazy for swimming in hotel pools on trips. Not everyone's priority. DIRECTLY across the street from the amazing Sears Restaurant (go!), super friendly staff, accommodating to the point of "I'm not worthy!" (but I am & you are too. go!)

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
    Grace Byun
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Love, love, love this hotel!! This is a Kimpton Hotel which means that it's a dog friendly hotel (you DO NOT need to pay a fee for your dog or dogs). We have 4 dogs and we brought all of them on our road trip! Not only are they dog friendly but the location (smack in the middle of the shopping world) is awesome and the rooms are super clean and has a warm and welcoming feeling to it!! Great views as well! There is a park in between the hotel and Macy's for your dog to do their business and to walk your dogs around. They have great room service as well. They have Aveda bath products. The only downfall is that if you have a car than parking is expensive! It cost us $49 per day cause we had a SUV, but if you drive a hybrid they do give you a discount on parking. It is San Francisco, so parking is expensive in general. Well worth staying at this fabulous hotel with your dogs! We look for Kimpton Hotels when traveling with our dogs and when traveling without our dogs.

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  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
    Craig Kellar
    1 Jul 04, 2012

    This is actually my least favorite Kimpton hotel to stay at. The location is superb, and the Starlight Lounge is on top, but I find the rooms a little drab. Also, I absolutely HATE the noise here. Not the hotel bar, the street noise bothered me all night long.

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  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
    Betty N.
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    3 Jul 04, 2012

    Dog friendly (no extra fees). Nice and friendly staff. Crisp white sheets. Aveda toiletries.

    Done.

    The standard room was on the small side and the queen bed felt like a full bed (good for cuddling). I am not complaining for $99. The basics are inside the room: iron, extra pillow, and a nice tv.

    But not modern enough for me. I like my plasmas, platform beds, and a terry robe waiting for me.

    Aside from being somewhat out dated with boisterous red velvet decor in the lobby (what do you expect, it's an old building), we enjoyed our stay here.

    RECOMMEND if you have pets and not staying in the room during the day.

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  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
    Anne H. Smith
    5 Oct 29, 2012
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  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
    Todd Leeloy
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Amazing restaurants.
    The view of the city from the penthouse is amazing.

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Description:

Set in the heart of San Francisco, this hotel is close to Union Square, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as TransAmerica Pyramid. Additional attractions include Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Features.
Dining options at Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 3.5 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and limo/town car service. Complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas. This San Francisco property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Business services, wedding services, concierge services, and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, valet parking, and multilingual staff.

Guestrooms.
There are 416 guestrooms at Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel. Beds come with down comforters. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, bathrobes, and hair dryers. In addition to complimentary wireless and wired high speed Internet access, guestrooms offer multi line phones, voice mail, and complimentary newspapers. Televisions have premium cable channels, DVD players, and video game consoles. Air conditioned rooms also include desks, minibars, blackout drapes/curtains, and electronic check out. Guests may request a turndown service, hypo allergenic bedding, and wake up calls. Housekeeping is available. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request.



Notifications and Fees:

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.

  • Valet parking: US$ 47 per night
  • Valet parking large vehicle: US$ 52.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Reviews Summary

Good!2197 reviews across the web.

  • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
  • Location
    98% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
  • Ambiance
    98% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
  • Service
    91% found the staff to be very friendly.
  • Hotel
    86% thought it was clean.
  • Food
    76% found the breakfast to be wonderful.
  • Hotel Building
    Building is pleasant.

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