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Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel

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450 Powell Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Another great stay at the Drake. Location speaks for itself, but the staff and amenities are what bring me back. They have an impressive, concerned staff - bellman, front desk, cleaning and room service people - and they are consistently professional and go out of their way to be helpful, without being intrusive. The beds are really comfortable and the... More 

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Jim G, General Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Ellen L, Thank YOU very much for your loyalty! You couldn't have described us better than you have. With California's current drought situation, our 'Choose to Conserve' green housekeeping practice is a win-win-win situation for all of us; thank you for your participation. Scala's executive chef works closely with many of our local organic farms and creates great seasonal... More 

Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found the Sir Francis Drake to measure up to all our expectations in hotel: great location, amenities and service. Best of all was the staff, they treated us as guests in their home, what more could one ask. The doorman more than responded to our requests for directions and cabs, and service at the bar and front desk was... More 

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Jim G, General Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Curt K, It always makes me smile to know that you enjoyed our staff and the service provided by them. Thanks for staying with us for 3 days and giving us a wonderful feedback! We look forward to your next visit with us! Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel has a very good location in our visit we reserved a queen bed room was ok but the bathroom is very small and basic. At check out on a Sunday there was only one elevator working people waited long time for elevator to come and some people had to use the elevators.

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Jim G, General Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Hector V, Good location indeed! Hopefully you were able to explore the city at ease. Lastly, I apologize for the inconvenience that was caused by 3 of our elevators being 'out of service' on your check-out day. We look forward to your next visit with us. Sincerely, Jim Gross, General Manager More 

Leawood, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved the location, price and staff. I booked this hotel last minute on Priceline and received a wonderful price. The location cannot be beat. The hotel bar was always packed and fun. The rooms, although a bit small, were quite cozy.

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Jim G, General Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Mo L, I couldn't be happier that you found us on Priceline for a good price and enjoyed your stay! Please know that we have rooms of all sizes and hopefully you'll get to come back for another stay in a bigger room! Thanks for your feedback! Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager More 

Columbia, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I just spent a week in San Francisco for a work conference and stayed at the Sir Francis Drake hotel. It was my first time visiting the city and Eddie, one of the Beefeater doormen, went out of his way to make sure I knew where to go, where to eat and what to see. Each day as I returned... More 

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Jim G, General Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Whitney930, I'm glad that Eddie was able to make your stay a little bit special! Although, some of our rooms are suitable for a single traveler, we have bigger rooms that can be shared with few adults! A 1928 historic building and indeed, we went through a renovation in 2011 to add more modern amenities: Scala's offer a wonderful... More 

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stayed at the Sir Francis Drake hotel recently for 6 days while in San Francisco on business. The entire stay was excellent, highlighted by the fun evening wine hour (each night with a different theme), the great service throughout the hotel especially at the bar (a special shout-out to Ryan the bar manager), the view from the Starlight Room... More 

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Jim G, General Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Dear rangrman, Thank you for staying with us! We recently started incorporating a different theme each night at our very popular wine hour. I'm sure you enjoyed seeing the creation which our hosts (managers) came up with! Our location goes without saying and hopefully you were able to visit/see many places whilst on your trip! We hope to see you... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my wife's and I first visit to San Francisco and we stayed at the Sir Francis Drake hotel based on its location. We were pleasantly surprised by the history of the hotel, Tom who met us in his traditional beefeater attire and the quaint but comfortable rooms. The location is in the heart of Union Square and just... More 

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Jim G, General Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Willis W, I really appreciate that you took the time to write a detailed review! Fist off, I couldn't be happier to make yours and your wife's first trip to San Francisco a great visit! Our location speaks for itself, as you mentioned, a step away from the world-class dining/shopping venues, as well as great transportation system. Second of... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arriving in San Francisco for a long weekend is always fun in such a great city. Being a fan of the Kimpton hotel chain I had high expectations for this hotel and I wasn't disappointed. Very centrally located in the downtown area of the city, it was a short walk to the waterfront and every other site to be seen... More 

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Jim G, General Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Dear 549nealg, Thank you for being a loyal Kimpton fan! It's probably the best thing we learn from our guests and I couldn't be happier that the Drake met your expectation! It sure sounds like you enjoyed, not only our location, but our staff, room and Scala's, too. We hope that you'll come back for another stay soon. Cheers, Jim... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had an excellent stay, rooms are very nice, beds very good, and we were very comfortable and the staff were as good as you get. We had a room with 2 Queen beds and there were 4 of us. We all were very satisfied. I have read the reviews before we booked, and felt that it should be a... More 

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Jim G, General Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Jerry L, I couldn't be happier to read your review this morning! I fully understand that everyone's expectation is different and I appreciate that you gave us an opportunity to show you what we are all about. We would love to see you again on your next trip to San Francisco! Thank you! Jim Gross, General Manager More 

Miami, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great location for San Francisco getaway. Trolly just in front. Hotel lobby very classy and elegant, romantic for couples. We ate several meals in the restaurant, including breakfast and dinner, and the food and service were excellent with a beautiful presentation. Our special thanks to Manual Buendia who waited on us in several occasions: he speaks fluently Spanish, Portuguese and... More 

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Jim G, General Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Dear MingaGrove, Thank YOU for a wonderful comment and enjoying the food at Scala's. Aside from our location, the Drake has been adored by many of the San Francisco locals as well as travelers from all around the globe! Foremost, it is such a nice gesture for our guest to recognize the service given by our employees and thank YOU... More 

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