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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
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Urbana, Illinois, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This hotel was so great to us when we stayed here for my bachelorette weekend. The hotel is gorgeous. Very glamorous and whimsical. Staff is amazing. Front desk has so friendly and complementary. I said that it was my bachelorette weekend and they even sent up some gifts for our room, like strawberries and nail polish with a "happy bachelorette... More 

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New York
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31 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Perfect location next to Union Square. Comfortable corner King room over looking Powell Street was my home away from home for five nights. Large closet, fridge in room, comfortable bed were perfect for two people. Fitness room was fine. Hotel has bikes and helmets to borrow for the day. Welcoming professional staff very helpful. The hotel hosts a happy hour... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Spent a number of days in SF for the first time and wanted to be in a central location (Union Sq) which this hotel was. I found many of the rooms while researching hotels in SF to be small, and this hotel is no exception. Additionally, the hotel rooms are very dry and the AC just didn't work even on... More 

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

Dear moura646, Thank you for choosing the Drake! Our location speaks for itself and hopefully you were able to explore this city. As for our rate, we often offer special deals on our web site. We look forward to your next visit in the near future! Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager More 

Toronto, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed four nights and were impressed with the consistently warm, helpful and attentive service we received by everyone we encountered in the hotel. I would happily have given the hotel a 4 had there not been some impractical, and irksome details in our Room #333. The ventilation fan was located in the ceiling directly above the bed. With no... More 

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

Dear Jennifer C, I appreciate your comments! When we went through a renovation in 2011, we wanted to keep the 1928 historic building in tact. It is definitely eclectic and unique in every way. I'm happy that you found our staff friendly and helpful. I also appreciate your suggestions on our bathroom and hope to add few shelves in the... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We expected luxury and felt some of that in reception on checking in however our room was that small we did not have room for two standard suitcases on the floor. We paid a fortune and expected more. Disappointing to say the least. I would not stay here again.

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

Dear Jessica H, I am very disappointed to learn that we didn't meet your expectation. The Drake is a 1928 historic building that went through a renovation in 2011. Very typical of 20's historic building, our rooms vary in so many sizes; some cozier for a single traveler, others are big enough to accommodate a family. I know that our... More 

Angels Camp, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We recently visited "The Drake" for and evening in the city. This is our second time visiting this property, and both stays have been excellent. We parked at BART in the East Bay and walked the two or so blocks from Powell Street Station. Upon checkin, we were given a corner room on the 11th floor with a picturesque view... More 

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

Dear David W, It sounds like you had a wonderful getaway and I couldn't be happier. The Drake is a 1928 historic building that went through a renovation in 2011, but definitely wanted to keep the 'old-world' charm. Thank you for stopping by the wine hour: it is a great way to mingle and get to know some of our... More 

Troy, Michigan, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stayed here for two nights for a conference. The first night I could not fall asleep, because 4 people in the room next door were talking so loudly. When I finally fell asleep, I was awakened by traffic noise on Powell St. I mentioned it to the man at the front desk the following morning. He did no seem... More 

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

Dear epw921, Thanks for your review. I'm glad that you found our bed comfortable, but sorry to hear that you were woken up by the surrounding noise. Although we have less control over some of the noises coming from the outside, it is totally not acceptable that you got the impression that our staff didn't seem to care. There are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great service, but all of the water in our room was boiling. The sink water, shower water, and toilet water was boiling. The restrain had great food and wine. Get down to the lobby before 9am for a breakfast buffet on weekdays and before 10am on weekends.

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

Dear Bliss F, Please know that I had my Engineering team to check on our plumbing system; I am sorry that you had to go through an inconvenience. I'm glad you enjoyed our food at Scala's. Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager More 

San Diego
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I spent 2 nights here in June 2015. The location in Union Square is perfect for all types of travelers. Powell Street has wonderful shopping and you are still within moderate walking distance to Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. We took a cab in the evening to Valencia St. in the Mission district for the bars/music and the cost was only... More 

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

Dear TorreySanDiego, I appreciate your detailed review! The Drake is a 1928 historic building that went through a renovation in 2011. It is uniquely elegant with modern convenience; our location is superb to explore every corners of this city. In addition to a coffee maker that can be brought up on request, we provide a daily complimentary coffee/tea service in... More 

Sydney, Australia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel has an extremely convenient location if you are on a sight seeing holiday of San Francisco. It is close to shops, cable car, trains and restaurants. The location is what makes the stay even better. The elevators and facade are old charm San Francisco and you have a real feeling of the city from this hotel. The rooms... More 

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

Dear amsam, Thank you for your feedback; you couldn't have said it better! I am however, not pleased to hear that your experience with the Starlight staff wasn't pleasant and I appreciate that you brought this to my attention. I will definitely discuss this matter with my Starlight management. We look forward to your visit again in the future! Cheers,... More 

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