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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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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful hotel lobby and bar area. Nice touch is the free wine from 5-6. I know space is limited in SF, but the room was a bit small and the bathroom was tight. You could hear the street noise from out hotel. Beds were comfortable. The lounge on the 21st floor had a beautiful view of the city. The girl... More 

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LHP
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60 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

All that we dreamed of in a historic setting. This grand dame delivered. Front the captivating doorman, to the larger than life bar statue...you feel you're in the opulence & elegance of the roaring 30's. Amazing location in the heart of San Fran at union square. Rooms were spacious & comfotable. You'll get the full experience here.

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

Dear pzm, Indeed! A 1928 historic building that went under a renovation in 2011, you are absolutely right! I'm glad you really enjoyed staying here and thanks for your 5-star review! We hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager More 

Norman, OK
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41 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel is nice & has a good location but the smallest, most onward bathroom ever. I'm pretty sure that our room was two small rooms once, because our bathroom had a shower and a tub/shower. It's too bad they didn't rework it because the sink vanity was so small there wasn't anywhere to hardly put your toothbrush! The toilet... More 

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

Dear swaffy, Thanks for staying with us! Please know that we are a 1928 historic building that under a renovation in 2011, but we didn't make any modification to our room size. I know that some of the features are very typical of the 20's era, but we are constantly thinking about the way to maximize the storage area in... More 

Brentwood, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent 3 days at the Sir Francis Drake and had a lovely stay, the only problem was that the room we had which was on the 7th floor was just above the air conditioning units of the smaller building next to the hotel. The noise from the units was audible even with the windows closed and was annoying, although... More 

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

Dear Peter C, Thank you for spending 3-days at the Drake! Not only our location, but our room is perfect to spend you time away from your home while exploring this very walk-able city! I'm glad that our neighboring building's AC units didn't bother you that much and you enjoyed our staff as well as our location! We look forward... More 

Mexico
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26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This hotel seems kind of old, but I think that this is eactly part of the charm. The rooms are very little but nice. Restroom? T I N Y!! Don't bring too many toiletries or you won't have space left. Service in general is very good, and the Walgreens and Starbucks just in front are really life savers. Its location... More 

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

Dear Paulinal, Thanks for your review! We are indeed a 1928 historic classic that went through a renovation in 2011. Our room size varies from something cozy, fit perfectly for a single traveler to much bigger grand room that can accommodate a family: depending on what our guests are looking for. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your eggs... More 

Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hotel is creepy and scary. The decor is awful. I seriously CANNOT sleep with the "distorted photos" of women (that looks like ghosts) decor on the walls. (I tried asking them to take it down but it is bolted to the wall.) Every room has the same decor. I was so scared, I didn't sleep for the 3 nights... More 

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

Dear ahkat, I appreciate your candid comments about our decor. I can certainly understand that out eclectic decor, mixed of English-style decor and modern decor may not suit your style. I am sorry to hear that you felt that our decor was scary, but we are certainly not haunted. Sincerely, Jim Gross, General Manager More 

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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time at this hotel! The staff was super kind and helpful, when the staff heard it was our honeymoon they upgraded us to a bigger room on a higher floor, and we received many treats and surprises from the front desk manager. The bed and room were very comfortable, room was very clean. We asked for... More 

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

Dear Ahia L, Congratulations! I'm glad that you decided to stay with us for your honeymoon! Of course, all of us wanted to make your an extra special one and it sounds like you really enjoyed it. We look forward to your return visit soon! Thanks! Jim Gross, General Manager More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have stayed here twice now, and it has become my go to hotel in SF. High quality throughout, excellent staff, pleasurable wine reception and reasonably quiet when it needs to be. This is an example of a hotel where you get what you pay for, excellent location and good service.

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

Dear Geo-Cooks, You just made my day after reading your review! Thank YOU! I couldn't be happier to learn, not only that this is your 'go-to' hotel in SF, but you found our staff pleasurable and excellent! Hopefully, we'll continue to excel your expectation and will see you soon. Thank you! Jim Gross, General Manager More 

Epping, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stayed here during the first week of August and found this to be exactly what is on the label - Charming old school décor, lovely high ceilings, quirky, friendly staff and lovely complimentary afternoon wine. Ideally located in the heart of the shopping district just off Union Square and therefore close to all amenities. The staff... More 

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

Dear Michael B, I have a feeling that you are an experienced traveler! You said it all and I couldn't have agreed more - THANK YOU! Did you know that we are a 1928 historic building that went under a renovation in 2011 to add few modern amenities. Perhaps that's why you found us quirky whilst keeping the 'old-school' decor.... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is in a great location but that is about it. The rooms are very small, there was no where to put 2 normal size cases and the bathroom was the smallest I have ever seen in a hotel. There were also no drink facilities/amenities in the room which I have also never seen, this was replaced by tea and... More 

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

Dear travelbug912, Thank you for your review. We are a 1928 historic building that went under a renovation in 2011. Some of the room sizes are very typical of the 20's era. However, we have bigger rooms that can comfortably accommodate a family. Also, I am sorry to learn that there was a miscommunication between your reservation and our system.... More 

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Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theaters in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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