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Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   450 Powell Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel for a conference in August 2011. There was some renovation work being carried out but that did not impinge on our enjoyment of this hotel. It is right on the Powell Street tram (cablecar?) route so that is very handy. My wife used that service and the other trollies to get around... More

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Salem, Oregon
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although the hotel was very busy with a big convention, we were treated like the only guests there. Elgin at the front desk was so kind and gracious. Our room was small, but incredibly clean and chicly decorated. We had a corner view, which was great. The conceriege staff was very helpful. Housekeeping was responsive and sweet. The Starlight Room... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I LOVE Kimpton Hotels, but their remodel of this classic piece of San Francisco history is just cheesy. CHEESY. The lobby and rooms look like a Z Gallerie catalogue - nothing more. It should be an interior designer crime to put such cheap looking furniture and fabrics in such classic structures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed for 5 nights for a friend's daughters wedding and it was a very nice experience. Handy to everything right on Union Square so within walking distance of so many shops and restaurants. Spoils everywhere else really.

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The welcome starts at the front door and I can't fault the service at all. The staff are really friendly. The hotel is ideally situated just off union square and the trollie bus stops just outside. Would not hesitate to book again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sitting right off Union Square in the heart of SF, what more could you ask for? Well how about service? This hotel has it covered. It starts at the front door with the very best doorman I've ever encountered. He has an uncanny ability to make you feel at ease and remembered. He even finished a conversation started with us... More

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Inwood, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You have to check this hotel out! Another great Kimpton property, which honors the historical charm with some modern touches. The staff is a blast; very friendly and they make you feel like part of the family. The rates are good for the area, and there are a number of food and drink options on the property. If you want... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed here at the end of July for our wedding anniversary. Upon arriving we were told we would be rebooked to another hotel around the corner for the first night. A Virgin holidays booking error! After explaining how upset we were- i was fuming! We were sent to the new hotel and assured that all would be fine the... More

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

Good Morning MacyGriff, Thank you for the great 4 star review! We are bummed that we were not able to accomodate you at our hotel for your entire stay, but it sounds like once we helped get you settled in everything was perfect! I am glad you chose to stay with us at The Drake for such a special occasion.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The hotel is fantastically well-located -- you can hop on a cable car if you leave early in the morning -- and the bellmen were incredibly friendly and helpful. But our room was one of the tiniest I've ever seen -- it was virtually impossible for four people and their suitcases to be comfortable in the room. Wifi is only... More

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

Hey EDarcy1, Thank you for the review! I am glad you loved our location. Location is definitely one of our perks; so centrally located to great restaurants, shopping, and site seeing. I would suggest booking a grand room next time you stay, it is a more spacious room that will comfortably fit 4 people. Warm Regards, Nikki Carlson Assistant General... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A big "Thank You" to Chris and Aleina at the front desk, who made our unexpected stay in San Francisco a vacation to remember! Our girls trip was to be one night in SF and several nights in Napa, but the area experienced an earthquake causing much of Napa to close for restoration. Chris and Aleina helped us secure a... More

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

Hey Traveler, Thank you for the great 5 star review! I am delighted to hear that Chris and Aleina took such great care of you; this is definitely not surprising they are complete Rockstars! I am glad we were able to help make the remainder of your trip fun, even after the quake. Hope to see you back at the... More

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Address: 450 Powell Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel 4*
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The Sir Francis Drake Hotel, housed in a landmark building in the heart of Union Square, is quintessential San Francisco: exciting, romantic, timelessly elegant and unique. The ornately decorated lobby, old-world hospitality, and Tom Sweeney, the hotel's infamous Beefeater doorman, transport you to another time and place. The legendary Starlight Room, the adjacent Scala's Bistro and unmatched hospitality complete the picture to create an unforgettable San Francisco experience. ... more   less 
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