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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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Andover, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having stayed at a Kimpton hotel before we felt that this would be a good bet for our trip to San Francisco. Valet parking was certainly required but rather expensive in comparison to observed car parking fees around the city. Service was not especially friendly or helpful but adequate for what we required. We found it strange that this was... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I try to stay at the Sir Francis Drake whenever I'm on business travel to San Francisco. The staff are friendly, and I enjoy all of the Kimpton amenities. The location is perfect - walking distance to Union Square, great shopping and restaurants. The only thing is to be sure to request a newer room with the upgraded beds and... More

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Queens, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I recently spent 4 nights at the Sir Francis Drake. The location is superb in the heart of Union Square for shopping and transportation. The double decker hop on hop off tour bus stops a few blocks away and across the street is a 24 hr diner called Lori's diner (great food at reasonable prices and fun... More

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Chandler, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not only is this a beautifully charming hotel, but the customer service is amazing! From the moment we got there, I was treated like royalty! The greeters at the door were right there when our cab pulled up to take care of our luggage and hold the door. There was no line at the front desk and check-in went smoothly.... More

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Celebration, Florida, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Drake, as the locals call it, is an amazing property. One of my favorite things about the Drake, other than the amazing doormen, are the grand entrance ways and rooms. Wine hour at the Drake is like sipping cocktails at a private social club. With high ceilings and grand rooms the Drake is an experience unlike any in San... More

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

Sean, I appreciate your awesome review; Thanks for mentioning the Doorman; Tom, Laban and Eddie have over 60 years combined experience at the Hotel. Complimentary wine hour, coffee and tea service, super fast internet and location that can't be beat are all great reasons to stay in the Heart of Union square. I'm really glad you joined us! More

Miami, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In general we liked this place a lot. The lobby area is very cool and the staff are very accommodating and nice. The room, while fully renovated, was not that comfortable. There was inadequate storage in the bathroom and bedroom. We really could not unpack at all. We also found the room unusually humid. We informed them of this and... More

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

Dear abrb524, Thanks for your review; I appreciate that you liked the hotel and would come back! Great location, service and building rich with charm and character are all things that we have at the hotel. Your comments about the humidity are spot on it has been unusually humid for the past 7 days; we are not not use to... More

New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We booked this hotel because it was a Kimpton Property. It was anything but Kimpton! What a disappointment. Nothing positive, crowded noisy lobby felt like we were in the Hilton of Times Square NYC. I always try to stay at Kimpton properties, but this was nothing like the others. Usually they are boutique hotels. Will now look for a new... More

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

Dear Ophelia, We are really sorry that you didn't enjoy your stay at the Drake; your right that we are much bigger than the normal Kimpton but please don't make one poor stay ruin it for the brand. Kimpton Hotels was rated #1 in customer satisfaction for the second year in a row by JD Powers & Associates. Our 1928... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This hotel and the street around it was hopping during a recent mid-week stay--the lobby was swarming during afternoon cocktails (which could have been a positive, had I not been jet-lagged and lugging heavy bags), and the trolley and other noise from outside (8th floor) continued into the night. Nonetheless, I would happily return. The price was reasonable for the... More

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Parker, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First of all, we warmly greeted by Tom (the Beefeater) upon arrival. Then everyone else, from the folks at the front desk to housekeeping were very nice and professional. Ariana (I believe that was her name) supplied us with lovely gifts and greeting card to celebrate my wife's birthday. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in... More

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Springfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was a guest and taught a three day class at this property. The Banquet Staff from Manager (Faith) to Banquet Captains (Vinny & Jose) to the Banquet houseman (Tim) were very professional, friendly and extraordinary attentive and helpful. The staff provided the perfect venue for the class and all of the students commented on the superb service. The food... 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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Kimpton San Francisco
Sir Francis Drake Hotel San Francisco
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Amenities

Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style
#12 Green Hotel in San Francisco #32 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco #35 Business Hotel in San Francisco #74 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco #79 Family Hotel in San Francisco
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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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