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Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel

4.0 of 5 450 Powell Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Norfolk, VA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We really enjoy Kimpton's boutique hotels, although with the recent sale, we're very worried they'll change too much. The Drake fits nicely into their profile of mildly upscale, but still unique, eclectic, and fun. The staff are wonderfully helpful, caring, and seem to enjoy their jobs - unlike many of the bigger chains (and so our concern about the purchase).... More 

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Brazil, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed at the Sir Francis Drake during a recent convention. The hotel staff was amazing - making me feel welcomed and at home! Very attentive and always able to help when needed. The room was comfortable, even if the bathroom was really small! Love the "go green" campaign...

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Bonner Springs, Kansas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hotel is downtown and within easy travel distance of Fishermans Warf. The service was good and the room comfortable. I was attending a business meeting and accommodations met my needs. I would recommend it for business, but not necessarily for a family vacation.

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Turnberry, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just paid $430 inc taxes for a 1-night stay including parking. It was my first time staying at the hot although I have eaten in their Scala restaurant many times before. Because I like Scala, I really wanted to like the hotel. The staff were excellent, but the room & bathroom were both very small & the decor wasn't to... More 

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Nikki C, Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Hey karodger, I am delighted to read about your loyalty to Scala's, Chef Larry and his team do an amazing job! I am disappointed that you did not leave the hotel feeling the same way you feel about Scala's. As you mentioned downtown located hotels are in high demand especially this time of year with the holiday shopping and decor.... More 

Stroud, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful 5 day visit at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. On Check in, we were upgraded to a King Room which was wonderful. The bathroom was a tad cosy, but as we don't spend much time in it, it really did not matter that much. The reception staff were very helpful and knowledgeable and the bar staff... More 

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Nikki C, Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Anne, Thank you for the great 5 star review! I am delighted that our staff took such great care of you, and filled you in on the local hot spots. You are right our bathrooms are a little small, but just like you mentioned, the majority of time is spent elsewhere! We look forward to having you stay with... More 

Sutter Creek, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I can't say enough good things about this hotel. One block from Union Square and many restaurants. The rooms were very nice and beds very comfortable. The power went out in the morning at about 7:20 AM. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel and how the staff responded. They kept us informed of the situation immediately. They... More 

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Nikki C, Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Hey Traveler, Thank you for the Amazing review! We are so delighted to read that the measures we put in place on the day of the storm made you feel comfortable and well taken care of that was the plan! I may be biased but I think our staff rocks also. Come back and visit again so we can show... More 

Sacramento, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying here on December 10th when a huge storm came through the city and took the power out for almost the whole day. The staff were absolutely amazing! They kept us up to date, made sure there were staff on each floor to assist guests , moved our luggage, fed us, provided flashlights, escorted guests up and down... More 

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Nikki C, Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Hey Traveler, Thank you for the great review! lights on or off Safety and comfort ability is so important to us and we are delighted that you found comfort in our emergency response plan. Our team really rose to the occasion, they are the best! We hope you stay with us again next time you are in San Francisco, I... More 

Pine Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of 45 traveling from Amador County for an annual overnight SF recreation and shopping trip stayed for the first time at the Sir Francis Drake near Union Square. The rooms were lovely, the restaurant was fine and everything was great for our first day in the city. Because of a major No. CA storm that arrived that night... More 

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Nikki C, Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Sandra, Thank you for the great 5 star review! Your group was so fun, patient, and truly kept our spirits up the day of the outage. We are delighted that our efforts and emergency plan positively impacted your experience with us. We hope you will all come stay with us again! Cheers, Nikki C. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here on our honeymoon. Had a great view of union square from our room. Great location, rooms nice too. A lot of effort has gone into the effect when you walk into the lobby, it was very grand and the doormen are very helpful. Very friendly and helpful staff were more than happy to help us on our first... More 

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Nikki C, Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Hey Traveler, Thank you for picking our hotel to celebrate such a special occasion! We are delighted that you had such a great time. The entrance to our lobby is quite grand! We have maintained the architectural structure and design of the original hotel that opened in 1928. In fact all of the details in the ceiling and chandeliers are... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my husband went on a vacation all over California and this hotel was the worst one. 1) They charge $60 per night for parking 2) our room did not have a lock at the bathroom, upon request they sent someone to fix it but he couldn't. They said they would give us a new room but we never... More 

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Nikki C, Manager at Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review

Hey Traveler, Ouch! That's definitely not the feedback we are striving for. I am disappointed that our historic and charming guest rooms did not meet your expectations. Were you able to enjoy any of our other amenities such as; wine hour, coffee service? Although we know you will "never again" stay here we do have 7 other properties in 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*
Number of rooms: 416
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Also Known As:
Kimpton San Francisco
Sir Francis Drake Hotel San Francisco
Drake Francis Sir
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#13 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#31 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
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