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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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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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26 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a great place to stay! Can't beat the location if you want to be close to shopping or the cable cars to get around. Also walking distance (easy 15 min. walk) to Ferry Building Marketplace. As for the hotel room:you can tell it was recently remodeled! It was clean and very nicely decorated. Was it small, yes, but we... More 

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

Dear Mdscotti, I appreciate your review! I see that you really enjoyed our location, walking distance to many things including the places you visited! Yes, we are a 1928 historic building that went under a renovation in 2011 to add few modern amenities. Unfortunately, we were not able to change out our windows, but hopefully that'll change in the future.... More 

Essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived at the hotel by taxi after a long flight and a lost suitcase to be offered a free glass of wine by the hotel. Our room was a little on the small side and had no tea/coffee making facilities but apart from that it was clean and had every thing else you need. The concierge and receptionist were... More 

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

Dear Dawny73, Thank you for your review. Yikes, delayed luggage! I hope a sip of wine helped you relax a little after your long flight. We offer a complimentary coffee/ tea service in our lobby; hopefully you were able to enjoy that. As you mentioned, our location is walk-able to almost everything you want to do and there really is... More 

Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Let me preface this by saying that I am have Inner Circle status with Kimpton, which is their highest tier. I've stayed at numerous Kimpton properties and have also stayed at the Sir Francis Drake in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it. This most recent visit, however, was far below the usual standards of the hotel and of Kimpton properties.... More 

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

Dear Robert_Graf_v_B, First off, I appreciate that you've been a loyal Kimpton guest as well as the Drake's previous guest. Please do know that what you experienced during your recent stay was not acceptable by any means regardless of our guest's status nor the standard practice that I expect among my staff. I am truly sorry for your experience and... More 

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice hotel, great location, expensive amenities and reception needs a bit update. Staff is nice and friendly but mini bar and water are overly expensive. Bathroom was quite small but the location is phenomenal Near to everything. Decor is unique and cool!!!! I will come back for sure.

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

Dear Scarlett G, Thanks for your feedback! It sounds like you enjoyed our hotel and its location. Please know that our amenity price is very compatible to other hotels in the same area. We are a 1928 historic building that went under a renovation in 2011. We hope to see you soon. Jim Gross, General Manager More 

lancaster
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

bit late in doing a review but all I can say I had a fantastic time here. The hotel was clean and comfortable all staff were very helpful. Yea bathroom was small but who wants to stay a long time in one not me. The free coffee in the morning was good did not get back for the wine as... More 

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

Dear sweetieLancaster, Thanks for a great review as well as great advice! It sounds like you are an experienced traveler! I couldn't be happier to know that you found our staff helpful and enjoyed staying with us. We hope to see you soon. Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager More 

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32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had just got off the ship from an Alaskan cruise & Sir Francis Drake was the perfect hotel to stay in alone after my friends left back for home that same night whilst I stayed on for 2 more nights in SF. Within walking distance to the major landmarks & attractions, I had the most pleasant walk to the Wharf... More 

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

Dear MHMoo, It sounds like you really enjoyed our location! Our location is perfect for exploring all the things you've mentioned in your review and I'm glad to hear that you had a nice walk to Fisherman's Wharf! Our Beefeater doorman is a local icon who knows so much about San Francisco and I'm glad that you found our staff... More 

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