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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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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed four nights for a conference. Had a great corner room (#1809) overlooking Union Square. There was minimal noise from the club on the 21st floor and still a bit of street noise but the best part was hearing a saxophone player that was down playing in Union Square each night. The room wasn't very big but it had a... More

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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely fabulous hotel - we were caught up in the Government shutdown back in October which meant some of our excursions were cancelled and the hotel could not have been more helpful as we sorted this out and upon overhearing my distress, they recommended alternatives tours for us to take, booked them for us - for which we were really... More

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Sir Francis Drake as we saw great pictures from the holiday brochure. We were DISAPPOINTED. We were dumped on room 1206. The room was TINY TINY. You could hardly move around. Further the bathroom and toilet are in a room the size of a shoe box.I have never seen a bathroom so small in my life.... More

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Sandviken, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed in a room on the ninth floor for five nights. The room was clean and the bed was excellent. The downside was the bathroom that was realy small. Not much room when I sat on the toilet. The Wifi worked great but it is not included in the price.

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

Dear Christer, Thanks for your feedback; great location, comfy bed and super fast WiFi our comments that make me smile ear to ear. I appreciate the positive review. Cheers More

Plover, Wi
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12 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This hotel is in a great location, Union Square is full of shops and restaurants. The Cable cars run right in front of the hotel. The rooms are large,clean and well kept. The bathrooms are TINY, with no counterspace, and terrible water pressure.The restaurant is very good and VERY busy. The hotel staff is not at all friendly-except the men... More

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We recently have stayed at three SF area Kimpton hotels, the Monaco, the Serrano (believe it's no longer a Kimpton) and the Sir Francis Drake. I think the Sir Francis is our favorite, primarily because of the location (half a block from Union Square) and the restaurant, Scalia. We had Continental breakfasts included with our package at all 3 hotels... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After moving from the UK I wanted to make my husband’s birthday a special event by booking a very characteristic and English themed hotel. After much research I decided the Sir Francis Drake was the best match for this with the grand décor and design. I wanted to book the best room available so booked a Grand Room with ‘additional... More

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

Dear KSAV123, I am truly sorry that you had issues with your room type and your birthday celebration; I'm not sure whom you sent the email requests to but I can assure you that I didn't receive them. I personally respond to all complaints and I'm always available to help with guest issues that don't get solved to your liking.... More

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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stayed here while on business in San Francisco. The hotel is beautiful, the architecture impressive, and it is well maintained. The beds are comfortable but the rooms are quite small. The toiletries provided are of a good quality but are hard to use due to the antitheft device that they are stored in. The location is right on a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is one of the many Kimpton properties in San Francisco. Have stayed at The Palomar, Monaco and Harbor Court which are better in that order. Stayed at The Drake for a wedding this time. There are pros and cons. Pro's - It has a central location right off Union Square, provides an excellent value for location, friendly, helpful... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant location right next to Union Square and next door to Sachs on 5th Avenue. An old building that is full of character and fabulous decor but the rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished. Continental breakfast was included in our rate and this was great - bowl of lovely fresh fruit, fresh warm muffin, orange and coffee or tea.

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Additional Information about Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel

Also Known As:
Kimpton San Francisco
Sir Francis Drake Hotel San Francisco
Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Drake Francis Sir
Address: 450 Powell Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco
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:
#8 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#31 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#37 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#38 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#89 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The recently renovated 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 Harry Denton's 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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