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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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

An excellent location for business travel if you aren't looking for a ton of amenities. The rooms are extremely small so it would be tough for family travel. That said, they have the service part nailed and it's hard to beat the location.

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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A beautiful old hotel less than a block away from Union Square. Great shopping all around. Easy access to this great city with public transportation out the front door. . Great decor and the attached restaurant is yummy. Small rooms which is expected in downtown areas. Lousy pillows. The worst part is the cost of parking...out of control and you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stop now...don't look any further! Sir Francis Drake is where you want to stay!!!! Each year we celebrate my birthday here and LOVE IT!!!! We are always treated like royalty. The staff, starting with the General Manager Jim Gross, Aleina (the VIP Manager), Chris, Robert, Tom, Shawn, Wei, Veronica, Nelson, JD and Viign all added to our memorable visit. They... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The hotel has a very grand and beautiful lobby and the hotel staff was very helpful! The rooms have been updated but ours was in need of a little TLC (missing bedpost??). The bed was super comfortable but the room itself wasn't meant for light sleepers. We were across from a bar which was pretty noisy as patrons filed out.... More 

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

Dear calicpa, I appreciate your review. The Drake is a 1928 historic building that went through a major renovation in 2011. Yes, our location is very convenient, a block from the Union Square, is right on a cable car line and within walking distance to your shopping and dining pleasure. Thanks for bringing up the 'missing bed post' to my... More 

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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Drake two nights over the weekend for business. The atmosphere is very grand and beautiful. The hotel hosts three bars/restaurants one on the street level, a lobby bar, and a top floor restaurant overlooking the city. Be sure to sign up for their Kimpton rewards program. I loved how they personalize your experience. You also get... More 

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

Dear Amanda L, I appreciate your candid review. Our location definitely offers many choices in parking, shopping and dining. Although, this is a 1928 historic building and many guests do enjoy the old-world charm, we always welcome children of all ages. I am disappointed that you felt that our restaurant staff were rather unfriendly. I will have a discussion with... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From the moment you walk in the door, you feel like you just stepped into the San Francisco of yesterday. The decor and staff contribute to your feeling of luxury. Great place to stay, if only for a night. As in most older hotels, the elevators are slow, the rooms are small, but the ambiance is wonderful. And you can't... More 

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

Dear wpfwatsonville, Old-world charm, it is. The Drake was built in 1928 and is one of the prized San Francisco historic buildings. I'm very glad to learn that you appreciate what we offer in terms of our location and our ambiance. I appreciate your exquisite taste. We hope to welcome you back at the Drake in the future. Thank you... More 

Sydney Austalia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

After arriving 14th Feb at such a busy time we hoped for the best.....we were advised to take our own luggage to our room or be prepared for a long wait, so we attempted to do so, we then had to wait for over 15mins for a lift to be available for us to fit in with our luggage !... More 

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

Dear MichelleW, Wow, thank YOU for taking the time to write this review. I find that, too often, people don't take the time to write a positive experience as a result of a negative one. So thank you very much. It really means a lot to us and although, we don't want our guests to experience anything negative, we can... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice staff, very central- just one street from Union Square. Cable car stop right outside the hotell. Unfortunatly there's a little bit loud between the hallway and the rooms and also from the Starlight lounge in the evening(that may depends on witch room you have, but we heard it on 16'th floor)! They have icemacine in the hallway free to... More 

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

Dear Victoria S, I couldn't be happier that you enjoyed your staff as well as our location. Whenever we have rooms available, we'd be more than happy to move our guests to another room that may better suit their needs. I appreciate your feedback. Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Location was great. Elevators are old so takes a while. DON'T stay on weekends or if need to stay on weekend avoid 19-20th floor. 21st floor has a club- ends at 2am, so unless you are planning to be at the club or be out - avoid 20th floor as the noise and base from club is super loud. But... More 

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

Dear Christine L, Thanks for your review. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed our location. Our Starlight Room is very popular among locals and bay area residents, as well as many travelers from around the world. I really appreciate your patience in waiting for the elevator! We look forward to your next visit. Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

great lobby with a ton of personality and fun relaxed bar. Rooms are clean and well attended. Valet is prompt despite warning that it takes 20 min. Within walking distance of great restaurants and shops. Exciting energy filled neighborhood as well. Loved it!

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

Dear Kim S, I can feel from your review that you had a great stay with us! I couldn't agree more, our location is in a center of everything that you want; shopping, dining and all other attractions! You definitely have a pair of eyes for the exquisite; I appreciate that! We hope that you'll visit us soon in the... More 

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Address: 450 Powell Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
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:
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Sir Francis Drake Hotel San Francisco
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