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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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Inwood, West Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You have to check this hotel out! Another great Kimpton property, which honors the historical charm with some modern touches. The staff is a blast; very friendly and they make you feel like part of the family. The rates are good for the area, and there are a number of food and drink options on the property. If you want... More

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Bristol
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed here at the end of July for our wedding anniversary. Upon arriving we were told we would be rebooked to another hotel around the corner for the first night. A Virgin holidays booking error! After explaining how upset we were- i was fuming! We were sent to the new hotel and assured that all would be fine the... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel is fantastically well-located -- you can hop on a cable car if you leave early in the morning -- and the bellmen were incredibly friendly and helpful. But our room was one of the tiniest I've ever seen -- it was virtually impossible for four people and their suitcases to be comfortable in the room. Wifi is only... More

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

Hey EDarcy1, Thank you for the review! I am glad you loved our location. Location is definitely one of our perks; so centrally located to great restaurants, shopping, and site seeing. I would suggest booking a grand room next time you stay, it is a more spacious room that will comfortably fit 4 people. Warm Regards, Nikki Carlson Assistant General... More

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A big "Thank You" to Chris and Aleina at the front desk, who made our unexpected stay in San Francisco a vacation to remember! Our girls trip was to be one night in SF and several nights in Napa, but the area experienced an earthquake causing much of Napa to close for restoration. Chris and Aleina helped us secure a... More

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

Hey Traveler, Thank you for the great 5 star review! I am delighted to hear that Chris and Aleina took such great care of you; this is definitely not surprising they are complete Rockstars! I am glad we were able to help make the remainder of your trip fun, even after the quake. Hope to see you back at the... More

Warwick, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of a month-long tour of America. Its situated right next to Union Square in the heart of the shopping district, great if you want to shop but not necessarily for sightseeing (which we were there for). The room was modern and tastefully decorated although not very big, disappointing as the room rate... More

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

Hey Martin, Thank you for the review! I am glad you stayed with us on your visit to the States. Lack of charm is definitely a first for us here, the historic nature of our hotel creates an automatic charm for most. I am glad you enjoyed the location of the hotel, there is so much to see in this... More

Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This hotel is beautiful and in the best location in San Francisco; centrally located and close to Union Square. The rooms are clean, beds are comfortable and well decorated even though the bathrooms are small. Service is exceptional. However, if you have special requests, such as adjoining rooms, contact the hotel directly. There are a number of popular breakfast spots... More

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

Hey Traveler, Thank you for the great 5 star review! We are glad you had such a fun time at our hotel. I may be biased but I think our team provides exceptional service also! You named some of my favorite spots to dine in the area, hopefully you were able to check out Scala's while you were here their... More

Columbia, Missouri
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I usually don't write this kind of stuff but my recent stay at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco was a delight. Their staff is so friendly, courteous and helpful that my stay there went without a hitch. One staff member, their House Man, going by the name of Byron, was exceptionally helpful and attentive to my business... More

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

Hey Eric Lorenz, Thank you for the great 5 star review! We love when our guests have an overall great experience. Byron is a major asset to our team, thanks for giving him a shout out we will be certain he gets some recognition here on property. Warm Regards, Nikki Carlson Assistant General Manager More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have spent the last 2 nights at the SFD, and have enjoyed our time. Check in was easy even though we arrive early, and we were grateful since we had travelled a long way. The room was small but I expected that from the reviews, it's tastefully decorated and the bed was comfy. We ate lunch at Sears across... More

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

Hey GoldCoastJoey, Thank you for the 5 star review! The earthquake shook us all in and around the city, we were all thrown for a loop but luckily we have emergency plans in place that we practice to ensure if there were every an emergency our team would be prepared no matter what time of day. Luckily there was no... More

england
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely hotel if somewhat bizarre with the Beefeaters outside! Great location, next to Union Square. Very traditional, room very clean, bathroom very small but adequate. Continental breakfast included which was great. Staff very helpful and friendly.

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

Hey Traveler, Thank you for the great review! I do have to say this is the first time I have heard the feedback about the beefeaters being bizarre. They are quite famous in and around the city for their warm spirit and amazing welcome to the hotel! I am glad you enjoyed the trandional nature of our hotel as well... More

Princeton, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I agree with other reviewers' comments. Kimpton has renovated this old hotel, with its small baths, as well as possible. Outstanding bed and linens. Well equipped. Attentive, friendly staff. Delicious breakfasts at cafe and good drinks at Skylight while watching the sun set from the 21st floor. But internet connect broke down in the third day, and their tech service... 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
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Hotel Class:4 star — Sir Francis Drake Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel 4*
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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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