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“Elegant hotel in great neighbourhood far from the maddening crowds” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Drisco
2901 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Pacific Heights)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
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“Elegant hotel in great neighbourhood far from the maddening crowds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed for one week and enjoyed it immensely. The general manager takes a hands-on approach with guests, even manning the morning breakfast buffet, to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves, and so do his staff, who proved invaluable helping us to navigate the city.

The hotel is historic and elegant and out two rooms, with a sliding door between, was beautiful. The neighborhood, Pacific Heights, is mostly quiet, lined with beautiful homes and drop-dead views from a high vista, with a nice shopping district close by. There are steep hills to walk, so if you have mobility issues and don't want to take a cab, that might be a problem, but our family of four enjoyed the exercise.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We had three rooms - 7 people - and to a man (and woman) we all loved this place. It is well located right on the peak of Pacific Heights, the rooms were good, you can go for a walk, you can be down town in about 10 minutes by car (an hour or less walking), the staff were excellent and they will arrange a car for you (ask for August) at a reasonable price if you want to go out in the evening, go to the airport or whatever. The breakfast was good. We went to the wine tasting once it was okay...

Enough said - good value for money and all of us would go back...

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

We have been staying at the Drisco Hotel since our daughter moved to San Francisco several years ago. We are always met with warmth, friendliness, and professionalism from the staff. The location is ideal as our family is within walking distance as are many highlights of the city. The rooms have all of the amenities that we look for in a hotel and they are immaculate and well serviced. The breakfast that is included in the room rate is delicious with French pastries, gourmet coffees, and so much more. We wholeheartedly recommend The Drisco as an ideal spot to stay in a beautiful residential neighborhood when visiting San Francisco.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

I recently stayed 4 nights at the Hotel Drisco in the beautiful Pacific Heights area. I travel to San Francisco about 4-5 times a year and work in SOMA. The complimentary car service and gourmet continental breakfast buffet were great extras. The hotel has a classic and elegant style, but it is very homey and comfortable like an inn. The staff are very friendly and make you feel very much at home. This was also a great plus when traveling alone for business.

They have delicious hot panini sandwiches available, a complimentary DVD collection and a 24 hour tea/coffee area in the sitting rooms.

The area is very upscale residential and the views are gorgeous. I'd recommend this hotel to anyone traveling for business or leisure.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

We stayed for 2 nights, August 2-4th 2011, as the first stop on our honeymoon.

This is not a downtown San Franscisco hotel, its in Pacific heights, an almost central suburb, which is about 45 minute walk from Fisherman's Wharf, or 5-10 minutes in a taxi. It is a nice 10 minute walk to Union Street which has loads of nice bars, and boutique shops.

The hotel also provides a free limo service in the week, if you ask. They'll also call you a cab which get there within 5 minutes.

It is a beautiful building in a nice quiet area. Our standard room was a good size, very comfortable bed and had everything you could possibly need right down to a comfy robe and slippers. Ice, biscuits and tomorrows weather forecast were put in the room when it was turned down, and all the staff were lovely.

The breakfast is billed as gourmet, and it is! Any pastry you can think of, meats, boiled eggs, yoghurts, fresh juices and fruit.

A fantastic place to stay. They didn't know it was our honeymoon but treated us like it was anyway!

Thanks Hotel Drisco.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

I have heard of this hotel before but this was my first stay. We had an event to attend at the De Young and this location was perfect for us. This hotel is hidden in a quiet, upper-class residential neighborhood, which was a welcome change from our usual choice of Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf. The staff was friendly and courteous. There is a wine & cheese reception in the early evening and a continental breakfast in the morning. We attended both and were very impressed. The rooms are comfortable and decent sized. Loved the added touch of the chocolate cookies, robes, & slippers. The only minor drawback is that it was a little bit loud. For instance, the stairs creaked and the walls are thin. We couldn't hear people talking, just footsteps & water running. However, having said that, it is a very old building so what more can one expect? None of this bothered us; we found it to be quaint. All the hotels in the city have these issues. My favorite part of this hotel was definitely the location! We walked over to the Presidio in the morning and took the stairs up and down Lyon Ave. What a great workout and beautiful scenery. Definitely will return to Hotel Drisco!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

We stayed here for a family vacation and had a great time. The hotel was clean and the staff was exceptionally accommodating. The rooms were old but clean although the carpeting looked like it had seen better days. Usually I prefer newer hotels but they kept it clean so it met my requirements. The amenities were great, the breakfasts were satisfying and the cheese and wine every night was an added bonus. The 24 hour coffee and hot tea was another plus. The location was fine for us. We walked almost everywhere but we don't mind walking several miles for dinner or access to restaurants. Our only complaint, there is no parking and although they offer on weekdays to move your car every 3 hours, it's not ideal. Our recommendation is to use public transportation or walk.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2901 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115
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Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Pacific Heights
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#2 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#2 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#4 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Drisco, constructed in 1903, blends traditional elegance with the convenience, comfort, and amenities of a world-class modern hotel. Our warm hospitality, inviting atmosphere, and impeccable service are designed to please business and leisure travelers alike. Our complimentary services include a gourmet continental breakfast, evening wine reception, chauffeured sedan service to several popular San Francisco locations and complimentary high-speed Internet access. ... more   less 
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