Going by Tripadvisor reviews, Hotel Drisco was an obvious choice for the final two nights of our Western USA tour, celebrating my wife's 50th birthday.
It exceeded expectations! As a birthday present, the hotel upgraded us to a spacious city view suite, and provided gorgeous cake and champagne as part of the birthday package. We stayed in some classy hotels during our trip, but this was undoubtedly the best for comfort, for service, for attention to detail and for its relaxed ambience.
Some reviewers have criticised the location, but we loved Pacific Heights with its grand houses, astounding views and exhilarating climbs. Had we stayed longer than 2 nights we would have sussed out public transport options for getting into the city, but we managed fine with the free town car (a stretch limo!) in the morning and a 10 dollar taxi ride back.
We knew from the reviews that breakfast would be something special and so it proved, with truly delicious buffet items sourced from all over the USA and Europe - again, attention to detail makes all the difference. With so much to do in this wonderful city we struggled to get back to the hotel in time for the afternoon wine and cheese reception, but just made it, and enjoyed it greatly, on our second day.
There is something magical about staying in a hotel where every detail is perfect, guests are treated like royalty, and all the staff go about their business with an air of quiet confidence. After 50 years of worldwide travel I can count on the fingers of one hand the hotels where I have been privileged to experience this, and Hotel Drisco is among the best of them.