My husband and I stayed 2 nights at Hotel Drisco during our honeymoon to Northern California. We were excited about the hotel just from what we saw online and in other guests' reviews. San Francisco has lots of great hotels, but for our honeymoon we wanted something quintessentially San Francisco beyond the cookie cutter chain hotels and the cold, modern look of most of the city's boutique hotels. We hit the jackpot with Hotel Drisco! The hotel is beautifully and historically restored to the elegance of the early 1900s. While having modern amenities and spacious rooms, the hotel has also managed to maintain its original character. The staff is impeccable. Every employee we encountered was not only extremely courteous and helpful, but they also seemed to truly enjoy working at Hotel Drisco. Upon check-in, we were offered an upgrade to a corner suite at a great price (apparently on Sundays they have discounted upgrades). We were early and our room was not quite ready so we were invited to relax in the hotel's sitting room where there was orange water, coffee, and assorted gourmet teas (my favorite was the mint chocolate tea) for us to enjoy. We only had to wait about 5 minutes. Then the bell hop showed us to our room. He gave us a very informative overview of the room, hotel amenities, and nearby attractions. His pride in the hotel and the city was obvious and much appreciated by my husband and me. It's so nice to find a hotel where the employees seem to enjoy what they do and where they work. The suite was beautiful and comfortable with amazing views of the city. Each night, the friendly housekeeping staff provided turn down service and brought us delicious cookies. The wine service was excellent with local wines, bread, cheese, fruit, and meats. The staff at the wine service were extremely professional and welcoming. After a day of exploring, returning to the hotel for wine service before venturing back out for dinner was something my husband and I looked forward to. The breakfast was also delicious and featured many locally produced foods. One of my favorite items was the sheep's milk yogurt from a nearby farm. The variety and selection of the breakfast was excellent. Throughout our stay, my husband and I enjoyed all the complimentary services provided by Hotel Drisco, like the wine service, cookies, breakfast, local newspaper, in-room fruit, individually wrapped Jelly Bellie, beverages in the sitting room, pillow menu, chauffeur service to Union Square, DVD library, etc. There is also complimentary use of the nearby YMCA. Although the food in the mini-fridge was not complimentary, the selection was very good and the prices were reasonable. Our room was also stocked with wine glasses and a corkscrew which was convenient since we had some bottles of wine we bought in Sonoma. The neighborhood is beautiful and very safe. We enjoyed seeing the many mansions in the neighborhood and found it to be a pleasant area to walk in despite the very steep hills. The views of the harbor and Alcatraz that we saw on our walks were amazing. The hotel is also very close to the Presidio. If you don't mind some exercise, walking to the Presidio and on to Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge is very doable. We primarily used public transportation or walking to get around. The hotel is convenient to a few bus lines although you do have to walk up and down some steep hills to get to and from the stops. We figured that the steep hills were part of the San Francisco experience though so we didn't mind. Since we live on the East Coast, we don't expect to return to San Francisco often, but when we do, we will definitely stay at Hotel Drisco again. In fact, Hotel Drisco alone is worth a trip across the country. I have never planned a trip around a hotel or for the sake of staying at a hotel, but my husband and I have already decided we will return to San Francisco soon just to stay at Hotel Drisco again. Hotel Drisco is itself a destination.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Drisco Hotel San Francisco
- Drisco San Francisco