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“Hard to find a better deal in San Francisco” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Drisco
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   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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Reno, Nevada
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Hard to find a better deal in San Francisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The property is in a very nice part of Pacific Heights, on top of the hill looking down over the San Francisco Bay. The rooms were nice. There is one small elevator and a narrow stairway so it's a minor challenge to get to the room. There is also no parking on site, so the valet staff parks your car on the street and moves it every couple hours to comply with the neighborhood parking rules (a little weird).

There is a complimentary continental breakfast and evening wine tasting/appetizers. Also, although we did not have a change to use it, the hotel apparently provides complimentary access to the Presidio YMCA.

We were only able to stay 1 night before moving on, but would stay here again in the future. Far cheaper than the major hotels in Union Square and many more perks.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, August 13, 2014
Dear timo123123,

I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay and will be returning!

There's no question that we're a one-of-a-kind hotel. Built in 1903, we've taken great care to have preserved all of the original architectural charm (including smaller staircases and elevators than you would find in a large, modern hotel!) while weaving in all manner of modern necessities.

We also take great pride in the parking services that our Bell Staff offers. In fact, I am unaware of any other hotel in the world that offers to move your vehicle every few hours in order to keep you in compliance with the rather strict local parking regulations. Complimentary I might add!

Thanks for your review, and I look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stayed one night at the Hotel Drisco and our only regret is not booking several more. Everything here was top notch from the service, to the room, to the location. It was one of the best hotel experiences I've had! We enjoyed the wine and cheese reception in the afternoon and the breakfast...well, I don't think I've ever been able to order a latte at a "free breakfast with your stay" before. We used their free bikes all day to explore the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Golden Gate Park. It was a relatively short walk to a wide of array of restaurants, cafes, and shops.The location right next to the Presidio was beautiful and relaxing. I would absolutely stay here again if/when I find myself in San Francisco!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, August 13, 2014
Dear Sarafloot,

Thanks for your great review! I'm so pleased that you were able to use our bikes all day during your recent stay, and that you enjoyed our location next to the Presidio -- what an amazingly beautiful park.

I hope your travels do take you to San Francisco again in the near future so we can welcome you back as one of our many repeat guests.

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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San Jose, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Stayed just one night on business, but I've never experienced friendly, more genuine hotel staff anywhere in the world. Everyone smiling, offering to help, taking time and caring to ask about my needs, but in a low-key and unobtrusive, down to earth way. The hotel itself is lovely and immaculate; comfy but supportive beds and thick, soft bedding with great pillows, quiet, delicious and varied buffet breakfast, excellent location. Elegant but not snooty. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Dear BOJ_11,

We do pride ourselves on our facilities here at the Drisco -- very comfortable indeed. But without a doubt it's the amazing team of folks we have working here that generate the most heartwarming and memorable comments on Trip Advisor. Thanks so much for your kind words!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Even the most understated room is a great room here. It is very comfortable, clean and there is attention to detail and service. For what you get the price is reasonable. The breakfast which was included was very tasty.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Dear Sheryl T,

We take great pride in outfitting even our smallest rooms with all of the wonderful amenities as in our largest suites! Of course with a suite you get a lot more space and our "City View" rooms provide dramatic views of San Francisco. Thanks so much for your review!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stayed at Hotel Drisco for one night during our honeymoon. What a gem! Ideally located on top of one of San Francisco's many hills, you have views down on each side to the water. Check-in was a breeze, and the employees are very dutiful and responsive. We had checked in late and apparently just missed a wine tasting, so the receptionist sent up two glasses of wine!

We had a suite that contained a couch, table with two chairs, coffee table and buffet containing a Nespresso coffee maker (with pods!) and a small fridge. Our bedroom had a desk overlooking the street, dresser, flat-screen tv and comfortable bed. The bathroom was very spacious.

Hotel Drisco does a very good job of taking an older building, but keeping it updated and well-maintained. The windows in our room were old, but large, providing lovely views down the hill of San Francisco. They opened up to provide fresh air, which in San Francisco in July, can be cool. We didn't hear any hotel noise (slamming doors, people talking, etc) during the night.

Sadly, we only stayed at Hotel Drisco for one night, but I wish we had stayed longer. As we left, we found a bag hanging on our door that contained a clear ziplock bag to pack your liquids, and Hotel Drisco mints. We put both to good use. I would definitely recommend this hotel for anyone exploring San Francisco, or just wanting to get a feel for how great San Francisco can be.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Dear Sukoh,

Thanks for noticing all of the "little touches" that we love to provide, from the Nespresso machine to the tiny bag of amenities we hang our your door the morning of departure.

Congratulations on your marriage and we look forward to welcoming your back for some anniversaries!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Mendocino, California
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Management and the ownership are obviously dialed in to what is important to today's traveler. As a veteran traveler and current innkeeper, I pride myself on attention to detail. I am taking notes here. Staying in their most basic room, I lack for nothing. Nicely arranged, well - equipped (espresso machine, large flat screen, DVD player, sound machine and the list goes on...), Bulgari toiletries, plentiful and thick towels, beautiful bedding, a pillow menu. Truly every little detail addressed. The staff are knowledgeable, polite and helpful. Coolest perk? No mandatory $50-60.00 parking fee as there is plentiful on - street parking in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. What puts it over the top? If you want to leave your car while you are out for the day, drop your keys at the desk and they will move it to keep you in compliance with the three hour parking limit! Have you ever heard of something like that? This hotel gets it right.

Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Dear Mendocinoinnkeeper,

Thanks so much for your terrific review! I like to think that we "get it" but it's always nice to have that kind of validation from another hospitality professional! You can rest assured though that we would never consider resting on our laurels -- we're always looking for new ways to please and delight our guests.

Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon.

Kind Regards,

John
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San Francisco, California
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

It is a small, refined and comfortable hotel. The suites are spacious and the decoration is sophisticated and detailed. Breakfast is delicious and they also offer afternoon wine tasting with cheese. Bikes and passes to the nearest gym are complimentary and so is the wi-fi. I always stay at Drisco when visiting San Francisco and never would consider any other hotel.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, August 2, 2014
Dear Alecrym,

Thank you for your review -- I am so pleased you enjoy our sophisticated touches! Until next time...

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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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
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#1 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#2 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#4 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Drisco 4*
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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