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“The Drisco is a gem in a neighborhood of gems” 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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Malibu, CA
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“The Drisco is a gem in a neighborhood of gems”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2009

Selected for its residential neighborhood, historic qualities and small size, the Hotel Drisco did not disappoint. The hotel has a club-like atmosphere with very friendly and professional staff. Each member of this staff was always ready to do whatever they could to make our stay more comfortable and enjoyable, from front desk personnel to the housekeeping staff. However, and this is very important to us, they were never intrusive, a quality we sometimes find unappealing at a bed and breakfast. Guests should know that the hotel has added the service of hot panini sandwiches, available on a 24-hour basis, which demonstrates the concern the hotel has that nothing contributing to guest convenience has been overlooked.

After our first experience over Christmas at this hotel, we have already booked in for the same time next year. The two-room suite with beautiful Bay view is a perfect place to enjoy a "home-like" holiday.

  • Liked — Club-like atmosphere and professional staff
  • Disliked — Some difficulty in cabs coming in reasonable amount of time when called by desk
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Service
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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2008

We spent 2 nights at the Drisco in late October, and I have to say I had the best time ever in San Francisco, despite the terrible weather that time of the year.

We arrived late in the evening, and were still greeted by the helpful, extremely friendly doorman who gave some good advise on where to park our vehicle and spend some good amount of time showing us the hotel.

Our room was decently sized, certainly not huge, but that's not what you'd expect in SF anyways, and beautifully decorated. The bed was comfy and the TV/DVD combo just awesome. Not to mention every little corner in our room was perfectly clean and in top notch condition.

We enjoyed the breakfeast but did not attend any of the wine receptions as we never made it back to the hotel in time. However, there are always some cookies, free coffee and tee available in the cosy, living room-style lounge room next to the reception, along with a selection of daily newspapers.

And it's also about the location, too - away from the tourist crowd of Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square, yet in walking distance of many of the downtown dining, cultural and shopping attractions. Situated on top of Pacific Heights, you'll have a hard time finding a more up-scale neighborhood. You'll find a number of good restaurants right next door on Fillmore.

Bottom line, I visit the bay area quite frequently on both business and leisure, and this was the best find ever on trip advisor. Won't stay anywhere else when going to downtown SF.

  • Liked — Style, service, location
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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huntington beach
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2008

What an outstanding hotel in every way! The rooms are so beautiful, clean and comfortable, I would say they are beyond compare. The staff is thoughtful in a way that they anticipate your needs before you even think of what they are. Michael is exquisitely kind and helpful, without us even asking. That is the kind of service that pervades the hotel. Michael's associate, Eduardo, at the front desk, provided us a gorgeous upgraded room. We were stunned when we entered the suite, because Eduardo gave us the upgrade without taking credit for it. It was only when we went downstairs to thank him that it was mentioned. This gracious behavior is a trait of every employee in the hotel. The afternoon wine service was so relaxing and delicious and Julio was wonderful. Another staff member, Eduardo, fixed our internet access! I could go on and on, but most of all, the natural, unspoken kindness that is an obvious philosophy of the hotel is simply an example to all of us. I hope we have an opportunity to stay at this jewel again soon.

  • Liked — everything, above all the wonderful staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Seattle
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2008

We absolutely loved our stay at the Hotel Drisco. Many years ago, I lived on Union Street down the steep hill from the hotel) and wanted to spend some time in my old neighborhood. We selected the Drisco because of its location and its excellent reviews. We were not disappointed.

The staff was warm and accommodating, even calling us in advance to see if there was anything that they could do to make our stay more enjoyable. I had mentioned that this was a sentimental journey, and we were upgraded to a charming one-bedroom suite. We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon wine and cheese and conversation with another guest. Dinner recommendations were excellent.

The only downside of the hotel is that it is not convenient to Bart, however the Pacific Heights neighborhood more than makes up for this. We were able to get around using public transportation. Buses run regularly, and there were bus lines a few blocks away.

  • Liked — Hotel environment and location in Pacific Heights
  • Disliked — Distance from Bart making it more expensive to get to and from the airport
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dumfries, Scotland
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2008

Dumfries, Scotland
Our week's stay at the Hotel Drisco at the end of October 2008 surpassed all our expectations! We were going on holiday with our son, his wife, and three "wee ones", aged 5,3, and 10 months and had been delegated the task of finding a hotel suited to all our needs, a tall order! After reading Tripadvisor's rating of the hotel as No 1 in San Francisco we made a phone call, spoke to Marti on Reception, had a 2 bedroom suite recommended, followed this up with a booking which proved to be one of our best decisions ever! We adults and the children were treated with the utmost kindness. Nothing was a bother to all the staff. The standard of accommodation is excellent, but there is also a genuine warmth of welcome and a desire to ensure guests every comfort, Our son, his wife, and family are relocating in Summer 2009 to San Francisco from Edinburgh,Scotland, for two years, and it was very important that this first visit should make a favourable impression of the city. Hotel Drisco certainly was the perfect "home from home" for us all, particularly our 3year old grandson who, during our stay, started to call the hotel "my other house"! We found the stylish and most comfortable 2bedroom suite ideal for a family, as the adults had a delightful sitting room to relax in after busy days visiting schools, checking out areas to live, sightseeing, etc. The children could be peacefully sleeping in the bedrooms, necessary after transatlantic flights and a time change! Beds were superbly comfortable too!
The excellent complimentary breakfasts and evening "wine and cheese", and 24 coffee/tea/iced water in the elegant lounge were a bonus to our comforts. Other guests were very friendly too, contributing to the warm ambiance created by the Manager and all his first class staff.
The situation is stunning with a view down to the Bay. It is a safe residential area with beautiful Pacific Heights houses to admire as you stroll in the California sunshine! Some very good restaurants within walking distance too-perhaps take a cab back for the steep hills!
We hope to return to the Hotel Drisco again and again, and fully endorse its well deserved No 1 rating.

  • Liked — Stylish, elegant, and supremely comfortable. Very helpful and welcoming staff.
  • Disliked — Everything was superb, nothing to criticise.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Tallahassee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2008

We stayed at the Hotel Drisco in mid-November for 5 nights. This was our first trip to San Francisco and the staff was extremely helpful with maps and directions. We stayed in a 3rd floor suite which was very clean, spacious and comfortable. The decor of the hotel was charming - old fashioned and elegant but with all the modern necessities. It felt like we were staying in a friend's home instead of in a hotel. To my knowledge there is no air conditioning however it's likely not needed there most of the year. We simply opened the windows when needed to let in the wonderful bay breeze (the weather was in the mid to upper 70's, quite unusual we were told for that time of year - and much appreciated!!). We reserved the hotel's town car one weekday morning to go to Union Square along with another guest which was a fantastic service. The breakfast buffet was delicious (hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, bagels, breads, croissants, fruit, meat and cheeses) and our coffee was refilled at our table each morning. We also loved the 24/7 coffee, tea and water available near the lobby , especially after a long day of sightseeing! We were able to order food delivered from "Waiters on Wheels" which was very convenient when we wanted to relax in our room (though our choice was an unfortunate one -Gino's Pizza was the worst I've ever had). We would probably have been much happier ordering any of the panini offered by the hotel. The Hotel Drisco is in a beautiful neighborhood (Pacific Heights) and we enjoyed walking around to see the gorgeous mansions and views of the bay. We used the nearby bus stop - only 2 or 3 blocks away - since we had purchased MUNI Passports though I recommend taking taxis to save time or walking if your destination isn't too far . (We walked to Union Street one day with no problem, then on to the Marina district and took a taxi back.) We had a rental car a couple days and parking was challenging one night but we were able to find a space only a block away. The second night we went to the same street and there were plenty of spaces available so it was really just a matter of knowing where to go. Check-out was friendly and efficient. The staff was always very helpful and courteous and we would definitely return to lovely Hotel Drisco! We absolutely loved it!

  • Liked — wonderful staff, beautiful neighborhood, charming decor
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Central Scotland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2008

We loved this hotel. Although the location was not central the ambience, the helpful staff and the warm welcome made up for this. There was a city cab available every morning free of charge to take us downtown and a taxi back to the hotel was very reasonable (about $10). The room were spotless and the complimentary cheese and wine in the early evening was a lovely touch. This was altogether a hotel well worth a visit and when we go back to San Francisco we will certainly use it again.

  • Liked — Friendly, helpful staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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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