I've stayed there several times and every time I have a different experience. Sometimes I love the room, sometimes its really tiny. Sometimes the staff is nice, sometimes they are rude. One drawback is their lack of a coffee machine in the rooms. They claim to have coffee in the lobby in the morning, but coffee service stops at 7 a.m.!! Who is up and ready to drink coffee before 7 a.m. on their vacation? Fortunately, there is a Starbucks on the corner and Sears Restaurant is directly across the street (great place to have breakfast!).
My last stay, we had some problems with being awakened at 6 a.m. by noise going on in the room above us. The front desk told us there was nothing upstairs from us. I've heard the hotel is haunted so maybe that's what it was!. Anyway, they moved us to another room and we were able to sleep in the following morning.
They serve complimentary Arnold Palmers in the lobby during the day - a nice touch.
The best part of this hotel is the location. It can't be beat. You step outside to the trolley stand. You're in the heart of Union Square where there is great shopping. You're walking distance to Chinatown. Everything is at your fingertips.
The Sir Francis Drake is a nice, old San Francisco-style hotel. It doesn't have the amenities that the Grand Hyatt has (which is right behind the Sir Francis Drake), but its much cozier and has an "old world" charm the Grand Hyatt doesn't have.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sir Francis Drake Hotel, housed in a landmark building in the heart of Union Square, is quintessential San Francisco: exciting, romantic, timelessly elegant and unique. The ornately decorated lobby, old-world hospitality, and Tom Sweeney, the hotel's infamous Beefeater doorman, transport you to another time and place. The legendary Starlight Room, the adjacent Scala's Bistro and unmatched hospitality complete the picture to create an unforgettable San Francisco experience. ... more less
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