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450 Powell Street Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504
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#135 of 244 hotels in San Francisco
Location
4.5
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.5
Value
4.6
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle tours
Evening entertainment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Paid private parking nearby
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business center
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Doorperson
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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Historic Hotel
Classic
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Grade: 100 out of 100
333Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
155Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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Isaiah M wrote a review Apr 2022
Los Angeles, California145 contributions54 helpful votes
great location found a great deal on hotels tonight its Frisco so there so much to do with in a 3 block radius. It makes you feel like your a part of San franciscos history. Also make sure to go and ask the front desk for a free upgrade
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Kate R wrote a review Dec 2020
Oakland, California27 contributions10 helpful votes
We stayed on New Year's Eve 2019/New Year's Day 2020 and had a wonderful time! The city was buzzing and the hotel was very busy but we were kindly welcomed at check-in and got a great room on an upper floor. We knew the room would be small (and it was!) but this is part of the charm of staying in a historical building and the accommodations could not have been more stylish and comfortable. There was a lovely king bed with cozy linens and a small seating area with desk. One of the main reasons we chose this hotel was the proximity to The Masonic, where we had tickets to see John Oliver that night. It was an easy walk to/from and we were able to stop into a diner on the corner for a quick bite on the way and a local bar up the street for a drink afterwards! Would definitely recommend for a centrally located option in SF with style!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Laureen Dasalla, Owner at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel
Responded Jan 7, 2021
Hi Kate, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your stay with us, I love hearing you had an amazing time! Our historic building is full of charm and personal touches (along with some of the best views in all of SF) while our team loves creating memorable experiences for all our guests. I hope you and yours are safe and healthy, and while we will miss welcoming you this year to celebrate NYE, I can't wait to invite you back in 2021! Sincerely, Tony Roumph General Manager
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khlebica wrote a review Jul 2020
Port Crane, New York44 contributions63 helpful votes
I have never stayed in a more luxurious, friendly, clean, unique, and accomodating hotel in my life. This is the hotel i compare all hotels to now. Stay at the Kimpton, you will not be disappointed. Anything you may have forgotten they will give to you. Great minibar as well.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from Laureen Dasalla, Owner at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel
Responded Jan 18, 2021
Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and I hope you and yours are safe and healthy. I love seeing we made some an amazing impression during your stay and I can't wait to invite you back in the near future. Tony Roumph General Manager
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Aurora Traveler wrote a review May 2020
Aurora, Colorado3 contributions
My partner and I had the pleasure of staying here in early February. Everything from the front desk, lobby bar, and Lizzy's Starlight Lounge were wonderful. The employees were friendly and the views from Lizzy's is stunning! The room was luxurious, the bathroom was nicely updated and modern but a bit small. but understandable in San Francisco. The shower gel available in the rooms is simply heavenly! Location of the hotel is perfect and the building has a lot of history to it. It's an easy walk to the shops around Union Square and Market Street, and super easy to hop on the Cable Car to get to Fisherman's Wharf.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from _sirfrancisdrake_sf, General Manager at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel
Responded May 24, 2020
Hi there, Thank you so much for the amazing review! I love seeing how much you enjoyed our newly renovated and modern Lizzy's Starlight Room! We definitely pride ourselves on our warm and friendly service and I am so happy that our team took great care of you. Our location really is right in the heart of the city with easy access to everything you would want to see. I look forward to welcoming you back to the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake soon! Thank you, Tony Roumph General Manager
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Tony Gallagher wrote a review Apr 2020
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We were planning on travelling from Australia to the US in June, however we needed to cancel the trip due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. I spoke directly to the hotel who totally understood and refunded our deposit in full. It could have been easy for them to simply say you can have a credit to use within 12 months (like other hotels are doing) however it is very difficult for international travellers to be able to use the credit. Thank you Tony for your understanding.
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Date of stay: April 2020
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Response from _sirfrancisdrake_sf, General Manager at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel
Responded Apr 29, 2020
Thank you so much Tony for taking the time to leave us a review, it is truly appreciated! Glad that I was able to help out and I look forward to getting back to some form of normalcy and welcoming you in the near future! Thank you, Tony Roumph General Manager
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Quest649953 wrote a review Apr 2020
2 contributions5 helpful votes
Very small bathroom but the room was comfortable. I liked the wine tasting in the big lobby. Scalars restaurant in the hotel had great Italian food. I did sneak across the street at the Chancellor Hotel for their breakfast buffet. It can not be beat for $20.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: I liked the security. You needed a card key to use the elevator.
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Response from _sirfrancisdrake_sf, General Manager at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel
Responded Apr 19, 2020
Thank you so much for the nice review and I love seeing you enjoyed the great food in Scala's. Not only do we make our pasta from scratch, we also bake our bread daily in house too. Our almost 100+ year old building has so much history to offer in addition to the warm and friendly service our team provides on a daily basis. I hope you and yours are safe and healthy and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake soon! Thank you, Tony Roumph General Manager
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heather681 wrote a review Mar 2020
Bromley22 contributions28 helpful votes
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Unfortunately, this stay was tinged with knowing our cruise to Hawaii on the Grand Princess had been cancelled the night before while we were still in Las Vegas! Having said that, the staff were wonderful. We were going to celebrate our Ruby Wedding on the cruise. They upgraded our room and sent us a bottle of Prosecco, fruit, cheese and toast. A lovely and much appreciated gesture. The room was not huge but was fine. We had a bath with showers over. This was fine. Toiletries provided. The bed was very comfortable. From 17.00 to 18.00 there was free wine and small pizza bites in the main foyer. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The only down side was La Scalia for breakfast. Very expensive for what as served.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from _sirfrancisdrake_sf, General Manager at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel
Responded Mar 17, 2020
Hi Heather, Thank you for the great review! I am very sorry to hear about the cruise being cancelled, its tough times for all and I believe we will get through and be stronger as a community at the end of the day. I love seeing we recognized your special day, we have a hotel full of people that enjoy nothing more than surprising and wowing our guests with our warm and friendly service. I am also glad you enjoyed our wine hour and our brand new mattresses. I will be sure to follow up with the Chef and take a look at our breakfast pricing, we do offer house made pastries and snacks for those that are looking for a smaller bite as well. Thank you again and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake in the near future! Tony Roumph General Manager
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Sulindersharma wrote a review Mar 2020
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This Hotel has fooled us. We had stayed in this hotel from 5th March and checked out on 9th March 2020.We were shared Wifi Password without intimation that it is chargeable and on our day of departure from the hotel, in the morning around 5:15 there was a paper on the floor with Credit of 135.08$. On further enquiry at the reception we were told that, these charges are for the WIFI which we had used in the hotel.We told the concern person that we were not informed about it prior and it is incorrect to charge without letting the customer know about it prior. I will not recommend anyone to visit this hotel where the hotel staff cheat with customers.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from _sirfrancisdrake_sf, General Manager at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel
Responded Mar 12, 2020
Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and I am very sorry we let you down during your stay. Our property, like the vast majority in SF have a daily amenity fee that has a host of inclusions with wifi being one of them. While the fee is fully disclosed on all booking sites, I am very sorry our team apparently didn't take the time to explain this to you and will be sure to follow up with our staff to ensure we explain the fee and all its inclusions upon check in. I would be happy to discuss this further with you and can be reached at anthony.roumph@sirfrancisdrake.com and I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future to show the amazing service I know we can and should provide to all our guests. Thank you, Tony Roumph General Manager
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HoosierTraveler60 wrote a review Mar 2020
Bloomington, Indiana160 contributions114 helpful votes
I love boutique Kimpton hotels generally, and this one met my expectations -- a renovated historic, quirky property. It's not a modern Hilton, so don't expect large bathrooms. Expect a friendly staff and a warm feeling. It's also only a 5 minute walk up Powell St from the BART station, so it's easy to get to. My only complaint was that the rooms are bit small (more like European standards than US), the wif-fi was awful, and they stuck a $28 "guest amenity fee" on my bill which is basically fraud. I realize everyone does it so the online price looks low, but I wish they would be honest about the final bill up front. I would have stayed there anyway. Another bonus is Lori's Diner across the street, an amazing place with great and affordable food (affordable by San Francisco standards anyway). No obvious parking, but you don't want to bring a car into SF anyway.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from _sirfrancisdrake_sf, General Manager at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel
Responded Mar 13, 2020
Hi there, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I love seeing our warm and friendly staff impressed upon your stay. Our historic property definitely does have its share of quirks and I personally find that adds to the charm, you can have a cookie cutter big brand experience at multiple hotels in the city, I personally love the fact we offer a uniquely SF experience in our almost 100 year old hotel. I will definitely have our engineering team take a look at our wifi as that isn't an issue I have heard really before, it is high speed and streamable, so I definitely apologize for any issues there. Lastly while we do offer valet parking you are 100% right about not needing a car here, we are in the middle of Union Square with everything you want to see a short walk or MUNI ride away, and of course the famous Cable Cars that stop right outside our door. I look forward to the next time we have the pleasure of inviting you back and thank you again for choosing to stay at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake. Tony Roumph General Manager
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David N wrote a review Mar 2020
Bexley, United Kingdom6 contributions13 helpful votes
Although we only booked in for 2 nights we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we found the Hotel very comfortable, clean, the room was nice, location was excellent, plenty to do, we were booked to go on a cruise but unfortunately it was cancelled due to the Coronavirus, the staff at the Hotel were excellent in helping us. In particular the concierge Mr. Lief Abram was excellent, he recommended places to go for food, amenities etc. he also he booked a boat trip round the bay for us which we thoroughly enjoyed, his overall persona was excellent, he could not do enough for us and made our stay very enjoyable, he made us feel very welcome in San Francisco and without him our stay would not have been so enjoyable.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: High floor, 22nd was quiet.
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Response from _sirfrancisdrake_sf, General Manager at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel
Responded Mar 10, 2020
Hi David, Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and I am very sorry to hear about the cruise though I love seeing we were able to minimize the impact and help you to have a wonderful stay in SF. I will be sure to share your kind words with Lief as well, he is truly one of the many amazing people we have here at the hotel, that enjoy nothing more than wowing our guests. I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future to the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake. Tony Roumph General Manager
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PRICE RANGE
$265 - $367 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kimpton san francisco, sir francis drake hotel san francisco, drake francis sir
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Sir Francis Drake Hotel
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaSan FranciscoDowntown San Francisco / Union Square
NUMBER OF ROOMS
418
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Frequently Asked Questions about Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Escape Game San Francisco (0.3 miles), Marrakech Magic Theater (0.3 miles), and San Francisco Playhouse (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lapisara Eatery, Tacorea, and Fino Bar & Ristorante.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of San Francisco.
Are any cleaning services offered at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Beacon Grand A Union Square Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.