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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

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450 Powell Street Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504
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Room & Suite (135)
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 11/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 11/20/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#135 of 247 hotels in San Francisco
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Kimpton 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 reimagined Lizzie's Starlight, the adjacent Scala's Bistro and unmatched hospitality complete the picture to create an unforgettable San Francisco experience.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Paid private parking nearby
Wifi
Restaurant
Rooftop bar
Nightclub / DJ
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
Doorperson
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
On-demand movies
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Classic
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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Grade: 100 out of 100
347Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
153Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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khlebica wrote a review Jul 2020
Port Crane, New York45 contributions11 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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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 Kimpton Sir Francis Drake 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 Kimpton Sir Francis Drake 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 contributions1 helpful vote
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 Kimpton Sir Francis Drake 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
Bromley23 contributions13 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 Kimpton Sir Francis Drake 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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PRICE RANGE
$207 - $458 (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
416
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Kimpton Sir Francis Drake 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 Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tacorea, Lapisara Eatery, and Taylor Street Coffee Shop.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Kimpton Sir Francis Drake 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 Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.