When I travel to SF on business, I usually stay at a downtown hotel. For my recent vacation with family, I wanted something more fun, in a residential neighborhood. The Drisco did not disappoint. Its location is close enough to Cow Hollow & the Marina to walk for dinner (with a lot of hills!) and an easy to drive to Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and Marin.
The staff were always friendly and accommodating, but never intrusive. They had a ready answer for every question. One tiny tip to the manager: when guests check in, be sure they know everything about breakfast, wine hour, tea & coffee in the parlor, and that the staff will move your car for you. All of that is available, but we did have to ask about those last two.
The breakfast buffet, included in the room price, is extensive - no hot eggs or breakfast meats, but everything else anyone could possibly want. The wine hour, also included, was lovely and relaxing.
We booked a 2-bedroom, 2-bath suite. Beds are wonderfully comfortable, bathrooms are well appointed. Our master bedroom & adjacent living room on the fourth floor had lovely views of the city. The other bedroom & bathroom had windows opening into shafts (not courtyards), which was not an issue since our kids spent most of their time in the living room, but I wouldn't have wanted to be a guest *only* in the bedroom with a view of an air shaft. Nonetheless, they loved the suite arrangement, and we had a lovely, relaxing three-day stay.
One note: the hotel is old and therefore has a few quirks, such as creaky floors (didn't bother us, as we were on the top floor, but probably bothered the people below us), and thin walls - we could easily hear conversations in the next room, and in the bathroom (which also opened onto an air shaft) you can hear everything from flushing toilets to showers. If you're used to staying in hotels with some character, this is nothing new. If you're looking for perfect silence and isolation, this wouldn't be the best choice. For us, as travelers used to staying in places with character, this was a tiny inconvenience in an otherwise lovely hotel. If we were coming back to San Francisco for pleasure, we would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Please note that we are currently closed for renovations until July 1, 2017! 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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- Also Known As:
- Drisco Hotel San Francisco
- Drisco San Francisco