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“Top of the list and the hill” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Drisco
Ranked #1 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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“Top of the list and the hill”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Wow, what a great hotel. We enjoyed 3 nights in a lovely suite. The wine tasting, expertly led by Anne, each evening is a great way to meet fellow guests or unwind. The breakfasts are healthy and just what we needed to start the day. Yes, the hotel is at the top of a big hill but it is very quiet at night. It is easy to walk down hill to some great places for dinner and taxi back up the hill for less than $10. Can't wait to stay again next time we're in San Fran.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a comfortable, small hotel located in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the US. It's a much better experience than staying downtown. If you're in San Francisco on leisure, I highly recommend staying here (or at least in the Pacific Heights area). It's a joy to walk around Pacific Heights and admire the beautiful landscaping and architecture. You can also walk to the Golden Gate and Fillmore street (boutique shopping and bars and restraunts) The hotel is not really luxurious though; it's more like a comfortable inn. So if you're looking for really posh experience, this is not the hotel for you.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank NateMcc
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Yes it's old and so what? It's clean neat and has character! Remember that??
Staff were lovely, the free afternoon wine reception was a great touch with quality wines and cheese.
We had a really lovely few days here in early April.
Just note the location is in a (very quiet and very upmarket) residential area. You need to get a bus or taxi to city and or fishermans wharf. Its not expensive. But we knew that when we booked and saw it as an advantage.
Filmore street is a short walk down the hill and has many Restaurants and bars so the fact that the hotel has no bar or restaurant is not a big deal for me.
I would really recommend Hotel Drisco. We loved it.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

The staff are superb and make the experience ok , but make no mistake this is an old hotel hanging on. It is located in a lovely area , but - no air conditioning , no bar , no restaurant. Room service is a choice of 6 Panini's. Breakfast is cold continental help yourself and adequate. Old building so floorboards so noisy , even with noise reducing machine in the bedroom, and paper thin walls.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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1 Thank Deally
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

I am very sorry that the Hotel Drisco did not live up to your expectations, however it seems to me that you may have been looking for a more modern, full-featured hotel. I am wondering if perhaps a travel agent or someone else made the booking for you here? We have never claimed to have air conditioning, a bar or a restaurant. In fact we go to great lengths to communicate to our guests (on the phone, in person and on our web site) the services and amenities we offer, and the services and amenities that we do not offer.

Over the years I have stayed at older properties that are "tired" and -- as you put it -- "hanging on." But in my humble opinion (and that of the vast majority of Trip Advisor reviewers here) the Hotel Drisco is most certainly not one of the hangers-on. The owner invests heavily in keeping the fit, finish and furnishings looking beautiful, and my maintenance staff and I pride ourselves on keeping everything in top-notch shape.

As I have said here on Trip Advisor many times before, no hotel is the perfect fit for everyone. The charm and elegance of a stay at the Drisco is right for some, and not the best choice for others. Should you return again to San Francisco, I sincerely hope you find what you are looking for in a hotel. There are lots of great hotel choices in this town. I just happen to think that the Drisco offers an extra-special experience!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Campinas, SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Stayed there for 3 nights at the end of march.
Where to start...I guess the word I'm looking for is: perfect.
The hotel is a jewel located in an wonderfull area.
All the staff, from the cleaning lady to the receptionist is not only well educated and smily, you can feel that they are here to make you happy. A special mention to Ann, never met such a good, professional and adorable receptionist.
The hotel itself is beautifull, such a good taste.
The room was a delight, I guess it was on the 5th floor. Amazing view (booked a deluxe city view), wonderfull bed, great bathroom. The kind of room you just don't want to leave.
Then comes the breakfast...delicious, fresh (try the sheep yogurt, like cream). I'm really into breakfast and this one is a really good one. Bonus: you'll get the local newspaper in front of your door.
Well, after that, you can discover the city...but don't come back too late or you'll miss the wine and cheese aperitif at 5pm. I'm french, I love wine and cheese. They just serve good wine and good cheese (they also serve meatballs my husband went crazy for). And, the sommelier (nice lady whoose name I don't remember) is adorable.
Then you can go dining (would recommend "Frances" in the Castro, delicious, book in advance). And when coming back, you'll find on your pillow a marvellous chocolate biscuit!
Well, there is so much more to tell that it would take the all day reviewing.
At the end, it's not cheap but you can be sure that every cent will be well spent!
I just can't wait to come back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

It was a delight to read your wonderful review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The location is great at the top of Pacific heights, lovely views. Staff are very helpful and lots of free extras like early evening drinks and morning transfer service around town. Our room had a beautiful view of the bay. Will stay here next time!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Londonkids
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

I'm very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us!

And just a note to our Trip Advisor readers that if you would like to enjoy a lovely city view from your guestroom, please be sure to book a "City View Deluxe King" or a "City View Suite" category room.

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We just returned from a 3 night stay at the Hotel Drisco, and can't say enough good things about it. The Pacific Heights area is beautiful and un-touristy feeling. Positives were beautiful buffet breakfast (included), free wifi, convenient and available on-street parking, free wine tasting in the afternoon, extremely pleasant and helpful staff, a reasonably priced town car that we used to get to restaurants each evening. The only negative that I can think of would be that if it were your first trip to SF, the location isn't within walking distance of major tourist attractions. I would find it difficult to stay any place else the next time I'm in the city.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Lucinda H
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your very kind review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed all of our little European touches. We do take great care to provide our guests with comforts that remind them of that great little Mayfair hotel, that Tuscan inn or the little auberge in Provence.

Our location in upscale residential Pacific Heights is, for many, the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Francisco, but still with easy access to all the City has to offer. However, you are quite right that if a guest is looking to be in the heart of the action, there are other lovely hotels and inns in San Francisco that may be a better choice -- it all depends on what you are looking for in your lodging experience!

Kind regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Property: Hotel Drisco
Address: 2901 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115-1011
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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 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#3 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#5 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Drisco 4*
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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