My husband and I were originally going to stay at the SF Fairmont for a birthday celebration but after reading such wonderful reviews of Hotel Drisco we decided to stay here and are glad we did. We had a One Bedroom Suite on the 4th floor (Room 403), overlooking Pacific Avenue and the San Francisco Bay. Our view was quite nice because we were on the top floor of the hotel which is situated on one of the highest hills of San Francisco. Over the rooftops of some of the most wealthiest and sophisticated mansions of the city, we could see all the way to Alcatraz Island, the Marin Headlands, and we even had a tiny view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The room was quite spacious and well appointed except for the Nespresso Machine which I could never get to work. The bed was comfortable yet firm and was just the ticket for providing a nights rest. There was even a pillow menu to choose from if you desired a bit more custom comfort which we took advantage of. We also appreciated the adaptive-sound machine on the night stand which offered us a variety of sounds to sleep by. We chose the "ocean" sound as this was soothing to the soul and a good solution for drowning out a bit of street noise just outside our window. If you got up during the night and wanted to watch some T.V. or a DVD like my husband did, you could seal off the bedroom with the sliding doors that separated the living room from the bedroom and wouldn't disturb your partner. The only complaint was that on Monday morning we were awoken before 7 a.m. by construction crews, delivery vehicles, and garbage trucks with their beep, beep, beep annoying sounds. Not a pleasant way to be awoken.
We looked forward to the complimentary wine and cheese reception everyday with it's elegant display of meats, artisan cheeses, fruits and great selection of wines. Oh and you can't forget the signature meatballs which tasted like the Swedish variety that my mom use to make. We weren't even hungry for dinner afterwards. The breakfast was very good too offering a variety of meats, cheeses, bagels, lox, cream cheese, hard boiled eggs, pastries, breads, yogurt, fruits, and coffee. Espresso or cappuccino is offered upon request. The only thing missing was scrambled eggs, I'm not a fan of the hard boiled variety.
In my opinion the hotel was an intimate version of the Fairmont where you felt special and not just another number. When we arrived home my husband said that it felt like we had actually been somewhere else because it didn't feel like a city visit. If you want to feel like you're in the city but not really IN the city stay here. It's just blocks away from several shopping areas such as the Fillmore, and Union Shopping Districts and footsteps away from the Presidio. Our morning walks were great to people watch and take in views of the Bay, spectacular mansions, perfectly manicured gardens and colorful flower beds. Just be careful not to venture down too far as the walk back up will exhaust you. The streets in this neighborhood are VERY steep!
For dinner we enjoyed a limousine ride (provided by the hotel for an extra fee), to Yoshi’s Jazz Club & Restaurant where the food was great but service was lousy. So lousy that we were comped entrance to the Jazz Show afterwards. We enjoyed the entertainment of Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings featuring special guest Carlos Reyes. An amazing performance which wiped away our memories of the bad service.
We would definitely stay at the Drisco 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