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Hotel Drisco
Ranked #1 of 235 Hotels in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
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Woodbury, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Simply the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We arrived in San Fran on my wife's birthday after several days in LA and a stop in Big Sur -- a birthday cake, champagne, and a bottle of sparkling water (for our boys) were awaiting, which was perfect as were traveling for a fair bit of my wife's birthday. It awaited us because prior to our trip, I received a call from staff at the Hotel Drisco to see if there was anything they could do for us. Yes, there was -- I had been wondering how I would make her day special and they made it easy for us with the presentation when we walked in the room and the reservations at a great nearby restaurant.

The service was incredible, not only with that kind of "pre-emptive thoughtfulness" but throughout our stay. Their evening wine tasting and breakfasts were a welcome treat -- you need to factor those perks into your price; the place we stayed in LA charged $32 for breakfast. And it's clear in the small details, the amenities in the rooms, how things are arranged, etc., that they've really thought through what guests are seeking.

The hotel is older and often-times older hotels can feel thread-bare. Not so the Drisco. It is well cared for and has fine appointments. Our room was spacious. We have two boys -- ages 17 and 14 -- and we had plenty of space. The views were unbelievable as Pacific Heights is at a high elevation. We were on the fourth floor and had views of the city from multiple perspectives, including a beautiful one from the shower!

The location is incredible. My son and I took a long run through The Presidio which is just down the street. You can go for as long as you want through incredible trails and woods that feed into the Golden Gate Bridge.

Whenever we go to San Francisco, we will stay at the Hotel Drisco.

Green Features: Very strong - they have divided garbage cans to separate recyclables.
  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Perfectly appointed, spotless, quiet and timeless. Staff was attentive and warm without crossing over to disingenuous or forced. Pacific Heights, for me, is perfectly situated but could possibly be a little too quiet for some.

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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, March 21, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your lovely review! We like to think of ourselves as a quiet urban retreat. And I completely agree with you: our location in a wonderful upscale residential neighborhood is absolutely perfect for some, and a little too quiet for others. If you and your friends are interested in partying like it's 1999, I have a few alternative hotel recommendations for you!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Aschau Im Chiemgau, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Usually I hate cities ... San Francisco is the only exception. Usually I hate hotels in the city ... Hotel Drisco is the only exception. This place is just wonderful - and that's why I try to write in English that everybody gets the chance to know. Though its look and feel is Victorian all amenties are very modern. But best is their extremely friendly personnel, one really sees that these people love their job and "their" hotel and they are proud of working there. Everything is of highest quality. Also very very enjoyable is that they think of everything a traveller might need, starting with free bottled water, reaching to the package of amenities you need when getting on a plane. Soap and bath stuff is of higest quality as is the food for the room service - that surprisingly is payable. And what just terrific is their location, in walking distance to all the places we liked but away from downtown. Absolutely nothing to complain about.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Guest,

I appreciate so very much that you took the time to post your review in English so that English speakers would have the benefit of your thoughts and experiences here! And you've hit on a great point -- we all do love our jobs here. It is a pleasure to work with such great colleagues and take care of such wonderful guests.

Thank you again for your review.

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Hotel Drisco in Pacific Heights - an upscale residential area of San Francisco - is a delightful, charming and elegant hotel. The staff could not be more accommodating . Parking is on the street , free and very available and if you like, the staff will take your keys and park for you. There is an ample diverse complimentary breakfast every morning and a very nice wine, cheese , olive oil et al reception every evening with 4 very hie wines. Coffee and tea are always in the living room. Turn down includes 2 amazing dark chocolate covered short bread cookies. There is a nespresso with coffee selections in each room. No detail is overlooked. Not a very ultra modern, overly fussy
place, jut perfectly comfortable and guest oriented.

Room Tip: City view is nice - especially at night - slight view of the bay too. Suites are great as well.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for noticing the many details we provide -- we try very hard not to overlook anything! I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This hotel had an excellent staff & a great location in a quiet neighborhood. Shopping & resturants right around the corner! Charming rooms with excellent views and all you need supplied (bonus points for including a fan!). Great wine evening and good breakfast too. We will be back!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This Hotel is a delight. The staff are wonderful and very helpful and attentive. The room we stayed in was gorgeous with terrific views of the San Francisco neighborhood. The added touches like a cup of tea delivered to our room when we returned to the hotel in the evenings were magic. Breakfast was delicious and not to be missed. We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and would love to stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review. I look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Title says it all. I have stayed at this 30 room boutique in Pacific Heights more than a dozen times over the last 5 years. They have almost zero staff turnover - desk staff is super accommodating - and 70% of their guests are repeat. No hotel feels more like home - my wife would be happy to move in! And they have great breakfasts and wine and cheese hours.

Room Tip: Ask for City View on one of top 2 floors. Suites are even better but, of course, more expensive.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank UESfoodie
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Dear Guest,

Oh my, talk about setting the bar really high! We stand ready to welcome you as permanent guests if you wish!

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 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#1 Romantic 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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