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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Ranked #97 of 229 Hotels in San Francisco
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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22 reviews
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“Good. Some pros and cons.”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Pros:
a) The location is very good. Right next to Union Square and close to shops and restaurants.
b) The reception hall is excellent in my opinion. It pretty much looks like what you see in the professional photos of this site.
c) Rooms are sort of stylish but as most people mention are small.

Cons:
a) Reception staff are a bit relaxed and absent-minded. I reported that my remote control was not functioning. They never sent anyone to fix it.
b) The Skyroom at the top floor is not worth checking out as they wanted a cover charge of $10 (even from residents) and the stuff were rather on the unfriendly side. We had just one drink and left after half an hour after having spent $50.On the bright side: nice view from there

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

The service was great here. Lobby drinks are a must along with the sky top roof bar. Very luxurious feeling which is great. The only disappointing thing about this was the size of our room. We did not even have space to put our bags and the bathroom was tiny. After a show your head was either in the basin or the toilet! not ideal.

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Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

We had a beautiful room, the service was friendly and polite without drifting into the Labrador territory you can get in some places, the location was perfect as a base for exploring the city and they gave us free champagne chocs and fruit to celebrate our honeymoon!

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Great Hotel. The location was perfect. It was especially fabulous because of all the help that Lief, the concierge gave us. He was terrific. Be sure you ask for him when you stay at the Sir Francis Drake.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Stayed here for business recently, and the rooms were clean and tidy. The attached restaurant was very good, and when traveling on business this is a bonus.

The big issue was the street noise. The single pain windows may have well been open, the noise was so great! Needless to say, sleep didn't come easily...

All in all, convenient location, good food, but lousy sleep. I'd find somewhere else to stay in future, given the noise.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

The location of the Sir Francis Drake is perfect; an easy 4 block walk from the BART station ($8.25 per person connection from / to the airport), Powell Street street car line stops at the hotel and walking distance to several good restaurants and "big-store" shopping. Taxi's are easy to flag. Shop all travel sites for good nightly rates as they seem to vary. We stayed in a room with 2 queen beds which was fine for 3 people. The washroom is small but adequate...and clean.

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Jim G, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Dear Yellow Goldwing!

Many thanks for staying at the Sir Francis Drake and your wonderful review and comments; our location and ambiance is pretty special. The Drake is a perfect location to do it all; minutes from world class shopping and a quick ride on the famous cable cars down to Fisherman's Warf. I hope you join us again the next time you visit California.

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We are here for five days for a wedding and visit. The reason to stay here is a very good central location one block from Union Square where there is constant action and much high end shopping. Also the room price was very reasonable both as part of the wedding and for the two days after, slightly higher. The bed was a very good quality as were the linens. Now for what is not so good. We had a standard room on the twelfth floor facing the street. This is a very small king bed room with a very small bath. One can just pass between the bed and the dresser with the TV. This is an older hotel with old single pane windows in the heart of town. Make sure you bring good ear plugs. There was a trumpet player in the street until after 10 pm, constant crowd noise, yelling at night from the street on the weekends and at 3:30 am comes the garbage truck loading up the trash. A relative had an inside room and had no noise problems so give up the limited view. Since we had two rates they checked us out and my wife went do to confirm that we would be staying in the same room as we were told at check in. The desk agent was annoyed at her request. She said he was snippy. A Sunday brunch for 100 of us was done very well.

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Property: Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Address: 450 Powell Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504 (Formerly Sir Francis Drake Hotel)
Location: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#46 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#58 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#70 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#75 Family Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 416
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 legendary Starlight Room, the adjacent Scala's Bistro and unmatched hospitality complete the picture to create an unforgettable San Francisco experience. ... more   less 
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