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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, California

Why stay at a hotel when you can stay at a legend? Combining historic, Renaissance-influenced architectural splendor that includes an opulent lobby, sky-high ceilings and a sweeping staircase begging for grand entrances, Kimpton Sir Francis Drake is where vintage glamour and the ideal Union Square location intersect.

Inside you’ll discover a world of unapologetic opulence: cut crystal, luxe fabrics, rococo swirls, all as heady as the signature cocktails and 21st floor vistas served-up at our retro chic Starlight Room. Our creative rustic Italian-inspired cuisine -- is the perfect pairing for dining and special events. And, when it’s time to retreat to your urban haven, guestrooms and suites evoking period dcor and brimming with Kimpton-style amenities sweep you off your feet into refined comfort.

Location of Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street 2
San Francisco, California

Nearest Airport: SFO

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Reviews for Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautifully decorated hotel, our bedroom was SO comfortable and decorated so pretty we enjoyed staying there for a few days. Would prefer less $$ for parking car and for meals. San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit and great fun in the city and of course in wine country.

Brenda C

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 5 nights here as part of a work trip. Room was clean but tired looking with a bathtub that looked to be as old as the hotel with worn enamel. The elevators are sometimes extremely slow. We walked down 15 floors after waiting for the elevator for quite a while. The service is undeserving of the Kimpton brand name. Overall, about average for San Francisco and way below expected for the Kimpton brand. The only saving grace is the location. Showerheads are amazingly bad. No pressure at all.

travel1234563 - San Francisco, CA

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at the Sir Frances Drake for work for 4x nights in February 2018. The hotel was ok all around. The lobby and rooms were pretty cold and dated. I stayed on the fourth floor and it was pretty loud with a lot of street noise. The staff was totally fine - nothing amazing to say but definitely not bad. The room itself was clean and comfortable (albeit dated). Bathroom was small but again, fine. Location was centrally located which is a plus. All in all - the hotel is average and a decent stay but wouldn't be my first choice in San Francisco area.

zisaacs - Chicago, Illinois

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rooms need help. They just feel and look used up. The bathroom was very small. There was one small bar of soap, some cotton balls and a broken soap/shampoo dispenser. The hotel rooms just were not up to the normal Kimpton standard. All the people working at the Drake were very nice.

Martin D - Manhattan Beach, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed for four nights and went from a full blown “this place is haunted” with terrifying nightmare pictures out of a scary stories for kids book to “I love this weird quirky gem of a hotel! A few words of warning. The art in room is truly unnerving. The very kind bellhop offered to move me rooms when I said “these picture scare me any other less upsetting rooms?” And while they are so kind enough to move me the new room which still had the scary picture of creepy children it was on higher floor which made for a quieter stay. It has a lot going for it as a hotel even if it a bit rough around the edges. The service is excellent and it’s clear they care. They have a coffee service in the morning and a wine hour in the evening. I also enjoyed the clean initiative. $10 for forgoing housekeeping meant I was able to sample their excellent (no really Scalia is quite good) in room dining with a little discount. Which with all of the extra towels isn’t a huge sacrifice! What I thought would be a literal nightmare turned into one of my favorite hotel stays of the year. I’m planning to go back in a week or two as I’ll be back in town on business and could use the charm. Maybe this time I’ll get to the Starlight room Two tips. Stay on a higher floor as the famous trolleys do go by. And be patient with the elevators. They were undergoing renovation while I was there.

Julie F - New York, New York, United States

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