February 7, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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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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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

This Kimpton was our second. Also spent a few days at a Kimpton property in Seattle where we had a totally different experience! I'll start with positives...Great location in Union Square (although since my last trip to SF, the homeless situation is out of hand with poor souls sleeping on the sidewalk outside the hotel, rummaging for food in garbage can outside Starbuck's next door). Not a pretty sight. The lobby is lovely. The front staff was very responsive and positive. The negatives...extremely slow, small elevators-there were 4 of them and we frequently waited 5 min for a ride. We knew the hotel was old, we weren't expecting flashy and new. The room was extremely small (classic King room) . We had hoped for a requested upgrade but were told the hotel was sold out . Not expecting that in the middle of January. The hallway on the 8th floor smelled like dirty diapers. At first we thought they were having a sewage problem or a leak of some sort. The room did not smell this way. The bathroom was unbelievably small, floor space was 4feetx4feet, not enough room for 2 people to be in there at the same time .The vanity was 2 feet long, no place to leave any belongings. There was hair on the toilet. The tub looked like it had been spackled . Looked dirty . The towels were rough and old looking. There were no extra blankets in the room, and only one robe left in the closet. The walls were extremely thin, I could hear people talking in regular tones on both sides, one couple was having way more fun than the other hmmmm, and had to listen to weird music from one room until after midnight. Of course neither of us slept. Also lots of outside sirens throughout the night and a noisy hallway outside our room. There was no coffee maker in the room, making it necessary to get dressed and schlep down to the lobby in my slippers...Also no refrigerator or microwave. There were however $6 bottles of water and $23 mini bottles of wine and overpriced snacks in the room. The room was decorated nicely, in Kimpton style with quirky light fixtures, paintings, and furniture. Oh, did I mention the night time wine reception? From 5 to 6, wine is offered in the lobby, they also had focaccia. However, it was so crowded there was no place to sit, so my husband and I found a place on the stairs, and ended up having our wine in our room. Upon checkout, we noticed that they had given us a credit, presumably after I complained about the housekeeping in our room. (which they recleaned our room upon our request). We used the valet parking (67.00) no problems.

lovelapunta - California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

Good location and thats basically what you pay for! They have limited time for great coffee, from 7:30 to 9 am. However if was 5 to 9 and there was no coffee and they will not refill:( very clean and nice vanity kit! We will stay here again.

Cartagena500 - Sellersburg, Indiana

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

A great location for proximity to downtown San Francisco. The service was outstanding- friendly and helpful. The entrance is attractive and old fashioned- reminiscent of a different era. The rooms are ok sized and have been spruced up and improved. The only problem was the elevators which are very slow. All in all a great stay and I will return.

Matthew J - Boston, Massachusetts

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

We have stayed at Kimpton hotels before and have always had such wonderful experiences, then we stayed at Sir Frances Drake and that changed everything!! Our room was filthy!! Simply unacceptable! Our shower and bathtub were filthy. As you can see from the pictures it looks like it hadn’t been cleaned in weeks. My husband and I had to shower in my sister’s room. I called the front desk and asked them to send a Manager to our room, so they could see the dirtiness first hand. After 30 mins no one came, so I had to go to the front desk and ask for one. It was New Years Eve and I was in a rush to go out when I was speaking to the Manager. He did not offer to switch us rooms. He did offer to comp one night, but we opted for a late check out, since we were catching a late flight out. The next day as I was in my sister's room showering, it dawned on me, how could the Manager not have offered to switch us rooms???? I went to the front desk to speak to them about our check out time and the Manager did approach me. I did mention to him about not switching us room and he stated they were completely booked, so that is why he did not offer. I understand them being completely booked, but he should have mentioned that the night before. I did have someone call me a few days later to apologize and offer me a gift card for a future stay. After seeing the bathroom our trip was ruined. We felt gross and dirty staying in our room. Our thoughts were...if they are not cleaning the bathroom, how do we know if our sheets have been changed or the towels are clean. A hotel is a home away from home while on vacation and I should feel as comfortable at the hotel I am staying at as I do my home and we simply did not!!! And not to mention when I got a drink at the bar one night, the champagne glass I was served my drink in had a lipstick stain. When I told the bartender instead of serving me a new drink, he just poured mine into a new glass. How about if the glass hadn't been washed????


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We live an hour away so I knew exactly where the hotel is located, at Union Square. We arrived on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and walked about 5minutes to the hotel. It was very easy. Parking is strictly valet and about $50 night, so it’s expensive. We took ride sharing to a couple of places. The rooms were very clean and it was quiet. I could barely hear the dinging of the cable car bell outside in the morning but that’s it. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom was very clean, but small and there was no counter to put stuff except for around the sink basin. But it’s an older more historic hotel. The lobby has a bar, and we booked through Travelzoo so we got a good deal and 2 free cocktails. There is also a free wine hour, but we missed it. WiFi is free and it was good. At one point we had 4 devices going, and all did fine. The reception staff was speedy and extremely nice at both checking in and out. There is a restaurant adjacent but we went across the street to eat. There are restaurants and coffee shops everywhere around Union Square so getting the food you want is no problem. The location was perfect. It’s a shoppers paradise, public transportation is easy, and I 😍 San Francisco. I would stay here again.

Susan M - San Francisco, California

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