October 28, 2017 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 décor 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 17 hours ago

This is a large and beautiful Hotel. For being in a very busy/loud city, I slept very well. This Hotel had a friendly staff and knowledgeable Concierges. I loved the location of this Hotel to Union Square which equals fantastic shopping and restaurants. Starbucks is downstairs on the corner for a quick breakfast. The first day we arrived, we dropped our luggage in our room and then left the hotel, walked a couple feet and literally hopped on the cable cars. I felt safe at this location both day and night. I would stay here again. 3 stars for the size of the room and cost for such a small room and the $30 a day for the roll away bed for our teenage daughter. There wasn’t an iron in my room which was frustrating the next morning when I needed one. I would also like to see more toiletry items such as shower caps, Qtips, etc.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel has a pleasant but modest facade. The interior however is a different kettle of fish. Stylish & quite beautiful with perhaps the best location in San Francisco for the tourist. The downside is that the room we had was quite small with limited storage space. However, on a city break, I feel that most visitors will accommodate this. Just one final word, the Starlight Bar ( I think this is the correct name), has both an impressive drinks menu, as well as quite spectacular aerial views of the City. Recommended.

Peter B - Sheffield, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

Noise, noise, and more noise. I'm laying on my unusually firm need at 4am once again awoken by the sound of a garbage truck. At 2AM it was the sound of a siren. At midnight it was my neighbour's hacking cough. Single pane windows and paper thin walls. Unacceptable at any hotel especially one at this price point.

Don A

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

Loved the architecture of this hotel grand entrance foyer marble colonnades mirrors chandeliers .. Brilliant staff : checking in & out was effortless and the concierge was extremely helpful throughout our stay. The location was brilliant too off Union Square with Cable cars on the door step taking you down to Fishermanwharf Pier 39 or Chinatown. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay there and would definitely come back even though our room could have done with some refurbishment. I almost forgot to mention the complimentary coffee/tea in the morning in the foyer and the free happy hour between 5 & 6!!.. Super!!..So I would give Sir Francis Drake Hotel my thumbs up!!...

frenchie303 - Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

After reading so many poorer reviews regarding the hotel, it appears that these negative items were in fact less than truthful. We arrived on Monday Oct 16th. The room selected was a Double-Queen Bed, with a single bathroom showrr/tub combi, for my Aunt and I. She was there to renew her passport at the Philippine Consulate-Genneral which is adjacent to the hotel around the corner on Sutter Street. The beds were tremendously high. We were treated ecceptionally by this really deep posturepedic mattress covered by a comforter layered by several thick plump feather pillows, and a beautifully encased feather body pillow lying across the top like a sofa bolster. Sleeping on the crisp white sheets was just as luxurious and extremely relaxing later in the evening hours. The room itself contained a large TV monitor with a remote. A huge red dresser filled partially with some bar menu items, snacks, and other vials of booze. The bathroom.othets complained 'too small turned out to be a standard size ensuite. Beautiful black marble tiled floors. Commode. The original tub/shower combo and vintage mirrored vanity. Which may be the original vanity also from 1928-29. The decor is quite contemporary. And the furnishing updated as well as the lighting on both beds, table vanity and desk top coveted with all sorts of bar items, cups, mugs, and the hotel phone. Now for two people [we], my Aunt and I felt exceptionally happy with the accommodations on the 19th floor overlooking Powell Street. There were several restaurants in the general vicinity of the hotel entrance, aside the cable car stop in front of Starbucks adjacent to the building via the lower level elevators (LL). However, dull and uninspiring the class property seems to suggest with other reviewers is in fact disproportionate to the high number of business travellers who frequently stay at the Sir Francis Drake. The level of comfort is highly well regarded. Had it not been for waking up earlier than normal to make the checkout time of 12:00 (noon) ... We certainly could have slept without any reason to get up at all. Very very relaxing atmosphere with no generally noticeable noisemakers around except from street level. We would highly recommend stating at this hotel for the ambiance, and outstanding historical charm that is popular with the local residents for event-planners (private parties, weddings, other functions, etc), which is incredibly its most hip appealing given the crowd size and age ranges. Undoubtedly, we will make another stay of it as soon as we are able to sometime later. The Sir Francis Drake has such a tremendous following with exceptional guest services, staffing, and truly befitting hospitality that again seems so unfairly judged by other reviewers. What adds into this negation is the amount of upkeep on such a large estate ad an investment. With regards to improving the premises-- the interior design could be toned up from a darker European gold or bronze to a brighter gilded goldtone like in Paris. Resonate with the reds and other complementary colours inside on it's wall mouldings, ceilings, woodwork and furnishing. And a vanity for makeup and other things inside the bathrooms on the upper mezzanine level. Beyond this, it's just incredibility. For the sake of argument about how Landmark'd hotelier keep a property fresh and youthful for it's patrons. Nonetheless absolutely enjoyable !! A Great Experience worth every penny.

Bernard-Marie M

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