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San Diego, California
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We stayed at the Drake for 2 nights but really 3 days in SF as we arrived on a Tuesday at noon and left Thursday at 5pm. The hotel has an excellent location and walking distance to all the attractions and shopping! The staff was ultra courteous, friendly & warm:) I worked directly with Jana Franklin their reservations manager who...

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

LOCATION: About as Central of a location as you can get in downtown San Francisco. Chinatown is within walking distance. Fisherman's Wharf is about 8 minutes via Uber or you can take the trolley. The location is about 25 minutes from the airport assuming that there is not any traffic. ROOMS: The rooms are very nice with upscale decor. Despite...

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Narberth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This should be a great experience - an historic hotel, excellently situated just off Union Square. The expectations fall a bit flat when confronted with the reality. This is not a luxury hotel. The room I stayed in was a reasonable size, with a comfortable bed, but the bathroom was very small with nowhere to house one's essential toiletries. The...

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Chesterland, Ohio
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Kimpton Sir Francis Drake is in a classic structure from the late 1920s. That is both good and bad as it has some great features from 90 years ago, but also some drawbacks from the earlier part of the last century. We're fans of the Kimpton hotels due to their hospitality (including the free wine socials at 5:00), funky...

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Snoqualmie, Washington
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Some hotels are really two hotels- the bottom level of room is minimal- but the ones you pay more for are really nice. That is the case here. My brother stayed in the lower rung ( Deluxe King) and it was tiny and viewless. I upgraded to the junior suite- and it was very large and had a good view....

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David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, responded to this review

couplessPS, Thank you so much for your review, happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! Our Grand rooms are definitely a luxurious experience; combine that with our tubs and you have the recipe for relaxation in the city! I look forward to seeing you at Wine Hour soon, thanks again! Sincerely, David von Winckler Director of Operations

Vienna Va
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really wanted this to be a happy experience. Our first room suffered mainly from the small bathroom, which had very tiny counter space. Then at night, there was an annoying noise, somewhat like a mini-fridge. It kept pounding away its hum all night. The desk clerk was happy to offer a different room for the next day, and they...

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David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, responded to this review

AndyZ18, I am so sorry you did not enjoy your visit with us! We are located in the heart of San Francisco, and I am sorry the city noises kept you from getting enough rest. Our main goal is to ensure that you love your time here and get to experience our history, but sometimes it isn't the right fit....

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed there in February this year the room was really small. We were facing the other side of the hotel (i think) so no nice views. the hotel smelled. Maybe just be me as i'm not used to it. expensive

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David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, responded to this review

Tina W, This is a bummer! I am so sorry we didn't meet your expectations during your February visit, we do our best to make sure each guest has the time of their lives and it seems like we could've done better on your trip. I will be addressing this with our team, and I hope you can give us...

oakland
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel, owned by the Kimpton Hotel Chain, offers some very nice amenities, especially if you join the rewards club (free of charge) If you do, you get free wi-fi, for instance. And if you agree not to have maid service, to conserve energy, you will get a ten dollar voucher upon check to apply to room...

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David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, responded to this review

maxbialy, Wow, thank you so much! It seems like you really got the Drake tour and even got to try Chef Kimberly's famous Bostino Pie dessert - agreed, huge favorite for us! I hope I can catch you at wine hour in the future, we look forward to having you back! Cheers, David von Winckler Director of Operations

California
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice, clean hotel. The decor was fun and the common areas spacious. Overall, no complaints. A word of warning though, if you're placed in a room below the club, which is located on the very top floor, change it immediately if you can. We didn't sleep a wink that night, and unfortunately there were no rooms available...

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David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, responded to this review

Oh no, Madhath A! I am so sorry you experienced a rough start to your visit, but I am thankful our team was able to remedy this the next day. For the most part, it seems like you enjoyed your visit with us and I hope we can be your home base for your next trip. I'd love to make...

Princeton, NJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a big Kimpton fan. I've been inner circle for 2 years now and I try to stay at a Kimpton in every city I visit. I have never been so disappointed in a Kimpton before as I was at the sir Frances drake. To say the rooms are small is an understatement. You have to close the bathroom door...

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David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, responded to this review

Jnn_75, I am truly sorry we did not meet your expectations on this visit, we want nothing more than to make sure everyone is happy and I wish we had been able to fix this while you were with us. The property is historic, so yes, some of the rooms are smaller than others but if you aren't comfortable we...

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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 

Additional Information about Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Address: 450 Powell Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504 (Formerly Sir Francis Drake Hotel)
Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Union Square
Price Range: ₹ 13,822 - ₹ 26,923 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 416
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Also Known As:
Kimpton San Francisco
Sir Francis Drake Hotel San Francisco
Drake Francis Sir
Hotel Style:
#17 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#45 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#58 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#70 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#75 Family Hotel in San Francisco
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“I'm told upgraded rooms have better views.”
 of 5 bubbles ElaineAndGreg, 21 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Definitely get a junior suite- do not get the least expensive rooms- go high= and get a view”
 of 5 bubbles couplessPS, 18 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Make sure you're nowhere near the club on the top floor”
 of 5 bubbles , 11 Mar 2017 | Read review
“I really don't know, honestly. They squeezed five of us into a room intended for 2-3 people and told us they had nothing else left...”
 of 5 bubbles viaminorviator, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
“High Floor looking over Union Square”
 of 5 bubbles amsam, 27 Feb 2017 | Read review
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