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“Great Place to Stay!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Drisco
Ranked #1 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
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Ankeny, Iowa
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Place to Stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

My boyfriend and I spent four nights at the Hotel Drisco in April. I would definitely recommend this hotel. I am very picky with hotels and will pay a little more for a nice, clean, quiet hotel. This hotel is all of these things, and it has a lot of charm too. Hotel Drisco offers a free breakfast, helpful employees at the front desk, and turn down service with free cookies (yum!). In addition, they also offer a free car service in the mornings if you don't want to take public transportation. We took advantage of the car service two mornings until we figured out the correct bus line that runs near the hotel. The neighborhood is full of beautiful homes and is great for taking evening walks. There are also a few nice restaurants within walking distance (on Fillmore Street). The only downside is that you can't control the temperature of your room, but the windows open and that worked for us.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Minn_Girl4
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 19 July 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your wonderful comments about your stay with us.

It is a fair comment to mention the fact that the Drisco's original steam radiator heating system lacks in-room controls. Given San Francisco's temperate climate, our experience with controlling the building's heat as a whole, and the fact that our windows open wide, very few guests ever experience a problem.

However, because we are always looking for ways to improve the guest experience here at the Drisco, we are working with several heating companies at the moment to install devices in the rooms that will allow for individual guestroom temperature regulation. Be sure to look for more news about this project on our web site as well as here on Trip Advisor.

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

My husband and I ended a CA trip in San Francisco & stayed 3 days at the Hotel Drisco. We enjoyed our stay immensely and found the service spot on at Drisco. The staff was helpful without being obtrusive, and gave wonderful recommendations. We enjoyed the understated feel of the hotel & look forward to staying there again soon.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 19 July 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am very pleased you enjoyed your stay.

I look forward to welcoming you back!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

My husband and I purchased an auction package that included the Driscoll hotel so we came taking our chances. This is a boutique hotel with some limitations. The building itself is older so no air conditioning, no on-sight resturant or bar, and no outdoor seating or patio. The most difficult was finding on-street parking and when located it was on a steep hill!

But the assets Far outweigh any difficulty. This is a place where the service is consistent and sure to spoil you for anywhere else. In advance of our visit we asked for resturant recommendations and Marty arranged for some of the best dining experiences ever. We highly recommend this if you don't already have your favorites. The continental breakfast is superb. For a cold breakfast the offerings are so bountiful you don't miss anything hot. You eat in elegant room with fresh flowers throughout the room and several choices of national and international newspapers to choose from. Added fun were bottles of water in the room personalized for the hotel with picture of the Driscoll on the inside. Our grandchildren loved them!
If you want to be pampered, this is the place to go.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 19 July 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your wonderful review.

You are absolutely correct that there are some services and amenities that the Drisco simply does not offer, such as air conditioning, a full restaurant/bar or outdoor seating. However, from our perspective these are only liabilities if you are expressly looking for these types of amenities. And if you are, that is quite alright! We are so invested in making sure that you have a wonderful stay in our lovely City of San Francisco that we would be delighted to recommend hotels to suit any specific requirements you may have.

However, as you also point out, we believe that we have something very special to offer here at the Drisco -- personalized service that is second to none and a stunning array of high-quality complimentary extra touches. Oh, and let's not forget those fun Drisco water bottles!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

Although the hotel could do with a little updating (it's a bit old fashioned), the room we had was lovely and the staff were friendly and helpful. They are also very generous with their towels. It's a few blocks from Fillmore Street where there are lovely shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank EC1Gal
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 19 July 2012
Dear Guest,

I will have to admit, in some respects we are indeed a bit old-fashioned. We do occupy a 1903 Edwardian, we have a very traditional philosophy of service which places a high value on individualized care, and we provide many thoughtful touches around every corner -- a luscious continental breakfast, cookies at turndown, shoehorns in the closets and windows that open wide.

However, we are also constantly updating our services and amenities to keep pace with the times. In every guestroom we offer excellent and extensive HDTV, DVD players, ambient sound machines, free WiFi and many other modern amenities.

Thank you very much for your review!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

The problem with TA is that you get expectations from the reviews you read in advance and just sometimes you expect too much. Not so with the Hotel Drisco which is a perfect hotel in every way. We spent 3 nights here. Our room was quite small but perfect with a lovely bathroom and very comfortable bed. The wi fi was a bit dodgy but we understand this is under review.

We loved the position of the hotel, the surrounding houses were beautiful and the breakfast and wine tasting were lovely. We didn't have to use many of the hotel's facilities and were able to plan things well ourselves but the staff were charming and helpful whenever necessary and particularly Bob (hope we have this right!). Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again and where do they get the chocolate biscuits that are left in the room every evening?

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bolly22
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 19 June 2012
Dear Guest,

What a wonderful endorsement, thank you! You did get Bob's name correct, and I will be sure to relay your compliments to him. Regarding the chocolate biscuits, I will gladly divulge our source to any guest who comes and stays with us!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Additional Information about Hotel Drisco

Property: Hotel Drisco
Address: 2901 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115-1011
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Pacific Heights
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#1 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#3 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#5 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price range (per night): ₹ 25,638 - ₹ 50,866
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Drisco 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Drisco, constructed in 1903, blends traditional elegance with the convenience, comfort, and amenities of a world-class modern hotel. Our warm hospitality, inviting atmosphere, and impeccable service are designed to please business and leisure travelers alike. Our complimentary services include a gourmet continental breakfast, evening wine reception, chauffeured sedan service to several popular San Francisco locations and complimentary high-speed Internet access. ... more   less 
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