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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

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GreenLeaders Gold level
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good37%
  • Average20%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
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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...
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450 Powell Street, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-1504
18.2 km to Metropolitan Oakland Intl Airport
442 restaurants are within a 0.5 km radius
0.6 km from Chinatown
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A bit oldish hotel. Rooms are small but functioning. Bathroom really in need of renovation. Beds are cosy. Great location with many attractions close by or easy to reach. Rooms are a bit noisy, you can hear your neighbours discussiond

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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

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...More

1  Thank Susan M
Response from David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake HotelResponded 29 January 2018

Thank you for taking BART in to come see us, Susan! Most visitors don't realize how centrally located we are and how convenient it is to reach us through public transit. (Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf is a quick cable car ride over the hill---...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband stays here often as his corporate office is in SF and Kimpton is usually a preferred hotel of his. I’m usually skeptical as I travel with our two young children. Sir Francis Drake was amazing! They were amazing with our children! Doris and...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

There was an issue with our reservation, that could have been a real problem, if it was not for the hotel concierge Leif Abram, who couldn't have been more helpful, great guy. We would have given a score of 5, if there hadn't been a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have struggled to write a fair review of this hotel in the center of San Francisco. There are many plusses to the property.... it is ideally located.... The lobby has an old world charm.... The Starlight bar has a killer view.... But, there were...More

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GreenLeaders Gold level
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hotel Amenities
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Business Centre with Internet Access
Wheelchair Access
Dry Cleaning
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Laundry Service
Banquet Room
Multilingual Staff
Conference Facilities
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Air Conditioning
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Price range
US$206 - US$529 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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#18 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#54 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#58 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#70 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
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Suites, Non-Smoking Rooms
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US$206 - US$529 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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#18 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#54 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#58 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#70 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
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Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army
in the Civil War, this grand square has become the
city's premier shopping and entertainment district
containing the largest number of upscale department
stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in
the city. It's a large open area where tourists and
locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by,
enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and
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Response from Robert B | Reviewed this property |
I’ve spent nearly 50 nights in this hotel over the last couple of years. I’d say 75% of the windows don’t open, only a few do.
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Response from Them2fromLancashire | Reviewed this property |
We would also recommend a taxi. Very easy to jump in one at the airport and will cost a reasonable $40. You could use the Bart which will drop you right in Union Square and the hotel is then a simple 2 minute walk. I'd use a... More
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