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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Taking the BART from SFO (airport) to Powell Station was a breeze. We took a five-block stroll (slight hill) up to our hotel. Our early arrival (about 2 hours early) was welcomed with smiles and a fortunate availability of our room. As we entered the ornate hotel lobby, we took a breath and enjoyed beautiful and inviting set of red...

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Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Plusses: comfortable beds and linens; relatively quiet room Minuses: no in-room coffee; no newspapers; no robes; miniscule bathroom; slow elevators; very slow car valet; small cramped room; Summary: a dressed up old hotel in a good location.

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Redmond, Washington
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When it is a conference week, most San Francisco hotels are not affordable, but the Sir Francis Drake provides good value at a reasonable choice in a great location near Union Square. It is a historical hotel, but has lots of modern amenities. I had a good stay, but there were a few negatives. The Internet wireless was free if...

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Copenhagen Region, Denmark
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Can't go wrong with a kimpton hotel and the sir Francis drake is a step above. Amazing location, beautiful historic hotel, great food and beverage offering with amazing roof top lounge. One of my favorite hotels in San Fran

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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Hotel prides itself to be "cool" with "attitude" -translated to bad concierge service with noisy weekend drunkards. We enquired for tour to silicon valley to which they politely replied-oh thats a very popular request but we have none. Asked for the alternative options - to which we were told to "Uber" before promptly being dismissed as she picked up the...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our little family stayed here in December for a holiday weekend in the city. The room had a queen bed and was not large, but there was enough space for the 3 of us to relax for a bit while it poured outside. The hotel has a lot of charm, our son loved the doormen in the beefeater suits- a...

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Murrieta, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

The rooms were small but cute and the hotel is full of character. The bathrooms are small. I suggest two rooms if you have four women. It's in a great are for shopping. The bar on top has an amazing view... go early before it becomes a night club and enjoy it!

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Nashville, Tennessee
Reviewed 1 week ago

First and last visit here. The room is a health hazard with a STRONG odor of mold. This hotel was described as 'boutique', which I have now come to equate with old and nothing works. For caffeine addicts, the free coffee is in the lobby not in the room and does not start until 6. (Starbucks is next door and...

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

Thank you for your review 615traveler4life, I appreciate the feedback. The cleanliness of the property is taken extremely seriously, and I am truly sorry you felt your health was ever in jeopardy - as we take all necessary precautions to prevent things like this. I will be discussing your comments with our team and conducting an investigation. We would love...

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here for a business meeting. My room was so small I couldn't believe it. Price of room was over 250 a night which is pretty common in San Francisco but it is still shocking for a tiny tiny room. Bathroom was very compact. If there's more than one person in this room, you'd be cramped for space. It...

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Santa Barbara, California
Reviewed 1 week ago

They did it again!!!!! Chris (front desk), Leif (Concierge), Robert (Starlight Room), Natalie & Ali (Scala's Bistro), Nick (Bellman) pampered us beyond our expectations!!!! They blew us out of the water last year when 10 of us stayed there for my birthday....they selected a VERY SPECIAL suite for us and had welcome gifts when we arrived. We were all speechless!...

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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: €196 - €427 (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
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#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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“Beware of the "jewel box" rooms which are meant for single travelers.”
 of 5 bubbles 756laurelm, 8 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Don't stay in any of the rooms. Stay at a different hotel.”
  • poorly maintained
  • stains on the sheets
  • So much dust
  • someone else's hair and trash in the drain = standing in your own shower water
  • poorly maintained
  • poorly maintained
 of 5 bubbles MFL1460, 8 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Stay somewhere else.”
  • The chair in a $300/night 4 star hotel!
  • I admit I'm being picky here.
  • Black mold in the bathroom.
 of 5 bubbles christopherlG151JX, 6 Feb 2017 | Read review
“City view rooms facing Union Square on higher floors are worth the added noise. Avoid the guest rooms inside the elevator bay.”
 of 5 bubbles Coach51, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Views from up high are good, but elevator is slow”
 of 5 bubbles SegundoLunadeMiel, 30 Jan 2017 | Read review
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