I was really looking forward to returning to San Francisco, not having been there for several years, and my husband was going there on business so i joined him. My BAD for insisting we stay half a block to Union Square, and trying to keep within a certain budget (279- 299 dollars per night) to stay at the Sir Francis Drake. My husband did say it was a Kimpton hotel, and he had stayed at one before, so it should be fine. The staff at reception and come to think of it all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately they have to make up for the poor state the hotel is in. Granted it is an old hotel, but i believe it was renovated in recent years. Rooms all stink of animals, because it is what they call a "pet friendly" hotel, but they dont have any control on trying to keep a floor pet free. i had specifically asked for a pet free room as i am allergic to pet smell in a confined area. The bathroom stunk all the time, felt like the smell was coming from the walls. we were there only three 3 nights, so it was difficult to move somewhere else. I certainly dont recommend this hotel for a businessman, my husband had to walk a block to go get color copies made, as their business office did not have a color printer.
At checkout i noticed the charge on the room was 246.00 per night, however, i still dont think that you should be paying that rate just to be close to Union Square, unless of course its the only hotel that allows pets. Very Disappointing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton San Francisco
- Sir Francis Drake Hotel San Francisco
- Drake Francis Sir