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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

(Now Closed)
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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  • Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
    Save up to 15% off our best available rate when you book at least 14 days in advance. Use special code 14DAY before checkout.
  • Love M.heart icon on user image
    Love MeJanuary 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect location on Powell street. Rooms are small but perfect for small parties. If you refuse housekeeping service they give you vouchers you can use at restaurants. Stairs are inconvenient w/ bags
  • Jonathan J.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan JohnsAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my fav places to stay in SF - Classic old hotel, fun quaint rooms, fantastic service, great access to local landmarks. Starlight Ballroom on top floor - Scala's restaurant is the best.
  • Khaled H.heart icon on user image
    Khaled HijabNovember 21, 2015
    Grab a drink from the Drake bar on the way up to your room. Clean renovated rooms and bathrooms. Comfortable beds and pillows. Excellent room service. -- pick a city-view room on check in.
  • Hugo R.heart icon on user image
    Hugo ReevesJune 26, 2015
    A beautifully crafted and presented hotel. Passionate and helpful staff, also an awesome, friendly beefeater helping you catch a cab. The restaurant below is top notch, and serves really good meals.
  • Justin M.heart icon on user image
    Justin MartinNovember 11, 2021
    My room was a LOT smaller than shown on the web. The hotel was clean & inviting with great room service. The staff were knowledgeable & helpful. I’d go back if I knew for certain of the rooms size.
  • Sophia
    SophiaDecember 26, 2013
    The hotel is contemporary yet has an air of elegant vintage. Awesome staff. Pet friendly! And uber central to Union square. The rooms are smaller in sq feet but hey that cannot be altered.
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah T.February 16, 2014
    Two words: Wine hour. :) and they do it a little differently from other Kimptons, with some small bites if you go early, and spiced cider for the winter season.
  • Lindsay M.heart icon on user image
    Lindsay MMarch 9, 2016
    Great, friendly concierge!! Rooms are nice & clean. Some are much smaller than others. Walls are VERY thin, could hear the people next to us constantly. Would stay here again.
  • Megan B.heart icon on user image
    Megan BauerMarch 14, 2015
    This is a very nice hotel, and in prime location. However in nature of union square I spent way too much money for a nightly rate and it was a quarter of the size.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler McPheetersOctober 24, 2014
    Lobby bar is cool, try the "you boys like Mexico". The true shining star is the starlight room upstairs though.
  • Jeffrey G.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey GlueckOctober 1, 2015
    The big red British beefeater in the lobby bar is a bit much for me. But the rooms are nice and location near union square good. Do breakfast at sears across street
  • John K.heart icon on user image
    John KiddeSeptember 5, 2017
    Great place to stay in the city center. Comfy beds, friendly staff, ideal if you're looking to explore Union Square.
  • AK
    AKSeptember 8, 2014
    Ornate and cool common areas. Rooms are small and windows are thin. 2 pillows per room and the bathrooms are extremely small. Max 2 people in this room. Free tea and coffee reception in the morning
  • Angie B.heart icon on user image
    Angie BrandtApril 11, 2017
    Misleading room descriptions. Paid top $ for the "grand" (their highest class of room + view). Asked to be relocated immediately & were told we'd need to downgrade to get a view & have smaller beds.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SJanuary 29, 2012
    They are awesome here. Be sure to tell Nelson hello! And drink at the lobby bar, and have a good time. Everyone here is super wonderful!!
  • Chio I.heart icon on user image
    Chio InfanteDecember 31, 2014
    Ricotta ravioli with lemon cream... Absolutely delicious. Try the chilaquiles, also very good!
  • Diana S.
    Diana SuddrethSeptember 20, 2014
    To really get into the history, ask the staff to see the Prohibition Room. You won't see it unless you ask.
  • Lol B.
    Lol BiAugust 3, 2017
    The rooms are small, but lovely, pillows absolutely marvelous, clean a lovely place to rest.
  • Deb B.heart icon on user image
    Deb BordersSeptember 1, 2015
    The "Sunday's a Drag" brunch is fabulous!! By far, the best thing going at this hotel.
  • Sarahnaut
    SarahnautSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Look for bullet holes in the ceiling from a mobster wedding in the 20's. It's where they have the complimentary wine hour.
  • Christopher M.heart icon on user image
    Christopher MangoldFebruary 28, 2013
    Every night you decline housekeeping service has earned me a $10 voucher! Better still, they even let you combine the voucher values!! Awesome!
  • Milanoheart icon on user image
    MilanoJuly 8, 2012
    Stayed here for the Fourth of July! Great hotel to stay at and dog-friendly!! Beautiful rooms and awesome staff!
  • Lindsay M.heart icon on user image
    Lindsay MMarch 9, 2016
    Free wine reception every day from 5-6pm in the hotel lobby.
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron HollandApril 20, 2014
    Everyone is awesome and the place is clean but rooms are super small and the facilities are older.
  • Tae K.
    Tae KimAugust 13, 2014
    Worth checking out. Very historic and supposedly haunted. Check out the lounge at the top.
  • AK
    AKSeptember 9, 2014
    Very impressive wine reception every evening. Great service!
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JacobJune 4, 2013
    Smallest bathroom ever! You sit on the toilet and your knees hit the sink! I'm 5'8 tall. It's smaller than any bathroom I've had in New York City.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TanisJanuary 8, 2020
    Nice redo but the walls are paper thin. Can here the complete conversation of t couple in the room next to me in unfortunate detail. Didn’t spend too much time in my room so that was a plus.
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    🄵🄴🄻🄸🅇 dnǝʇsɔɥAugust 21, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Many historic details like this letter box.
  • Chesca G.
    Chesca GJune 8, 2012
    Superb location but the room lacked what i thought were essentials - coffee maker, fridge and lotion! Also, restrooms were really, really tiny!
  • Tammy K.
    Tammy KerrDecember 27, 2011
    The oysters are in season and they are fantastic but the bar tender is even better!
  • Chris A.heart icon on user image
    Chris AndrewOctober 24, 2014
    Staff was great. Rooms are fresh amd modern.
  • Giacomo G.
    Giacomo GhianniDecember 10, 2013
    Love the Lobby Bar, best place to people watch. Generous Vodka on the rocks.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PacholecJuly 16, 2012
    $10 credit usable in the restaurant if you decline housekeeping. Hang the provided notice on your door and save the whales :)
  • Victoria E.
    Victoria ElliDecember 10, 2013
    New Year's Eve Extravangaza Party at Sir Francis Drake, San Francisco, CA, early @ Tuesday December 31 2013. Grab your tickets @
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BunnyMarch 30, 2012
    Small rooms but they feel cozy. Short cab ride to just about anywhere in the city!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMay 26, 2018
    Slowest elevators but otherwise charming with character in high tourist area
  • Jocaribou
    JocaribouNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Kimpton are definitively the best looking hotels :-) Rooms are nice even if the bathroom are really tiny. Customers service staff are OK but there is rrom for improvement. Great location, I would stay
  • Michael N.
    Michael NachbaurOctober 24, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The lobby bar is fantastic, cozy, and highly recommended. Better and cozier than most bars I've been to.
  • Aaron R.heart icon on user image
    Aaron RobertsSeptember 11, 2016
    Comfortable guest centric experience
  • Martini M.heart icon on user image
    Martini MikeOctober 20, 2013
    Sweet chic beautiful people hot spot of international levels! :)
  • Arzu
    ArzuMarch 3, 2014
    Loving the yoga mat hotel provides in the room
  • Emre Ş.heart icon on user image
    Emre ŞenJuly 1, 2017
    Perfect place to stay next to Union Square
  • hal t.
    hal tagueApril 2, 2012
    Lobby is great bit the rooms not so much and I say this as huge Kimpton fan.
  • Christian M.
    Christian MinnicksSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I always say to upgrade here. The larger rooms are beautiful and have better views from the 11th floor up..
  • Colleen H.
    Colleen HartmanAugust 8, 2012
    Very cool spot and view of the city.
  • Jen P.heart icon on user image
    Jen PotcherDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If your room is on the Union Square side...great view, but don't expect to get much sleep. VERY loud music very late into the night.
  • Judilee R.
    Judilee ReedNovember 16, 2011
    Comfy bed, small (even by NYC standards) bathrooms. Avoid the room 621, which is the recipient of all the exhaust from the restaurant. Stinky.
  • David S.
    David SmithAugust 22, 2014
    Don't rely on leaving a voice message for the valet, despite the reassuring message. They won't bring your car around unless you actually speak to the valet in person. #fail
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