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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Okay, so full disclosure, we actually won a free night at a Kimpton hotel at a work event back in the fall, and decided to use it to break up our roadtrip between SoCal and Oregon. First, the young lady who checked us in was too busy flirting with the guy next to her to pay attention to me. She...

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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I stayed here during a major conference. The room was basic, but satisfactory but getting around was almost impossible at times - people were getting into downward elevators in order to go up; if you didn't allow 10 minutes just for the elevators, you would be late for meetings! Other than that, the bar was fine.

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Sydney, Australia
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I stayed at this hotel two years ago and enjoyed the stay so we decided to return for our return visit. I booked three twin rooms for our stay for our group. Our room was larger than one of the other rooms. The bathroom is on the smaller size and the bathroom sink and vanity is impractical, no were to...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

This hotel is MUCH fancier on the website than in real life. It is definitely not a five star. It's not really bad - it's clean and warm - but it's not good either and certainly not good value for money. Firstly the positives. If you want to stay near Union Square, then it's a great location. All the major...

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

Barb577, I really appreciate you taking the time to give us some feedback from your visit. I have to say I am pretty disappointed that we missed the mark on some issues you had that we could have corrected during your time with us. I will be speaking with our team regarding the affect these issues had on your trip...

Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not up to Kimpton standards, hotel is old and tired and rooms and bathrooms are beyond tiny. They need to upgrade their windows because even on the 12th floor the noise was ridiculous. I love the Muse in NYC and Monaco in Chicago but I would not stay at the Sir Francis Drake again...

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

Thank you for your review Jen M, I really appreciate it. I'm sorry you were not happy with your room during this trip, as you noted, the hotel is historic and so some of the rooms are smaller than others but we would be happy to try and get you into something larger. Our team is here to help and...

North Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hotel was so charming and so hospitable and what a find for our first San Francisco stay. We enjoyed the evening wine servings and stayed an extra day because we loved the hotel so much. Such a pleasant hotel in a great area.

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

Thank you so much Toby J!! We hope to welcome you back with open arms very soon. Cheers, David von Winckler Director of Operations

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights in February, while the hotel is beautiful and the location is fantastic there are a few things that could work on: -Lifts, they are so slow with a 20-15 minute wait most times and the floors too high to take the stairs. (I understand this is probably an issue with the history of the...

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

rachelfh526, Thank you for your review!! I appreciate the feedback and I will be discussing your comments with our housekeeping team to investigate that tub issue! During peak periods, there can be a bit of a delay with our elevators and I apologize if this caused any inconvenience for you but it is definitely something we are looking into. I...

Reviewed 1 week ago

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

brickwarrior, Thank you is not enough! I sincerely appreciate everything you said in this review and I am delighted to know that you enjoyed your visit with us so much. Please don't wait too long to visit us again, we would love to have you back! Cheers, David von Winckler Director of Operations

Tampa, Florida
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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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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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: $290 - $627 (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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