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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

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Paris, France
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If old world British is your cup of tea, this might be a good choice. Located near union square it's well situated. Public areas are worthy of sightseeing, so if staying here take a tour of them all. There is much to be appreciated in this grand old dame if they can keep up with it. Rooms are smallish especially...

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Borders, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Central location was good, but noise from outside is non stop. Homelessness would appear to be the main contributing factor, the expletives were unrelenting and disturbed sleep was the consequence for us. Fortunately we were moving to a different room after the first night, one which looked out onto the back of the hotel and it was bliss. Homelessness is...

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Pleasanton, California
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This hotel is the kind of opulence you want from a historic hotel right on Union Square. Uniquely beautiful old chandeliers in the marbled lobby, red velvet cushioned chairs and a grand staircase to a wine tasting reception. You are first greeted outside as you arrive by the extravagant host in the signature "Sir Francis Drake" costume which somehow just...

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Kimpton hotel is not up to par with the usual Kimpton standard. We were a bit disappointed with it. I had called prior to our stay inquiring about a room upgrade since I read that the normal standard rooms are way too cramped. The first person we spoke with was not at all helpful and did not offer any...

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Victoria, Canada
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an elegant storied hotel. The decor in the lobby is wonderful, our doorman efficient and helpful, and the staff very attentive. However, the rooms (standard room in my case) are very tiny, with the bathroom reminiscent of a cruise ship. The wifi was slow and the elevator slowness allowed me to benefit from my own cardio program (climbing...

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London
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

I stayed here for 4 times in the past 5 years. Unfortunately the hotel is getting worse every year. I don't like too much prose so will bullet point the disappointments: - bathrooms are small and old, tiny bath, tiny sink, and unusual for the USA but tiny toilet as well. - staff at checkin not welcoming. Short with customers...

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I prefer to stay at Kimpton Hotels, so I booked this for a conference at another Union Square area hotel. I booked the smallest room, which was very small, as advertised, but had a superbly comfortable bed. Unlike other Kimptons, however, this one did not provide bathrobes or umbrellas, the latter of which was necessary because San Francisco is getting...

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Madrid, Spain
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Small room, very noisy air conditioning and extremely small bathroom with a very old shower that does not have a lot of pressure. Not worth the money although location is great and reception is very nice

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hotel is wonderful to look at and stay in. The rooms are small but amazing. The people there are cordial, very informative, and genuinely like to help you out. The place is close to just about everything and easy access to all the major attractions. There was nothing too far away. The club on the 21st is small but...

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

Daniel R, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your review on your experience at the Drake! It sounds like you really enjoyed your time in the city and it's great that we were able to be your home base for this trip. I apologize that our valet services left something to be desired! Our team...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Clean hotel, extremely friendly staff, and really cute & ornate stylings. Loved the ambiance of the place as well. Location was also great. There were ample choices of good restaurants and shops within walking distance. Would stay again!

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

Thank you Sandy W!!! It's great to hear that you noticed our attention to detail all throughout the property. Can't wait for you to join us again - see you at wine hour! Cheers, David von Winckler Director of Operations

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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: $271 - $549 (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
Hotel Style:
#17 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#45 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#59 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#70 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#75 Family Hotel in San Francisco
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“Room at the back of the hotel”
 of 5 bubbles Betterthanok, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Rooms without a good view would be quieter, you'll have a view of the interior courtyard.”
 of 5 bubbles JenniferY328, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“High floor, facing Union Square”
 of 5 bubbles gisathegato, 16 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Interior facing rooms are quieter, but lack views.”
 of 5 bubbles pr7169, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Not room 420!!”
 of 5 bubbles koala46, 6 Jan 2017 | Read review
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