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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

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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.
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Property amenities
Room Service
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Banquet Room
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference Facilities
Dry Cleaning
Laundry Service
Meeting Rooms
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Wheelchair Access
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Room features
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Rooms
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Historic Hotel
Centrally Located
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Special Offer:Breakfast for Two
Hotel deals
Full view
100Great for walkers
Grade: 100 out of 100
463Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
159Attractionswithin 0.5 km
Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army in the Civil War, this grand square has become the city's premier shopping and entertainment district containing the largest number of upscale department stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in the city. It's a large open area where tourists and locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by, enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and sightseeing, If feeling the pulsating energy of the city is on your agenda, Union Square is the place to soak it in.
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I stayed here whilst travelling for business to visit a show at the Moscone Center. Overall I had a great stay at the hotel. All the staff at reception were excellent. Very friendly, professional and very helpful, I would say one of the the best things about the hotel. The
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Response from David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Responded yesterday
Hi, misterjezmondBTN! We are glad that you enjoyed our property. We are trying to keep the living history alive in our building, and glad you appreciate it. We recently renovated all of our guest rooms and hope to implement some new concepts into the Starlight Room soon (to keep the party going)! Hope you come back to visit us again the next time you are in Union Square! Don't forget your shoulder pads ;) Thanks!
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Very central hotel very easy to move around city from here, clean rooms of reasonable size not big but adequate for a short stay,staff very helpful,didn’t actually eat here so can’t comment about food ,nice bar near reception has a happy hour most days .Excellamt base for
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Response from David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Responded 3 days ago
Hi, Richard. Thanks for the great review! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and our central location in the heart of Union Square. We hope to see you again the next time you are in the city! Thanks again!
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This place is not worth it. We paid 309USD a night to stay here in a standard room for 10 nights, and this is our experience: 1) the room is tiny - to the point of ridiculous, see point 2) and photos 2) the size of the bathroom and toilet is ridiculous, you can't access the
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Response from David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Responded 4 days ago
Hi, Angela X! Thanks for sharing your review. We appreciate you staying with us for your 10 day trip to San Francisco, especially during a busy convention period. We wish it could have been a better experience; we know you have since departed, but we still want to make it right. If you don't mind sharing more about your experience with us directly, please contact us at (415) 395-8500. Thanks again and looking forward to hearing from you!
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We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights during our short trip to San Francisco. The hotel is at a very good location in downtown San Francisco. This is a pet friendly hotel and we brought our cat without any problem. During our stay we saw many guests brought their pets as well,
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Response from David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Responded 5 days ago
We appreciate the review, yongzhengh590! We are glad you enjoyed our guest room with your furry friend. We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming experience and thank you for appreciating it! We've implemented some new concepts to our guest bathrooms, and we will definitely be sharing this review with our housekeeping and engineering teams. Thank you again! Hope to welcome you and kitty back soon!
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Hotel- Kimpton Sir Francis Drake (San Francisco, CA) Date: 02jan2019- 03jan2019 Overall: Very good. This regal hotel, of Kimpton’s available two, was my choice for a late night check-in. I arrived late at the airport, following a delayed flight, and it was just the perfect
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Response from David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for this awesome review, jcfox1978! We appreciate your loyalty as an Inner Circle member, and we are glad that you were able to enjoy one of our suites. As a Kimpton hotel, we pride ourselves on wonderful service, and we thank you for recognizing this! We hope you stay with us again on your next visit to San Francisco. Much love!
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the sink is so small - impossible to use it without water getting everywhere every time.
this was taken with my back against the door so you can see the whole room - tiny.
look how tight the space is
ridiculously small bathroom
Nice sitting area
Is there parking?
They have valet parking and parking garage around downtown but it’s expensive. Public transportation is much cheaper and convenient and everything are within walking distance
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What is the best way to get to this hotel from the Emeryville Amtrak station?
Best way to travel to San Francisco witthin the Bay Area is using public transportation such as BART
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Are there refrigerators and microwaves in the guest rooms?
My room had a drawer which was a mini bar, no fridge - no microwave either.
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Do the windows open?
Hello. I'm sorry I just saw this. The windows do not open. Again, sorry for the delay in my response.
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"The suites offer plenty of space. Upper floor views are recommended."
"Ask for a corner room on the quiet side"
"Mid-level (for noise), facing Powell (for view)"
"Request a remodeled room."
"It's hard to advise - ask to look before you agree to the room if you have the option"
US$198 - US$1,086 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Sir Francis Drake Hotel
United StatesCaliforniaSan FranciscoDowntown San FranciscoUnion Square
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