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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Ranked #97 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

The doormen at the hotel in their costumes think it's smart to act smart with their guests. They're unhelpful, do not u load luggage from the cars unless asked and on the rude side.
Rooms are abominable - tiny like pigeon holes. The bathrooms are actually pigeon holes - the WC and washbasin share the same standing space.

The Airconditioners make the most God awful sound, their breakfast is highway robbery. All in all, the experience was so sub par, it ruined San Francisco for me.

It's a run down property. Don't stay there. Look opposite the street and stay in the Marriott or the Taj Campton. This is an expensive waste of time.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Yikes! Thank you for coming to check us out, prinx74. This is certainly not the type of experience or feeling we want any guest leaving with. We will be discussing these comments with our team, specifically our doormen. As the first point of contact and the most recognized ambassadors of our hotel, your experience with them is not typical of the spirit of service we take pride in.

We hope for a chance to gain your trust again in the future; but thank you again for trying us out and taking the time to share your review.

Sincerely,
David von Winckler
Director of Operations

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

I stayed two nights here on business and had a wonderful stay. Rooms are small but nicely appointed. The lobby is striking, and I enjoyed socializing with other guests there. The standout for this hotel was their concierge service. Hailey was exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful in making restaurant suggestions and reservations.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Overall a solid and reasonable nights stay for a one night stop before travelling overseas. I would recommend it overall as the service and accommodations were solid. My schedule did not allow me to enjoy the cuisine but the staff and guests seem to mix and enjoy the atmosphere.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled on business
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Thank reesrjobs
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed at this Kimpton for two nights and enjoyed our stay! We booked a king/room with a view and are so glad we did! Our room was one of the bigger ones and had a great city view! We love kimptons and loved the old city feel of this one! My one criticism is that we arrived around 230 and our room was not quite ready; no problem for us as we wanted lunch. We gave the lady our number however never received a call our room was ready. In fact the same woman was a bit snappy with us upon our return 1.5 hours later and did not provide us with the "check-in" details other guests recoded. Overall great location and nice rooms!

Stayed: September 2017
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

After a two week car drive threw California we decided that the last day would be sent in luxury. I think I was charmed by the oversized modern contemporary furnitures on the picture, and the high ceilings.

Our firs impression was; wow this is a gorgeous place, and the quite stuffed beefeather out side helping us with the suitcases made me feel like a princess.. I should have worn high heels and a Prada bag.. But came with a wrench set, Makita tools and a bag of food from the car...
The mood was really nice, and the people there where all from ordinary tourists, business people and a couple of too nicely dress ladies. And they all gathered around for the free complementary lunch drinks that they have every day. An American te-time?

The hotel was perfect situated close the the shopping streets, we could walk to the cable car stop, we even strolled down to the financial district and the Embarcadero to walk along the pier and see the fishmarked (for those who like to walk). The ûber trip back took us threw the beautiful Columbus Ave, just like we have seen on film. And it is also closely situated to Chinatown just up the hill.

We came late that day and they had changed our rooms to an upgraded top floor room with the view over the city. And at night when we all went to bed, we just turned of the lights and looked at the city lights and heard the buzzing sound of the people many floors down.

We did not try the restaurant there even though they all recommanded it ( we just wanted to try out the old diners just around the corner)

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

I didn't attend, but I was told everything was very nice and the food was average. Everyone seemed to be pleased with the event. We went with the buffet because I wasn't told until one week before the event that everyone had to have their dinner choice before they arrived. It was a group of 45 physicians from all over the country and there was not way I could have gotten them ahead of time. It would have been nice to know this so it could have been incorporated with the RSVP.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Staff very good. Beefeater dressed concierge guy knows everything. Room fine. Breakfast very nice. Cocktail bar on the top floor is really gorgeous with lovely staff and fabulous views. If you're bringing a car DONT let the hotel staff park it. $67 per day compared with $38 per day if you do it yourself and the carpark is 50 yards away in the square

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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David V, General Manager at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Hello raylden. Thank you for staying with us and sharing these helpful tips!

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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Green Hotel in San Francisco
#48 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#58 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#70 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range: $225 - $805 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 416
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:
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Sir Francis Drake Hotel San Francisco
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