I have read some reviews the the SFD is a bit tired and could be updated. I don't disagree. The elevator was incredibly slow.
And I found the local area very touristy.
However, the plus's more than outweigh the minus's. The lobby is a testament to a by-gone era and has a certain iconic charm and energy. Not mad about the costumes of the doormen - a little tacky for my taste. Iced water available 24/7 and tea and coffee in the morning.
The bed was extremely comfortable and the solid walls of old worked - I didn't hear a thing and I'm a light sleeper. Likewise my air con didn't make a sound and was adjustable. Bathroom is adequate. Similar comment for wifi - fine for everyday use but if you want to have a conference or facetime , you will need to upgrade and pay for the higher speed.
The hotel is right in the middle of downtown. For shoppers, the location is paradise. Wallgreens is directly opposite, Starbucks adjacent and all the big brand names, Nostrum, Macy's, Saks, Barneys, Crate & Barrel, Abercrombie, shoe designer warehouse etc are all close by.
The Bart station is a 5 minute walk ; the trolley cars go up and down the Powell with frequency.
The food in La Scala - I had breakfast and dinner - was excellent. It wasn't cheap but nowhere is cheap in San Francisco. I didn't make it to the skylight bar but i'm told the the views of the city were awesome.
Do check in advance if they are charging a facility fee (this is for the "free" wifi, bike rentals, $10 credit). I was charged $22 per night but my confirmation didn't state this; this was on top of taxes of @ $45 but I was not given any £$10 credit on check-in. I queried this with them and they immediately offered a refund on the facility fee.
Also, if you opt not to have your room cleaned, make sure you get a "green" voucher which amounts to $10 which can be used for F&B.
All in all, the hotel and its location worked well.
- 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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