Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
Union Square

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15.5
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Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms15
  • Public Spaces15
  • Service15.5
  • Overall15.5
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Hotel Description

If you’ve been to San Francisco at any time in the last 90 or so years you’ve noticed the Sir Francis Drake Hotel — or at least you’ve noticed its doormen, dressed in their distinctive red Beefeater uniforms, presiding over Powell Street just above Union Square. It’d be just about worth listing on Tablet solely for the Starlight Room, the penthouse bar with the 180° views of the skyline. But when you find out that Kimpton, purveyors of friendly boutique charm all across America, are also behind the Sir Francis Drake, you begin to suspect there’s much more than novelty value at play here.

You’re right, of course. (You’ve got a discerning eye for this sort of thing, if you don’t mind our saying so.) Behind the nostalgia of the doormen and the well-preserved public spaces, this is a high-functioning and not at all unstylish hotel — more classic luxury, less boutique funkiness, perhaps, than the Kimpton norm, as befits its grand dame status. The style is a mélange of Art Deco and Victorian, with noticeable modern and contemporary accents, and while the spaces aren’t over-large they’re much more than comfortable enough. The Starlight Room is enough to keep you in-house, as is Scala’s Bistro, a local Italian favorite, and Bar Drake, a classic (and less vertiginous) cocktail bar. And this being more or less the heart of San Francisco, you’re surrounded by the city’s greatest density of bars and restaurants, to say nothing of shops — though the Powell Street cable car passes right by the front door, you might well get through an entire stay here without venturing outside of walking distance.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 416 Rooms
  • Style: Traditional Elegance
  • Atmosphere: Lively

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour room service
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)
  • Wine tours nearby

Need to Know

Please note: Valet Parking is available at the hotel for 59 USD plus tax per night and oversized vehicles are 64 USD plus tax per night. A $22 + tax per night per room Facility Fee will apply. The Fee includes: A $10.00 credit in our Restaurant, Scala’s. Complimentary WiFi, local calls, in room yoga mat, morning coffee/tea service in the lobby, use of bicycles, use of Business Center, Newspapers, and fitness center use. A 10-20% discount in our retail stores, Uomo’s clothing and Orogold cosmetics and skin care.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • 24 hour room service
  • ATM/bank office
  • Bar
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)
  • Wine tours nearby

Need to Know

Please note: Valet Parking is available at the hotel for 59 USD plus tax per night and oversized vehicles are 64 USD plus tax per night. A $22 + tax per night per room Facility Fee will apply. The Fee includes: A $10.00 credit in our Restaurant, Scala’s. Complimentary WiFi, local calls, in room yoga mat, morning coffee/tea service in the lobby, use of bicycles, use of Business Center, Newspapers, and fitness center use. A 10-20% discount in our retail stores, Uomo’s clothing and Orogold cosmetics and skin care.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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