Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake

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3636 Reviews

Iconic Union Square hotel

Considered one of the most historic hotels in San Francisco, the Sir Francis Drake is a grand character hotel with a winning location moments from Union Square. Soak up the wonderfully lavish interiors and immerse yourself in top-level facilities including the Mediterranean-inspired Scala’s Bistro and a convenient fitness centre. Located in the heart of one of San Francisco’s most thriving tourist areas, this hotel is perfect for a luxurious boutique city break.

  • Enjoy cuisine at the popular Scala’s Bistro
  • Moments from Union Square and close to other attractions
  • Spectacular city views from the Starlight Room
  • Historic building dating from 1928
  • Complimentary hosted evening Wine Hour

Hotel Features

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  • 416 rooms
  • Floors have lift access: Yes

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only
Location Highlights

Sir Francis Drake

3636 Reviews 70% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1067
  • Very Good 1300
  • Average 737
  • Poor 342
  • Terrible 190

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Sep 19, 2018

Yes Sir!

Great staff, very convenient, lovely rooms! Loved my 6 night stay at the Sir Francis Drake. Kimpton hotels are always a great bet, I travel a lot and where I can stay at a Kimpton, I will.... Reasonable prices for all the services and room you get. I can recommend this place to really enjoy San Francisco. Have a great time!
Sep 19, 2018

Bring the earplugs

Chicago, Illinois

Pros: Fabulous location, beautiful lobby, charming room decor, lots of unexpected perks like the wine happy hour, $10 coupons for the restaurant. At the time of my booking it was one of the only reasonably priced hotels not 100% sold out. Cons: The bathrooms are TINY. I don't think it would be physically possible to have a smaller footprint. Nowhere to set your things and the open door practically touches the toilet. There are no fans in the bathroom and as a consequence it looks as if mold is forming on the ceiling. The noise. I'm one of those people that doesn't use the complimentary ear buds in airport hotels. I live 2 houses down from a commuter train. I don't mind rooms by the elevator or the ice machine. With all that in mind, this is the worst hotel I've ever stayed in for street noise. I actually got up in the middle of the night to verify the window wasn't open. From the 10th floor I can hear everything from a saxophone, cars, the trolley, powerwashing, garbage trucks and people. The windows are really old (like the rest of the hotel) and not soundproof. The elevators. A bunch of us got stuck in an elevator that would continually pick up new passengers on every floor but wouldn't go down to the lobby. After 10 mins we all got out and walked 10 floors down to the lobby. On a good day the elevators are very slow. The hotel feels like a european hotel and due to the styling it holds it's age better than others, but you can tell it needs a refresh in places. Would love to see them fix some of the infrastructure problems so the Sir Francis Drake can continue to be a San Francisco institution. Definitely pack your earbuds and I would recommend a hanging travel bag for the bathroom!
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