Sir Francis Drake

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.

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Hotel highlights

  • 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

General Information

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  • 416 rooms
  • Floors have lift access: Yes

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only

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Sir Francis Drake

3860 Reviews 70% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1106
  • Very Good 1368
  • Average 795
  • Poor 379
  • Terrible 212

What to Expect

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Aug 19, 2019

Very good hotel in a great location with an excellent concierge

We stayed 10 nights here from July 4, 2019 and found the hotel was a good choice for our extended stay. We had a grand king room on one of the higher floors and found this to be very satisfactory. Plenty of space to spread out. We were particularly impressed with the concierge service during our stay. From the moment we checked in, Leif suggested and arranged some excellent day tours in the region and also great restaurants in the area. Michael was also very helpful when we needed to find a dentist urgently.
Aug 15, 2019

Something’s missing...

Atlanta, Georgia

Having stayed at Kimpton Hotels in the past, I eagerly awaited this adventure! It fell short for a few reasons— 1. The filthy decorative pillow on my bed. 2. Sad wine during “happy” hour. 3. No in-room or lobby coffee. 4. Two of four elevators broken. But... It is beautiful! It is well-situated! It is historic!
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