Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake

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3776 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

3776 Reviews 70% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1095
  • Very Good 1343
  • Average 765
  • Poor 368
  • Terrible 205

What to Expect

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Apr 16, 2019

I expect better

Not worth the money. Central location but streets are rolled up at night unless you like taking a long walk or rideshare. Rooms are small. Staff is stuffy. Pet friendly hotel if that’s what you seek. But, “dog” rooms should be like the old “smoking rooms” …i.e., set aside non pet friendly rooms for those who wish not to sleep with the smell of dog in their room. Do you really want dog hair on your clothes because you sat down on a chair? Elevators were even worse, smelling of wet dog. They claim they have amenities included, but there is a $38 surcharge for them which is not shown in their room rate. If you wish to print anything at their “business center”, there is a minimum $4.95 charge which your amenity fee does not cover. There are a lot better hotels nearby with better rates. We will not be staying there again. Hotel might still carry the Kimpton name, but it’s not the same place it was 5 years ago.
Apr 07, 2019

Center of everything & dog friendly!

Seattle, Washington

This is our go to hotel in SF! It’s a great central spot that makes it easy to call a cab or Uber anywhere in the city or walk half a block to union square. We love to travel with our corgi and the hotel is dog friendly with no extra fees! Such an amazing benefit of staying here! You can see in our photo that our dog Piper was happy to join us and get treats at the front desk.
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