Union Square

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Famous for its Beefeater doorman and rooftop cocktail lounge
  • The Powell Street cable car runs by right out front, and Union Square is around the corner
  • Surrounded by the city’s top shopping and swankiest ’hoods
  • All guests are invited to the complimentary evening wine hour

89%
"We had problems booking this trip with Kiwi Travel. It took several days to sort out. Then they changed the flight for one of the couples from a nonstop flightt to a one-stop flight about three months before the trip. The hotel charged me for our stay even though I told the clerk at the hotel that this was a Travel Zoo trip. I noticed this error when I received the bill and resolved the problem before I left San Francisco."
Dec 31, 2019
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Overview

Two -- some would say three -- San Francisco icons are at the doorstep of the Sir Francis Drake hotel. The first is Union Square, “one of [the city’s] main retail and cultural centers” (SFGate.com) with department stores, major fashion houses and glitzy restaurants. The second is the Powell Street cable car, which runs right in front of the hotel on its journey down to Market Street or up to posh Nob Hill and Fisherman’s Wharf beyond.

The third icon is the hotel’s own doormen, nicknamed Beefeaters, who dress in red-and-gold-fringed regalia taken from the hotel’s 1920s English roots. The lobby soars in marble and wood paneling up to barrel-vaulted ceilings dripping in chandeliers. Farther up on the 21st floor is the Starlight Room, wrapped in windows with a 180-degree panorama of the bay, hosting nightclub acts and Sunday brunch drag shows. Starlight Room will be temporarily closed June-September 2019.

The rooms, refreshed as part of a US$9 million renovation completed in January 2019, are rich with oversized jacquard prints, bold injections of color, sleek lacquered furniture and oblique reframes of royal portraits. Updated bathrooms and modernized elevators were also part of the project. All hotel guests get free morning coffee and tea and admission to the wine hour in the lobby from 5-6 p.m. with complimentary pours.

Reservations are recommended at the on-site Scala's Bistro. The bustling tourist magnet also draws in local crowds for its Old World ambiance and rustic Italian and French eats.

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries

Parking A Parking Fee of $59 (plus tax), per day (with in/out privileges) applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change at the discretion of the property.

  • Valet service (fees apply)

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Special rules may apply for guests under the age of 18. Please contact hotel directly for details.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Extra bedding available upon request: US$30 plus tax, per night.
Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, free of charge, for children 4 and under.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
US$20 plus tax per night for older children and adults.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: free of charge.

Charges may apply for any damage incurred.

Fees: A resort/facility fee of US$29 plus tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.
Valet service fee: US$62 plus tax per day.
Valet service fee for oversized vehicle: US$72 plus tax per day.

A $100 refundable deposit for incidentals will be charged per day.

The Resort Fee includes:

  • A $10.00 daily credit in the restaurant, Scala’s Bistro
  • Unlimited local phone calls
  • Discounts of 10-20% in the retail stores (Uomo’s Clothing and Orogold Cosmetics)
  • Upgraded WiFi speed throughout the hotel guest rooms and public spaces for up to 5 devices (Normally a $14.99 charge.)


Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

89%
Enjoyed This
(193 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Sir Francis Drake Hotel (Kimpton Hotels) over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.9 Location
3.9 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
We had problems booking this trip with Kiwi Travel. It took several days to sort out. Then they changed the flight for one of the couples from a nonstop flightt to a one-stop flight about three months before the trip. The hotel charged me for our stay even though I told the clerk at the hotel that this was a Travel Zoo trip. I noticed this error when I received the bill and resolved the problem before I left San Francisco.
Dec 31, 2019
Enjoyed Most
Gorgeous hotel; professional and friendly staff. Bonus points to Everett, front desk staffer; he took extra time and care to place us in exceptional rooms. Wine hour was a pleasant surprise.
Joanne Dec 29, 2019 Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location was very good excellent.
Other Comments
Hotel was very outdated.
Suzanna Dec 29, 2019 Pleasanton, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
CONVENIENT LOCATION, NEAR GOOD RESTAURANTS AND UNION SQUARE. TROLLEY STOPPED RIGHT BY THE HOTEL.
Other Comments
ROOM ALWAYS SEEMED TO BE COLD AND HAD TO TURN THE THERMOSTAT UP TO 80 TO GET WARM.
Danny Dec 29, 2019 Everett, WA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Great hotel. Spent 4 nights there. Will come back.
Other Comments
The first room I was assigned had the television positioned in such a way that it could not be viewed from the bed. I requested another room and was immediately accompanied. The hotel would be wise to reconfigure the television in my first room.
Emily Dec 28, 2019 Mendocino, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
only drawbacks were elevator not working and the lobby bar closed to early on a Sat. night Doorman Tom was great!!
Debbie Dec 24, 2019 Petaluma, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Great Union Square hotel. Centrally located and great service.
Steven Dec 23, 2019 Woodbridge, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful lobby, great staff, great location
Janice Dec 22, 2019 Dublin, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Only issue is that the offer stated that the flight would be economy class, when it was actually basic economy. I would not have booked the trip if I had known that.
Michael Dec 19, 2019
Enjoyed Most
Very enjoyable...met friends, walked around Union Square, had dinner, all within walking distance of the hotel. All six of us are native San Franciscans now living in the suburbs!
Tom Dec 18, 2019 San Mateo, CA, USA

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