Union Square

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

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

"As a member of the IHG group I was expecting some perks that most Hotel members provide without even asking for. In this case the Hotel provided NOTHING! (Not even the common room upgrade) Therefore, it is not a good Hotel for IHG member in that respect. In particular since there are other IHG Hotels in the area! Note: This is NOT a reflexion on Travelzoo is just between me and the Hotel. Thanks!"
Jul 11, 2019 - Fair Oaks, CA, USA
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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.



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


  • 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


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


  • 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)


  • 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


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.

Additional details: Starlight Room will be temporarily closed June-September 2019

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

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.

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(201 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Sir Francis Drake Hotel (Kimpton Hotels) over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
location was great, almost right on the union square.
Other Comments
at checkout, the clerk refused to give me a final bill. she said she already gave it to travelzoo and i'm not part of the transaction. that's ridiculous because she charged my card directly for the room, not through travelzoo. sure enough, the next day we found she charged us some $8 for reason unknown to us, but i decided not to pursue for the small amount. no other hotel had ever refused. dishonest!
Rose-Marie Jul 15, 2019 Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
As a member of the IHG group I was expecting some perks that most Hotel members provide without even asking for. In this case the Hotel provided NOTHING! (Not even the common room upgrade) Therefore, it is not a good Hotel for IHG member in that respect. In particular since there are other IHG Hotels in the area! Note: This is NOT a reflexion on Travelzoo is just between me and the Hotel. Thanks!
JOSEPH Jul 11, 2019 Fair Oaks, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
because I'd never heard of the Sir Frances Drake before I thought it was the St. Francis Hotel due to it's address on Powell St and half a block for Sutter St. It was confusing and I think the Sir Francis Drake could reduce it by mentioning that they are located between Post and Sutter. They offered 2 complimentary drinks but as we had tickets to BBB the evening we were staying and don't know the city real well, we decided to walk to the theater, enjoy talking around and having dinner before the show. We planned to take a cable car back to the hotel but never saw one so we didn't get back to the hotel until about 11:00. As it was pretty late we thought we'd get a mimosa or Bailey's with breakfast in hte morning. As they have a restaurant we didn't think to ask what time the bar closed in the morning. We got there at 10:10am and were told we could only have breakfast. That sounds as though they intentionally make it difficult to get your complimentary drink. That was disappointing .
Bea Jul 08, 2019 Saratoga, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
It was positive. No complaints at all except perhaps that the coffee bar was taken down very early.
Other Comments
The location was the best feature. Just out the door and get a cable car. I hadn't taken a cable car for over 50 years when I lived on Bush St.
Jeanie Jul 08, 2019 Redwood City, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The restaurant Scala’s attached to hotel was delicious!
Other Comments
The room and bathroom were very small and the old building and windows made for a noisy night. The lobby was worn and door man was of no help.
Laura Jul 08, 2019 San Leandro, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
We had a great time and the Travelzoo deal we received was a great value.
Other Comments
The staff is wonderful. The only negative was when we went to look at the fitness center. There was a member of the staff who discouraged us from entering because she was cleaning while there was clearly someone working out in the facility. It put us off from using the fitness center.
James Jul 05, 2019 Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
This deal provided even more than was advertised--six free cocktails for three nights instead of two. The parking is overpriced but there's a garage a block away with in-out privileges at half the price. It's really a great old-fashioned big-city hotel right by Union Square.
Steven Jul 05, 2019 Elk GroveElk Grove, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Good experience
Gary Jul 05, 2019 Walnut Creek, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Wine hour
Other Comments
Rooms so small; bathroom impossible to use if you’re a larger person. Toilet wedged between sink and door.
grace Jul 05, 2019 Berkeley, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Easy-going atmosphere, pleasant stay

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