Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel
About the Hotel
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
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
- Nightlife / entertainment
- 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
- Central heating
- Iron and ironing board
- Pay-per-view / movies on demand
- 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)
- 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
Standard Time is 3pm. Special rules may apply for guests under the age of 18. Please contact hotel directly for details.
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 are allowed on request: free of charge. Charges may apply for any damage incurred.
Charges may apply for any damage incurred.
A resort/facility fee of US$29 plus tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out. A $100 refundable deposit for incidentals will be charged per day.
Valet service fee: US$62 plus tax per day.
Valet service fee for oversized vehicle: US$72 plus tax per day.
The Resort Fee includes:
A $100 refundable deposit for incidentals will be charged per day.
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.
Starlight Room will be temporarily closed June-September 2019
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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.
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*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.
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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