Union Square

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Famous for its Beefeater doormen and rooftop cocktail lounge -- plus a free wine hour for guests
  • 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

"Prohibition-era gem in Union Square" -- Conde Nast Traveller
Enjoyed This
(392 Member Ratings)
"Location staff rooms lobby"
Jan 13, 2019
Los AngelesNorthridge, CA, USA

Map & Directions

The hotel is a five-minute walk from the Powell Street BART station. Fare from the San Francisco airport is US$8.95, while a cab will take around 20 minutes in good traffic and cost around US$50.

Rooms & Rates

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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 centres” (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 panelling 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. The Starlight Room is closed on Sunday and Monday evenings. 

The rooms are more modern majesty, with oversize jacquard prints, bold injections of colour, sleek black lacquered furniture and oblique reframes of royal portraits. 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.

From the press:
  • “Beefeater-costumed doormen welcome you into the regal lobby of this 1928 landmark property” -- Fodor's



  • 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.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request).
Pack 'n Play available on request, free of charge for children up to the age of 4. 
Extra bed available on request; $30 plus tax per night.
Extra person charge is $20 per person, per night plus tax.
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request, free of charge.  Charges may apply for any damage.

Fees: A resort/facility fee of US$25 plus tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.

The fee (with tax $29.11) includes:

  • A $10.00 daily credit in our restaurant, Scala’s Bistro
  • Unlimited local phone calls
  • Discounts of 10-20% in our retail stores (Uomo’s Clothing and Orogold Cosmetics)
  • Upgraded WiFi speed throughout the hotel’s 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: A $100 refundable deposit for incidentals will be charged per day.
A Parking Fee of $62 (plus tax), per day (with in/out privileges) and $72 (plus tax) for larger cars applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change at the discretion of the property.

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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.

Enjoyed This
(392 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Sir Francis Drake Hotel (Kimpton Hotels) over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.8 Location
3.9 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Sander Jan 25, 2019 Plano, TX, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location staff rooms lobby
Other Comments
Please have the electrical outlet in the open in the bathroom so you can plug in and use the hairdryer
Sheryl Jan 13, 2019 Los AngelesNorthridge, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location, old luxurious hotel, excellent housekeeping, friendly staff, especially the doormen. We were in a tiny room, peeked into a suite, which looked comfortable
Other Comments
The concierge messed up in booking an excursion for us. Miscommunicated w/ his relief, and we never got the trip
Art Jan 07, 2019 SeattleSeattle, WA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Room small but okay. Good lighting and HVAC.
James Jan 06, 2019 Lone Tree, CO, USA
Enjoyed Most
I appreciated the convenience as well as the suggestions as to how to entertain a 13 year old boy.
Other Comments
Everyone was very cordial, which we appreciated.
Sidney Jan 05, 2019 Los Gatos, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
I had the most amazing room on the 16th Floor on the corner of the building. It had the most awesome view of the city! Love the Starlite Lounge, Scala's the restaurant on site, and the service!
Other Comments
Love my room on the 16th floor, the drinks at the bar, the service I received and the fun of staying in SF during the holidays!
Laura Jan 02, 2019 Sacramento, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
With the exception of a male bartender working the evening shift on 12-29-18, we really enjoyed the upbeat demeanor and positive attitude of all the rest of your staff.
Other Comments
We'll be back.
Thomas Dec 31, 2018 Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Great service
Dena Dec 31, 2018 Concord, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The location & free drinks!
Lauri Dec 30, 2018 Bothell, WA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The hotel is located close to everything in downtown San Francisco. Rooms are clean and have a friendly staff too.Restaurant in hotel is fabulous. I’ve eaten there many times. Especially love their lemon cream raviolis. They even have a great kids menu too.
Sandy Dec 29, 2018 San Jose, CA, USA

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