Union Square

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

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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" -- Condé Nast Traveller
Enjoyed This
(320 Member Ratings)
"nice rate, 20$ off food and bev, free cocktails(2) per night"
Nov 13, 2017
Portola Valley, 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



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


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • 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
  • Video games on request


  • 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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


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. 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.

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 $59 (plus tax), per day (with in/out privileges) and $64 (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 24 hours

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

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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Enjoyed This
(320 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
3.9 Rooms
4.5 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Peter Nov 14, 2017 Los Osos, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
nice rate, 20$ off food and bev, free cocktails(2) per night
Judith Nov 13, 2017 Portola Valley, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Customer Service and location
Other Comments
Super friendly staff
Beth Nov 13, 2017 Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The history
Susan Nov 12, 2017 Honolulu, HI, USA
Other Comments
Great staff. Clean. Wonderful atmosphere
shannon Nov 12, 2017 Atascadero, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Great location, super friendly staff.
Other Comments
Could never connect to WiFi. The lack of any temperature controls or fan was not appealing.
Byron Nov 12, 2017 San Jose, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful hotel! Had such charm
Other Comments
Great location in Union square! Super close to so many sights
Heather Nov 11, 2017 Hawthorne, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Nice staff
Diane Nov 11, 2017 San Anselmo, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Large room
Other Comments
Robert Nov 11, 2017 Sebastopol, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful, historic hotel in the heart of the city. Very clean and comfortable beds!
Other Comments
The parking price was ridiculously expensive!! Will definitely find a public garage next time! The hotel was wonderful but the parking fee felt like robbery :-/
Donna Nov 10, 2017 Fresno, CA, USA

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