Union Square, San Francisco

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

Allie Paver
Deal Expert

Why We Love It

  • Famous for its Beefeater doorman 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 Traveler

91% (159 Member Ratings)

"The location/proximity to easy walking areas of San Francisco, the atmosphere/design."
Sep 20, 2016
San Jose, CA, United States


Map & Directions

The hotel is a five-minute walk from the Powell Street BART station. Fare from SFO is $8.95. Or a cab from SFO will take around 20 minutes in good traffic and would cost around $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 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 English roots from the 1920s. 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. The Starlight Room is closed on Sunday and Monday evenings. 

The rooms are more modern majesty, with oversize jacquard prints, bold injections of color, 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 5-6pm 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 check-in time: 3pm.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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; $25 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.

Fees: 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.

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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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.

*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.

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159 Member Reviews
(91% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: The location/proximity to easy walking areas of San Francisco, the atmosphere/design.
Other Comments: We were heavily impressed by the sign in the bathroom that offered free items that people may have forgotten. We didn't need anything, but really enjoyed that the service and thought was there.
Rose Sep 20, 2016 San Jose, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Great customer service!
Yat Sep 19, 2016 Santa Maria, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Very good bed.....nice shower heads. Location is tops... public areas nice to people watch
Frank Sep 16, 2016 Merced, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The entire experience was pleasant! Like the old fashioned Royal charm!
Andrea Sep 15, 2016 Kansas City, KS, United States
Enjoyed Most: Great customer service, amazing historical building that's beautiful, comfy bed, clean and sleek ambience. It was also in a great location near the Bart, Trolley and tons of restaurants and shopping areas. It was also close to union square for your bus pick ups. I loved it!
brenda Sep 13, 2016 Riverside, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Everything!
Amy Sep 12, 2016 Centennial, CO, United States
Enjoyed Most: Service/staff was great!
Other Comments: My old complaint was that the room was smaller than most hotel rooms and the bathroom was extremely small.
Amy Sep 12, 2016 Minneapolis, MN, United States
Enjoyed Most: Incredible value, cool hotel and great service!
Other Comments: Looking forward to our next visit!
Michael Sep 12, 2016 Morton Grove, IL, United States
Enjoyed Most: The bed was very comfortable and the sheets were very soft.
Other Comments: The bathroom was very small. The room we had overlooked another hotel and did not have a view. Parking was $68 for a SUV which was quite expensive.
Diane Sep 11, 2016 El Dorado Hills, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Impeccable service. Beautiful Hotel
Deborah Sep 09, 2016 barrington, RI, United States

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