Union Square

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

Carina Stebbins
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
Enjoyed This
(393 Member Ratings)
"The Beauty Of The 1928 Hotel , Location , Star Light Room Was Very Nice Too ."
Aug 11, 2017
concord, 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 rich with oversized 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 5-6 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
(393 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
4.5 Quality of Service
4.1 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The Beauty Of The 1928 Hotel , Location , Star Light Room Was Very Nice Too .
teddy Aug 11, 2017 concord, CA, United States
Other Comments
Bathrooms really small.
Gregory Aug 03, 2017 Minden, NV, United States
Enjoyed Most
Great location
Bonnie Jul 30, 2017 Highland, MD, United States
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful hotel in a great location. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Quick check-in/Check-out process. Room well appointed!
Other Comments
Would definitely stay again!
Barbra Aug 01, 2017 Mentor, OH, United States
Enjoyed Most
The people
Jane Jul 31, 2017 Grass Valley, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful staff!
Other Comments
Front desk was great
Bebette Aug 03, 2017 Kirbyville, TX, United States
Enjoyed Most
Great location, nice rooms, if a bit small.
Other Comments
Very helpful front desk and concierge.
Sarah Jun 27, 2017 Elk Grove, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The hotel's grand entrance and preserved history really makes you feel like you're going back in time, without sparing any modern amenities.
Ryan Jun 27, 2017 Lake Stevens, WA, United States
Other Comments
I did not receive my $20 beverage credit, and I woke up this morning to find $231.74 posted on my credit card. This was prepaid to May 8th. TZ reference #9464-3852-6079
John Jul 10, 2017 Hercules, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Half of he staff was pleasant and helpful. Free wine in the afternoon.
Other Comments
Half of the staff was rude. Bathroom needs some sprucing up. Chipped tub in several places, peering paint, and stained grout.
Lisa Jul 17, 2017 Bristow, VA, United States

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