Union Square

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

Allie Paver
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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

89% (329 Member Ratings)

"Loved the hotel particularly the beautiful lobby A lovely spot to have a glass of wine quietly after and one day of work. The staff was really great and very accommodating. I already booked another stay there "
Tom
May 20, 2017
San Francisco, 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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Overview

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

Amenities

General

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

Services

  • 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

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)

Bathroom

  • 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)

Accessibility

  • 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.

Policies

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; $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.

Fees: 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.

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

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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.

It is the responsibility of the hotel chain and/or the individual property to ensure the accuracy of the photos displayed. Travelzoo is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the photos.

89% Positive
(329 Member Reviews)
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
Loved the hotel particularly the beautiful lobby A lovely spot to have a glass of wine quietly after and one day of work. The staff was really great and very accommodating. I already booked another stay there
Tom May 20, 2017 San Francisco, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Location and some staff were very friendly.
Other Comments
Downgrade of room from king to queen. Room had bathroom lights that would turn off randomly during showers. Bed was very uncomfortable (sunken in the middle). Check out was very painful. The front desk staff (Doris) was very confused about how to apply Travelzoo and "green" credit. I couldn't help but think they treated us differently b/c we booked on Travelzoo.
Lillian May 15, 2017 Palo Alto, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
It was next to Union Square and within walking distance of everything else.
Anthony May 08, 2017 Sunnyvale, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Great location, great room, great perks and great service!
Other Comments
Beautiful ambiance, great restaurant recommendation for lunch and love that you can opt out of housekeeping services and save some money.
Bentonne May 03, 2017 Coral Gables, FL, United States
Enjoyed Most
Great location, clean room and nice helpful staff.
Wendy Jan 16, 2017 Concord, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Relaxed atmosphere
Nancy Jan 16, 2017 Folson, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
We had a cocktail in the evening at the Starlight Ball Room, nice view.
Other Comments
Very tiny, noisey room. We were on the third floor right on top of the entry. There was noise all night long. There were several events going on and the elevators took forever, they are small and do not hold many people. Sunday morning we had to wait for several, as they were full. Lines at the check out.
Laurel Jan 16, 2017 Danville, CA, United States
Other Comments
It's not travelzoo's fault. We sent my parents there for a date night and going to the starlight room was high on their priority list but they had a private party until 9:30 and were told to go back at 10:00 and they tried but it was closed for cleaning. They tried once again at 10:30, as advised by the front desk staff and apparently they closed it for the night. Super disappointing for my parents, the entire reason we placed this particular travel zoo order was for the starlight room in the Sir Francis.
kristin Jan 15, 2017 El Dorado Hills, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Location
Dorothy Jan 13, 2017 Aptos, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Everything...front desk staff were very helpful and friendly, the evening reception was lovely and the room was huge!i
Mary Jan 06, 2017 Sacramento, CA, United States

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