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
89%
Enjoyed This
(479 Member Ratings)
"Great location in Union Square."
Jody
Jan 12, 2018
Burbank, CA, USA

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 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.

Fees: The resort fee includes:

  • $10 credit at Scala's
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Local calls
  • Use of Business Center
  • Newspaper
  • Bike use
  • 10-20% off in retail stores
  • Use of Fitness Center and In Room Yoga Mats

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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available 24 hours

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

89%
Enjoyed This
(479 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
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Great location in Union Square.
Jody Jan 12, 2018 Burbank, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The bar in the Hotel was really fun and beautiful.
James Jan 10, 2018 Danville, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Complimentary coffee in the morning lobby and complimentary wine in the afternoon in the lobby. Having cocktails in the Starlight Room- awesome views!
Other Comments
This is an old hotel and the room decor looks nice on first entering but need some definite maintenance and upkeep and updating. Banged up drawers, peeling stained bathtub, very small cramped bathroom with no hooks for hand towels
Margaret Jan 09, 2018 Napa, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Close proximity to a lot of SF.
Other Comments
Waited for room, not contacted when room was ready, housekeeping did not make up room.
Byron Jan 08, 2018 Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The ambiance and location
Courtney Jan 07, 2018 Roseville, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location to Umion Square
Cristina Jan 07, 2018 Morgan Hill, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Amazing architecture and great location.
Joanne Jan 07, 2018 Seal Beach, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Great value, plus centrally located and within walking distance to Union Square and on the trolley line.
Brenda Jan 05, 2018 Santa Maria, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
All around service & excellent location near BART n& Cablecar.
Ronald C. Jan 04, 2018 Charlotte, NC, USA
Enjoyed Most
The central location to shopping and dining.
Daniel Jan 03, 2018 Riverside, CA, USA

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