Union Square

$199 – Iconic San Francisco Hotel incl. Summer, 55% Off

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel
Erin Roth
Deal Expert

The Deal

Great Price — Book by July 25

Check in to this landmark San Francisco hotel and save up to 55% on current rates with this exclusive Travelzoo offer including summer.

    What's included:

  • Travel July 29 - Sept. 23
  • $199 per night ... Thursday-Sunday
  • $229 per night ... Monday-Wednesday
  • Bonus: Holiday-season dates, Nov. 15 - Jan. 5, are also on sale from $149-$229
  • Two cocktails per day ($28 value) 
  • Waived facility fee (reg. $25 per night), which covers upgraded Wi-Fi for up to five devices and use of the fitness center

  • What you need to know:

  • Price based on up to two guests sharing a room; children 17 and under stay free of charge when sharing parents' room and using existing bedding
  • Additional adults are +$20 per guest, per night
  • Refundable price; book now and cancel later if needed 
  • Valet parking is $62 per night; oversized vehicles are $72 per night
  • Pet-friendly

"Prohibition-era gem in Union Square" -- Condé Nast Traveler

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


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
  • 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


  • 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 $62 for standard size and $72 for oversized vehicles (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.
Extra person charge is $20 per person, per night plus tax.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 $62 (plus tax), per day (with in/out privileges) and $72 (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.

55% off

$199 / night


When You Can Go

July 29 - Sept. 23; holiday-season dates also discounted

Enjoyed This
(328 Member Ratings)
"Service is great! The staff is extremely cordial and helpful. The location is unbeatable, as well. There is some city noise, but that is to be expected considering the ideal location. Highly recommend!"
Apr 09, 2018
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Getting There

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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-12 midnight ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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

Enjoyed This
(328 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
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Pleasant room and great location
Other Comments
Incredible greed. Charged for wi-fi and "complimentary coffee" though I don't drink coffee and did not use wi-fi. $70 for parking for one night, when it was $20 around the corner.
Michael May 29, 2018 Chester, CT, USA
Enjoyed Most
Service is great! The staff is extremely cordial and helpful. The location is unbeatable, as well. There is some city noise, but that is to be expected considering the ideal location. Highly recommend!
Scott Apr 09, 2018 Los Angeles, CA, USA
Travelzoo Deal Expert
Enjoyed Most
Service, Coffee with milk and soy milk options in the morning.
Daniel Jan 16, 2018 union city, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
We enjoyed the location which is walking distance to a ton of places. The staff was really nice and very helpful. The hotel had a lot of history and was well maintained. Awesome trip and would definitely return to this hotel!
sophia Jan 17, 2018 San Diego, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The ambiance, decor and free happy hour!
Other Comments
Staff was friendly and very helpful!
norma Jan 17, 2018 Casa Grande, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Great location and atmosphere.
Sarah Jan 24, 2018 Ngunnawal, ACT, Australia
Enjoyed Most
The ambiance and location
Courtney Jan 07, 2018 Roseville, 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
Other Comments
Very small bathroom
Michael Jan 16, 2018 Woodbridge, CA, USA

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