Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel

450 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102 United States (USA) near Exit 2c b on I-80 (~1.0mi)
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4 Star Luxury Property
37.78891-122.40857
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Local Attractions

Union Square Shopping - (Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nieman Marcus, Nike, Levi's, Banana Republic, Prada, Gucci, Armani, Border's, San Francisco Shopping Center,Cable Car Chinatown,Fisherman's Wharf, Nob Hill, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Academ

Our Hotel Planner Expert Reviews of Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel

Our expert hotel planners periodically visit and review the hotels we represent in person.
"Elegance with an Edge - Lovely Union Square Kimpton property"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
I have nothing but good things to say about this hotel and the sales staff that runs it. If you don't mind a little "Kimpton flair" with your luxury, this is a great option for any group that wants a central location just a couple of blocks from Union Square. This property has a predominantly elegant, historic look (high, ornate ceilings and a grand stairwell in the entry way), but still has a touch of the Kimpton edge that makes the brand so distinctive (for instance, the large, red, avant-guarde statue towering over the lobby bar). The property is beautifully done, with a special emphasis on their elegant, chandelier-laden meeting rooms. This would be a great property to host a social event of any kind. Children and dogs are welcome, and those that wish to dance (or catch a Sunday drag show) can find a well-known night club on the top floor of the hotel. It is also possible to rent this "nightclub" space for private events, if you would prefer that to one of the meeting rooms, which is an excellent choice due to the sweeping views of the city. The rooms are lovely and a bit dramatic (patterns, jewel tones, and the occasional metallic piece), and the staff is charismatic and helpful. In general, this is a very unique, stylish property that has elements of the avant garde - I would recommend it to any group, unless that group is present for a serious affair of some variety and does not favor any distractions. They might consider a more straightforward brand. Otherwise, this is a great hotel and comes highly recommended for groups. Ask for a tour of their "secret prohibition room"!
Aria T, a local HotelPlanner San Francisco expert from US flag
01-Aug-2013 Verified Review

Verified Reviews of Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel

Below are the verified reviews from guests that we have booked recently:
"Great weekend, great location."
Overall Score4.0/ 5
Room was clean and comfortable. Due to the room size, very tight configuration. Our stay was very enjoyable. Will stay there again.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
02-Jul-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Jun 28 to Sun Jun 30 2019 at a $213.55 average nightly rate.
"Not Good"
Overall Score3.0/ 5
Didn't get the bed size we requested. Pillows were too sloppy A/C would not stay on. Not adequate mirrors or bathrooms space.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
01-May-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Tue Apr 30 to Wed May 01 2019 at a $147.68 average nightly rate.
"Clean quaint, close to trolly."
Overall Score4.0/ 5
Hotel was very clean. Rooms not large, but sufficient for sleeping. Close to Union Square shopping and trolly. Staff were all very nice and accommodating. Quick trolly ride to Fisherman 's wharf, or Lombard street.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
21-Apr-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Wed Apr 17 to Mon Apr 22 2019 at a $168.48 average nightly rate.
"Good Facilities Bad Resort Fees (read fine print)."
Overall Score4.0/ 5
Our room and service was good but the pre paid deal we got was not as good of a "deal" as we thought with the $33.77 additional fee **per night** from the hotel. Thankfully only stayed one night. Read the fine print, resort fees are not just for Vegas and Hawaii anymore.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
22-Mar-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Sat Mar 16 to Sun Mar 17 2019 at a $99.32 average nightly rate.
"Great Staff"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
Friendly and accommodating staff, clean hotel and great location.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
17-Mar-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Mar 15 to Sun Mar 17 2019 at a $169.34 average nightly rate.
"Had a terrible nights sleep due to the wage riots by Marriott."
Overall Score1.0/ 5
The hotel was a steal, but I see why they discounted them so heavily because it was near the windows where you can hear the riot start on 7am. Didn't get any sleep because of this. I wish Marriott resolved this dispute and provide livable wages to their employees.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
10-Dec-2018 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Nov 30 to Sat Dec 01 2018 at a $114.28 average nightly rate.
"great historic hotel"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
I stayed here for the NWM marathon weekend.my room was rather small,but very clean and comfortable. The bath towels were small and thin. Housekeeping was helpful when we asked for more pillows and Leif the concierge was very helpful in answering all qquestions. The lobby is lovely. I would visit again.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
20-Oct-2013 Verified Review
"Great Historic Hotel"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
I stayed here for the NWM marathon weekend. My room was rather small, but very clean and comfortable. The bath towels were small and thin. Housekeeping was helpful when we asked for more pillows and Leif the concierge was very helpful in answering all questions. The lobby is lovely. I would visit again.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
20-Oct-2013 Verified Review
3.5 out of 5. Based on 718 guest reviews

Property Description

Trends come and go. A true classic withstands the test of time. The Sir Francis Drake Hotel in downtown San Francisco has been in style since 1928. A mixture of timeless elegance and high style, the landmark San Francisco hotel offers historic accommodations in the heart of Union Square.The downtown Sir Francis Drake Hotel is a San Francisco legend, just steps from Moscone Convention Center, the Financial District, Nob Hill, Chinatown, SOMA, and the Theatre District. The Beefeater doorman, exquisite service, and offbeat style all create a unique hotel presence on vibrant Union Square, San Francisco. All guest rooms include remote-control TV with cable, OnCommand movie channels, Nintendo, iron and ironing boards, voicemail, data lines and individual climate controls. Banquet and meeting rooms now include dedicated modem/fax lines. Most rooms have windows and pre-function areas. Rooms are ideal for any group size up to 300. All facilities meet ADA requirements.Harry Denton's Starlight Room: High atop the Sir Francis Drake, this luxurious 1930's-style nightclub features live music, dancing, cocktails, light menu items and dramatic views of downtown SanFrancisco--and beyond.Scala's Bistro: Featuring French and Italian country cuisine in an elegant and comfortable old world cafe ambiance. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner.Caffe Espresso: A casual European-style sidewalk cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Features house-made pastries, a captivating selection of wines and, some say, the best lattes and coffee downtown

Green Sustainability

Yes

Details / Other Expenses

Check In: 3:00pm
Check Out: 12:00noon
Year of Last Renovation: 1995
Floors: 21
Rooms: 417
Corridors: All Rooms Have Interior Hallways
Non Smoking Rooms: 404
Handicap Rooms:
Suites: 5
Room Windows: Windows Do Open
Cleaning Frequency: Daily
Meeting Rooms: 13
Meeting Space: 16000 sq. feet
Banquet Space: Holds 300 people
Dist. to Food/Bars: On-site
Dist. to 24hr Restaurant: 0.3 Mi
Dist. to Nearest Gym: On-site
Lounge/Bar Hours: 11AM to 2AM
Policies / Expenses
Cancellation:
FIT bookings - cancellations within 48 hours of the arrival date will be charged one night's room and tax. GROUP - per contract
Nightly Parking: $37.
Typical Group Deposit: per contract
Total Taxes: 15.50%
Total Misc Fees: $0.00 USD
(mandatory resort fees/taxes)
Resort/Hotel Fee: 29.00 Per Night (with great inclusions!)
Parking Fee: 62.00 Per Night (Valet)
Porterage Fee: 7.50 Per Item
Gym Fee: 0.00 Per Day
Additional Person Fee: 20.00 Per Person (After the first 2)
Rooms Wireless Internet Fee: 14.99 Per Day (Included in Guest Amenity)
Food and Beverage Service Charge: 24.00%
Chef Attendant Fees: 175.00 Per Night (Per Chef)
Avg. Continental Breakfast Cost: 54.00 Per Person
Avg. Plated Breakfast Cost: 58.00 Per Person
Avg. Buffet Breakfast Cost: 65.00 Per Person
Avg. Plated Lunch Cost: 76.00 Per Person
Avg. Buffet Lunch Cost: 74.00 Per Person
Avg. Boxed Lunch Cost: 65.00 Per Person
Avg. Plated Dinner Cost: 90.00 Per Person
Avg. Buffet Dinner Cost: 135.00 Per Person
Morning Break Cost: 24.00 Per Person
Afternoon Break Cost: 28.00 Per Person
Banquet Gallon of Coffee: 150.00 Per Item (per gallon)

Amenities / Features


  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Baggage storage facilities
  • Breakfast in room
  • Central location
  • Concierge service
  • Conference facilities
  • Credit card accepted: Mastercard/Visa
  • Credit card accepted: American Express
  • Credit card accepted: Discover
  • Credit card accepted: Diners Club
  • Dinner available
  • Electronic key card
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Fax available
  • Fitness and health center
  • Garage
  • Hairdryer available
  • Handicap accessible
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet - wireless
  • Internet - ethernet
  • Ironing facilities
  • Licensed bar
  • Mini bar
  • Movies in room
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Office or business center
  • Pets allowed
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Radio in room
  • Restaurant
  • Self controlled heating/cooling system
  • Shop
  • Shower
  • Shows or evening entertainment
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Telephone in all rooms
  • Television
  • Travellers cheques accepted
  • Voicemail

Airport & Shuttle Information

San Francisco International (SFO) Distance: 15 MI/ 24.14 KM N Taxi Fee: $45.00 (USD) Time by taxi: 20 minutes (regular traffice)Time by train: BART: 30 Minutes Oakland International Airport (OAK) Distance: 20 MI/ 32.19 KM W Taxi Fee: $70.00 (USD) Time by taxi: 35 minutes Time by train: AirBART/BART: 55 Min

Local Shuttle Info: Recommend Super Shuttle

Breakfast Information

Breakfast available in our restaurant, Scala''s Bistro (Italian): At Scala''s, memorable dining comes with the territory. Located inside the landmark Sir Francis Drake Hotel, facing the Powell Street cable car line, and steps away from Union Square, Scala''s is as San Francisco as restaurants come. And with great location comes great responsibility. Scala''s has earned its reputation among essential San Francisco experiences with its chef-driven menu, fresh local ingredients and an atmosphere as warm, comforting and classy as the food we bring to the table.Breakfast vouchers available for groups of 30 or less.

Pet Friendly?

Service animals complying with ADA Title lll regulations are allowed.

Yes! Pets are allowed.
Pet-friendly

Internet / WiFI

Complimentary WIFI in guestrooms and public space with Kimpton Karma (free to join rewards program)!

About Kimpton Hotels

  • Boutique hotel with more than 60+ properties nationwide
  • Kimpton Karma Rewards is a free guest program which offers guests the opportunity to earn free nights, get free Wi-Fi, exclusive offers on hotel stays, a $10 bar credit for in-room snacks or bar cocktails, and a $30 spa credit towards a massage, facial, or body treatment
  • Nightly wine hour
  • Free coffee and tea in the lobby
  • Yoga mats provided upon request
  • Pet friendly hotel free for cats, dogs, and other pets of any size
  • Access to their public bikes for free to tour around the city or neighborhood
  • Kimpton Hotels also offers guest free travel items left behind or forgotten like plastic travel bags, fan, humidifier, curling and straightening iron, steamer, spray wrinkle remover, a night light, and so much more

The Kimpton Hotels highlights above are subject to change without notice.

Previously known as:
Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Seasonality and Projections at Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel

Rate fluctuations of Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel

The chart above shows fluctuations of prices for both our group rates and the best individual traveler prices our system could find at the time the group bid was placed. The best group/meeting rate displayed is 20.0% in the month of December 2019 and the highest average individual rate is $509 in the month of March 2021. This chart will show past seasonality and also project future months. If you are flexible with dates, you may want to consider staying at Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel in a month when rates are lower.

FAQs about Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel

What time is check in?

Check in time is 3:00pm based on the hotel's local time. Early check in may be available if requested at the front desk on the day of check-in.

What time is check out?

Check out time is 12:00noon based on the hotel's local time. Late check out may be available if requested at the front desk during your stay.

How many rooms does Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel have?

There are 417 sleeping rooms in the hotel.

Is there any meeting space at Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel?

Yes, they have 13 meeting rooms that can support various table layouts.

What kind of breakfast is at Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel?

Breakfast available in our restaurant, Scala''s Bistro (Italian): At Scala''s, memorable dining comes with the territory. Located inside the landmark Sir Francis Drake Hotel, facing the Powell Street cable car line, and steps away from Union Square, Scala''s is as San Francisco as restaurants come. And with great location comes great responsibility. Scala''s has earned its reputation among essential San Francisco experiences with its chef-driven menu, fresh local ingredients and an atmosphere as warm, comforting and classy as the food we bring to the table.Breakfast vouchers available for groups of 30 or less.

How much does internet cost?

Complimentary WIFI in guestrooms and public space with Kimpton Karma (free to join rewards program)!

Is there a gym at Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel?

Yes, there is a gym/fitness area available on-site at the property.

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