Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

450 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102 United States (USA)
View Map Reservations: 1-800-760-7718
4 Star Downtown Hotel in San Francisco County
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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, Academy of Sciences

Our Hotel Planner Expert Reviews of Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

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 Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

Below are the verified reviews from guests that we have booked recently:
"Excellent Service for our wedding rehearsal."
Overall Score5.0/ 5
Absolutely wonderful service in every way for our rehearsal dinner, which we chose to do in suite and it was marvelous. The food was excellent, our girl Bernadette was professional and fun and made sure we had everything we needed and then some. The bar was also great, and we had everything we needed for our special night with friends and family in a gorgeous room with an amazing view. They also handled our room change on the day of the wedding efficiently and without any issues in addition, every staff member we talked with was ready to take on our request without passing the buck so impressed, and will recommend the Drake to ALL of our visiting guests from now on. WAY TO GO, DRAKE !
(Group coordinator, booked 10 rooms), from US flag
14-Oct-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Sep 20 to Sun Sep 22 2019 at a $202.00 group rate (10% discount).
"Great Hotel, Staff and Comfortable Bed!"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
Our son got married at the Headlands Center for the Arts So he got a good deal from HotelPlanner with Sir Francis Drake. Our room was for 6 nights and several others were for three and four nights. The hotel was awesome..(good rates too). the staff was Very welcoming, professional, accommodating, very clean, good wine at complimentary wine four 6pm, complimentary coffee and tea in the Mornings, very comfortable bed and great location! (We own furniture stores and are particular about comfortable beds.) We will definitely stay again when in San Francisco visiting.
(Group coordinator, booked 10 rooms), from US flag
13-Aug-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Thu Aug 08 to Sun Aug 11 2019 at a $230.00 group rate (10% discount).
"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.
"Great atmosphere and great staff."
Overall Score5.0/ 5
My group was treated great, they had rooms ready, no issues with accommodations, friendly staff good restaurants on site happy hour for all. Can't ask for more.
(Group coordinator, booked 14 rooms), from US flag
26-Jun-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Mon Jun 24 to Thu Jun 27 2019 at a $224.00 group rate (15% discount).
"Great Location"
Overall Score5.0/ 5
and helpful staff.
(Meeting planner, booked 34 rooms), from US flag
28-May-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Fri May 17 to Sat May 25 2019 at a $262.29 group rate (23% discount).
"Wonderful SF hotel."
Overall Score5.0/ 5
Getting in touch with the hotel's Services Coordinator was easy for planning our room block. They made arrangements for us quickly and easily when we ran out of rooms or when we needed to make any changes. They helped us make reservations for dinner and set us up with someone to help dog sit in our room during our wedding. The hotel itself is gorgeous and the beds are perfectly comfortable. There were some concerns with the final bill but they were taken care of quickly shortly after our stay as well.
(Group coordinator, booked 20 rooms), from US flag
26-May-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Thu May 02 to Sun May 05 2019 at a $175.00 group rate (10% discount).
"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.
"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.
"Great Stay Nice Ambiance."
Overall Score5.0/ 5
The sales team, front desk team and customer facing employees understand customer service. The accounting team was great to work with as well.
(Meeting planner, booked 31 rooms), from US flag
15-Mar-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Mar 08 to Tue Mar 12 2019 at a $185.40 group rate.
3.5 out of 5. Based on 3899 guest reviews

Property Description

RECENTLY RENOVATED HISTORIC HOTEL IN WORLD-FAMOUS UNION SQUAREAfter our signature Beefeater Doorman welcomes you at the front door, your first impressions of the Sir Francis Drake are of our grand, colorful lobby. Built in 1928, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel is one of San Francisco's best-known and best-loved landmarks. When our San Francisco historic hotel opened its doors in 1928, the city had never seen anything like it. Although the city boasted a number of luxury hotels, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel was something else entirely: a sleek state-of-the-art marvel reflecting the dynamic spirit of a new metropolis emerging from the devastating 1906 earthquake. Built for the princely sum of $5 million by Midwestern hotel developers, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel offered impressive innovations like the Servidor, a handy panel in the guest room doors, which allowed staff to discreetly deliver dry cleaning or other items without disturbing guests. This also may have come in handy during Prohibition!Located in the heart of San Francisco on historic Union Square and with a cable car stop right in front, you'll know immediately that you're in the center of all the city has to offer! San Francisco is an easy city to get around, with major landmarks in close proximity to each other and public transportation routes to all parts of the city surrounding the hotel. The Sir Francis Drake Hotel's central location also means ready access to shopping, fine dining, theaters, and favorite spots like Chinatown, Moscone Center, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Financial District. Also easily accessible are destinations such as the Embarcadero along the waterfront, AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants), North Beach, Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower, and the ever-popular Fisherman's Wharf.THE NEW SIR FRANCIS DRAKEThe design of the new Sir Francis Drake is a take on a classic-contemporary interpretation of the attitude and elegance of Sir Francis Drake's time period, woven into a modern fantasy that honors our Kimpton Grand Boutique roots. The design seeks to balance the look of rooms with the glamorous, regal architecture of the lobby and our public spaces. The rooms are a modern rendition of historically inspired pieces woven together into a collective tapestry; the elaborate headboards, the art work, the carpet patterns, the jewel –toned color of the fabrics and even the slim dresser and oversized, leaning mirror all designed to create comfort. Combined with Kimpton-style service and amenities, our assortment of rooms styles offer variety of choices designed to enhance the experience of your stay with us. A Kimpton Hotel, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Union Square is an historic, sophisticated hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco, California.

Green Sustainability

Go Green, Get Green! Get a $10 voucher to use at Scala's Bistro, Bar Drake, or the Starlight Room with our Choose to Conserve program. Simply opt out of housekeeping service for one or more of your stay dates.

Details / Other Expenses

Check In: 4:00pm
Check Out: 11:00noon
Year of Last Renovation: 2019
Floors: 21
Rooms: 416
Corridors: All Rooms Have Interior Hallways
Non Smoking Rooms: 416
Handicap Rooms: 13
Suites: 5
Room Windows: Windows Don't Open
Cleaning Frequency: Daily
Meeting Rooms: 1
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
GROUP - per contract
Nightly Parking: $62
Typical Group Deposit: per contract
Total Taxes: 16.45%
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
  • ATM
  • 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
  • Credit card accepted: JCB
  • Dinner available
  • Electronic key card
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Fax available
  • Fitness and health center
  • Hairdryer available
  • Handicap accessible
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet - wireless
  • Internet - ethernet
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • Ironing facilities
  • Laundry valet service
  • Licensed bar
  • Mini bar
  • Movies in room
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24 hours opened
  • Office or business center
  • Pets allowed
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Radio in room
  • Restaurant
  • Safe in rooms
  • Self controlled heating/cooling system
  • Shower
  • Shows or evening entertainment
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Telephone in all rooms
  • Television
  • TV - Free Cable
  • Travellers cheques accepted
  • Valet Parking
  • Video Games in Room
  • 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 traffic)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.

Pet Friendly?

Yes! Pets are allowed.
Pets are Welcome!

Internet / WiFI

WIFI included in Guest Amenity Fee

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, Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel

Seasonality of Hotel Rates at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

Rate fluctuations of Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

The chart above shows seasonality of prices for both group rates and the best individual traveler rates our rate checker could find at the time the group bid was placed. The lowest group rate shown is 25.3% in January 2021 and the highest average individual rate is $387 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 Kimpton Sir Francis Drake in a month when rates are lower.

FAQs about Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

What time is check in?

Check in time is 4:00pm 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 11:00noon 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 Kimpton Sir Francis Drake have?

There are 416 rooms in the property.

Is there any meeting space at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake?

Yes, they have 1 meeting room that can support various table layouts.

What kind of breakfast is at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake?

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.

How much does internet cost?

WIFI included in Guest Amenity Fee

Is there a gym at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake?

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

Is there room service at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake?

Yes. Room service could have been improved. About half of guests complained about the room service.

Is there valet service?

Yes. Valet service could be better. About half of guests were unhappy with the valet service.

Is there shopping nearby?

Yes. Good for sightseeing and located near shopping areas. Amazing weekend of shopping. Great shopping. Most guests liked the proximity to shopping.

Is there a WiFi internet?

Yes. WIFI Free. Average wifi quality. Most guests thought the wifi quality was ok.

Is there a bar?

Yes. Bar service is acceptable. Bar service was average, according to 65%.


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