Overrated historic hotel
Excellent location just one block from Union Square.
Because we received a low room rate through Kayak we were told “there were no king or queen rooms available and had to accept two double beds or “an historic (tiny) room”. The bathroom in this double room was damaged, tiny & you had to hold the toilet lever down for several seconds in order for it to work. Even though we were on the eighth floor, because the window has not been upgraded the noise level from the street was disturbing. And finally, it is ridiculous that people have to lineup and wait 5 to 15 minuets to get an elevator in the lobby. There are 4 elevators for a few hundred rooms which inadequately services the guests. Not recommended for a comfortable visit.
well-located, historic, functional
The Sir Francis Drake is adjacent to Union Square, Chinatown + the cable car line. You can walk to almost anything you need, and you don't need to go far. The staff is always helpful, even to late arrivals wanting a different room. The housekeepers respect "do not disturb" signs -- important when paperwork is left everywhere -- but are quick to make up a room when you're ready. AND it's across the street from Sears Fine Food, another SF tradition.
When it's busy, the elevators take a minute to get to you. Be prepared to wait. The bar backs up, too, and that can mean getting a drink when it's crowded is an ordeal -- especially since the lobby cab get loud. But the people are nice, so in terms of this negative, it's really just a fact that's not terrible.
Small rooms Few amenities
Good location for areas of interest
The room was super tiny. Staff was nice but it sure if I would rebook.
Lovely but could do with some maintenance
Just a few maintenance items marred what was otherwise a perfect score for this lovely boutique hotel. Great location and fabulous staff made for a fantastic stay,
Blocked drains and a dicky light switch were a slight issue but were attended to promptly.
It was nice staying here again, it was comfortable and the price is the best for the location.
Theyou need more towels in the room and more soap. When we got in there was not any soap to washave your hands and no bath soap.
The Drake has a great location, it's clean and comfy with some traces of old excellence. The Concierge was very helpful with directions and suggestions for meals.
Tiny bathroom but then, who comes to San Francisco to hang out in the bathroom?
I lived the location and ambiance of the hotel.
Rooms could be upgraded a little bit and thought it was a little pricey.
The location was excellent. Friendly staff with spacious room. Loved the free wine cocktail reception.
Small bathrooms, placement of valet was a bad place
Location great, but the noise was unbearable. Single pane window in the city under powel st. The constant early morning whistle of the doorman kept me awake. I had a headache one day and it didn't help having to listen to the door and whistle all morning. The plumbing/pipes screeching sound also constantly woke me up durning the night; which may explain the headache. Hotel is a cute boutique hotel, but the plumbing needs to be repaired & invest in double pane windows to replace the flimsy existing ones.
Starlight Room - Top Floor View
Old - in bad need of repairs Rooms were tiny Elevators took forever to arrive Service was poor starting with the front desk
With a grand lobby and a killer location in Union Square and close to the Financial District, the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel is a historic classic. The restored upscale landmark is also home to the acclaimed Italian eatery Scala's Bistro and The Starlight Room lounge. With stunning views of downtown San Francisco from its 21st-floor perch, The Starlight Room has been a top nightlife destination for generations.
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