This landmark hotel is one of San Francisco's grand dames, operating continuously since 1928 in the heart of Union Square. The Kimpton Hotel company has done a wonderful job renovating the hotel (which has been sorely needed since I was a kid), giving this elegant lady a much-needed makeover. I've always been a fan of the Hotel Monaco's modern, slightly offbeat interiors with bold patterns and custom furnishings, and they've incorporated a similar style at this property, though with a cream and sage green color scheme. It's always a pleasure to have Tom Sweeny, the ebullient (and legendary) Beefeater doorman, handle your bags as you enter the elegant, captivating lobby with its gilded high ceilings, glittering crystal chandeliers, and massive curved marble staircase that leads to a mezzanine overlooking bustling Powell Street. It's a grand entrance experience you won't soon forget.
Scala's Bistro, one of the most festive restaurants downtown, serves good Italian cuisine in a stylish setting on the first floor; the Italian-style Caffe Espresso does an equally commendable job serving coffees, pastries, and sandwiches daily in its spot adjacent to the hotel. Harry Denton's Starlight Room, on the 21st floor, offers cocktails, entertainment, and dancing nightly with a panoramic view of the city.
- © Frommer's 2013
User Reviews for Sir Francis Drake
Great service and location in downtown San Francisco
I stayed at the Sir Francis Drake for 5 nights and was very happy with everything. While the bathroom in my room was a tad small, the room was well appointed and included everything...
- posted on 11.25.12
- by thinktankjp
In the Heart of the City
We booked this hotel on a travel website without knowing the exact name. The hotel is located in Union Square; therefore, it was extremely noisy. The service at the hotel was wonderful....
- posted on 11.25.12
- by M A
Excellent location, so so service and accommodation
I visited the Sir Francis Drake as part of a convention and my stay there was dictated by my employer. While extremely convenient being just off Union Square on Powell Street, the...
- posted on 11.24.12
- by Tamarindwalk
- Union Square Hotel 2006 – Editorial Winner
- Highly Recommended 2009
- Highly Recommended 2010
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- tel: 800/795-7129
- fax: 415/391-8719
- 450 Powell St
- At Sutter St
- San Francisco, CA 94102