Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Union Square, San Francisco

The hotel

You’ll know you’re somewhere special from the minute you arrive at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel. A brightly attired Beefeater will greet you as you walk into the lobby, with its antique chandeliers, gilded ceilings and grand staircase. This feast for your eyes continues throughout the hotel, with artwork on the walls and jewel-toned fabrics. Be sure to drop in to Bar Drake with its trendy speakeasy style, and Lizzie's Starlight on the 21st floor, drenched in 1930s glamour. And, when you’re hungry, head to Scala’s for some rustic Italian food. It’s like a classic Parisian bistro, with elaborate ceilings and rich floor tiles — no wonder it’s popular with the locals as well.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Near the Moscone Convention Centre and Union Square, within walking distance to fine dining, shops and cultural attractions.

Hotel information

All rooms with air-conditioning, LCD HD TV with pay-per-view films, telephone, WiFi*, tea/coffee-making facilities, iHome docking station, safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, iron and board. Classic Rooms with either 1 or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Scala’s Bistro (Italian menu, open for breakfast, dinner and weekday lunches), Bar Drake, Lizzie's Starlight (21st floor late-night lounge). Fitness centre. In-room spa service with customised treatments*. Nightly hosted wine reception in the hotel lobby from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Complimentary tea and coffee each morning. WiFi*. Complimentary hotel bicycles and in-room yoga kits. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Concierge service. Room service*. Valet parking $62 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

This hotel has resort fees that are included in the room rate (subject to change)

Resort fee includes: - $10 daily credit in Scala’s Bistro - Unlimited local phone calls
 - Discounts of 10-20% in hotel retail stores - Upgraded WiFi speed in guest rooms and public spaces for up to 5 devices. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

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Jul 2, 2020 khlebica Port Crane, New York

I have never stayed in a more luxurious, friendly, clean, unique, and accomodating hotel in my life. This is the hotel i compare all hotels to now. Stay at the Kimpton, you will not be disappointed. Anything you may have forgotten they will give to you. Great minibar as well.
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May 19, 2020 AuroraTraveler12 Aurora, Colorado

My partner and I had the pleasure of staying here in early February. Everything from the front desk, lobby bar, and Lizzy's Starlight Lounge were wonderful. The employees were friendly and the views from Lizzy's is stunning! The room was luxurious, the bathroom was nicely updated and modern but a bit small. but understandable in San Francisco.… Read more
My partner and I had the pleasure of staying here in early February. Everything from the front desk, lobby bar, and Lizzy's Starlight Lounge were wonderful. The employees were friendly and the views from Lizzy's is stunning! The room was luxurious, the bathroom was nicely updated and modern but a bit small. but understandable in San Francisco. The shower gel available in the rooms is simply heavenly! Location of the hotel is perfect and the building has a lot of history to it. It's an easy walk to the shops around Union Square and Market Street, and super easy to hop on the Cable Car to get to Fisherman's Wharf. Read less
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Apr 28, 2020 TonyGallagher19

We were planning on travelling from Australia to the US in June, however we needed to cancel the trip due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. I spoke directly to the hotel who totally understood and refunded our deposit in full. It could have been easy for them to simply say you can have a credit to use within 12 months (like other hotels are… Read more
We were planning on travelling from Australia to the US in June, however we needed to cancel the trip due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. I spoke directly to the hotel who totally understood and refunded our deposit in full. It could have been easy for them to simply say you can have a credit to use within 12 months (like other hotels are doing) however it is very difficult for international travellers to be able to use the credit. Thank you Tony for your understanding. Read less
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Apr 13, 2020 Quest649953

Very small bathroom but the room was comfortable. I liked the wine tasting in the big lobby. Scalars restaurant in the hotel had great Italian food. I did sneak across the street at the Chancellor Hotel for their breakfast buffet. It can not be beat for $20.
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Mar 16, 2020 heather681 Bromley

Unfortunately, this stay was tinged with knowing our cruise to Hawaii on the Grand Princess had been cancelled the night before while we were still in Las Vegas! Having said that, the staff were wonderful. We were going to celebrate our Ruby Wedding on the cruise. They upgraded our room and sent us a bottle of Prosecco, fruit, cheese and toast. A… Read more
Unfortunately, this stay was tinged with knowing our cruise to Hawaii on the Grand Princess had been cancelled the night before while we were still in Las Vegas! Having said that, the staff were wonderful. We were going to celebrate our Ruby Wedding on the cruise. They upgraded our room and sent us a bottle of Prosecco, fruit, cheese and toast. A lovely and much appreciated gesture. The room was not huge but was fine. We had a bath with showers over. This was fine. Toiletries provided. The bed was very comfortable. From 17.00 to 18.00 there was free wine and small pizza bites in the main foyer. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The only down side was La Scalia for breakfast. Very expensive for what as served. Read less