Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
+1 415 392 7755

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based on 350 reviews
Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel - San Francisco, CA, United States
Tue 6/15
Wed 6/16
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Value for money


Distance to city centre

0,4 km

Location rating


Nearest airport

San Francisco

Distance to airport

18,8 km

Rooms available at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Tue 6/15
Wed 6/16

Classic rooms

R2 699+

Bed type
Nightly base price
R2 699 per night
Double bed
R3 378 per night

Queen rooms

R2 146+

Bed type
Nightly base price
Queen bed
R2 146 per night
Queen bed
R2 740 per night
Queen bed
R2 910 per night
Queen bed
R2 963 per night
Queen bed
R2 970 per night

Double rooms

R3 575+

Bed type
Nightly base price
Double bed
R3 575 per night

Standard rooms

R1 988+

Bed type
Nightly base price
R1 988 per night
R2 450 per night
R2 540 per night
R2 975 per night

Reviews of Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel



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great location in 370 reviews
hotel room in 243 reviews
staff was wonderful in 231 reviews
beautiful hotel in 204 reviews
hotel staff in 167 reviews
bathroom was small in 111 reviews
close to union square in 97 reviews
free wine in 70 reviews
lobby bar in 64 reviews
coffee in lobby in 54 reviews
top floor in 52 reviews
elevators working in 48 reviews
parking is too expensive in 42 reviews
across the street in 36 reviews
bed was comfortable in 33 reviews
cable car in 33 reviews
old world charm in 16 reviews
starlight in 13 reviews
comfortable room in 11 reviews
great views in 9 reviews
top level in 3 reviews
  • Okay
    Nov 2019

    Good location. Friendly concierge and staff.

    old, musky facilities. Porcelain in bathroom looks yellowish. Rooms tiny. “Amenities fee” makes no sense. Only “amenity” is a Glass of wine in the afternoon. They should charge for that explicitly instead of through a Flat fee

  • Okay
    Nov 2018

    Not the nicest

    Old hotel, tiny rooms, very noisy with protestors with very little effort made by staff to make situation better. first room didn't have working heating and had to wait an hour for a new room at 11pm.

  • Okay
    Dec 2017

    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.

  • Excellent
    Oct 2017

    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.

  • Okay
    Jul 2017

    Wine hour

    Small rooms Few amenities

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About Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel


Sir Francis Drake attracts both business and leisure travelers with its great location close to Union Square and public transportation, including a cable car that runs directly right outside the hotel.

Proud of its historic past and its position as one of the older hotels in the area, the Drake retains its historic character while keeping its design and amenities updated for the modern traveler. The hotel is proud of its design but also prides itself on creating camaraderie among guests through programs such as its free wine hour each evening and its pet-friendly policy.

Located blocks from Union Square, The Drake features views of the Square from many rooms as well as the hotel's nightclub. Sir Francis Drake is well-situated for seeing all of San Francisco's most popular sites including numerous department stores, galleries, and theaters, as well as bars and restaurants. Several public transportation options are also available. For guests who want to stay in for the night, The Drake features its own restaurant and bar.

Housed in a historic building, the rooms are attractive, modern, clean, and up-to-date. There are several room types available in a range of sizes. Suite accommodations allow more space and beautiful views of Nob Hill and/or Union Square. Business travelers appreciate the dedicated work spaces in the rooms, while leisure guests enjoy the in-room spa treatments that are available. Also part of a stay at Sir Francis Drake is free morning coffee and tea, a free wine happy hour every evening, and a pet-friendly policy.

A prime location close to Union Square, Sir Francis Drake Hotel is considered one of the best luxury hotels in the San Francisco area.



Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly
Air conditioning

7,8 Good

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Amenities at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

ATM on-site
No smoking
Wedding services
Free Wi-Fi
Ticket service
Business centre
Car hire
Express check-out
Disabled access
Fitness centre
Concierge service
Cribs available
Laundry facilities
Laundry service
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Multi-lingual staff
Shops (on site)
Room service
Babysitting/child care services (surcharge)
Free Internet
Bicycle hire
Coffee shop
24-hour front desk
Storage available

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Most popular landmarks

  • Grace Cathedral0.5 km
  • Cable Car Museum0.7 km
  • Museum of Modern Art0.7 km
  • Asian Art Museum1.2 km
  • Exploratorium1.6 km
  • Lombard Street1.7 km

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