Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

450 Powell Street, San Francisco Downtown, San Francisco (CA), United States, 94102 - See map
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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

"Awesome interiors and exquisite architecture perfect for your IG stories."

sherry - June 6, 2019

Historic 1 Queen Bed Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Lobby Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel
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Property highlights
Hygiene Plus
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Check-in [24-hour]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Chinatown
Within 670 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Starlight Room 30 m
Smile, A Gallery with Tongue in Chic 50 m
Glamour Girl Shopping Tours 50 m
Saks Fifth Avenue 50 m
Gordon Parks Centennial 50 m
Pearl & Jade Empire 60 m
Gallery 444 60 m
Maison de la Bouquetiere 80 m
Eleonore Austerer Gallery 80 m
San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design 90 m
Nearby landmarks
Chinatown 670 m
Ferry Building Marketplace 1.55 km
Lombard Street 1.76 km
Oracle Park 1.96 km
Pier 39 2.22 km
Fisherman's Wharf 2.29 km
Alcatraz Island 4.44 km
Twin Peaks 5.13 km
Golden Gate Park 5.15 km
Golden Gate Bridge 7.04 km
9.4

Exceptional

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Hygiene Plus
This property has self-selected and self-certified the following hygiene measures.Learn more
Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Health and Medical
First aid kit
  • 390 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of San Francisco (CA)

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

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Value for money7.0
Distance to city center1.6 Miles
Location rating9.4
Nearest airportSan Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Distance to airport18.8 km

Rooms available at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Very good
Room comfort & quality
7.8
Grand King
Grand King
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Separate shower/bathtub
  • 1 king bed
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Classic King
Classic King
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 king bed
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classic queen
classic queen
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  • Room size: 13 m²/140 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 queen bed
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City view Deluxe Queen
City view Deluxe Queen
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 queen bed
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Classic Two Double
Classic Two Double
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 2 double beds
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City View Deluxe King
City View Deluxe King
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 king bed
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Classic Two Queen
Classic Two Queen
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 2 queen beds
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Grand Two Queen
Grand Two Queen
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  • 1 queen bed
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Standard Room
Standard Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Non-smoking
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Historic 1 Queen Bed
Historic 1 Queen Bed
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Courtyard view
  • 1 queen bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?

Check-in is from 04:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is available for a fee of 62 USD per day. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease.

What is the smoking policy at Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel?

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas.

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What people love about Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

  • 9.6
    Exceptional
    "Many choice of restaurant and bar."

    Ke | September 5, 2019

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Location score
9.4/10
Room comfort score
7.8/10
Review score - United States
8.1/10
Service score
8.0/10
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Overall rating:
7.9
Very good
64 reviews
Cleanliness
7.9
Facilities
7.2
Location
9.4
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What travelers say they love:
The location is perfect, downtown Union Square.
ZHIMING from Singapore
Family with young children
More about Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

More about Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

This is a unique Union Square hotel with a flare for color and design, all nestled together with enticing elegance and livability. Whether you're staying at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel for the breathtaking views of the bay, the remarkable color palate in the beautifully crafted rooms, or the brilliant sophisticated charm of dining and socializing here, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Indulge in the in-room spa services or sip a flavorful Californian wine in the bustling Scalas Bistro. Whatever you decide to do, you'll be surrounded by warm evening elegance and a crisp atmosphere that is splendid for the discerning guest. From world-class dining opportunities to incredible city-view rooms, the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel keeps getting better and better.

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Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping
2 mentions
Food & Dining
1 mention
Breakfast
1 mention

What they offer

9.6
Exceptional
"The water pressure is good even in high floor."

Ke | September 5, 2019

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Nearest essentials

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

American

Nearby restaurants

American cuisine
American cuisine
Luques Restaurant & Bar
10 m American
Chancellor Cafe at the Chancellor Hotel
10 m American, Cafe
Scala's Bistro
10 m American, Italian
Asian cuisine
Asian cuisine
Maru Sushi
100 m Asian, Gluten Free, Japanese
After Osha
120 m Asian, Thai
Sushi Toni
160 m Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Cafe
Cafe
Cafe La Taza
130 m Cafe
Boba Guys
180 m Cafe
Jasmine's Cafe & Deli
230 m Cafe, Delicatessen

What's nearby

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Reviews of Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel from real guests

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7.9
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Cleanliness7.9
Facilities7.2
Location9.4
Room comfort and quality7.8
Service8.0
Value for money7.0
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Rating
9+ Exceptional (9)
8-9 Excellent (8)
7-8 Very Good (9)
6-7 Good (4)
<6 Below Expectation (8)
Time of the year
Mar - May (7)
Jun - Aug (8)
Sep - Nov (12)
Dec - Feb (11)
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9.7
Exceptional
anicia from United States
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in April 2009

Sir Francis Drake review”

Location, Comfortable and clean rooms; good service; alot of character to the place.
no coffee set up in room; continental breakfast was just coffee and toast; ...only minor complaints.

The Sir Francis Drake hotel is situated in a great location off Union Square and on Nob Hill. I discovered wonderful boutique dress shops and restaurents with easy walking distance. Transportation was an easy access but can be costly. We loved walking and exploring and things were not that far from the hotel. The bar is in a great loction....the artium of the hotel....beautiful bar area and very welcoming to guest. We did not get to experience the total package of the hotel with the dancing and Scala restaurant do to other commitments. We defiently would love to go back and will recommend the hotel to our friends. Anicia Biglow

Reviewed May 06, 2009
8.8
Excellent
Alex from United States
Couple
Historic 1 Queen Bed
Stayed 4 nights in December 2018

We love Kimptons”

While some of the experience was less than amazing simply because of temporary construction, we loved the Sir Francis Drake. The enormous main lobby, the superb location, the friendly and timely staff. Thank you.

Reviewed December 20, 2018
8.0
Excellent
Zling from Singapore
Group
Stayed 1 night in December 2014

a different world from the hustle bustle ”

Location, design, comfort

We stayed one night at Sir Francis Drake. Location was fantastic, mins away from the cable / tram. Design is unique, a little world away from the hustle bustle of SF. Only thing was the size, especially the bathroom. Not much space even for amenities. Besides that, pretty fantastic

Reviewed January 11, 2015
9.2
Exceptional
Wai from Hong Kong
Couple
Classic King
Stayed 1 night in September 2016

Great atmosphere”

Great location, clean room, great atmosphere overall. Their staffs are helpful and friendly. They also have some of the best bartenders in all of San Francisco!

Reviewed September 22, 2016
9.6
Exceptional
Ke from Canada
Couple
Standard Room
Stayed 6 nights in August 2019

Nice hotel, great location”

Hotel based on Union Square. Near for everything. Many choice of restaurant and bar. Few mins from subway station. Room was small, but it’s good organization. The water pressure is good even in high floor. Recommend.

Reviewed September 05, 2019
8.4
Excellent
Alex from United States
Couple
City view Deluxe Queen
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

Beautiful view”

We got a queen room with city view. View was great at night and in the day. Staff at the front desk was very friendly. In room breakfast was very good although pretty expensive. Hotel is somewhat outdated but kept in good condition. Bed was comfortable but felt smaller than queen so was a little tight. Elevators are pretty slow with long waits.

Reviewed December 04, 2016
7.2
Very good
Peta from Australia
Solo traveler
Standard Room
Stayed 3 nights in July 2019

Excellent hotel but was not aware I would pay substantial taxes on top of the room rAte”

The hotel was comfortable and in an excellent position - I have stayed there twice but the internet provided is extremely slow and almost impossible via a vpn unless you paid for an “upgrade” at $12 per day. This is a practice I find widespread in the USA of hotels gouging once you arrive. The site did not make clear that there were very substantial taxes not included in the quoted room rate which added approx $30 per day - very misleading - no fridge in the rooms is unacceptable when staying in summer. However I did appreciate that they provide refillable shampoo, soap dispensers by contrast to the rest of America where the wanton use of disposable plastics is appalling. Hotel staff were very helpful but unless the internet issue is resolved I would not stay again and object to paying $12 per day for adequate internet speeds

Reviewed July 25, 2019
7.6
Very good
ZHIMING from Singapore
Family with young children
Classic Two Queen
Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

Great location”

The location is perfect, downtown Union Square. The lift and room condition, however could have been better and more modern. Our toilet door couldn't be locked.

Reviewed January 21, 2018
6.3
Good
Michael from Australia
Group
Historic 1 Queen Bed
Stayed 2 nights in December 2015

Friendly Staff but Lacks Transparency”

Location, Friendly Staff

3 rooms for 2 nights. All adults. Took advantage of the USD$10 voucher per room per day by declining housekeeping service for respective day. Rooms were listed as being same standard. There were differences in layout which added to the charm of hotel.We kept staff fully informed from point of check-in, that upon check-out, we would be seeking something in writing which shows what (if any) incidentals would be charged.We also advised them we would be seeking release of the USD$100 per room/per night security hold from our credit card upon their satisfaction at the time of check-out. The promised immediate release did not occur, despite verbal reassurances gained via the Front Desk staff from back of house Accounts staff. A now disputed additional charge has been made to our credit card since our departure. I had specifically allowed sufficient time when checking-out, for the confirmations to be obtained from housekeeping staff about the condition of the rooms/mini-bars. We also had left cash tips for the housekeeping staff, not because of any special or extra care, but because it is expected as a standard in USA. There was no routine final paperwork & I struggled to get any written acknowledgement that there were no incidental charges. I later heard that the mini-bar re-supply is handled through an external company. Someone has tried to state that we had used an item/s from one mini-bar. This is being contested through our credit card company & also by tel today (via internet telephone) to hotel front desk. The front desk employee was very professional & said she would be reversing the charge immediately. I do not make a habit of doing an inventory of the mini-bar upon check-in, but would advise future guests of doing so or at least taking photographs to assist with unauthorised charges.

Reviewed January 02, 2016
8.8
Excellent
Janine from Philippines
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

New favorite hotel!”

The location is perfect, right at Union Square besides Saks Fifth which made it easy to get to the shops around the area. The room was bigger than expected cause I know most rooms in SFO is a bit small. Would definitely stay again!

Reviewed February 24, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Tammy from United States
Family with teens
Historic 1 Queen Bed
Stayed 1 night in December 2016

Staff was nice”

Everyone at the hotel were very helpful.

Reviewed December 27, 2016
8.0
Excellent
Doug from United States
Couple
classic queen
Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

Fun Stay”

We stayed for the weekend. It was clean and all staff were helpful. It was a good value, but the Valet parking was $67 a night with included taxes. We ordered room service breakfast one day and it was only $10 more than the restaurant, which was nice. I would defiantly stay here again.

Reviewed August 25, 2016
7.3
Very good
Rachel from United States
Couple
Stayed 3 nights in April 2009

So so...”

Fantastic and extremely helpful service. Good location.
Noise and small old rooms.

We switched rooms twice due to noise. Large air conditioning generators located at the rear of the building mean a sensation of flying in a jumbo jet 24 hours a day. Also, the noise from union square coupled with old poorly insulated windows gave us the noisiest stay ever. Free wifi but if you don't bring your laptop expect to pay $6 for each 15 minutes of computer usage, outrageous! Will definitely stay at the Fairmont next time-bigger rooms and much more quiet location.

Reviewed April 28, 2009
8.8
Excellent
sherry from Philippines
Couple
Classic Two Double
Stayed 1 night in March 2019

Key location”

You have access to the fancy restaurants and convenience store (Walgreen) just across the street. The shops and BART are also in walking distance. It's quite noisy though being in the busy area of SF but thats the daily scene in SF anyway. Awesome interiors and exquisite architecture perfect for your IG stories. :)

Reviewed June 06, 2019
6.0
Joe from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Room
Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

Disappointed ”

Dark dingy room. Bed cushions dirty. Uncomfortable bed. Expensive in bar. Knocked up every morning by the maid. Could hear every conversation in next doors room so not much privacy. Staff in hotel are very nice but that’s about all I can say on a positive note. Asked for a large bed on a high floor. Ended up with 2 queens.

Reviewed June 06, 2019
7.0
Very good
david from United States
Couple
Classic King
Stayed 3 nights in November 2015

Ooh ooh what's that smell”

Concierge,Employees and the bed

We were on the 11th floor and we return to our room and a smell of waste or rotted old food wafted through the room and halls,they had a sign up asking to excuse there mess but it was not good...I was told it has been this way for awhile...so I asked about the situation and they moved us right away without me asking to be moved so they have some type of problem....FIX IT. The 3 Doorman are excellent!!

Reviewed November 28, 2015
9.3
Exceptional
arnaud from France
Couple
Classic King
Stayed 3 nights in October 2014

Central Touristic location”

Location, Location, Location

Very good stay. Very good service Centrally located for the night life, despite being 'far' (10 minutes by Taxi from Columbus street

Reviewed November 03, 2014
6.0
suezanne from Australia
Couple
Historic 1 Queen Bed
Stayed 2 nights in January 2016

great at first glance ”

location , bell boys

The bathroom was extremely small and we couldn't shower on the first day has we thought that we had no hot water. Unfortunately the tap said hot when that was cold side. No fridge or glasses in the room and $6 for a bottle of warm water is a bit rich. The location was great and not too far from anything. When entering and smelling wood fire got me really excited. Tge lobby was to chilky to sit and enjoy a drink though. Staff could be a little more attentive to the smaller details with a little less attitude.

Reviewed February 03, 2016
9.2
Exceptional
Brian from United States
Solo traveler
Historic 1 Queen Bed
Stayed 1 night in August 2016

Get better soap”

That's my only gripe. Citrus based soap was very harsh.

Reviewed August 09, 2016
8.4
Excellent
dewi from Indonesia
Business traveler
Historic 1 Queen Bed
Stayed 3 nights in January 2017

location is nice”

Overall OK. Location is the central of SF and staff is helpful

Reviewed April 19, 2017
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