Sir Francis Drake, A Kimpton Hotel

450 Powell Street | San Francisco, CA 94102 [See Map]
#24 in Best San Francisco Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1956 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 416 rooms, 21 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Traditional, Historic
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples, Solo travelers
AMENITIES Room Service, Internet Access, Business Center See all amenities

U.S. News Review

Exceptional service defines San Francisco's Sir Francis Drake Hotel, ideally located near Union Square. From the front desk employees to the doormen, the staff consistently impresses visitors with its friendly and professional manner. And the physical structure, particularly the lobby with its gilded ceilings, achieves a regal atmosphere that guests relish. Scala's Bistro and Bar Drake also make sure that visitors want for nothing, providing gourmet treats (made from seasonal, local ingredients) and drinks. Recent travelers claim that their fairytale stays at this Kimpton hotel were only disrupted by noise (coming from the outside surrounding area) and the somewhat small room size. But even despite the somewhat cramped conditions, most travelers found the accommodations to be visually appealing — with rich jewel tones and retro furnishings — and the in-room amenities, such as flat-screen TVs and iHome stereo systems, to be convenient. The hotel also provides high-speed Internet, which Kimpton Karma loyalty club members can access for free.

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Critic Reviews


“In operation since 1928, the Renaissance architecture, grand lobby, ornate chandeliers, swirling staircases and British pomp and circumstance seem to pre-date San Francisco.”
Award: Frommer's Highly Recommended


“The hotel is one of the oldest in the area and takes pride in its history, but the property nonetheless feels modern with its clean, quiet, and comfortable guest rooms.”

Other Awards:
  • Lonely Planet Recommended



  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

The Sir Francis Drake enjoys a prime location in the heart of Union Square, near a variety of shopping and dining opportunities. It's just steps from world-famous stores and is within walking distance of the Financial District and the Moscone Convention Center.

  • Powell Street cable car stop across the street from hotel
  • About 15 miles north of San Francisco Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($59 to $64)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

The Drake's guest rooms blend contemporary and historic with jewel tones and two-poster beds with ornate headboards. Modern amenities include flat-screen TVs, iHome docking stations and individual climate controls and rooms have views of Nob Hill, downtown or Union Square.

  • Yoga mats in each room are in keeping with Kimpton's commitment to guests' well-being
  • Wi-Fi is $12.95 per day; free for Kimpton Karma rewards members

Standard room size:

175 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


Scala's Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving French- and Italian-inspired dishes made from seasonal ingredients. For a more fine dining experience, the Starlight Room boasts 360-degree views of the San Francisco skyline and hosts private events as well as a popular Sunday Drag Brunch.

  • The hotel hosts a complimentary wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m. daily
  • Bar Drake reflects an old-fashioned speakeasy with signature cocktails
  • Room service available from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast



The hotel does not have an on-site spa but does offer in-room spa services. The spa services, which include massages and body wraps, use Kerstin Florian organic products and the products are available for purchase.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



The 24-hour fitness center features cardio machines and weight-training equipment as well as free weights, medicine balls and yoga mats.

  • Complimentary towels and water
  • Yoga mats are provided in every guest room

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Sir Francis Drake offers on-site planners and is home to a variety of flexible meeting spaces.

  • Groups save up to 30 percent on room blocks
  • The popular Starlight Room with city views can be reserved for private events
  • Multimedia and audiovisual equipment available

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Kimpton as a brand is very pet friendly and this hotel is no exception. There are no weight restrictions and no extra charges for bringing a pet to the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

  • Pet beds, bowls, treats and toys provided

  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



The Sir Francis Drake has a total of 16,000 square feet of space with 11 unique rooms to stage a variety of wedding events. The hotel employs a wedding specialist who was married at the hotel herself.

  • Catering is under the direction of executive chef of Scala's Bistro
  • Weddings can be held in the exclusive Starlight Room

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Sir Francis Drake, A Kimpton Hotel

450 Powell Street | San Francisco, CA 94102 [See Full Map]