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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

450 Powell Street Union Square | San Francisco, CA 94102-1504  [SEE MAP]San Francisco, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Stylish rooms and popular on-site restaurant and bar
Rooms are small (start at 135 square feet)
Exceptional service defines San Francisco's Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, ideally located near Union Square. From the front desk employees to the doormen, recent guests say 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 brand 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.
San Francisco, CA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 416 rooms
Primary View
City center
Modern, Historic



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews



In operation since 1928, the Renaissance architecture, grand lobby, ornate chandeliers, swirling staircases and British pomp and circumstance seems to pre-date San Francisco.

Frommer's Very 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 (each features a work space).

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 64 have reviewed the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 64 reviews 4.0 (based on 64 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The Kimpton Sir Francis Drake's guest rooms blend contemporary and historical touches with jewel tones and two-poster beds with ornate headboards. Modern amenities include flat-screen TVs, iHome docking stations and individual climate controls. Rooms also 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 size135 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

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


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 restaurants2

Cuisine TypesItalian, American, French

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


The Kimpton Sir Francis Drake offers cribs and adjoining rooms, as well as the brand's Kimpton Kids Program, which features perks like kids animal print bathrobes, welcome amenities, child safety kits and pet goldfish for guest rooms.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs


    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)


    The Kimpton 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 rooms11

    • 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 Kimpton 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 capacity350

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

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