4.1 out of 5

"An old hotel that is in excellect condition. The staff is superb. Couldn't ask for a better location near Union Square. " More

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Hotel Description

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel puts you in the heart of San Francisco, within just a 10-minute stroll of Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround and Westfield San Francisco Centre. Highlights at this hotel include 2 bars/lounges, a restaurant, and a nightclub.

All 416 rooms feature flat-screen TVs with digital channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, free wired Internet, and iPod docks. Minibars provide refreshments, and room service makes dining in an option. Down comforters welcome you to a good night's rest, and other nice touches include bathrobes and designer toiletries. In-room childcare, video-game consoles, and in-room massages are also available.

This business-friendly hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, and has concierge services. Additionally, you'll find a 24-hour business center and a coffee shop/café. Cooked-to-order breakfast is available. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Places within a 15-minute walk of this 4-star Downtown San Francisco hotel include Golden Gate Theatre and Grace Cathedral.

Historic Queen

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$136 per night

Deluxe, Two Queen Beds, City View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Classic King

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Classic Queen

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Classic Two Double

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Grand, One King Bed (Spacious)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel ratings based on 67 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.1 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

A visit back in time

An old hotel that is in excellect condition. The staff is superb. Couldn't ask for a better location near Union Square.

Posted by , from S on Mar 22, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 30, 2017 by David

Sam and Helen, thank you so so much!! We cannot wait for you to come back!

4 out of 5

You need to communicate with the hotel.

The hotel was fine but I had a major problem with billing. The hotel wasnt notified that I had prepayed with you and tried to double bill me. I've had this happen before and luckily I caught it in time. Apparently you didnt notify them that I had booked the room through you so they originally charged me for the room and parking even though I had no car in the city.

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016

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Apr 27, 2016 by David

Thank you for this, I will review with our contact at Travelocity to ensure this does not happen again.

5 out of 5

Excellent location

We had a great stay here. Location was truly excellent - very central to lots of the wonderful neighbourhoods of San Francisco. Hotel was lovely and clean. Doormen provided excellent service. Only downside was a bit of poor service from front desk and valet (eg. rang for extra pillows which never came, rang to ask a question and phone rang out without being answered, waited at valet desk for 5 minutes without being attended too). Wouldn't stop me staying there again though as everything else was great.

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 14, 2016 by David

Thank you so much for your review! I am sorry to hear there were some issues, which we will work on, but I look forward to your next visit! Thanks again!

4 out of 5

Location was very convenient near union square,

Pros: The decor was excellent I enjoy looking at the lobby .
Cons: Not really, I usually don't spend too much time in the hotels, the most important is to have a nice bed to come and relax.
Location: Location was excellent. near shopping stores, a lot of things to do Union Square, etc.
We had a good experience, rooms were a little bit small, but I like the hotel theme

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015

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5 out of 5

5th Annual Family Christmas Eve Eve Stay.

Pros: We know we will get a clean room and friendly staff.
Cons: Not a thing ...Please : D
Location: Starbucks at the corner, Sears across the street and Scala is great for breakfast. We used our discount cards for not requiring a room cleaning.
Our family has adopted the Sir Francis Drake as our annual "Family Christmas Eve Eve" Location. We not only value the staff and the hospitality. The bartender was brilliant and the Beef Eaters always make it a special stay. Thank you on behalf of three generations!!! We will be back again next year. Thank you very much for all the special memories. Kim

Posted by , from Woodside Ca on Dec 25, 2015

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4 out of 5

Perfect location to enjoy SF. Older hotel but nice

Pros: Close to attractions (Union Square, Chinatown, Cable Cars).
Cons: The rooms have been updated a bit but not completely. The tub, windows and closets show age but the bedding, furniture and vanity were modern.
Location: Fantastic spot. Close to many points of interest.
The hotel is older but is perfectly located. It's a half of a block away from Union Square but a much cheaper alternative to neighboring hotels. The bellman (LaBan Wade) was extremely helpful and courteous. The cable car stops right out front and you can easily be off to explore the city. I would stay there again.

Posted by , from West Chester, PA on Dec 23, 2015

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3 out of 5

Convenient, central location!

Pros: Central location.
Cons: Pillows!
Location: Union Square, shopping, restaurants, cable car out the front door. A walk to China town, South of Market, North Beach, theaters. Tranisr elsewhere.
Beautiful hotel in heart of the city. Staff were couteous, friendly and helpful. Standard queen room was comfortable but small. Bathromm had very litle space to spread out, which was a minus for my wife. Bed pillows were not comfortable at all. Parking is the cost of some motels I've stayed in! :-) Overall would stay here again only for the convenience to the City.

Posted by , from Sacramento, Ca on Sep 7, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 8, 2015 by jim

Dear Tim, Thank you for staying with us. We are a 1928 historic beautiful and our location is superb. Hopefully you got to explore this city. Please know that our parking is owned and managed by a 3rd party who also operates at several other hotels in the same area. Our walk-score is almost perfect so you wouldn't feel inconvenient leaving your car home. We hope to see you soon! Jim Gross, General Manager

5 out of 5

Great place

Hotel is convenient to everything in San Francisco.

Posted by , from NC on Mar 25, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 30, 2015 by jim

Dear traveler, Thanks for your comment and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed our location! Indeed, it is very convenient! Hope to see you soon. Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager

5 out of 5

Romantic Valentine's Day getaway in San Fran!

Pros: Location, decor, charm, colors
Cons: A little more upkeep with pieces that needed to be fixed, especially in bathroom.
Location: Anything and everything. Lori's classic diner across street-very cute and cheapest meal for the quantity of food given during our whole trip.
This was the first trip to San Fran for my boyfriend and I. I found a great deal thanks to Travelocity's package deal including r/t airfare and 2 nights stay in this landmark 4 star classic vintage hotel. Sir Francis Drake was very stunning, inside and out. The beefeaters outside are very nostalgic and European feeling. While the room itself was quite small, bed right in front of a mirror (a bit awkward) and a small desk and chair, with no view other than windows of another building across street, it was still nicely appointed, decorated to fit the style of the hotel and very luxurious feeling. Bathroom vanity showed some wear and tear, missing some hardware on the front and pieces broken off, but I found this to play into the charm of this 1920's vintage hotel. Very grand entrance lobby with pianos and huge double sided staircase. Didn't get to check out famous Starlight room lounge but heard it was pretty! Excellent location close to public transport and main hot spots for city center. Overall, a GREAT hotel and very romantic weekend in San Fran. I have recommended this hotel to others and plan to go again someday!

Posted by , from Portland, OR on Mar 24, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 31, 2015 by jim

Dear PortlandBella, I couldn't be happier that you and your BF had a great stay! Our theme offers that old-world charm you often find in many hotels in European countries and glad that you have a set of eyes to appreciate that! We are indeed a 1928 historic building and we try out best to maintain the look of the 20's era. Thank you for your 5-star review and hope you'll visit us soon. Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager

5 out of 5

Loved being so close to the city center!

Upscale and worth it! They had all the great stuff for my pooch, too!

Posted by , from san francisco on Mar 23, 2015

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Mar 31, 2015 by jim

Dear nicole, We love your 4-legged friend as much as our guests! Thanks for staying with us and hope you and your pooch will return soon. Cheers, Jim Gross, General Manager

About the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Location 450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. Business amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and meeting rooms. WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. Event space at this hotel measures 16,000 square feet (1 square meters) and includes conference space. A nightclub, a fitness center, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the business-friendly Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel. For a fee, parking is available. This 4-star San Francisco hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 416 guestrooms or units
  • 21 levels
  • 2 bars or lounges
  • 16 conference rooms
  • 16,000 sq ft of conference space
  • 1 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1928
  • Dining venue
  • Nightclub
  • Coffee shop
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) (23.2 km / 14.4 mi)
  • Train station: San Francisco 4th and King Station (2 km / 1.2 mi)
  • Metro station: Powell St. Station (0.6 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel offers 416 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and minibars. Beds feature down comforters. 37-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium digital channels, video-game consoles, and pay movies. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, laptop-compatible safes, and phones. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Minibar
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Gaming console
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast for a fee.

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel has a restaurant on site.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.


On Sunday's, the hotel's The Starlight Room offers a classic brunch with attitude. Brunch features Sunday's a Drag, a live show starring Donna Sachet. Reservations are required.

Nearby Activities

The hotel is five blocks from Yerba Buena Gardens, location of expansive public gardens, a children's playground, a year-round ice-skating rink, and an antique carousel. Three of San Francisco's public-play golf courses are nearby: Presidio Golf Club (four miles); Harding Park (six miles); and the Lincoln Park Golf Course (six miles). The waterfront Embarcadero, one mile from the hotel, is popular for jogging. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby

Spa Services

Relax and rejuvenate with eco-friendly spa services offered directly in the guest rooms of the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel. The customized treatment menu incorporates wild-crafted, natural, and organic ingredients, all devoted to working in harmony with the environment while nourishing your skin and senses. Enjoy a rejuvenating massage, luxurious body treatment, or soothing facial in the privacy of your guestroom.

  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 2:00 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 30 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets are welcome and stay free


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Group bookings of 5 or more rooms cannot be accommodated via this website.

  • Pets allowed (no fees)


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 100.00 per day
  • Resort fee: USD 25.62 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Additional inclusions

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 15 and USD 30 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 59 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 30 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Up to 2 children 17 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.


Facility Fee Inclusions

Book a stay in any room or rate category and receive the following benefits included in the facility fee: USD 10 credit in the hotel restaurant, free WiFi, local calls, in-room yoga mat, hosted wine hour, morning coffee/tea service in the lobby, use of bicycles, use of business center and fitness center, newspapers, and a 10-20% discount in the retail stores (Uomo's clothing and Orogold cosmetics and skin care).

Full details provided at check-in. The facility fee of USD 22 plus tax is collected at the property. Taxes and gratuity may not be included. No refunds for any unused portion of offer. Offer subject to availability. Offer is not valid with groups/conventions and may not be combined with other promotional offers. Other restrictions and blackout dates may apply.