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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

4-star4 stars
450 Powell StreetSan FranciscoCA94102United States of America
Historic hotel near San Francisco's Union Square
  • Free WiFi
Great location
Fantastic service
Room needs to be improved
More comfort would be nice
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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

from $148
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  • X- Renovated Deluxe Room with 2 Dbl
  • X-Renovate Petite Queen
  • X-Executive Kin
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  • k-Deluxe King Room
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  • xx-Deluxe Queen Room
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  • x-Petite Queen Room
  • X - Executive Room with 2 Dbl
  • XX - Executive Room with 1 King
  • k-Double Deluxe room
  • k-Towers-Level Queen
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  • xClassic Two Double
  • Classic King
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  • Classic Queen
  • Classic Two Double
  • Grand, One King Bed (Spacious)
  • Classic Two Queen
  • Deluxe, One Queen Bed, City View
  • Deluxe, One King Bed, City View
  • Classic King Room
  • Classic Two Double Beds Accessible
  • One King Bed, Non-Smoking, Accessible
  • One Queen Bed Non-Smoking Accessible
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  • Grand, One King Bed, Accessible (Spacious)
  • Classic, One Queen Bed, Accessible
  • Classic, One Queen Bed
  • Classic, Two Double Beds
  • Grand Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofabed (Sir Francis Drake)
  • Suite, 1 King Bed (Starlight)
  • Suite, Accessible (Sir Francis Drake)
  • Presidential Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed, City View
  • Room, 1 Queen Bed (Historic)
  • Room, 2 Double Beds, Accessible
  • Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, City View
  • Classic Room, 1 King Bed
  • Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible, Bathtub (Mobility)
  • Classic Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Classic Room, 2 Double Beds
  • Room, 1 Double Bed, Accessible (Roll-In Shower)
  • Grand Room, 1 King Bed
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds, City View
  • Classic Room, 2 Queen Beds
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About Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

Built in 1928 and renovated in September 2011, the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, California, is one of the city's most revered properties. Positioned on Union Square, this downtown hotel is located within 0.5 blocks of many fashionable shopping boutiques, nightclubs, and entertainment venues. The business district and Moscone Convention Center are within 0.5 mile (0.8 kilometer). Chinatown is 5 blocks away and the Opera House is 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from this hotel.

Hotel Features.
Doormen in full Beefeater regalia offer assistance at this landmark hotel, home to The Starlight Room, a famous 1930s-style nightclub featuring dancing, live entertainment, and a 180-degree view of downtown San Francisco. The hotel features Grand chandeliers and palettes of gold, purple, and red that welcome guests into the lobby area, complete with plush seating and paintings of Sir Francis Drake. Seared salmon fillets, paper-thin carpaccios and boeuf bourguignons are showcased at Scala's Bistro. The Starlight Room offers Sunday brunch with attitude, including a live drag show (reservations required). The property also features a Starbucks. A winding marble staircase leads to the mezzanine lounge, which overlooks Union Square and the cable cars below. The hotel hosts 16 meeting rooms, encompassing 16,000 square feet (1,486 square meters) of meeting space. Business travelers can take advantage of a 24-hour business center with WiFi and wired Internet (included in resort fee). Guests have access to the fully equipped fitness center (included in resort fee). ATM banking is available on site. Luggage storage is available. Childcare is available for a fee.

Accommodations at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel feature slim dressers; large, leaning mirrors; and jewel-tone colored fabrics. Windows frame downtown views and bathrooms contain eco-friendly Aveda toiletries and bathrobes. Rooms offer digital TVs, phones, and WiFi and wired Internet. Guests' pets receive welcome kits that includes toys, treats, and loaned dog beds.

The Kimpton Sir Francis Drake is a smoke-free property. Penalties apply for violations.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 416 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 21 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-2:00 AM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out

Required at check in

  • Credit card deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Up to 2 children (17 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • Babysitting/childcare *


  • Pets stay free


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms



  • Valet parking *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Taking the kids?
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge)
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Room service (during limited hours)
Things to do
  • Fitness facilities
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Nightclub
Working away
  • 24-hour business center
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms 16
  • Conference space size (feet) - 16,000
  • Conference space size (meters) - 1
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Limo or Town Car service available
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built 1928
  • Elevator/lift
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Bathrobes
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Down comforter
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 37-inch flat-screen TV
  • Pay movies
  • Premium TV channels
  • IPod docking station
  • Video-game console
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


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.

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco’s small print

Also known as

  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel
  • Sir Drake Hotel


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

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

Deposit: USD 100.00 per day

  • Resort fee: USD 29.11 per accommodation, per night

Resort fee inclusions:

  • Fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access (may be limited)
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls (may be limited)
  • Additional inclusions

Inclusions may be listed elsewhere on the page as free or for a surcharge.

Optional extras

Valet parking costs USD 59 per night with in/out privileges

Rollaway beds are available for USD 30.0 per night

Breakfast costs between USD 15 and USD 30 per person (approximately)

Babysitting/childcare is available for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Dragon's Gate (3-minute walk)
  • Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround (5-minute walk)
  • Grace Cathedral (5-minute walk)
  • Westfield San Francisco Centre (5-minute walk)
  • Golden Gate Theatre (8-minute walk)
  • Moscone Convention Center (8-minute walk)
  • Orpheum Theater (12-minute walk)
  • San Francisco City Hall (14-minute walk)
  • Ferry Building (14-minute walk)

Getting around

  • San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) 26-min drive
  • Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) 32-min drive
  • Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive) 32-min drive
  • Concord, CA (CCR-Buchanan Field) 37-min drive
  • Napa, CA (APC-Napa Valley) 52-min drive
  • San Francisco 4th and King Station 24-min walk
  • San Francisco 22nd Street Station 11-min drive
  • San Francisco Bayshore Station 14-min drive
  • Powell St. Station 6-min walk
  • Montgomery St. Station 8-min walk
  • Civic Center Station 16-min walk
  • Valet parking (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Good 7.8 From 903 reviews

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco
Room small uncomfortable
A Traveler, us2 night trip
Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco
Old style hotel in SFO
Great location. Street noise until late. Super annoying fees imposed at the end. Why not roll them into the room rate. And what exactly did I get for the extra fees added on at the end?
Dan, us4 night trip
Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco
The hotel had an additional $25 fee on top of the advertised price. Another unexplained $6 charge showed up on my credit card statement, and I found it hard to get in touch with them after my stay. They put us near the top floor. We could hear the club upstairs from our room.
A Traveler, us1 night trip
Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco
It was a great stay
Peter, us4 night trip
Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco
A little noisy and the elevator didn’t work too well during my stay.
Millie, us3 night trip

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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco

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