The Sir Francis Drake Hotel is an older establishment that is buried deep in San Francisco tradition going back to 1928 when it first opened. The hotel at the time was the first fancy hotel to open in San Francisco since the 1906 (built for a pricey sum at the time of $5 million dollars) earthquake and is named after an English Explorer of the 1500s that sailed the Pacific. Although the hotel enjoys historic significance, all of its rooms have recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation.
Located on Powell Street just above Union Square, the Sir Francis Drake has one of the grandest and plush lobbies of all the hotels in San Francisco. Visitors and guests to the hotel are greeted at the front door by an old fashioned “Beef Eater” men (Doorman dressed to the nines in red complete with fancy designer hats) ready to assist with luggage or any other traveler need. The hotel is located right on the Powell/Hyde and Powell/Mason cable car lines that add to its charm as the cable cars whiz by with their constant ding dings. The Sir Francis Drake is walking distance (about 10 minutes) to Union Square, China Town, North Beach and Nob Hill. Locals refer to the hotel as “The Drake”.
The Sir Francis Drake offers a variety of room configurations that range from rooms designed after the original floor plan when first opened ranging all the way to grand 750 square foot suites. Many of the rooms (Mostly in the Deluxe and Grand class) offer spectacular views of San Francisco, Union Square and the bay. The original rooms are labeled the “Historic” rooms and are small enough that they are advertised to be single occupancy only. Classic is the next size up with two Queens or one King followed by Deluxe and Grand. The hotel also has a Presidential Suite that is over 1,000 square feet and includes living room, separate bath and wet bar.
All of the rooms at the Sir Francis Drake feature 37 inch flat LCD televisions, (historic and classic rooms are 32 inch) full length mirrors, internet access, climate control and ergonomic setups at work desks for ideal comfort for those in their room on business.
On the rooftop level of the hotel is the Harry Denton’s Starlight room. A thriving lounge that comes to life when the sun goes down, this full floor bar has a dance floor that attracts a lot of the locals looking to have a cocktail and unwind. As being on the top floor, Harry Denton’s Starlight room gives guests spectacular 360 views of San Francisco, the bay and Union Square below. In addition to the Starlight Room the hotel is also home to several other restaurants.
Visitors to San Francisco not looking to spend too much time in either Union Square or the financial district or who plan visit to Fisherman’s Wharf will find the hotel to be a little out of the way. Access to Fisherman’s Wharf can be obtained by hopping a passing cable car out front (although they are full 90% of the time) or by boarding a tour bus in Union Square. Otherwise its about a 30-45 minute walk.
One of San Francisco's older hotels-dating back to 1928 this hotel gets rave reviews from past guests. Steps to Union Square and right on the Cable Car line.