by Whitney Rife
Sir Francis Drake is not your typical upscale hotel. Though it presents grand architecture and elegant design, it has an air of nonchalance. It rooms are colorful and modern, complete with adult- and child-sized luxurious terrycloth robes, video games and pet-friendly amenities. Cribs are available free of charge upon request. Also, kids under 17 stay for free when staying with parents. Kimpton Kids is a program that provides accessories and activities for kids of all ages. Babies are covered with cribs, playards, booster seats and safety kits for the room. Kids receive a special welcome gift upon arrival and comment cards at the end of their stay. Parents are given a list of nearby attractions that are perfect for kids, such as the Yerba Buena Gardens or the Exploratorium. Parents can take a night off with Sir Francis’s onsite babysitting service. Scala’s Bistro is a chic Italian eatery run by recent “Top Chef” contestant, Jen Biesty.
Our Editor Loves
- Kimpton Kids program
- Elegant architecture
- Nearby family-friendly attractions
- Onsite Dining
by Nancy K
Front Desk was the rudest I have ever experienced in 20 years of business travel. One person beginning with an M was simply rude and dismissive. Was doing a meeting in the hotel and this person told me there was "no conference services in the hotel".
Hotel Audiovisual very very good service. Conference Services also such a help.
Sleeping room small, terrible view (or view of a building shaft), small bathroom, very clean.
The room was small hard to store luggage and personal belongings, the bathroom even smaller. No coffee machine in room, no free water (4$). Noisy AC. First two nights, two fire alarms. Announcements could not be heard in room.
Windows don’t open and do not keep out the noise from the street.
The only positives: bed was good and cleaning staff very nice.
Truly an old place, but old also like in not contemporary re equipment and service.