We spent one very lovely evening at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Union Square in between visiting family up and down California. The room is very stylishly appointed with great beds, pillows, and linens. The only down side for room amenities was
there was no coffee maker or mini-refrigerator in the room. The other disappointment was that the Starlight room is closed on Sunday nights so we were not able to enjoy any time there. We were looking forward to having a cocktail there and taking in the view. Oh well, on another stay. Otherwise it was a really nice holiday splurge to stay here the one night. Got a good price for the one night. Additionally, valet parking including tax was $57 per night. That seems steep even for San Francisco and I live in Manhattan. The staff at the hotel are all super friendly and helpful.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Short walk from hotel
Would definitely recommend Piazza Pelligrini in the North Beach neighborhood for a good Italian meal (about a mile walk from Union Square). It's on the corner of Washington Square on Columbus and Green I think. Very fun and charming wait staff and great food and lots of it for the price.
Overall experience was wonderful. The staff were friendly and the room was clean. However, it was very small and I could hear the street noise. I loved the environment and would stay at this location another time.
I have been staying at the Sir Francis Drake since my honeymoon in 1975. The hotel has a great location and the staff is very friendly. The rooms are a little small. The bathroom required closing the door to use the commode. Missed having a coffee
pot in the room but there was a Starbucks in the hotel. Their new conservation program paid for my room service bill.
SIR FRANCIS DRAKE IS THE PERFECT BLEND OF CLASSIC GRANDEUR AND HIP MODERN DAY STYLE. WISH THEY HAD MORE THAN EXCLUSIVELY LOCAL BEERS--ALTHOUGH THEY'RE FUN TO TRY, SOMETIMES IT'S NICE TO GET WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.