4* Kimpton Sir Franis Drake - San Francisco

from £999.00

Be dazzled by vintage glamour from the moment the iconic Beefeater doorman welcomes you to this authentic San Francisco icon in the heart of the city. The grande dame of San Francisco boutique hotels is Kimpton’s Iconic Union Square Boutique Hotel the Sir Francis Drake.

From the moment the red-suited Beefeater doorman whisks you into the ornate lobby, it’s clear: you’ve arrived at a San Francisco icon. Thanks to sweeping renovations carried out in 2019, you’ll notice this historic hotel effortlessly fuses traditional with timeless. The grand staircases, gilded ceilings, sleek marble walls, and crystal chandeliers evoke an old-world charm you won’t find anywhere else, while thoughtfully updated furnishings in the lobby as well as the guest rooms and suites showcase how modern comforts fit beautifully within this classical setting.

Opened in 1928 on the corner of Sutter and Powell at Union Square the hotel puts you in an epicenter of activity and San Francisco’s coveted shopping core. The park, once a hotbed of protests and rallies, boasts a rich and interesting history and the plaza—nestled between Geary and Post, and Powell and Stockton—proves an ideal place for ogling public art and watching the world whiz by.

Settle onto a bench, or get your retail fix at high-end shops found around the perimeter of the square. At the TIX Booth discount tickets to countless arts and cultural events around town. A subway and the Powell Street cable car are steps from this eco-friendly hotel.

For two decades, Scala’s Bistro has won over the discerning palates of locals and visitors alike with rustic Italian cuisine presented on a chef-driven seasonal menu. In a city known for its sizzling restaurant scene, it’s a source of genuine pride that Scala’s Bistro continues to be a go-to venue for savvy diners seeking to be dazzled with specialties like butternut squash gnocchi and Gorgonzola + pear pizzetta, each authentically interpreted with market-fresh ingredients.

Inspired by Queen Elizabeth I's (alleged) dalliance with the legendary corsair Sir Francis Drake, Lizzie's Starlight is a place to strip away the pomp and petticoats and simply be. The space itself is nearly mythical: Opened in 1928 and rising 21 stories above Union Square, the original Starlight Room bore witness to almost a century of San Francisco's history, and graduated many of today's most sought-after bartenders. Visit Lizzie’s Starlight and you’ll find decadent small plates and eclectic cocktails inspired by the globe-trotting adventures of Sir Francis Drake, an ever-changing cast of world-class DJs, and spectacular views of San Francisco.

The state-of-the-art fitness centre is the perfect solution to keeping fit and fabulous while you’re endlessly tempted in the foodie fantasy that is San Francisco. From serious cardio sessions to strength training and yoga workouts, they have you covered with the latest Precor machines, free weights, and fitness gear like yoga mats.

Travel can take it out of you, no doubt, even when you’re staying at a vaunted venue like Kimpton Sir Francis Drake. The in-room Spa treatments provided by Relax and Rejuvenate with treatments like facial, shiatsu massage or other pampering treatment will come as a welcome relaxation.

The hotel also offers little extras such as a hosted evening social hour, 5-6pm daily, Complimentary morning coffee and tea service and Custom-designed Kimpton PUBLIC bikes for riding around town.

City chic meets classic refinement in the distinctive rooms, recently transformed as part of hotel-wide renovations in 2019. With eye-catching furnishings, bold colours, plush fabrics, and stunning downtown views, the scene is set for a memorable stay. With the latest technology, your visit can be as restful — or productive — as you need it to be. But with the buzz of the city beckoning at the doorstep, you’ll want to get right out and be part of it. The rooms come with all the mod cons plus extras like a fully stocked honor bar with gourmet and organic options and Luxury Atelier Bloem bath amenities Italian Frette bathrobes and linens.

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