On being a tourist in San Francisco
I’ve lived in northern California my entire life, from San Francisco’s posh Pacific Heights neighborhood as a foot loose and fancy free college graduate, to a married woman with children living in the East Bay. Sometimes it is fun to play tourist in your own city. And what better place than camped out on San Francisco’s Union Square at the recently renovated Sir Francis Drake. This Kimpton hotel dates back to 1928, but with the newly designed guestrooms, an update in the historic lobby and a glam debut of Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, the new Sir Francis Drake is hip.
Sir Francis Drake doormen welcome guests with style
When you arrive at the Sir Francis Drake, get your picture taken with Head Doorman Tom Sweeney. You’ll recognize the doormen wearing the swanky $3,000 Beefeater uniforms. But the doormen aren’t the only fashionistas. Grab your credit card and shop your way through Union Square, steps from your hotel. With stores like Macy’s, Gump’s and Barney’s, you’ll find plenty of shopping opportunities. Then drop your stash and head upstairs to the Starlight Room for cocktails.
Pet-friendly Sir Francis Drake
It’s true, you may bring Fido with you to the Sir Francis Drake. With the Sir Francis Drake “Sit and Stay” package your pet is welcome at no extra charge. The deluxe room package comes with a doggy bed, doggy bowl, treats and a chew toy, as well as a guide to San Francisco dog-friendly restaurants and parks. Woof!
Sir Francis Drake King Deluxe Room
As a former San Francisco resident, I’m the first to admit that the city can be noisy with its share of police and fire engine sirens and the occasional Occupy San Francisco protest. If you are a light sleeper, you’ll do better to request a room at the Sir Francis Drake within the inner side of the hotel. The 05 series, as these rooms are referred to on each floor, are your best bet for a good night sleep. My king deluxe room, #1405, rents from $139-$389 per night, depending on what’s taking place in the city. The room had two large windows offering plenty of natural light for working at your desk, as well as plenty of electrical outlets. Don’t forget to sign up for the Kimpton In Touch guest appreciation program; it’s free and includes perks such a complimentary internet and the use of the snazzy Zebra stripped robe shown above.
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- Complimentary WiFi and high-speed Internet access, with Kimpton InTouch membership
- Cable television programming with on demand movie and video games
- Terrycloth leopard or zebra print bathrobes upon request
- Iron, ironing board, and hairdryer
- “Forgot It? We’ve Got It” essential travel items
- Phones with voice mail modem hook-ups
- In-Room Dining by Scala’s Bistro
- Fax, copy and delivery services
- Business Center
- Laptop-sized in-room safety deposit boxes
- “Mind. Body. Spa” in-room spa treatments
- Yoga TV channel and complimentary yoga accessories for use during your stay
- Pet-friendly amenities
- Go Green, Get Green! Get a $10 voucher to use at Scala’s Bistro, Bar Drake, or Harry Denton’s Starlight Room with our Choose to Conserve program. Simply opt out of housekeeping service for one or more of your stay dates.
- Week night happy hour in Harry Denton’s Starlight Room
If You Go:
Sir Francis Drake (415) 392-7755
450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Article written by and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California.
I was a guest of Sir Francis Drake.