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Sir Francis Drake Hotel (K)nighted Again | AD Roadtrip

Sir Francis Drake Hotel (K)nighted Again

Posted: August 28th, 2009 | Author: jason | Filed under: General Info |

I will admit from the outset, that I had mixed expectations of how our stay in San Francisco at The Sir Francis Drake Hotel would ultimately result. We knew going in, that the service would be very high, and the quality of the hotel and room would also be great, but we were concerned how the experience would go for our large, young family.

I’ll get back to that in a minute… let’s talk about the hotel for a minute first.

Location: I think first time visitors and veteran travelers to San Francisco will appreciate the The Drake Hotel’s location right away. Set one block from Union Square, it is the perfect location for shopping, dining and sight seeing. Walk in any direction from The Drake for 5 minutes and you will be surrounded by the most popular retail names, amazing local restaurants, and gobble up some of the Pacific Coast’s most notable historic landmarks.

Accommodations: Our room was without question very comfortable. Beds and bedding, and linens were pristine. The room decor was tasteful in a 19th century classy, throwback kind of way. Very clean, of course, with many great original hardwood accents trimmed with modern touches to complete the room.

Kicking back in style.

Kicking back in style.

Service: There is nothing specific to say about the service, in general, it was very good. We even got a little extra care, that was not expected, when we needed to leave the room early for the day before checkout. The bellman took all of our bags (6 total travelers, I remind you) to the bellman’s closet in secure safe keeping for the day, as a complimentary service.

When we arrived to pick up our belongings and vehicle, we were greeted with the same smile as when we left earlier that day. Nice!

Famous Threads: You can’t miss one of San Francisco’s most photographed icons when staying at The Drake Hotel, because he is the first to greet your entrance and exit - the famous, and the most photographed person in San Francisco, Beefeater doorman, Tom Sweeney. Tom was a great guy, and during our brief conversation, he revealed he was in his 33rd year of service at The Drake - unreal. You know they must be doing something right.

Tom Sweeney and his famous threads.

Tom Sweeney and his famous threads.

Amenities: Walking in off the cool, busy street into the warm, ornately classic lobby and main floor was always a treat… especially for the kids. Chandeliers, handrails and eclectic wall art intrigued and entertained them with each visit (and no dirty looks from staff or patrons for the elevated volume we naturally carried into the space - it’s kind of like they expected it in the city.) Refreshing.

Wonderfully classic lobby.

The wonderfully classic lobby.

Generally speaking, our stay at The Drake Hotel was great, but what made our time in the hotel even better was the extra care the staff demonstrated toward our young children - giving them the extra leeway to jump steps, stomp feet and quibble over turns to push the elevator buttons. They were never out of control, of course, but kids will be kids.

If you are considering a visit to San Francisco, and want to be close to all the Bay city action, then don’t look past The Drake. Large family or small, it is perfect fit for a quick weekend stay or a longer family vacation alike. Give it a look (http://www.sirfrancisdrake.com)… you’ll be glad you did.

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