The Sir Francis Drake isn’t just a luxurious hotel, it’s a city landmark that’s as much beloved by the locals for its sweeping views and retro-swanky bars as it is by visitors for the royal treatment it offers. In operation since 1928, the Renaissance architecture, grand lobby, ornate chandeliers, swirling staircases, and British pomp and circumstance seem to pre-date the city itself. Upon arrival, the fully costumed Beefeater doormen will help you with your bags, setting the tone for the type of service you can expect at this regal hotel. As with most vintage hotels, the rooms are small and well-loved, but they’re also filled with rich wood furnishings, and the striped wallpaper gives them a plush, European feel. Ask for a higher floor for the best views and quieter rooms. Even if you don’t stay here, the hotel is still worth a visit. Pop in for a drink and gorgeous city views from The Starlight Room on the 21st floor. The Starlight’s totally awesome “Sunday’s a Drag Brunch,” where drag queens perform while you sip mimosas and nibble on omelets, is also a classic San Francisco experience worth looking into.
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Sir Francis Drake
450 Powell St (at Sutter St)
Our Rating Neighborhood Union Square Transportation Cable car: Powell–Hyde or Powell–Mason line (direct stop) Phone 415/392-7755 Prices $205–$400 double. $400–$1200 suite. Valet parking $59 Amenities 2 restaurants; bar; concierge; fitness center; room service; and free Wi-Fi Units 416 units URL http://www.booking.com/hotel/us/sir-francis-drake.html?aid=1254987&label=frommers-hotelpage-deeplink Web site Sir Francis Drake Other Pets welcome. Room rates include evening social hour in the lobby.