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Over Sir Francis Drake
Het Sir Francis Drake hotel, uit de Kimpton-groep, maakt deel uit van de geschiedenis van San Francisco. Dit is te zien aan de door de renaissance beïnvloede architectuur van het gebouw. Vanaf de 21ste verdieping heeft u een fantastisch uitzicht op downtown San Francisco. Shoppers kunnen hun geluk niet op in de nabijgelegen winkels, galerieën en restaurants. Het Sir Francis Drake hotel biedt iedere avond een gratis 'wine hour', waar u als gast van harte welkom bent. Net als de rest van het hotel zijn de kamers zeer sfeervol ingericht in dezelfde door de renaissance beïnvloede sfeer met een beetje van de moderne stijl van San Francisco. De kamers zijn voorzien van de nieuwste technologieën, luxes en gratis WiFi.
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Beschikbare kamer bij boeking. Alle kamers zijn voorzien van LCD televisie, telefoon, cd/dvd-speler, internet, koffiezetfaciliteiten, kluisje, strijkplank en -ijzer, föhn, badjassen en een compleet ingerichte badkamer
Sir Francis Drake hotel is gelegen in het centrum van San Francisco, nabij Union Square.
• s' Avonds wijn receptie in de lobby
• s' Ochtends thee en koffie in de lobby
• Parkeergelegenheid (tegen betaling)
De 'Golden Gate City' is een fascinerende stad met een multicultureel karakter. San Francisco wordt door velen gezien als de mooiste stad van Amerika. Bij de haven wordt het geluid van de meeuwen overstemd door misthoorns en cable cars. Bovendien een spraakverwarring in het Italiaans, Spaans en Chinees. Uit de keukens aan de Pier komen de heerlijkste geuren naar buiten en een stadsrondrit laat u kennismaken met de vele bezienswaardigheden.
Bezoek de unieke Fisherman's Wharf, zie de Golden Gate Bridge en Alcatraz, de gevangenis met het mooiste uitzicht ter wereld. Maak ook een excursie buiten de stad naar Muir Woods, Napa Valley of Monterey.
LOCATION: About as Central of a location as you can get in downtown San Francisco. Chinatown is within walking distance. Fisherman's Wharf is about 8 minutes via Uber or you can take the trolley. The location is about 25 minutes from the airport assuming that there is not any traffic. ROOMS: The rooms are very nice with upscale decor. Despite being on a higher floor the outside street noise a little louder than expected. THE HOTEL: Upscale 4 star property. Very busy lobby area. There's a very nice lounge on the 21st floor with great city views. PARKING: Very expensive, 60 dollars a night. BTW: You can stay in the nearby Marina District and have free parking at the numerous Motor Inns. I recommend the Marina Motel. FOOD: There are quite a few restaurants within walking distance. For great Italian, i recommend Cesarios (one block from the hotel). Make a reservation on Open Table as it is a quaint restaurant with only a few tables.
This should be a great experience - an historic hotel, excellently situated just off Union Square. The expectations fall a bit flat when confronted with the reality. This is not a luxury hotel. The room I stayed in was a reasonable size, with a comfortable bed, but the bathroom was very small with nowhere to house one's essential toiletries. The Hotel is in need of a refurbishment, the communal areas are very tired. Don't sit and try and enjoy a drink in the bar area unless you enjoy a periodic draft of cold air from the automatic doors that open directly onto the street. The elevators are woeful. The wait can be extremely long (tens of minutes) and it's clear that they are sure to try the patience on even the most tolerant person. For the cost of the room, I'd advise a more modern hotel with better infrastructure and amenities even if it means a sacrifice on location.
"Lot's of Good. Some . . . maybe not as good"
The Kimpton Sir Francis Drake is in a classic structure from the late 1920s. That is both good and bad as it has some great features from 90 years ago, but also some drawbacks from the earlier part of the last century. We're fans of the Kimpton hotels due to their hospitality (including the free wine socials at 5:00), funky decor, pet-friendly policies, style, and touches like yoga mats etc. Many of their locations seem to be renovated mid-Century structures, but this one seems a little older. They have a valet dressed like a beefeater outside, so the hotel is kind of hard to miss. Inside, the lobby has a lot of marble and high ceilings, which is kind of neat. it also has a mix of furniture that seems to be a 20th century interpretation on 17th century decor if that makes sense. The hotel is maybe a 30-second walk from Union Square. If you want to shop or go downtown in San Francisco, the location is excellent. There are lots of very nice restaurants in the area, including the one at the hotel itself. The cablecars run directly outside and Chinatown is less than 5 minutes away. The staff was uniformly nice and helpful. My room was very much on the small side, consistent with a hotel built during the Hoover administration. My view was also not that great - basically of the Marriott directly across the street. The bathroom similarly was small, but had upmarket amenities. The room either had old world charm or was in a little need of refreshing, depending on your point of view. I slept well. You get free Wi-fi if you're a Kimpton member. I think that's OK because it's easy to join (just give them your email address) and they don't spam you to death (or really much at all). I've stayed at maybe a dozen Kimpton hotels, and maybe it was a quirk of my room, but the internet access seemed a little slow in the evening. Before I forget, history buffs may remember Francis Drake as the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. What you didn't learn in history class was Drake was little more than a pirate. His going around the world was basically his escape plan after raiding Spanish colonies along the west coast of America (ending roughly at San Francisco) by cross the Pacific to get back home. He became "Sir Francis" by arriving with a ship full of loot, a significant portion he gave to a grateful Queen Elizabeth. This is a nice classic hotel with amenities you don't get at other chains.
"well situated hotel- spend more for the room- its worth it"
Some hotels are really two hotels- the bottom level of room is minimal- but the ones you pay more for are really nice. That is the case here. My brother stayed in the lower rung ( Deluxe King) and it was tiny and viewless. I upgraded to the junior suite- and it was very large and had a good view. The difference was about sixty dollars a day-- and so do it if you don't want to stay in a closet. That said- the appointments were Kimptonesque- kind of over the top fun stuff- and I always like ( if you are in their rewards group- easy enough to join) the ten dollar allowance from the mini- bar. This is not a deluxe hotel- but if you get the room it is so convenient- right off Union Square and on the cable car line. Bad part- so noisy outside- OMG it was St, Patrick's Day - too much. A few peculiarities- no counter space on the sink but a really nice comfortable and deep tub-- and I am so relieved they still have tubs- that gives it an extra star for me.. the adjoining restaurant is great for breakfast- and the guys at the front door are sweet and helpful. A nice experience overall and I was there for three nights.
I really wanted this to be a happy experience. Our first room suffered mainly from the small bathroom, which had very tiny counter space. Then at night, there was an annoying noise, somewhat like a mini-fridge. It kept pounding away its hum all night. The desk clerk was happy to offer a different room for the next day, and they moved our bags. That room overlooked the street, and the street noise was incredible. No sleep! Same bathroom size problem. In the first room, they didn't provide any washcloths, but brought them when asked. The second room had just one. I do give them credit for the wine hour and morning coffee. I think they are trying to some extent, but effort can't overcome the noise of this area.
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