Sir Francis Drake Hat Sir Francis Drake Hotel for British Opulence

450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Sir Francis Drake reception The Kimpton Group of hotels has a rather splendid selection of venues in places such as Vancouver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Denver and New Orleans. These are all top quality hotels in excellent locations.

Sir Francis Drake Beefeaters

High on this exclusive list is the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco - a wonderful example of traditional Old Country opulence transferred to the Colonies.

From the Beefeaters greeting you at the entrance to WH Smith's bookstore in the lower ground floor, a traditional atmosphere prevails. This hotel was first opened in 1928 and is an US National Trust, "Historic Hotel of America" - the pedigree shows.

Sir Francis Drake bedroom

As the Beefeater leads you from Powell Street up to the entrance hall, you find a wonderful old world elegance; with generous amounts of red carpeting and swathes of velvet wall covering.

Further up a curving stairway from the entrance hall is a large reception area that is ideal for business or family receptions. With the Empire and Franciscan Ballrooms accommodating up to 550 people between them, the events facilities are equally impressive. Just down the street is the Muscone Convention Center.Sir Francis Drake Harry Denton's

The facilities for non-business visitors are also great. The world famous Union Square shopping center is just 2 blocks down the street offering the FAO Schwarz toy store and emporiums such as Nieman Marcus, Gucci, Tiffany's, Armani and Saks Fifth Avenue.

For tourists there's Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf just a short cable car ride away.

I never had the chance to try the restaurant, Scala's Bistro, but maybe next time.

I did however have a swell time in Harry Denton's Starlight Room. This is a 1930's style night club that's absolutely hoppin' on Wednesday and Saturday nights. So much so, that in local pubs I had strong recommendations that this was THE place to go!

Tel: 415 392 7755
Fax: 415 677 9341
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Valet Parking $32
But shop around for parking - you can half this without loss in security.

Wally Robertson, January 2002

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