Iconic hotel off San Francisco's Union Square

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake, San Francisco, California

San Francisco

San Francisco

Classic guestroom with one queen or king bed

Classic guestroom with two queen beds

San Francisco

A historic hotel with plenty of San Francisco charm, hosting a weekly drag brunch and a nightly social hour

Kimpton Sir Francis Drake isn’t like other hotels, something that will become clear almost the minute you step in the door, as a costumed Beefeater – perhaps even Tom Sweeney, who has attracted widespread media attention for sporting the distinctive uniform for decades – whisks you up the grand staircase for check-in. From there, things don’t get any more conventional: Each evening brings a hosted social hour, and a drag brunch takes place on Sundays in a historic lounge once known as "the snake pit," due to the suggestive writhing that once took place among its A-list patrons.

But for all the ways that this beloved base strays from the beaten path, it’s also mastered the classics, all the things that you want and expect from a boutique getaway of its caliber. Scala’s Bistro prepares delicious takes on Italian favorites; a well-equipped fitness room’s on hand; and a long list of helpful services is available, whether it’s dry cleaning, a massage or concierge assistance that you require. Plus, there’s no beating this Union Square location; local addresses don’t get much more convenient. Pay homage to another hotel muse, namesake explorer Sir Francis Drake, as you set out on one of the hotel's bikes, seeking out new surprises in your intriguing surroundings.

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