skip to main content
Grand King

Classic Setting, Contemporary Comforts


Our iconic establishment dazzles with its bold, new look

In the heart of San Francisco, the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel has long served as a beacon of warm hospitality. After completing a sweeping, $11 million renovation, our Union Square landmark features a fresh look and elevated experience. Upon entry, you’ll be wowed by the opulence of this Gothic Revival and Renaissance architectural masterpiece; think grand staircases, sky-high ceilings, sleek marble walls, and crystal chandeliers. Here, Old World-charm melds seamlessly with bold, contemporary design.

The exhilarating refresh, dreamed up by Dawson Design Associates, is anchored in the hotel’s role as a social hub and buzzing gathering spot. Feast your eyes first on the lobby, where exquisite custom fabrics and upholstery appear in pearl, cranberry, bronze, and pewter hues. Then ride an upgraded elevator—with new walnut panel walls and custom woven wool Axminster carpet—to one of 416 renovated guest rooms. These inviting spaces draw from the hotel’s history while bringing in lighter, sleeker touches, like custom lounge chairs in a deep slate gray and bed pillows featuring a hand-written letter from Sir Francis Drake to Queen Elizabeth. Enjoy new bed frames, sofa beds, and luxurious bathrooms with custom millwork, Kohler fixtures, and (in many) expansive, tiled showers.

Suite updates mean polished stainless steel bar stools (with mosaic color seats) and custom glass dining tables. Highlights of the Presidential Suite’s new patio design range from a rug by Safavieh in the Damask medallion pattern to a Restoration Hardware dining table with double-coated aluminum slate.

Experience our inviting spaces for yourself, with special packages that celebrate our newly renovated hotel.

The Kimpton Stay Human Project

Time-travel back to the Prohibition era by unlocking our specially designed Sir Francis Drake vault to find chocolates to pair with specialty libations, a “photo booth” with 1920’s accessories to pose with & an instamatic camera if you want to leave a photo for future guests to admire.

Offer Details

Shower, Spa, Repeat

Experience our newly renovated bathrooms with a one-of-a-kind spa amenity basket in partnership with Bay Area-based Yuzu Soap. Includes:

  • Aromatherapy shower tablets
  • Lavendar & aloe glycerin soap
  • Balms for skin & lips
Book Now

Suite Slumber

Shack up in one of our newly renovated suites for a playful slumber party with a San Francisco feel. You'll enjoy:

Book Now