San Franciso's Duet of Kimpton Hotels – Still Fresh

When Bill Kimpton started opening hotels in San Francisco they were fresh, cheeky, innovate, full of surprises, and just plain fun. It was a distinct change from the stuffy, old-fashioned culture of the long-established hotels of the time. At the peak there were up to ten Kimpton hotels in San Francisco alone — the Argonaut, the Harbor Court, and Hotel Palomar (now the Zelos), were among them. All of those hotels now have new owners and we have to say they're still cool and fun, and among our recommended hotels in The City by the Bay.

HOTEL View from the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

As for the Kimpton Hotels company, it's recently been purchased by the giant InterContinental Hotel Group (which also owns all the Holiday Inn brands). But again we have to say that the two hotels Kimpton continues to own in San Francisco are still amazing and fresh, and still among our faves, with plenty of quirky touches like goldfish in every room!

Sir Francis Drake Hotel

The classical-appointed Sir Francis Drake is in the center of San Francisco power shopping with Tiffany's, Giorgio Armani, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Saks and Gucci all nearby. The rooms are charming and filled with vintage pieces, but maybe best of all is that on top of the hotel is the legendary Harry Denton's Starlight Room. The Drake is also home to Scala's Bistro, a place where we still love to eat. We never go San Francisco without paying a visit to each of these treasured landmarks.

Sir Francis Drake Hotel Sir Francis Drake Hotel
Sir Francis Drake Hotel Sir Francis Drake Hotel
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Superb = 88%+ Travelers Rating
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Highly Rated
• Free WIFI (Yay!)
• 450 Powell Street
• Neighborhood — Union Square

The Kimpton Buchanan

Located at the nexus, or spiritual intersection of Pacific Heights, Japantown, and the famous Fillmore, the Buchanan is a stylish, contemporary newcomer to the Kimpton group. The Buchanan refers to its "zen-meets-boutique chic ambiance" and we suppose that's as good a description as any for this boutique hotel located in what we might call the "real San Francisco", away from the tourist-filled destinations but close enough that you can visit them whenever you want.

The Buchanan The Buchanan
The Buchanan The Buchanan
How Our Ratings Work

Superb Plus = 93%+ Travelers Rating
Superb = 88%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated Plus = 85%+ Travelers Rating
Highly Rated = 80%+ Travelers Rating

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Highly Rated
• Free WIFI (Yay!)
• 1800 Sutter Street
• Neighborhood — Japantown/Pacific Heights

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