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“The Best Place to Stay!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Drisco
Ranked #1 of 230 Hotels in San Francisco
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Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The Best Place to Stay!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

We spent 5 nights at the Drisco and could have stayed even longer. From the moment you arrive you realize you are somewhere special and are treated as such. The service, the food and the terrific staff all reminded me of a luxury hotel in London where service is everything. The location is the best, on the top of Pacific Heights with 360 degree views at every corner. Just walking the neighborhood was a treat. Numerous old style mansions inches away from the next one. The wine and cheese each afternoon was a real treat and the breakfast was incredible, espresso, lattes, wonderful food!!

The location is a few blocks from The Presido from which you can walk to the Golden Gate Bridge. Also a few block from the Fillmore Street district which has some of the best local restaurants in the City.

If you are considering a stay at the Drisco, book it, it will be one of the best travel decisions you make.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bob g
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 31 August 2014
Dear Guest,

I loved your comparison of the Hotel Drisco to one of the great small hotels of London! I used to live in London and have a great fondness for the culture of service one can find in many of the small, independently run five star hotels there. Thanks so much for your review.

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Calgary, Canada
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128 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

Wow! We had such a wonderful time escaping "life as parents" with the Hotel Drisco as our home base.

We noted the reviews from other people (thank you!) that mentioned the difficulties in parking so chose not to rent a car for this trip and were very happy with the result. The hotel driver was very nice and made our visit very comfortable. We're from the prairies so were happy to let someone else contend with the hills of San Francisco!

The afternoon snacks and wine tasting was wonderful. My husband was tempted to skip dinner and just eat meatballs -- I wouldn't let him *smile* though I agree, they were really good meatballs. The front sitting room with tea was also very nice.

The room was lovely, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was lovely. I loved the touch of the bathtub products (bath salts, etc) that were provided. We also loved the "white noise machine".

We didn't pay extra or "try" to get a nice view in the hotel so our room wasn't "special" and it was still a wonderful city view (in other words, I think most views in the hotel would be very nice).

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who asks.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ltcguenther
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 15 August 2014
Dear ltcguenther,

I'm very glad that you found the Drisco to be a romantic escape from your life as parents -- we specialize in that!

We have so many unique and special amenities here at the Drisco that I am always intrigued to see which ones our guests choose to comment on. In your case, I was pleased to see that you enjoyed the signature meatballs we serve during our complimentary wine reception each night, our wonderful Bvlgari bath amenities and our bedside sleep machine.

Many of our guestrooms do have spectacular views of San Francisco, however quite a few also look inwards at our interior courtyard. If a great view is important to you then please book one of our room types with "City View" in the guestroom name.

Many thanks for your great review!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Reno, Nevada
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92 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

The property is in a very nice part of Pacific Heights, on top of the hill looking down over the San Francisco Bay. The rooms were nice. There is one small elevator and a narrow stairway so it's a minor challenge to get to the room. There is also no parking on site, so the valet staff parks your car on the street and moves it every couple hours to comply with the neighborhood parking rules (a little weird).

There is a complimentary continental breakfast and evening wine tasting/appetizers. Also, although we did not have a change to use it, the hotel apparently provides complimentary access to the Presidio YMCA.

We were only able to stay 1 night before moving on, but would stay here again in the future. Far cheaper than the major hotels in Union Square and many more perks.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Dear timo123123,

I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay and will be returning!

There's no question that we're a one-of-a-kind hotel. Built in 1903, we've taken great care to have preserved all of the original architectural charm (including smaller staircases and elevators than you would find in a large, modern hotel!) while weaving in all manner of modern necessities.

We also take great pride in the parking services that our Bell Staff offers. In fact, I am unaware of any other hotel in the world that offers to move your vehicle every few hours in order to keep you in compliance with the rather strict local parking regulations. Complimentary I might add!

Thanks for your review, and I look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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New Jersey
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

We stayed one night at the Hotel Drisco and our only regret is not booking several more. Everything here was top notch from the service, to the room, to the location. It was one of the best hotel experiences I've had! We enjoyed the wine and cheese reception in the afternoon and the breakfast...well, I don't think I've ever been able to order a latte at a "free breakfast with your stay" before. We used their free bikes all day to explore the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Golden Gate Park. It was a relatively short walk to a wide of array of restaurants, cafes, and shops.The location right next to the Presidio was beautiful and relaxing. I would absolutely stay here again if/when I find myself in San Francisco!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sarafloot
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Dear Sarafloot,

Thanks for your great review! I'm so pleased that you were able to use our bikes all day during your recent stay, and that you enjoyed our location next to the Presidio -- what an amazingly beautiful park.

I hope your travels do take you to San Francisco again in the near future so we can welcome you back as one of our many repeat guests.

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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San Jose, California
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

Stayed just one night on business, but I've never experienced friendly, more genuine hotel staff anywhere in the world. Everyone smiling, offering to help, taking time and caring to ask about my needs, but in a low-key and unobtrusive, down to earth way. The hotel itself is lovely and immaculate; comfy but supportive beds and thick, soft bedding with great pillows, quiet, delicious and varied buffet breakfast, excellent location. Elegant but not snooty. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank BOJ_11
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Dear BOJ_11,

We do pride ourselves on our facilities here at the Drisco -- very comfortable indeed. But without a doubt it's the amazing team of folks we have working here that generate the most heartwarming and memorable comments on Trip Advisor. Thanks so much for your kind words!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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400 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Even the most understated room is a great room here. It is very comfortable, clean and there is attention to detail and service. For what you get the price is reasonable. The breakfast which was included was very tasty.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sheryl T
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear Sheryl T,

We take great pride in outfitting even our smallest rooms with all of the wonderful amenities as in our largest suites! Of course with a suite you get a lot more space and our "City View" rooms provide dramatic views of San Francisco. Thanks so much for your review!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Morristown, New Jersey
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stayed at Hotel Drisco for one night during our honeymoon. What a gem! Ideally located on top of one of San Francisco's many hills, you have views down on each side to the water. Check-in was a breeze, and the employees are very dutiful and responsive. We had checked in late and apparently just missed a wine tasting, so the receptionist sent up two glasses of wine!

We had a suite that contained a couch, table with two chairs, coffee table and buffet containing a Nespresso coffee maker (with pods!) and a small fridge. Our bedroom had a desk overlooking the street, dresser, flat-screen tv and comfortable bed. The bathroom was very spacious.

Hotel Drisco does a very good job of taking an older building, but keeping it updated and well-maintained. The windows in our room were old, but large, providing lovely views down the hill of San Francisco. They opened up to provide fresh air, which in San Francisco in July, can be cool. We didn't hear any hotel noise (slamming doors, people talking, etc) during the night.

Sadly, we only stayed at Hotel Drisco for one night, but I wish we had stayed longer. As we left, we found a bag hanging on our door that contained a clear ziplock bag to pack your liquids, and Hotel Drisco mints. We put both to good use. I would definitely recommend this hotel for anyone exploring San Francisco, or just wanting to get a feel for how great San Francisco can be.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sukoh
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DriscoManager, General Manager at Hotel Drisco, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear Sukoh,

Thanks for noticing all of the "little touches" that we love to provide, from the Nespresso machine to the tiny bag of amenities we hang our your door the morning of departure.

Congratulations on your marriage and we look forward to welcoming your back for some anniversaries!

Kind Regards,

John Spear
General Manager
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Property: Hotel Drisco
Address: 2901 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115
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Region: United States > California > San Francisco > Pacific Heights
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Francisco
#1 Luxury Hotel in San Francisco
#1 Business Hotel in San Francisco
#3 Family Hotel in San Francisco
#5 Green Hotel in San Francisco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Drisco 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Drisco, constructed in 1903, blends traditional elegance with the convenience, comfort, and amenities of a world-class modern hotel. Our warm hospitality, inviting atmosphere, and impeccable service are designed to please business and leisure travelers alike. Our complimentary services include a gourmet continental breakfast, evening wine reception, chauffeured sedan service to several popular San Francisco locations and complimentary high-speed Internet access. ... more   less 
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