Good morning everyone. Last Saturday, Laura and I did a mini San Francisco honeymoon. We stayed at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins a few months ago, so we wanted to check out the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake hotel near San Francisco’s Union Square. As part of IHG’s current Accelerate Promo, I needed to book a Points and Cash reservation to complete part of the promo. The Kimpton Sir Francis Drake is normally 55,000 IHG Points, but I did a booking for 50,000 IHG Points + $28 cash. Here is what the hotel lobby looked like when we arrived (with a few more guests and people working):
Before I checked in, I did a quick search on Twitter to see if Kimpton was running one of their special Social Password promos. I was in luck! By saying “off duty” to the front desk agent, he gave us a special gift. Each Kimpton hotel offers a different gift, so make sure you say “off duty” next time you stay at a Kimpton. Hurry, this promo ends on September 2.
Two words: social password. It’s back! Just say ‘Off Duty’ at check-in, now through September 2nd, for a fun surprise from the front desk. pic.twitter.com/wWHwIUQaO3
— Kimpton (@Kimpton) May 24, 2019
The front desk agent gave us 2 drink vouchers good at the Bar Drake, valued up to $13 each. This hotel also offers complimentary Wine Happy Hour everyday from 5-6pm for all guests, so don’t miss your free glass of wine!
I am an IHG Platinum Elite Member, so the front desk agent gave us room 1710, which had a great view of Union Square. Here is the bedroom with 3 windows (left window not shown).
There was a desk, 2 chairs, a dresser with the snack minibar, and a TV.
The corner closet had the usual items like safe, extra pillow, 2 robes, and a luggage rack.
The bathroom is pretty small with a small sink. The shower toiletries are attached to the wall. The hand soap was really nice and fragrant.
The best part of the room is the view. The left window is behind the TV and for good reason. Not much of a view, except for the Grand Hyatt hotel. The center and right views were great.
Since breakfast was not included with the stay (just complimentary tea and coffee in the attached restaurant), we walked across the street to Sears Fine Food for pancakes and omelets. Parking in San Francisco is tricky. You could try to find street parking and risk getting broken into, or you could try to find a nearby parking structure that is close by, or you can use the hotel valet and pay a small fortune. Since we were on a Cash and Points reservation, I decided to valet the car for 1 night. After tax, the cost to valet was $70 – not as pricey as the InterContinental Mark Hopkins ($80).
Other than the expensive parking, we had a great time at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake hotel and would definitely return (too bad we can’t use our new IHG Free Night Certificates). If you have any questions about the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake hotel, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!
P.S. Now is a great time to get the Chase IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card! The sign up bonus is 125,000 IHG Points after spending $3,000 in 3 months.