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Sir Francis Drake Hotel hotel description>>
The lobby and staff belied the true nature of this hotel. Words cannot describe the disgust I experienced when I entered my room. It looked like the interior decorator had vomited colors and patterns EVERYWHERE. Not to mention, the wallpaper was peeling from all four walls AND the bathroom walls, the sink drained water all over the floors, the ceiling paint was cracking and peeling EVERYWHERE, there were water and mildew stains on the walls, the carpet, you name it! And I was told by the front desk that this room was one of their best. Steer clear if you value cleanliness and aesthetics. I have traveled to many places and stayed at a multitude of hotels. Even in Vietnam, a developing country, the accommodations are better.
loved the empty jim beam bottle!
After searching the internet for somewhere lovely to stay in S.F I decided on the Sir Francis Drake. I should have searched some more! The first impression is promising, with the charming beefeater doormen and stylish lobby. Once we opened the door to our room I was instantly disappointed. The room was tiny and shabby. We checked the view (nothing special) and were suprised to find an empty jim beam bottle on the windowsil. This made me VERY angry! The bathroom was disgusting. They really need to do something about their cleaning standards. There was hair in the bathtub! I can deal with shabby but not dirty. It isnt worth the money. I would rather stay at a Motel 6 or Howard Johnson. At least they clean properly.
Good location, bad rooms
The location of this hotel is wonderful, especially if you are good at navigating public transportation (you have MUNI, BART & cable cars all there.) However, the rooms were quite bad. We were upgraded to a very large, pretty room. However, the stench coming from the sink was horrible. Complaints to the front desk did nothing - they offered us another room, but after viewing four other rooms, I deduced we were better off in our smelly room than a small, dark and dirty-looking room (we plugged up the sink, and spoke with the maid to make sure she never unplugged it!). As noted, this hotel has paper-thin walls - you hear everyone, and everyone hears you! There are better places to stay on Union Square...
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