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The Sir Francis Drake Hotel

San Francisco , CA

LOCATION

450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA US 94102 (map)
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Elegant San Francisco weddings and receptions in an historic hotel setting

Located in the heart of Union Square, the historic and elegant Sir Francis Drake Hotel is an... Read more
Elegant San Francisco weddings and receptions in an historic hotel setting

Located in the heart of Union Square, the historic and elegant Sir Francis Drake Hotel is an impressive setting for your San Francisco wedding event, be it the ceremony or reception, the rehearsal dinner or following day brunch.

Ballrooms are decorated with ornate chandeliers, painted murals and beautiful gold leaf 20-foot ceilings, providing an elegant setting for your wedding event. Host a cocktail reception for your wedding guests in Harry Denton's Starlight Room. High above, on the 21st floor, Harry Denton's Starlight Room showcases a 180-degree view of San Francisco. These exceptionally appointed rooms, combined with our friendly, professional service and exquisite restaurant style cuisine will make you and your wedding guests welcome and eager to celebrate this special occasion.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.7/5.0
We recently hosted our rehearsal dinner in their large, private dining room.

Positives: the space was gorgeous, the food delicious (and good sized portions), the set-up and flow of the evening went seamlessly, they were flexible in allowing us to bring our own wine and a few other schedule/flow aspects, and we felt like we got GREAT value for what we paid.

Negatives: the team was extremely slow to respond until about 1-2 weeks before our event (at which point they were fairly quick) - which was baffling and frustrating.

Also, I had to be fairly hands-on - even for the first chunk of the actual event, mostly due to a few oversights and lack of attention to detail on their end.

In all, however, it was worth the stress of working with them - a beautiful night and perfect venue for us - which is why I would still recommend it.
We recently hosted our rehearsal dinner in their large, private dining room.

Positives: the space was gorgeous, Read more...
We recently hosted our rehearsal dinner in their large, private dining room.

Positives: the space was gorgeous, the food delicious (and good sized portions), the set-up and flow of the evening went seamlessly, they were flexible in allowing us to bring our own wine and a few other schedule/flow aspects, and we felt like we got GREAT value for what we paid.

Negatives: the team was extremely slow to respond until about 1-2 weeks before our event (at which point they were fairly quick) - which was baffling and frustrating.

Also, I had to be fairly hands-on - even for the first chunk of the actual event, mostly due to a few oversights and lack of attention to detail on their end.

In all, however, it was worth the stress of working with them - a beautiful night and perfect venue for us - which is why I would still recommend it. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Jinah
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
We just had our wedding in Aug 2012 at the Sir Francis Drake. We can honestly say that we had one of the best experience with the staff at the hotel...The Sir Francis Drake really ranks at the top! From the flexibility they showed during the process of signing the contract, to the attention to details during the planning process, and to the absolute flawless execution on the day of the wedding, the SFD was absolutely outstanding as a venue. The food was incredible, and Tim Nugent made us a beautiful wedding cake in addition to making fantastic desserts for our guests!!! From the catering staff to our on-site wedding coordinator, service was impeccable!!!
Now for the brides: The on-site wedding coordinator, Diana Spina, is absolutely the best in the world at what she does. Diana did not miss a single thing we asked of her, and went above and beyond numerous times for both us and our families. When our florist delivered the wrong flowers, Diana took control of the situation, helped calm me, and knew exactly where to send my husband and his groomsmen to find replacement flowers. (that review will be posted later...) Any issue or concern we had, we were very honest with her and if she can fix it, boy did she fix it! When we were having a bit of an issue making Starlight Room reservations for our guests after the reception, Diana took control and absolutely fixed a slightly-broken situation. And finally, whenever we needed someone to bounce ideas off of, or an opinion, she was there to help. We cannot recommend her highly enough.
Brides: If you book your venue at the SFD, take advantage of having a kick-@ss wedding coordinator! She is a joy to work with, and a great resource to lean on during all of your wedding planning--especially if you are doing it on your own. Don't hesitate to ask for her help!

We really had a great wedding and weekend at SFD!!!!
We just had our wedding in Aug 2012 at the Sir Francis Drake. We can honestly say that we had one of the best experience Read more...
We just had our wedding in Aug 2012 at the Sir Francis Drake. We can honestly say that we had one of the best experience with the staff at the hotel...The Sir Francis Drake really ranks at the top! From the flexibility they showed during the process of signing the contract, to the attention to details during the planning process, and to the absolute flawless execution on the day of the wedding, the SFD was absolutely outstanding as a venue. The food was incredible, and Tim Nugent made us a beautiful wedding cake in addition to making fantastic desserts for our guests!!! From the catering staff to our on-site wedding coordinator, service was impeccable!!!
Now for the brides: The on-site wedding coordinator, Diana Spina, is absolutely the best in the world at what she does. Diana did not miss a single thing we asked of her, and went above and beyond numerous times for both us and our families. When our florist delivered the wrong flowers, Diana took control of the situation, helped calm me, and knew exactly where to send my husband and his groomsmen to find replacement flowers. (that review will be posted later...) Any issue or concern we had, we were very honest with her and if she can fix it, boy did she fix it! When we were having a bit of an issue making Starlight Room reservations for our guests after the reception, Diana took control and absolutely fixed a slightly-broken situation. And finally, whenever we needed someone to bounce ideas off of, or an opinion, she was there to help. We cannot recommend her highly enough.
Brides: If you book your venue at the SFD, take advantage of having a kick-@ss wedding coordinator! She is a joy to work with, and a great resource to lean on during all of your wedding planning--especially if you are doing it on your own. Don't hesitate to ask for her help!

We really had a great wedding and weekend at SFD!!!! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Jane
Wedding:
2/6/2011
4.0/5.0
We had a great time here for our wedding reception. We paid good money and the services was good. I thought the service might be slightly better and our needs met at a slightly higher level, but over all, everything was well above average. The food was good and was presented well.
We had a great time here for our wedding reception. We paid good money and the services was good. I thought the service Read more...
We had a great time here for our wedding reception. We paid good money and the services was good. I thought the service might be slightly better and our needs met at a slightly higher level, but over all, everything was well above average. The food was good and was presented well. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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cbranson
Wedding:
5/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Robin Lewis was a wonderful coordinator and made our experience at our wedding sensational. We had a beautiful wedding and ceremony at the drake. Every detail was taken care of to my perfection. I could not have asked for a better day.
Robin Lewis was a wonderful coordinator and made our experience at our wedding sensational. We had a beautiful wedding and Read more...
Robin Lewis was a wonderful coordinator and made our experience at our wedding sensational. We had a beautiful wedding and ceremony at the drake. Every detail was taken care of to my perfection. I could not have asked for a better day. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Alina
Wedding:
12/19/2009
4.9/5.0
The hotel was beautiful! All the guests (half were from out of town) was incredibly impressed with the beauty of the ballrooms. The staff was really amazing, our wedding coordinator, Robin, was incredibly helpful, flexible, professional and extremely friendly!
The food was pretty good for a large venue.
The hotel was beautiful! All the guests (half were from out of town) was incredibly impressed with the beauty of the Read more...
The hotel was beautiful! All the guests (half were from out of town) was incredibly impressed with the beauty of the ballrooms. The staff was really amazing, our wedding coordinator, Robin, was incredibly helpful, flexible, professional and extremely friendly!
The food was pretty good for a large venue. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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admoon
Wedding:
8/16/2008
4.3/5.0
We had a fantastic experience with the Drake. They did our reception location and did our catering. The food was absolutely amazing--our guests are still talking how it was the best wedding food they've ever had. Jamie, their event coordinator, was responsive and very nice. The reception hall we were in was so stunning it didn't need much decoration from us at all. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to have their reception there. And it's a steal compared to other hotels in the city!
We had a fantastic experience with the Drake. They did our reception location and did our catering. The food was Read more...
We had a fantastic experience with the Drake. They did our reception location and did our catering. The food was absolutely amazing--our guests are still talking how it was the best wedding food they've ever had. Jamie, their event coordinator, was responsive and very nice. The reception hall we were in was so stunning it didn't need much decoration from us at all. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to have their reception there. And it's a steal compared to other hotels in the city! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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lmiskelly
Wedding:
5/25/2008
4.7/5.0
The hotel was absolutely fabulous. Daniela was great and had the event very well organized. I don't have any complaints about the hotel. It is beautiful and embodies old San Francisco. The ball room is gorgeous and equipped with everything you need for a perfect wedding. The location is very convenient and anyone staying will get a good rate for downtown San Francisco. The hotel takes care of almost all of the event planning, so it takes most of the stress off of you. And, the Starlight Room is even right there for your guests to go to after the wedding if they don't want the night to end.
The hotel was absolutely fabulous. Daniela was great and had the event very well organized. I don't have any complaints Read more...
The hotel was absolutely fabulous. Daniela was great and had the event very well organized. I don't have any complaints about the hotel. It is beautiful and embodies old San Francisco. The ball room is gorgeous and equipped with everything you need for a perfect wedding. The location is very convenient and anyone staying will get a good rate for downtown San Francisco. The hotel takes care of almost all of the event planning, so it takes most of the stress off of you. And, the Starlight Room is even right there for your guests to go to after the wedding if they don't want the night to end. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
We had our reception in the empire ballroom and it was very beautiful. The food was great and the cake was out of this world - they even created a personalized flavor we requested with passion fruit filling and hazelnut cake. Super good. There were a few hiccups in the planning and service, but overall went very well and definitely a lot smoother than other weddings I have been to. Everyone worked really hard to make our day go well.
We had our reception in the empire ballroom and it was very beautiful. The food was great and the cake was out of this Read more...
We had our reception in the empire ballroom and it was very beautiful. The food was great and the cake was out of this world - they even created a personalized flavor we requested with passion fruit filling and hazelnut cake. Super good. There were a few hiccups in the planning and service, but overall went very well and definitely a lot smoother than other weddings I have been to. Everyone worked really hard to make our day go well. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

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