What We Love
- Afternoon wine receptions in the dining room
- The complimentary DVD library at the reception, including an entire selection of films set in San Francisco
- Protein shots at the breakfast buffet
- Velvet blackout curtains in all guest rooms
What To Know
- Your room includes a Brita filter and refillable glass water bottles
- The hotel offers gratis town car service to downtown and the Presidio
- There are no interconnecting rooms on the property
- Request a room with a bathtub (not all guest bathrooms are furnished with one)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Cosseting Edwardian boutique hotel perched at the top of San Francisco’s ritzy Pacific Heights neighborhood, with old-world service and unbeatable bay views
If San Francisco is the Golden City, then this posh residential refuge with unbeatable bay views is its quintessential hotel. Between chauffeur service, staff clad in waistcoats, gratis coffee and handmade biscotti every afternoon, and complimentary continental breakfast, service exudes an almost extinct old-fashioned charm that harkens back to a bygone era. The cream-and-mahogany guest rooms were recently refreshed and more modern, with Egyptian cotton sheets, gold fixtures, and thoughtful amenities like nightly turndown service and a sound machine to drown out the city’s own soundtrack. Although the dining room doesn’t serve lunch or dinner, 24-hour room service (sans delivery charge) impresses with indulgent treats like sourdough grilled cheese, tomato bisque, and organic ice cream from the California-based Three Twins.
In the Area
Arguably San Francisco’s most glamorous neighborhood, Pacific Heights was first populated by the city’s nouveau-rich in the late 19th century, when the construction of a cable-car line made its hilly environs more reachable. It’s no surprise, then, that the pastime of choice here is shopping. Stroll the art and antique stores of Sacramento Street (SF’s oldest theater, the Vogue, also makes its home here), sip cocktails in a converted carriage house in Cow Hollow, then ascend the Lyon Street stairs—all 332 of them—for a breathtaking view of the Presidio forest, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the city’s signature fog-encased sky.
How to Get There
I'm a pretty picky guy and my level of scrutiny corresponds to room pricing. In our case, the room was on the small side, but immaculate with evidence of an unusual attention to detail. Storage was more than adequate and the room looked virtually new. The HVAC was exceptionally quiet, and the bathroom (mostly done in marble) had a heated floor with the ability to control temperature. Bathroom fixtures were first rate.The city view was beautiful and the free Wifi worked exceptionally well without the need to fumble for a password. The room wasn't perfect - a knob came off of one of the lamps and the shower door seal was starting to come loose - but it came close.
The staff (front desk, room service, dining room and maids) without exception projected a warm, friendly and caring attitude. And then there were the dining room experiences. The breakfast, which I suppose was considered "continental", presented the most remarkable array of fresh fruits, cheeses, pastries and assorted other delights we've ever seen. And the lattes deserve special mention! The cocktail hour with wine, cheeses, and hot dish were good by most standards, but couldn't match the breakfast offerings. This is an extraordinary property staffed with extraordinary people. The only negative was the egregious taxes exacted by San Francisco: an occupancy tax and a "business district assessment" (whatever that is) which combined to equal nearly 20% of the room charge. On balance, we highly recommend this place.
We love San Francisco especially Pacific Heights area. It's a lovely area to walk to restaurants, shopping and sights. The Drisco is the perfect location and the staff is fabulous, also
The complimentary breakfast is delicious and very healthy and the wine hour is a wonderful addition!
We only stay at the Drisco when we come to San Francisco each year. We recommend it highly.
This well run hotel is staffed by excellent people who went out of their way to make our stay special. Since it is Pacific Heights, we were surrounded by well kept mansions in a quiet section of the city. Transportation to the symphony, restaurants, etc. was easy. We walked down nearby Lyon Street Steps to the Presidio and hopped on a Big Bus just to be tourists for a day in a city we are familiar with. It was good exercise, informational and lots of fun. We will return.
We were told it was a quaint and quiet hotel but it wasn't just that...It was elegant and specular. breakfast was included and very good. They also had a wine tasting which was good. Will make this hotel our favourite in the Bay Aera
From the moment I checked in to the moment I left, the attention to details was on point.
Hot and tea always available. The bed was just the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on! The wine hour was just a nice touch... but most importantly the customer service was just impeccable. The location was beautiful offering great city views. The only bad thing was that our stay was too short! Can’t wait to be back.