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
Wonderful,fabulous, spotless, wonderful staff. This place is such a hidden gem I don’t even want to write about it! Breakfast is a wonderful spread of fruit, baked goods, oatmeal, eggs on a few mornings, at night wine and appetizers are served. Bedding, bathroom amenities are ample. I will definitely stay here again
On this trip I stayed at two hotels one in the market at the beginning of my vacation and then left to golf then upon return at the Hotel Drisco. I very much disliked the dirty downtown core with homeless and drug addiction everywhere so to change locations to beautiful Pacific Heights was worth being in a residential neighbourhood with gorgeous parks and small established restaurants. With a car, San Francisco is easy to get around and Lyft and Uber not expensive. I loved the DeYoung Museum and our room at the Drisco is like a second home with heated marble floors, comfy bed, perfect amenities and street parking readily available. Service has also been friendly and helpful.
The Hotel Drisco is hard to fault. We had been travelling all over and the sedate charm of the Pacific Heights area was a shock at first, but we soon settled in to it over our 5 days at the Drisco. The staff members are - without exception - exceptional. It really makes the difference between a good stay and a brilliant one.
As others have said, the attention to detail is wonderful. We enjoyed the wonderful breakfasts and wine tasting sessions most evenings and we also took advantage of the transfer service to Union Square as well as the use of bikes, which we took over the Golden Gate Bridge. We even stayed in a couple of evenings after busy days and watched films from the hotel collection (that's how chilled we were!)
All in all, it was a faultless stay. Thanks to the Drisco team!
This was my 3rd time at the Hotel Drisco, but my first with another traveler. I surprised my mom with a birthday trip and wanted her to have an amazing experience. We were not let down. From before you arrive (with a phone call and a concierge-Garon-who made transportation and restaurant reservations) to check-in (where Bob made sure to wish my mom a happy birthday and upgrade us to a suite) to check-out (where we were asked if the "birthday girl had a great time", I don't know why you would stay anywhere else in the city. A quiet, exclusive neighborhood with views and amazing houses to look at, funky shops and restaurants nearby, bus and uber options for transport and tons of amenities make this a great place, in addition to the thoughtful, unpretentious service. Rooms are on the smaller side, but are stunning, amenity-filled (glass waterbottles to take with you, Bvlgari toiletries, mini-fridge, cookies at turndown) and quiet. The breakfast and wine reception offer tons of options and service is friendly, but not hovering. The little details (like bone china in the rooms), room comfort, included amenities and locations are why I love this place!
Booked about a Year ago for 3 days arriving Xmas Eve...and it was exactly as we envisaged. Fantastic area to stay, easy Ubering. All the little extras make all the difference..in service..the small things count! right down to the Mulled Wine on Xmas Day. Unobtrusive, charming service from every member of the team. Loved the wine tastings, and, of course, breakfast