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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My husband and I and another couple just stayed three nights here and each of us felt the same way about this hotel! Simply splendid! The service, the accommodations, the staff, and the location deserve 5 stars! I’m not a person who writes many reviews but when I just get home and making it a priority to write this that should tell you something! I haven’t even unpacked yet! My husband and I have been lucky enough to have traveled to many places over the years and this hotel far exceeded expectations!
Sorry to say that the service at this hotel would not qualify as “hospitality” anywhere but perhaps among the scarcely traveled.
We’ve stayed at some of the best five star hotels in the world and grew up in Pacific Heights. We usually stay at the St Regis or hotel Vitale when visiting SF but because of trip advisor reviews, I tried several times to email or call the Hotel Drisco with a couple brief questions about rooms and travel dates. Not only were my messages ignored( the recording suggests leaving a call back number), but over a weeks later a pretentious sounding young man called and was very rude telling me that I should call and email questions! I explained that I did do just that but he continued to try to put me in my place and act as if he was doing me a huge favor for taking a few seconds to talk to me.
This experience told me all I need to know about Hotel Drisco. I don’t know who writes their glowing reviews but Be assured that I won’t be among those who will ever stay there.
At a time when trust is absolutely needed, trust is so readily available at this unparalleled hotel. Yes, our most recent stay totally reinforced this conclusion.
Trust the front desk to do everything it can do to make your visit memorably wonderful. Trust the front desk personnel's recommendation for restaurants and other activities.
Trust the astonishingly wonderful breakfast choices. Yes, the selection is a vast array of the very best in every category of --well--the very breakfasts you dream about. Trust the selection of fruit that is so fresh you think there is a garden of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, hidden somewhere in the hotel. Oh yes, steel cut oatmeal prepared precisely as steel cut oatmeal should be prepared. You want yogurt? It is there and there are choices. Rolls and other yummy choices. Cheese, avocados, smoked fish--yes all that too. And you are greeted by the servers who want to know if you want a latte or cappuccino or other specially prepared coffee . And, the servers seem to be singing as they provide cracker-jack service.
Trust that the rooms were planned to provide a thoroughly comforting time. Heated bathroom floor. Mattresses that a very comfortable.
Trust that when you leave the room for your daily activity, it will be cleaned and neatened to the maximum.
Trust the afternoon wine and small plate selections as being thoughtfully done. Yes, you can skip the appetizers at the restaurant you are going to because the hotel has taken care of that.
Trust that your special requests will be executed beyond your expectations. Somehow the management has assembled a team the takes pride in making guests feel they are special.
Trust me when I say the most difficult part of the stay at this hotel is leaving.
The Dricso is still at top of the list of very special hotel experiences, a model of perfection.