Travel Blogs from San Francisco
... the thud of them closing was eerie. Tom disappointed as health and safety one stops people from going to some key areas. Still worth it.
Back to mainland and quick lunch and onto bikes from Blazing Saddles. 8 mile cycle (and as we discovered 16 mile round trip. Great views all along the path and stunning views from the bridge. As in anything in San Fran some steep bits but went well. This was a must do for us as Jane Bird ...
... had success, I did not. Louis spontaneously met us on Pier 39 and we had happy greetings and conversation reminiscing and then discussed evening plans. When we mentioned that we’d be looking for hotel out of town, Louis paused for a moment and then magnanimously invited us to stay with him. He had stayed with us years ago in Florida when he and Lara came a few days before a cruise, and he very kindly returned the favor. We were treated to a ...
... people. After this chinese detour, we walked to the North Beach district, the italian one. We had a coffee (a really good one) in the Caffe' Greco, we entered in the famous City Lights Bookstore, and we walked to Lombard Street, where in particular we climbed the part where the road has sharp turns. The view from there is very nice, as it is in one of the highest hills of the town. ...
... discovered that parking was $40 a day plus tax - that's $45 a day - a bit steep when we had already payed for the room. BTW everything is 'plus tax' in California - it's really annoying. Why can't they just add the tax on like we do with GST in Australia.
We took our stuff up to the room and came down to the restaurant for dinner. It was before 9pm and there were a couple of couples finishing their meals. ...
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Part of the tour is done via audio and this was great. It walked you through the cell blocks narrated by former guards and prisoners. It incorporated audio of cells clanging shut, fights, and a breakout attempt which resulted in deaths of both convicts and prison guards. We saw the spot where the only successful breakouts took place (5 in all). The national parks now look after the site and of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Drisco San Francisco
Lovely time at Hotel Drisco
We had a great experience at the Hotel Drisco in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco last week (9/20/04). Although drawn to this lovely property after reading several Trip Advisor reviews, we were still surprised to find a luxury property that rivals the Four Seasons and our beloved Claremont Hotel/Resort (Berkeley, CA). Our spacious City View Suite was perfect for the two of us during our 5 night visit. There was a well-appointed living room with a sofa bed, several chairs and chaise lounge. The bedroom could be closed off from the living room if desired. I am very particular about my hotel lodgings and found the Drisco more than adequate. Please check out their website for pictures. Our room looked exactly as pictured.
Homey Environment, Service with a Smile
We did a lot of research on SF hotels before reading the reviews and deciding on Hotel Drisco. We were not disappointed. We booked a package deal and had an outstanding experience. The hotel is in a residential neighborhood, giving it that homey feel. It's the kind of place where residents are more like neighborhood dwellers rather than guests. The room was great---sunny, large bathroom, and a beautiful view. The staff was _outstanding_, going out of their way to call cabs, go over directions (twice and with a smile), and make us feel at home. After day one of a three day stay, we felt like we knew the staff and they knew us. As we told the Hotel Manager upon our departure, this is the only place we'll stay when we visit the area.
My wife and I stayed here in late June 2004 for 5 nights; The Hotel Drisco was one of the best city hotel environments. The hotel is not located in a tourist area but more situated for visitors desiring to feel part of the City. Restaurants, shopping, bars and unbelievable views of the Bay were all within a close walk of the Hotel. The staff was accomodating in every way and even helped me find a store to repair a broken pair of eye glasses. The breakfast was simple but filling. The views from our corner suite were incredible. I will not stay anywhere else in the City.
I stayed here in early May for a surprise romantic getaway. I explained this to Lily in the sales dept, she had a bottle of champagne waiting for my arrival with a beautiful note. The room was outstanding. What a view we had. The evening wine/cheese hour was good! Nice wine! The morning breakfast was outstanding.
The neighborhood was beautiful. We walked all around and really enjoyed our stay.
It was a pleasure staying at this Hotel. It is close to everything but secluded enough to give you a peaceful "getaway" from the noise of the city. The rooms and service were outstanding. We felt we were a guest in someones home rather than at a hotel. In addition, this hotel is truly a "bargain".
Great Value and amenities for the price. We will stay here again on our next trip west.
Great low-key hotel, fabulous location
Just returned from 3 days at the Hotel Drisco (booked a great package for a city-view suite through Luxurylink) and couldn't have been more pleased with our lodgings. Combine the attentive staff, a wonderful room, a gorgeous, ritzy neighborhood that is great for exploring (the Gettys live down the block, and you can jog through the remarkable Presidio), and the fact that the upscale shops and restaurants on Sacramento and Fillmore streets are only a five-minute stroll away, and you've got the perfect San Francisco hotel. Highly recommended.
Had a wonderful time at Hotel Drisco. Just what we were looking for to mix bussinees with pleasure trip to the City.
Great attention to detail, beutiful views and a knowlegable staff.
Would highly reccomend it to both my bussiness colleagues and family.
Disappointed with the Hotel Drisco
My husband and I recently booked a "standard room" at this hotel through Expedia. In booking a standard room, we assumed, mistakenly, that our room would include an attached bathroom. It turned out that our so-called "standard room" had what the hotel referred to as a "detached bathroom," meaning a bathroom across the hall. For some reason, Expedia didn't mention this feature in its list of room amenities. When I asked the hotel for a room with an "attached" bathroom, the hotel clerk advised that I would need to upgrade. The hotel clerk pointed out that the hall was "private" even though the hotel cleaning staff and guests in one other room made use of the hall.
Private or not, we still had to put on a robe, and take a key every time we wanted to use the bathroom. After looking at the hotel brochure, we figured out that the hotel had actually split up a two bedroom suite located in the so-called private hall. If you are booking through Expedia, opt for the suite or stay elsewhere if you want to be able to stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Other than this problem, the hotel was very nice and the breakfast was quite good.
Low-key luxury in a great neighborhood
My husband and I stayed here on our wedding night last year on the advice of a local, in-the-know friend, and we couldn't have dreamed up a better place. I've stayed in Union Square before, but I hate driving into such a congested area and paying a premium for parking. So I booked a room (the lowest-priced) on the Drisco's website, and the manager upgraded us to a suite. Sweet, indeed! It was spacious (largest bathroom I've ever seen in a hotel), luxurious, comfortable and romantic. Great views of the city and plenty of (free!) street parking, too. Nice touches included a fruit basket in our room and a full spread of wine, cheese, crackers and coffee (offered every afternoon, I believe) in the lovely little common room near the lobby. I'd stay here every time I visited S.F. if I could afford it. Simply beautiful.
Loved the Hotel Drisco
The Hotel Drisco had excellent customer service. For example, the staff knew our names, worked around our schedule to clean the room, and were just friendly overall. We stayed in a suite and it was simple, but beautiful, and had a great view of the city. Also, the bathroom was spacious and completely updated. Further, we particularly liked the fact that it was located in a nice, quiet neighborhood and we could walk to Union Street. The only drawbacks were 1) parking can be difficult because it is a residential street, and 2) there wasn't room service (in terms of food - although they do have breakfast items available in the mornings). We truly enjoyed staying there and hope to return everytime we go to SF.