Hotel Drisco

, San Francisco, United States
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Hotel Drisco

, San Francisco
4 star

Rooms: 48

2901 Pacific Avenue - San Francisco - California - 94115 - United States Hotel Website | | 4153462880
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Great boutique hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Drisco for 4 nights at the end of May, it was a stop over from our honeymoon in Hawaii back home to England. Overall the hotel was great.

The hotel is in a lovely area of San Francisco - Pacific Heights and after spending a few days exploring San Francisco we realised that it was the only location for us. Its very quiet and a nice escape from the hussle and bustle of the city. We had a deluxe room with a city view which was great, big bathroom, very clean immaculate bedroom. Now I understand from what they said that there are only a few of these deluxe rooms with the city views, the other deluxe ones don't have such great views. So if you book a deluxe room ask for one of these.

The hotel is on top of the hill so we either caught a cab or sometimes walked up...which certainly kept us fit!! The hotel is about a 10 minute walk to Fremont street which was great in the evenings when looking for a restaurant. The concierge service was great and very helpful and arranged a chaffeur driven car for half a day to take us to Muir woods (wow!!) and Sausilito - all for $55 an hour! . We also liked the complimentary drink for all the guests between 5 and was nice to meet and chat to the other guests.

The things that could be improved upon were that the hotel served no food except a buffet at breakfast, upon our arrival being asked to call from our room for a takeway and not use the reception phone (although we could eat it in the dining room) which we found a little crazy and the shower was quite weak.

Overall if we go to San Francisco again we would stay at the Drisco

If you want to stay here, get a suite!

from cgeiger
I just wanted to add my two cents. My wife and I purchased three nights at the Drisco from one of the luxury deal Web sites and stayed there in late October-early November of 2004. We had a suite with an unobstructed view looking southward -- nothing particularly spectacular, but still quite nice in that it gave the room a very airy feel. And the room itself was drop-dead gorgeous, just like the photos they publish on the Web site. It was very clean (and the hotel cleaning staff were very nice too), and we felt quite taken care of there. The breakfast was wonderful, probably the epitome of "continental breakfast" -- everything was fresh, and the atmosphere was first-rate. The front desk staff was a little hit or miss -- sometimes imperious, other times very accommodating -- but that was a minor quibble. It was so nice to be away from the downtown noise; the early morning hours there were downright serene. As another reviewer mentioned, parking is hard to find, but it's not impossible.

One thing I'm picking up from all the other reviews -- if you're going to stay here, you probably need to get a suite. There are a few horror stories among the reviews, and it seems like all these bad stories come from those who didn't have a suite.

If we can afford it or find another deal, we'll definitely be staying at the Drisco the next time we go to San Francisco. The hotel itself was one of the high points of our trip.

Beautiful Experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
The location of this hotel and the warm friendly service are a perfect match. High atop Pacific Heights, a beautiful neighborhood. Do not be phased by the hilltop location. Once you're there it's a charming walk to Palace of Fine Arts, Marina, Presidio, Union Street or Fillmore Street shops and restaurants. Why stay in a touristy location like Union Square, when you can be part of the city in a safe and quiet locale? Hotel service was superb. Breakfasts healthy and delicious! Was not disappointed in the Deluxe Room given for the $175/night, 3-night special package--very nice room, exceptional for the price. Parking on the weekends absolutely no problem near the hotel if you can walk one steep block. Since everything is in a downhill direction from the hotel, really enjoyed the cheap and frequent Muni ride home at the end of an active day (also one uphill block to walk "home" to hotel).

Did I Miss Something?

from plannerguru
We spent 4 nights at the Drisco in early March, which was 3 nights too many for us. I'll try to keep my comments brief. We had stayed at a terrific "boutique" downtown hotel (the same chain) the previous 4 nights and really looked forward to a change of atmosphere in a residential neighborhood - and boy did we get one.

The room was booked directly through the hotel website. We were given a hot, dark room on the 3rd floor overlooking an interior courtyard - the spectacular Pacific Heights views we anticipated were nonexistent unless we hung out in the hallway or on the roof. Through the window, we were in earshot of every noise from other hotel rooms and the adjacent apartment building - frankly, I prefer street noise to flushing toilets, baby crying, coughing, sneezing, and various other bodily functions. We had no fan and no AC, and the room was ridiculously hot even though it was 55-65 degrees outside every day. The bed was like a rock. Yes, the room was pretty and the bathroom was large, but who wanted to spend any time in a hot, dark, loud room? Strangely, every other room on our floor had a "theme name" posted on the door - ours didn't - and I don't think they would take my suggestion for a name.

Front desk hotel staff were aloof. They promptly reminded us that the rewards program we signed up for on the chain's website does not include this hotel; I guess I should have read the fine print. The continental breakfast they serve is on par with any other chain, nothing spectacular, and we felt rushed by the busboys. The business center, while comprehensive, charges you $4 for every 20 minutes of computer time and $0.20 per page to print. I felt nickel-and-dimed, especially since the downtown hotel we had just checked out of included these services at no charge.

Pacific Heights has lovely homes and unparalleled city views, but be forewarned: parking is nonexistent on weekdays (resident permits only). Restaurants and shopping on Fillmore and Union Streets are not far to walk to as the crow flies, especailly since they are downhill. However, the return trip is a strenuous, extremely steep climb up a 300' hill. Bus routes are at the bottom of the hill, so be prepared to seriously exert yourself every day. None of this is the Drisco's fault - but it would be nice if they offered some sort of shuttle service. Speaking of shuttles - if you book any bus tours from the Fisherman's Wharf area, they will not pick you up or return you to the Drisco since the hotel is far from the downtown area and situated on the hill. Bottom line: bring money for taxis.

Perhaps the Drisco would be OK for a one night stay to see the Pacific Heights neighborhood, but next time I will remain downtown.

Slightly Disappointed in Hotel Drisco

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from a 3 night stay at the Hotel Drisco. The hotel is very nice and is in a nice neighborhood. Parking is not difficult to find, but be aware that there is only a 3 hour limit on parking anywhere near the hotel without a permit which the hotel does not provide. The bellhop was nice enough to move our car for us when we were gone all day. Initially we got our room for $195 from hotels, when we arrived we were dissappointed to find out that this is for the very least desirable room on the basement floor of the hotel. The room was tiny and it was very hot that day and this hotel does not have air conditioning. Be aware that these rooms look absolutely nothing like the ones in the brochure or the website. We did upgrade to a suite which was very nice and comparable to the pictures on the website. But we did have to pay an additional $70 (they tried to charge us an additional $139/night). The service was very good and the bellhop and maids were very nice. There was one particular person at the front desk who was very stuffy and not welcoming to us. The breakfast was very average. Probably would not stay here again but the suite was very nice.

A great bargain in a different part of the city

from mjmorin
Recently stayed at the Hotel Drisco and overall enjoyed our experience. The city view suite was lovely and the hotel has many lovely amenities ie. Frette robes/bed linens, cookies with turndown, high end bath products. The windows actually open and the staff were very helpful. Staying in Pacific Heights offered us a very different experience of San Francisco, allowing visits to Union St., The Presidio, Golden Gate Park as well as just walking around the beautiful houses in Pacific Heights. This is not a place for the physically disabled, as walking is essential and often difficult. Although we did not have a car, if you are unable or unwilling to walk, this hotel would not be a good fit. However, it allowed us to eat very well, get some great exercise, see part of the city we wouldn't have seen and never gain an ounce. The breakfast consisted of cereals, scones, croissants, hard boiled eggs. The things which could be improved upon are pretty picky, but would include better soundproofing on the hall doors, new carpets, more consistent housekeeping. This is not Campton Place, but still a lovely hotel in an equally lovely part of town.

Amazing hotel, amazing value, easy parking

from dbrand
What an amazing hotel and what an amazing value! For less than what you'd pay for a room at the boring hotels around Union Square, we had a luxurious suite with views of the Golden Gate, Coit Tower, and Alcatraz. The service was superb and the breakfasts were fabulous. We had been worried, when we booked, about finding parking on the street. Don't worry! There's no problem finding parking. We never had to park more than a block away. You will be very happy if you stay at the Drisco. I promise you. It looks as if this sentiment is unanimous.

Adorable Boutique Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We loved Hotel Drisco. It is a boutique hotel in a gorgeous area of San Francisco. We stayed in a Deluxe King room. The continental breakfast was great. I would definitely recommend this hotel if you're visiting San Francisco. We celebrated our 1st year anniversary there. We wouldn't have changed a thing :o) You will totally enjoy your stay.

A fabulous jewel

from Proseco
A fabulous boutique hotel in a neighborhood with spectacular views of the city....we came for my 50th birthday and were upgraded to a city suite that was more memorable and charming than that of my honeymoon. We actually cancelled another reservation on our way back from Monterey Peninsula to stay here again.

Drisco is Wonderful!

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Hotel Drisco is very attractive, comfortable, spacious and includes LOADS of amenities for free. Breakfast, wine and hors d'oeuvres, high speed internet in the room, all included. The rooms are very reasonably priced and the staff is well informed and friendly. For a stay in the Pacific Heights area, this may be the best. I happen to prefer this location to downtown.

Top Local Tips for San Francisco

Fantastic variety Ride a cable car, walk on the waterfront, visit Pier 39, visit a fish restaurant, go downtown, visit Ocean Beach, see the shops on Union Street, take the city tour for Mission Dolores and Golden Gate Bridge.

Buy a muni map You can take cabs in San Francisco but if you don't mind taking public transportation, this city has a great public transportation system. You can buy a muni map at Walgreens and a muni pass downtown for a flat fee and off you go to explore. Muni is the name for their public transportation system.

Driving If you are going to be driving around, plan your routes. If not you will be driving around in circles.


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  • Address: 2901 Pacific Avenue - San Francisco - California - 94115 - United States
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