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Rating: 4.46

Address: 2901 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94115
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Comments (67):

1. Katie S.
An out of the way location, but perfect if you are looking for a quiet, romantic destination in the city.  The rooms here are large and have great views.  They also manage to be elegant without feeling stuffy.  In addition to complementary coffee & tea in the lobby, they also serve great mulled wine during winter months.

11/02/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Natasha R.
If you want an elegant, but subtle, hotel to stay at while in SF, check into Hotel Drisco in Pacific Heights. I stayed there & it was peaceful luxury. Loved it.

31/05/05 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Shine B.
This hotel was almost perfect.  The rooms were nicely decorated, some with great city views, they had great baths, a wonderful breakfast spread, and wine in the afternoon.  They also had tasty chocolate cookies before bed.  I also found the staff so polite and truly nice.  The only reason I didn't give this hotel 5 stars is because of the location....which is really part of its charm.  The problem is, if you want a cab on a busy weekend night, you aren't likely to get one easily.  One more thing, there is a WONDERFUL playground a few blocks away.  We would stay at the Drisco again - definitely.

07/08/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Lucy C.
i absolutely love this hotel - very charming. we stayed in the two bedroom suite for my friend's bachlorette party... the room was perfect! great view, decent size... it wasn't a huge suite, but it was just what we were looking for.

when you first enter the suite, there is a looong hallway that led to the main living area and master bedroom... we spent most of our time in the living area and i'm sure we were being super loud. but we just shut the door to the hall way and partied away and no one could hear us!

it was great that we didn't disturb anyone and had a BLAST! :)

22/05/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. H V.
We checked in the night of New Year's eve and it was all bad.  The hallways smelled musty like a nursing home and the room we check into was room 109.  DO NOT STAY IN ROOM 109.  It is by the stairway and elevator, we heard everyone walking by and all of their conversations.  The walls are so paper thin that you could even hear the people at the front desk.  We didn't get an ounce of sleep even though we had drinks before coming home.  By the way where's the mini bar???!! Beautiful location but the room is definitely not worth the $260/ night!!!

01/01/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
6. becca k.
My man and I "won" a gift certificate at a local auction for a night in a suite (S-Th) at the drisco. We stayed in an airy and bright 2-room suite overlooking Pacific, and we had a lovely time! The staff was friendly, and even though we were barely a mile and a half away from home, we felt like we were worlds away (Pac Heights'll do that to you!). The aperitif service was a big plus, as was turndown, the continental breakfast, and complimentary access to the Presidio Y (take a lock if you want to use the locker rooms!).  We tried Garibaldi's for dinner, and while a little on the loud side, it really complimented our "trip." I'd recommend the Drisco to anyone who truly wants to experience that ol' San Francisco charm.

08/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Alexander G.
Stayed here when I first came to SF. Not the best location for tourism, but great neighborhood and fantastic, charming hotel. Wine and cheese every evening. Fun lobby, friendly staff, elegantly decorated interior. Ample street parking. Nice views, great free breakfast. Seriously, I couldn't think of one thing that was wrong with the Drisco.

28/07/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. liz w.
Our family stayed here for the first time in November.  We were attending the Drew School centennial.  It was the perfect location since the school was only a few blocks away.  Our night view was lovely from our beautiful suite on the quiet side of the hotel. Others in the family were happy with their rooms, too, and not all were in suites.  The continental breakfast was better than most and service was excellent.  We were impressed with the friendliness of the staff at the hotel.  

After breakfast we took advantage of the time left to have a wonderful walk on a beautiful morning in the Pacific Heights area.  Having grown up in the city, I could point out various mansions belonging to politicians and SF celebrities.

We can't wait to go back to Hotel Drisco.  It would be so easy to have it as our base for attending theater shows and other events in the city.

25/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. J. B.
What a treasure! We were thrilled to find a centrally located spot, with easy parking and charm. This hotel is a great value, we had a king Room for $169 that was beautiful. We did not have a view but were only staying for the evening anyway. The staff was knowledgeable, and personable, the rooms are classic Cleon and tasteful. The wine and cheese from 5-7 was great and very good! Totally exceeded all expectations!!

31/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Aaron H.
The perfect hotel in San Francisco if you're looking for a peaceful and polished urban retreat, particularly if you've lived in the city before and know it well.  If that's you, it gets five stars.  However, if you're new to the city, or are looking to be in the thick of it all, or just generally like things like Tenderloin street noise and a hotel bar with thumping house music, there are better options.

The staff at the Drisco is great --- tell them in advance that you really like beautiful views, and if they have availability, they might just upgrade you to a suite with sweeping vistas of the city and the Bay.  (And at the mid-week room rate of $169, that was a steal.)  Run in the Presidio, shop on Fillmore and on Union, and eat dinner at Garibaldi's, all within a few blocks.  Plus you get a free stair-master workout when you walk back on some of the steepest blocks in the city --- try not to feel too guilty when you hail a cab for three blocks!

02/09/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Thomas S.
We recently stayed here one night only, wish it could have been for more night.  Enjoyed all aspects of the stay.  Room was c lean and fine, even though it was inward facing.  Service is the best, wine-tasting and ample free breakfast are more positives.  Front desk most helpful.  Will definitely stay again.

31/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. jen k.
review for the Deluxe King room (non-smoking)

THE +'s: great old-world ambiance and decor. very friendly and attentive staff. wonderful neighborhood and views (ahhh, the charm of pacific heights!). within walking distance to decent eats without losing the quiet of a residential area.

THE -'s: building is a bit old. but then, since i prefer more modern decor, this is more just a personal preference. some of the rooms located near high-traffic areas might be a bit too noisy for those who need their peace and quiet.

SUM: definitely would recommend to anyone looking to escape the day-to-day.

29/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. S.Z. Z.
This is a wonderful hotel.  We were generously upgraded to a suite with the city view which gave us a picturesque sight of the city and the neighborhood. The hotel is located in a quiet and lusher part of the city, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowd.  The breakfast and evening Hors d'oeuvre were tasty with many more choices than we had expected. The complementary Rutherford Merlot was a nice addition to the cheese and bite food. The room was very clean and decorated in a simple, neat, yet classy style. The service was exceptional and the staff was very attentive.  If you'd like to stay away from the cookie cut commercial hotels, and enjoy the city at your own pace, this is a great option to consider.  We are planning to return for our next anniversary. Also the cookies rock.

22/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. perche e.
I was looking forward to staying at Hotel Drisco while in SF on business. Unfortunately, my stay there was not positive

I stayed in room 302. This room faces a light well, the view being into windows of other rooms and an adjacent apartment building. There is no ventilation in this room and it is thus airless and stuffy. The only way to get air is to open the windows. In doing so, you are now subject to non-stop noise from other rooms, i.e. cell phones ringing/being answered at all hours, sexual relations, conversations, baby crying, toilets flushing, TV, etc. The roller shade on the window was non-functional with light coming into the room an issue all night. Air quality - around 4 a.m. fetid odors of burning food filled the room and were still present when I checked out at 9 a.m. All of this made for a miserable night and a less than refreshed sense of being for the work day ahead.

I have read similar reviews on other forums such as trip advisor. It seems that the quality of your experience at this hotel depends on what room you get. It appears that if you can afford an upper floor, outward facing suite w/view the reviews are positive. For the unfortunates who are assigned what appears to be one of four rooms on each floor that faces inward to the light well it is an unpleasant stay. I contacted the hotel manager with this feedback and did not receive a response, hence my review here. Potential customers need to know that a "deluxe queen" room (what I had) was a miserable room to spend a night in. Would hate to have a less "deluxe' room.

Management needs to come clean on the reality of their rooms, i.e. rooms facing a light well, no attached bath, etc. in their online descriptions and when booking so that the customer can decide if these limitations are worth the price. Based on my experience,  I cannot recommend this hotel to others.

07/10/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
15. Moxie H.
Please don't stay here!  You will love this hotel and then I will have a hard time getting a reservation!  Don't enjoy the wonderful, free, breakfast in the lovely dining room.  Do not borrow DVD's from their free library at the front desk, the selection is too well culled.  Don't enjoy pretending that you live in the neighborhood Diane Feinstein lives in that you only drove through as a kid.  You'll hate that there is wonderful dining within 2 miles either way and that it is centrally located.  Def, do not stay here!  Please!

26/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Jim B.
Couldn't agree more with prev posts. Try to get a room facing city otherwise suffer noisy ventless rooms facing an inner courtyard or neighbors. Very cool part of the city. Fun to walk around and see the Pacific Heights architecture.  Great place to stay to escape the usual touristy/downtown parts of city.

17/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
17. Ron A.
This has to be my favorite SF hotel!  I love the location, next to the Presidio with sweeping views of the Bay, Alcatraz and Bay Bridge... breath-taking!  Am I gushing?  You bet.  I always have my out-of-town visitors stay here and love joining them for a petite repas  mornings in the breakfast room - tres elegante.
The staff is 5 star also.

11/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
18. Jennifer M.
Stayed here last weekend for my husband's birthday. Overall, Hotel Drisco did not disappoint. It has old world elegance minus the stuffiness found in some old world hotels. The staff was extremely accomodating and pleasant without seeming overbearing. The location is lovely...on a very quiet, upscale street in Pacific Heights. Our bed was very comfy, sheets soft. We were stunned at the fact that we were not once awoken by street noise. Honestly, it felt as if we were staying at a hotel in the countryside rather than in the middle of SF. It was that quiet!

While this was a lovely hotel...I wouldn't rank it as one of the top places I've ever stayed.
* I tend to prefer more modern decor and a slightly more casual environment.
* I also like to know if I happen to be hungry "after hours," I can get food delivered to my room instead of prowling the streets looking for a late-night takeout joint.
* Our morning shower was unfortunately tepid which does tend to put a negative spin on the day (at least for me).
* And I can't say I was that blown away by the continental breakfast--yes, it was good but I personally didn't find it to be anything out of the ordinary (aside from the delicious fresh squeezed OJ).

That said, I most certainly would stay here again and we will be recommending this hotel to my in-laws who travel out twice a year from Ireland to visit. I imagine this hotel would most appeal to Europeans and older folks...or anyone craving a peaceful haven in the middle of a very busy city.

29/04/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Diane G.
Yikes!!  I thought this was our secret!  I knew that writeup in the Sunset magazine was going to give it away.  For me this  is just an ideal, tasteful, beautifully located & decorated small  hotel.  We have stayed many times on our trips up to SF and have never  been disappointed.  

I do have favorite rooms, and they tend to be on the sidestreet side and have some views... if nothing else, you can watch the fog drift by.  One room we did get that wasn't my favorite was 101 ( i think) which was right off the front desk on the the sidewalk level of the street it fronts.   It was very large  & just as nice but too noisy and public for us.

We love the Drisco because of the location.  How often can you stay in Pacific Heights with multi-million dollar mansions around you? It's pretty spectacular.  I'm not a shopper, so I don't miss access to stores.  And the walks from here... into Presido Park,  around the historic neighborhood,  down to Fillmore street for dinner at a grill.  It's what we come to SF for... the atmosphere and chance to get out & walk a great city.

All the amenities the Drisco offers always make me feel spoiled-- simple stuff like the fluffy robes & slippers, the free bottles of water by the bed, the bowl of apples in the lobby , the wine & cheese and the truly generous breakfast.  They just know how to do it right.  I'll never stay anywhere else in the city.

19/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
20. James M.
Excellent room. City view Suite with king bed and sitting room. Spacious, quiet, and great view south over the city. Easy to find parking and great access to Presidio for jogging trails, etc. Their complementary breakfast is a great value - a significant step above most "continental breakfasts" at other hotels.

02/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Tria C.
The Drisco is charming and quaint while having a high level of sophistication. We live in the neighborhood and always have friends and family stay at the Drisco because it is the only hotel in the real, residential part of Pac Heights (and the most beautiful part - stunning views, mansions all around, etc.). Over my wedding weekend, we had about 50 guests stay at the Drisco and they were taken wonderful care of. My favorite part of staying there was the afternoon wine/tea/cheese and the gorgeous complimentary breakfast (homemade breads, mueslix, fruit, cheeses, etc.). The bottom line is it's the most elegant hotel not in downtown - a rare neighborhood hotel in SF. And it's walking distance to so much -- Fillmore, Union, and Chestnut streets shopping and restaurants, etc. I often drive by and wish I could check in, even though I live around the corner. : )

07/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Matt L.
Great location....and that pretty much sums up all its good points.  SO DAMN NOISY!  I read the reviews and knew that it could be noisy and therefore, decided to pay more for a upgraded room that was supposed to be quieter and off the main drag...I'm sure it would have been a great room...had they bothered to actually give me the room I requested and prepaid for, but not so much.  Alas, we were up ALL.  DAMN.  NIGHT.  LONG.  and sadly, not for any fun reasons.  In their defense, they did offer to move me to a suit when I told them I was leaving their hotel 2 nights early because I needed to find a hotel where I could actually...wait for it...sleep.  Went down to the Argonaut Hotel on Fisherman's Wharf and slept like a baby.

07/02/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
23. Angie G.
Another fab stay at the Drisco...my home away from home. Stayed in a suite this time and it's just a delicious experience. They bring fresh fruit to your room, fill up the ice bucket for you, put out your slippers and robe, stock the honor bar with snacks...it just doesn't get any better.  It's SUPER quiet here. I don't recommend for families with young children unless they are used to being vewy vewy quiet ; )  it's definitely an adult environment. Wine reception with meatballs, cheese, crackers, salami, etc....was great starter to the evening.  Can't wait to go back!

30/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Obstinate N.
My marital unit and I stayed here when we made it official a few years ago, and we came back for our anniversary.  They very kindly upgraded us to a beautiful City View Suite and provided a bottle of champagne, even though the hotel appeared to be full. The hotel was especially great because we had a car this time, and street parking on the weekend is free and easy to find. The staff was very friendly, and the breakfast was very tasty. Hotel Drisco, I am the reason why you ran out of Nutella and cream cheese two weekends ago.  See you in 2012!

01/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Mary J.
We LOVE the Drisco! my husband and I have staying here 4 or 5 times over the past 2 years and it just keeps getting better.  We got upgraded twice this time (went to Napa, then returned) and each time the room was nicer! LOVE the fact that its in an historic building, the neighborhood is the most exquisite place to walk with the most amazing houses in the world and the views fab.  Although each room does not have a view they rooms always seem freshly painted, super clean LOVE the chocolate cookie!! the fresh fruit and good cable TV, the fab robes and I ordered up a supersoft pillow. Closets can be small but w. all the other stuff who cares.  Breakfast is great, service superb!!! and LOVE the afternoon wine tastings.  The reading room is CLASS.  This is a great place not for those doing the normal touristy things in S F, cause its a bit remote, but for those who are repeat visitors, guests in a wedding party, leisurely couples.  Very quiet.

23/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Terrie R.
Hotel Drisco is in one of the best areas in the city. It might not be for everyone, as it is in residential neighborhood, but that is what makes it both special and quiet.
Don't be fooled by the phone operators, who may not have much personality, once you get there you are greeted with a smile.
The decor is old style San Francisco, while not my favorite, added to the charm of the property. It was clean and well appointed.
The extras made it a 5 star. From the bowl of fruit in your room, to the wine reception with cheese and crackers, to the continental breakfast with good coffee, cheese, ham, oatmeal, baguette, croissants and scones.
I would definitely stay again at Hotel Drisco and recommend to my friends and family.

24/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Kimberly H.
This place is a true gem. I recommend family and friends of mine to stay here. The décor is awesome and I think it is a great value. It is located in the very prestigious part of Pacific Heights...you know, where there are just mansions...on the bright side, it's easier to find parking.

The staff is okay...nothing special. I love the fact that it is quiet, clean, bright and gorgeous.

16/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Shannon C.
Loved the hotel. Loved the staff. Loved the breakfast. Price was steep. Location a little far from the Wharf if you are not a walker. I love walking so not a problem for me. My only complaint was insulation, the hotel is cold. Regardless of the heater on, warm clothes, blankets, its chilly. From the lobby to the public rooms, to your bedroom and bathroom, it is COLD. I am a fan though and would stay here again, in the summer.

21/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. Ryan M.
I live in neighborhood, parents from Boston stayed here while visiting and everything was perfect. Will highly recommend to future visitors.

28/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Jim C.
The view, the room, the service, the continental breakfast, the neighborhood, all superb!  This could be my favorite hotel in the world.

05/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. KEN O.
This hotel is one of San Francisco's best kept secrets. Lacated in the beautiful Pacific Heights area of SF, this hotel offers charm, coziness, warm friendly service and and old world European flair. The staff is professional but incredibly friendly. The rooms are appointed with all the conveniences. Every morning a newspaper is delivered to your room . The daily breakfast (included) is a first class spread with your choice of coffee's, cereals, danish, fruits, breads, cheeses,jams, etc.. Coffee and tea are available all day long and every afternoon there is a wine reception (included) for the guests. I have to say that staying here is a real treat !!!!!

23/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Ken B.
This place is awesome!!....total early 1900s throw-back experience.  Impeccable service. Great inclusive stuff...cheese/wine every eve.  Great breakfast.  No valet, but they move your car for you.  Shuttle service to Union square.  Had our kids and worked out great.  If there was any downfall it was the non-central location to the tourist stuff.

04/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. colleen b.
This is a beautiful hotel in Pacific Heights, an old glorious neighborhood near The Presidio. We stayed in a suit with a King bed and pullout sofa for our teenager. The evening wine and snacks was wonderful after a busy day shopping and sightseeing. The breakfast consisted of deli-type turkey breast, ham and salami, hard-boiled eggs, croissants, scones, brioche, fresh fruit, granola, dried fruits and oatmeal. Coffee, teas, water and juices were also available. They would even make you an espresso drink upon request.

We asked for help with moving our car every three hours on the weekdays, as that is required by local parking regulations, and they took care of it so we were able to tour the city without worry of being towed.

The front desk was very helpful, as were all of the staff we encountered.

So now for complaints and why I could not give them 5 stars. This is a lovely old hotel without the benefit of soundproof walls, windows and floors. Consequently, we could hear the people upstairs when they came in after we were asleep and again early in the morning. Also, traffic noise could be loud as well. The hotel has provided each room with a sound machine to help drown out the noise which we found helpful, that combined with leaving our exhaust fan on all night and wearing ear plugs helped too.

If we visit SF again, I would stay at the Hotel Drisco.

23/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Jonathan Y.
What a wonderful place.  The staff are incredibly friendly and talented, the location is supreme, and the rooms are as comfortable as any 5 star hotel.  I read some comments that there may be rooms that are poorly located, but not ours or our friends'.

Great breakfast and wine tasting as well.  The perfect vacation hotel (and for me business as well) away from the touristy hubs but close enough to get anywhere in a few minutes.

31/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Kyle M.
VERY friendly front desk staff makes you feel at home. The place is old though and you can hear everything even when inside your room. If you get a room facing inward the stay is going to be mediocre. We switched rooms to one with a view of the city and it changed our whole attitude of the place. Rooms are somewhat small but the bathrooms are spacious. The rooms are all very clean and each has a flat screen tv with DVD player. The front desk will loan you DVD's to watch for free which is very cool. The rooms have free ethernet internet. Beds and pillows are soft and very comfortable and the sliders that cover the windows prevent most light from coming in and waking you up.

Great neighborhood but not really close to anything. Buy a bus/trolly pass from the front desk and a map and your golden. Free breakfast and newspaper in the morning was nice as well. The Drisco cookies are great too as was the free bottled water. Your stay being good or bad is going to depend almost entirely on what room you get so keep your fingers crossed for a room facing out.

04/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. Samantha G.
We loved our stay at the Drisco!  I will be repeating some things that have already been said here, but the Drisco deserves another good review.  If you are looking for ultra modern, this isn't it; it is more charming and romantic instead (though it does have modern elements, like satellite television).  We are locals who didn't know about it until we had to book some rooms for wedding guests, and it's really a beautiful location with welcoming staff (especially Bob, he treats you like an old friend).  

It's in a quiet neighborhood, residential, but we wanted that, and we liked the Drisco so much upon seeing it in person we decided to spend a night there ourselves and we're so glad we did!  Perhaps the noise level depends on what room you get, but we did have views, quiet, a lovely suite with an elegant bathroom, and the continental breakfast downstairs is great!  We felt like we were on vacation, and didn't want to leave.

On top of everything else, they knew we were getting married and had rose petals arranged on the bedspread in the shape of a heart... how sweet is that?!  We will be back for our anniversary next year!

11/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. David M.
Absolutely perfect.  This hotel is beyond charming, and truly pristine. Stayed in a city view suite on the top floor. The service was excellent. The complimentary breakfast was delicious and abundant, both in variety and quantity. The evening wine happy hour was lovely.  

From this point on, this is the only hotel I will stay when in San Francisco.

30/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. Jerod P.
Definitely in my top 5 hotels I've stayed at. Despite previous posts we were in room 302 and found it perfect for us. A bit small but we don't hang out in our room just sleep there, so who cares. It was very comfortable, reasonably priced, the staff was fantastic (thanks Jon!), and they have a wine and cheese tasting each night and an excellent breakfast each morning all complimentary. Now I have stayed at a $400  a night b&b and drisco has them beat. Also FREE PARKING!, in a safe quiet neighborhood.

27/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. E P.
The Hotel Drisco is perfect. The hotel is immaculate and the rooms are beautifully appointed and comfortable. The staff is friendly and kind, especially Bob. Another Yelper described him as treating you like an old friend. This is a perfect description. The hotel is quiet and peaceful, and the reading room is lovely and filled with beautiful, natural light. The City View Suites have beautiful views and the suite's sitting room seat several guests nicely. Everything feels clean, bright and comfortable at the Drisco.

I stayed at the Hotel Drisco the night before my wedding and on my wedding night. For the night before the wedding, they gave my bridesmaids and me adjoining rooms so that on the morning of the wedding we could all easily leave doors open and get ready together.

Staying at the Drisco is like spending time in a fairy tale. I live in San Francisco and it's only been a few weeks since my wedding, but I'm already trying to think of reasons to stay there again. :)

19/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Jasten M.
This place is beautiful, romantic and has a great location. Located in a mansion-gazer's paradise, this place is also close enough to BART and tons of great (local) vintage/consignment stores. The dining room is a welcome retreat from urban madness... In general, a great place to retreat from life. 4-stars(I wish 4.5 was available) b/c of points program and b/c I simply adore posh over charm... Wood floors are cute, but textured marble's fabulous ;-)

I checked out and, after deciding to stay in SF a few nights longer, when I realized you don't get Vivre points, despite the hotel's ads. Really? Two nights at the Hotel Abri($130/nt, sheik, o yea... Seconds from powell station) and one pair of YSL boots later, I left SF a happy camper ;-)

Don't get me wrong:I'd definitely stay here for a romantic weekend or shopping splurge purge. Rooms here are perfect for business travel as well(I didn't notice much noise at all from 4th floor, despite location).

02/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Seth G.
This cute little hotel definitely captured the San Francisco charm that I was hoping for when I was booking a recent Napa Valley trip for the wifey and I. Situated in a quiet part of the Pacific Heights neighborhood, Drisco is replete with the old-world SF touches that you'd expect from a 100-plus year old building, yet features most all the modern conveniences you'd expect from a nice hotel as well (except for perhaps air conditioning, but we'll get to that.)

The hotel staff was exceedingly friendly and helpful, from the bellhop taking our bags to our room, to the concierge who showed us a 'secret' route through town to avoid traffic on our departure. Everyone made us feel welcome and comfortable without being overbearing. I really can't say enough about the customer service.

Our room was quite spacious, featured a nice comfortable bed, mini bar, the whole works...the bathroom was also definitely excellent as well. Really my only complaint with the room was the lack of air conditioning. It was never very hot, we opened the window in the room and let a breeze in, but it had the potential to be pretty stuffy in the room with the windows closed. Its an old building though, and in a temperate climate, so A/C probably isn't necessary.

One last thing to note was the superb (and free!) continental breakfast. Excellent selection of pastries, fruits, coffees (they have an espresso bar as well) and the like...very nice touch on top of an already quite nice experience!

If I find myself in SF again, I'll definitely stay at Drisco!

04/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Bob M.
The room was pleasant, however it was located next to the front desk and next to several of the manager's offices. It was down a hallway that led to the bell hops elevator. It felt as if we were staying in the maids quarters. Also, the noise all night long from above was quite annoying.

While the location of the hotel is very nice and the service was very acceptable, I was very disappointed in the quality of our stay.

They definitely ruined what should have been an exceptional stay. They made us feel that we were second class citizens.  With all of the wonderful choices in this wonderful city, we will most likely not stay there again.

06/01/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
43. Charlotte L.
I loved this place when I stayed here last year. It's super cozy and located in beautiful and fancy Pacific Heights. I had the ground room (the cheapest one) that people seem to complain about, but honestly its really nice inside and they give you a white noise machine to block out any extra noise there may be. I've never stayed in a hotel where I have felt so welcomed  by the staff. They helped us decide where to go and what to see with local insight.  The continental breakfast still makes my mouth water just thinking about it. They also have tea time and a wine hour which makes you really feel like you're getting your money's worth.  I would love to stay here again if I could afford it.

26/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Kent P.
Staying here right now. I love this ultra quiet hotel. Very clean, firm beds. Very comfortable. Great chilled out ambience. Fantastic staff all the way around. Very professional while also friendly. I feel like I'm at home, but in a beautiful location. Kind of far from restaurants but worth it for the privacy. I don't think I will stay anywhere else in SF from now on.

07/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. May N.
I don't normally stay in expensive places, but I was invited out for a trip to SF and put up in this hotel.  It was a beautiful, charming old San Francisco-style hotel in a luxurious, quiet residential neighborhood.  

The staff from the doorman to the front desk were friendly and helpful.  My reservation was a basement-level suite in a corner of the hotel facing a wall.  My view wasn't overlooking the Pacific Heights neighborhood or ocean, but the magenta flowers in hanging pots and sunshine still cheered me up.   Plus, the room was so spacious with amazing amenities - a sitting room, 2 flat panel tvs with Dish satellite and HD tv, large closet in a large bathroom, 2 thick absorbent robes, full-size umbrella, and complementary bottled water.  There also was a mini-fridge stocked with drinks and a wine set.  The queen bed was soft and comfortable and I was able to sleep in peacefully.  

Other complementary services included gourmet continental breakfast every morning (including pastries, cereal, oatmeal, fresh and dried fruit), afternoon tea, evening wine reception and hors d'oeuvres, and evening "turndown" service where the staff fills your ice bucket and leaves you a chocolate shortbread cookie.  There's free wireless internet access, a 24 hr fitness center and free passes to the Presidio Y.  You also can take a chauffeured car service on weekdays to the Presidio, Union Square, and the financial district.  I don't even know what other services you can pay for since I felt so pampered by the complementary services.  

The staff was so nice, too.  It was like Southern hospitality where employees greeted you, even by name!  Parking didn't seem too hard as people were able to find spots easily, even at night, within a block.  It's a little hard to get to by public transportation (from SFO - BART, then MUNI on 2 bus lines), but the neighborhood is fantastic.  I walked down the staircase to the Museum of Palace Arts, along Marina, and down Fillmore to all the shops.

16/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Vincent T.
Great place and stayed there for 20 days and had no exception thing here but a good place go come back for the next time here. Bathroom was ok and fresh food any time are their good quality. No serious complain against the place.

09/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. James K.
Just completed our first and not last stay at the Hotel Drisco.  Our room had a stunning city view and every amenity was thoughtfully done.  The hotel is in the super quiet Pacific Heights area and there was no street or neighborhood noise.  Our check in was very easy and Marti made us feel like family.  The hotel offers a daily wine reception with serious wines and Catherine was very attentive, making sure we were comfortable.  Bob at the front desk was a good resource for local food and other resources.  This team made us feel like family.  The entire staff provided a friendly and helpful space, making our weekend at this lively hotel outstanding.

25/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. Mariela D.
I had my bridal shower here and also stayed the night. I fell in love from the moment I set foot in the City View Suite. Granted, I am deeply in love with SF (the city I was born & raised in) and Hotel Drisco's stunning views capture the essence of all that makes San Francisco beautiful. As a boutique hotel, the staff is warm, welcoming and always helpful. The rooms are impeccably designed with 1920s-esque wallpaper, chairs...like something out of a movie.

I also found parking to be shockingly easy, especially considering this is Pacific Heights. The next morning, the staff was extremely helpful in getting all my bags and leftover shower stuff, gifts, etc into my car.

It's no wonder Hotel Drisco is one of the top hotels in the city.

06/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Sam A.
It wasn't that bad, but for the price, I could have had much better. Service overall was good, but the curly-haired woman at the counter was pretty rude. The room we got had literally no view - it looked out over a wall - and the flyscreen was broken. The closet was in the back of the bathroom, so if anyone was using the loo you couldn't get to your coats. Instead of a proper ventilation system (the bathroom had no windows), there was a desk fan in the closet that I guess you're supposed to plug in?

All that stuff isn't a big deal, generally-speaking, but it's the kind of thing I expect from a 2-star or maybe 3-star hotel.

I don't think I'll be coming back.

29/12/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
50. Sara L.
Flew to San Francisco for my niece's graduation from dental school.  I decided to stay at the Hotel Drisco, which is located in a fabulous area of town.  GREAT location for me. I visit SF several times a year to visit family that live near the hotel.  Best feature of the hotel is: CUSTOMER SERVICE.  These people aim to please.  Town car service in the morning after you have your delightful continental breakfast that is part of the price; oatmeal if you want to be healthy and fresh muffins, scones, & bread if you want to splurge a little.  NICE rooms with nice soap, shampoo, bath robes, mouthwash, q-tips, bedtime cookie to beat them all, radio/sound machine, room service, internet, nespresso coffee maker in room, nice pillows, sheets, blankets and slippers. What else can you ask for? A pool - yes, you can go to the Presidio for lap swim.

20/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Shaun W.
Our stay at the hotel couldn't have been better. It's an old building, so you may hear noisy water pipes and the heavy footsteps of someone upstairs, but it doesn't matter because the rest of the experience is so good. This hotel gets the basics right, such as bed comfort (great linen, firm bed), working TV (HD, and free DVDs at the desk), clean bathroom etc, and it gets the extras right too, such as fantastic buffet breakfast, evening wine tasting and newspaper delivery. You can also get a free ride into the city from the hotel's driver on weekdays.

Our shower could have been more powerful, but again, it didn't overshadow the fact that this is one of the best hotels we've ever stayed at. Another reviewer has mentioned not staying in the room next to the 'lounge' area, but we were OK with it, having quick access to the front desk, free tea and coffee and a relaxing environment to catch up with the day's newspapers. Yes, it was sometimes strange passing large groups of people chit-chatting next to our front door, but once the door was closed, we couldn't hear anybody.

We stayed a whole week and enjoyed returning to the hotel after spending our days out and about. It was always reassuring to know that, at the top of the hill, we would be staying in a homely, safe and friendly environment.

We would like to mention in particular the attitude of the people who work at the hotel, from the friendly room staff to the guys at the front desk and the people who work behind the scenes. Everyone was so accommodating, making us feel very special. We especially would like to thank the hotel for helping me find a birthday cake and a bottle of Champagne for my partner. We wouldn't hesitate to stay at Hotel Drisco again when we eventually return to San Francisco.

30/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. G O.
Place is really beat up--not that clean--needs painting bad.
I had a reaction to some allergy--probably someone had a dog in the room. For $900 a night pitiful room and experience. I explained to the hotel I was up all night- ? they really didn't care. We cancelled the balance of the reservation and left town,
Do NOT waste your money--lots of attitude w/lousy rooms.
Go ahead and try a Red Roof motel for the same experience.

15/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
53. Bella B.
This is a small boutique hotel, so there may be no swimming pool, exercise center or other high end big hotel features, but if you like a more intimate and personal ambiance in a residential area with everything impeccable and very well presented, than this is a very good choice. I was given an upgrade to a 'City Suite' and I would request and pay the slight upcharge for this as it is well worth it. Spacious, quiet, comfortable and well appointed room (even includes a Nespresso machine with half/half in the frig).

The breakfast service is included and was outstanding. I was brought a well prepared cappuccino.  Room service is offered 24/7 and includes light food entrees. Impressive, for a hotel this size. Only caveat, the parking is on the street if you arrive in your own car. The staff was very helpful in managing the car movement according to the 3 hour parking limit and once/week street cleaning.

This place ROCKS!

11/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. Fred C.
Agree with all the positive reviews.
Elegant, quiet, spacious, beautiful, character, class.
Staff was excellent.
Accommodations were wonderful and the amenities were top notch.
Definitely a fancier hotel than what I was expecting and I highly recommend especially if you've already done the downtown touristy thing and want a more vintage San Francisco experience in a beautiful, hilly locale.

28/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Veronica R.
Best hotel hands down in San Francisco! I will only stay here ! Reserved a two bedroom suite. Accommodations and customer service are exceptional. Hotel is so cute. Beds are super comfy. Yummy breakfast included.  Free wine in the evenings. Perfect !

21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Teresa T.
Wonderful old Hotel Drisco, central to many of the main attractions in San Francisco. Mostly used as a base, but we did attempt to go to the roof terrace one night. This was via a back of the hotel lift escorted by hotel staff. We did not feel welcome at the roof terrace, felt like a party we weren't invited to. Also has a dire vodka and lemonade. The main bar in the lobby is a joy to sit in due to the architecture and old world grandeur. Service is variable between attentive to indifferent with some communication issue with the staff. Lobby staff and concierge were helpful and attentive. Rooms perfectly adequate, but with no tea/coffee facilities. One of the family party had a room facing inwards, which was disappointing as they has no view, just a brick wall. All in all we enjoyed our stay and had a great base forSan Francisco.

13/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
57. Sarah C.
We had a corner room on the top floor and the views were amazing - we could see Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and most of the city.  All the windows really helped because, like many older buildings in the city, Drisco has no air conditioning.  Opening all the windows made for a lovely cross-breeze, though it was too noisy to leave them open at night.  The hotel includes a continental breakfast, and I am not talking about just cereal and muffins.  They have all kinds of pastries with homemade jams, spreads, and toppings.  Also fresh juices, cereal, yogurt, bagels, fruit salad, hot oatmeal, smoothies, salami and cheese, hard boiled eggs, and antipasto style veggies.  In addition to various coffee blends, they will also make espresso drinks to order.  They also have a wine tasting every evening with cheese and salami.  It is a very nice perk.  Others include free bikes, airport pickup, free wifi, all-day coffee.  The staff are also very friendly and helpful.

17/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Karen M.
The service at this hotel is impeccable.  Every employee we encountered was pleasant and helpful.  Our room was at the back of the hotel, and the view and ventilation were great.  

The hotel is located on top of a very steep hill and is removed from more touristy areas.  This wasn't ideal for our circumstances, but it did give us a chance to see part of the city that we wouldn't have seen otherwise.  The very reasonably priced 24-hour room service helps to make up for the lack of restaurants in the immediate neighborhood that didn't require a tough hike down and back up the hill.

The rates are pricey, but not out of line for the San Francisco market.  Once you factor in the cost of the complementary breakfast and wine tasting, the price is actually a pretty good deal.

03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Alexandria S.
My husband and I stayed here over the weekend!

The reasons why I LOVE this hotel:

Quaint and Lovely. .

Staff was so helpful and friendly.

Ordered room service,which arrived promptly.

Great Food.

Had a wine and cheese reception started @5pm-complimentary to guests.

We asked the clerk to call a cab, he offered a chauffer to drive us to our destination. $20 charge but no pick up.Bummer.

Next Morning-Continental breakfast-complimentary to guests

Will be coming back Soon. Highly Recommend!!

28/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
60. Greg B.
This is the most gorgeous hotel we've tried in the Bay Area, with wonderful service, amazing food, tasteful period decor, and awesome views. I can heartily recommend visiting around Christmas, and the Romance package too.

13/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Jeffrey D.
The Hotel Drisco is quite simply the best boutique hotel or B&B we have ever stayed in in the entire Bay Area. We have been to fantastic places in the wine country but the Hotel Drisco beat them all. We had originally reserved a suite but wanted a regular room due to the significant cost savings (no regular rooms were available when I originally made the reservation). I called a week before our stay and they did have a regular room open up. We "downgraded" to the regular room no problem. When we got there, two suites had opened up and they toured us around through all three rooms (regular room and the two suites). They offered us either suite for just $75 more. We took one of the suites and the complimentary champagne and fruit plate as well.

There are too many amenities to mention them all but the complimentary chauffeur (to dinner) and the Nespresso machine in the room (no charge) were very nice touches. The complimentary afternoon wine and appetizers were great and the Saturday morning breakfast was amazing - musli cereal from Bavaria, lemon curd from Essex, England, lox, bagels, pastries, scones, etc.

The views of the City are incredible and simply walking around the multi-million dollar homes of Pacific Heights was a treat as well.

Note that the earlier reviews noting that there isn't any fitness center are incorrect. They do have one now.

Bottom line: You owe it to yourself to spend at least a weekend at the Hotel Drisco when in San Francisco.

28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. J. Maria P.
This was by far one of the best hotel experiences I've ever had, and this is coming from someone who is a 5-Star regular, usually Four Seasons. The last time we were in SF, we stayed at the Ritz and it was a MAJOR disappointment. This time, I wanted a different experience, neighborhood, and vibe, so I went out on a limb and booked the Hotel Drisco. Simply amazing from check-in to check-out! Where to begin? How about our taxi driving into the beautiful Pacific Heights neighborhood, cresting a steep hill, and pulling up to the lovely Hotel Drisco? Impressed by the pristine, charming exterior, we entered the cozy foyer and were further impressed by the warm welcome (and towels!) we received by the staff. We were offered a room upgrade for a nominal fee and were taken to see the room we'd reserved as well as the upgraded suite so that we could make an informed decision. The lower level room we'd originally chosen was charming, but the suite on the second floor was amazing. No brainer there. Upgrade! As we checked in, we were told about the hotels many amenities - complimentary wine tasting in the evenings, complimentary breakfast, complimentary bicycles, complimentary movies (although, unless I missed it, I didn't see "So I Married an Ax Murderer" in the San Francisco section - it should definitely be added!), complimentary wifi, complimentary...you get the picture! It is clear the Hotel Drisco's priority isn't making as much extra money off its guests as possible, nay they give so much to their guests, it's a wonder they are MAKING any money at all!

Once we were settled into our beautiful, elegantly appointed room, we took a moment to check out the gorgeous views from our windows. There is no A/C, which was fine with us. The breezes and city sounds coming through the open windows were splendid. I will note here that I read in previous reviews that the open windows could present a problem because of sounds from other rooms. One evening, we were privy to the late night "intimacies" of the guests above us. Meh. Get over it. This sometimes happens in a hotel, with or without open windows.

The hotel staff was incredible. Everyone smiling, gracious, friendly. There wasn't one person who behaved as if they didn't enjoy their job, from the gentleman that gave us our bike, to the bellmen, to the restaurant staff (Amati *spelling?* was a particular delight!).

Don't miss the ample, delicious buffet breakfast, and definitely don't miss the wine tasting. The latter was less "tasting," more "have as many glasses of GOOD wine as you want...on us!" Again, this hotel could be up charging all over the place and yet they don't. Staying here is like being a guest in the home of a very good friend, aesthetically and hospitality-wise. Hotel Drisco, you've got this hotel thing down. Please don't ever change!

Last thing I'll note is that the hotel isn't located super close to the touristy stuff (Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, etc.). This was part of the reason we selected it. Nestled in Pac Heights, it's walking distance to the Lyon Street Steps, Fillmore Street, the Presidio, and other less crowded attractions. The Golden Gate Bridge is close by bike or if you're a runner like me and want to run there and back.

I just can't say enough about this hotel. Excellent job, Hotel Drisco! Again, PLEASE don't change! We'll be back very soon!
Stayed October 2014

03/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. Jen B.
So far? Amazing! Many excellent amenities included. Wifi and gym, bottles of water, nespresso and a wonderful continental breakfast with hard boiled eggs, amazing cheeses, yogurt fruit and bit parfait, juices, fresh fruit and cappuccino. Very attentive concierge, housekeeping and staff. Comfortable bedding and windows that open!

04/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
64. Michelle S.
This is the best hotel in the cutest neighborhood with the best staff offering the highest service!  I cannot say enough good things about this hotel.  

1) Pac Heights neighborhood is a really nice, high-end neighborhood that is quiet and quaint.  The hotel is perched on one of the cities high points so you have great views from several different vantage points (in the hotel and outside around the grounds).  Fillmore street going north had great food and cute shops.

2) The hotel has the characteristics of an apartment that you would live in in the area.  You feel like a local and you feel like its home.  But the rooms and bathrooms are much bigger than what you would be staying in as a local.  Just like the rest of the city, your AC is the windows open with the cool fresh air.  Loved it!

3) When you consider the price, make sure that you are including that you get two free, good quality, meals here as well (basically).  The breakfast every morning was perfect.  A little bit of everything.  But mainly great service from the people getting you your perfectly made latte, or however you take you your coffee.  There is tea time around 4 pm that we never made it to since we were always out and about.  Then from 5-6:30 they have a wine tasting of a constantly rotating selection of 6 different bottles of wine.  With it, there is a spread of awesome cheeses (Humboldt fog! My Favorite!) charcuterie, olives, bread, tomatoes with basil, and meatballs in awesome gravy sauce.  If we wanted, we could have totally just had that and been done with dinner.  But we are in SF so we had to go to dinner too, of course!

I want to send my love to the hotel and all the people that work there.  Y'all set our expectations really high for our next hotel.  I will definitely be back and I will definitely recommend to anyone that visits SF.  Thank you so much for your hospitality and your kindness.  It felt like we were home when we were there.  THANK YOU!

Thanks to Howard, RJ, Bob and the women that cleaned our room (dont remember your names but yall were great!)

17/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
65. Two H.
Deserving of their reputation.  Finally, a four star hotel in the true sense of the word.   We came here from the Ahwahnee hotel at Yosemite Park which was also supposed to be a four star lodging.  The Hotel Drisco is MUCH nicer.  From the first experience coming in the front door, to the afternoon reception and tea, to the quality of the lodging, this is a destination in itself.  Morning breakfast was first class.  The staff are professional.  The rooms are are smallish but well-kept.  Building and location are ideal.  Quiet residential neighborhood with easy parking on street.  Hotel staff was very accommodating, and moved our vehicle mid day when I was gone in order to avoid any potential parking issues.  Quality of room service food, at least in the late evening is marginal, but the prices reflect that.  I would highly recommend this location to anyone looking for a hotel that they don't want to be disappointed in.  They just did things right-which quite honestly, is a refreshing change from some of our other hotel experiences.  Bravo Hotel Drisco and staff!

10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
66. Alyx F.
Beautiful hotel with AMAZING service, but I'm docking a star since I think it could benefit from some simple renovations that would highly improve the rooms.

Literally everything aside from the room itself was PERFECT.  Some of the most noteworthy things:
-The staff is available 24/7
-They will move your car around during the week days if you want to explore the city
-5 - 7P they have a wine and cheese reception (totally complimentary)
-Free continental breakfast that is crazy good
-Everyone was VERY friendly and welcoming

The only negative was the room itself.  Everything in the room was just very old.  The radiator was squealing all night and it was really challenging falling asleep since it was so loud.  It was hard getting a good night's sleep which was a bummer since we had a long day of activities planned after our evening spent here.

Overall, I'd recommend staying here, but I do hope that they fix some of the rooms to just make them a little more comfortable for guests to sleep.

07/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. Veronica M.
This hotel is simply amazing. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable and the location is great. The best part about staying here though is the delicious breakfast. This breakfast is so amazing that I can't imagine staying anywhere else the next time I come to San Francisco.

They also have complimentary food in their lobby at certain times and have tea there 24/7. I was sick while in San Francisco and it was so nice coming back to my hotel knowing there was unlimited tea waiting in the lobby for me.

22/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0