Dawson Design Associates renovates Kimpton's Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Originally built in 1928, Kimpton's Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco unveiled the completion of its multi-million dollar renovation during its 85th anniversary. The boutique hotel sits 21 stories high in the heart of the city, steps from Union Square. The completed renovation features a modern design complements the original Gothic Revival and Regency architecture of the hotel. All public spaces, including the Starlight Room, 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and 416 guestrooms and suites have been completely redesigned by Dawson Design Associates.

Dawson Design Associates, a design firm that specializes in hospitality work, was commissioned to give Sir Francis Drake an upgrade, with the goal of recapturing the drama of the guestrooms and refreshing the public spaces. Dawson Design started by expanding the grand hotel bar, Bar Drake, with European finishes. Some signature design elements in the guestrooms and suites include red-lacquer Chinese trunks, contemporary steel and glass desks, Jonathan Adler-designed horse-head lamps, chairs monogrammed with the hotel crest and luxurious wall accents, carpets and furnishings.

Sir Francis Drake's Starlight Room offers 360-degree views of the city as a backdrop to the nightclub. The nightclub lounge also received a facelift, with classical lines of Venetian architecture.


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The final stage of the renovation included Sir Francis Drake's retrofitted meeting facilities and collection of salons, ballrooms and parlors. All event spaces are now draped in old world features.

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