Why You'll Love This Place
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The Sir Francis Drake Hotel's 21-story, Gothic-style tower just off Union Square and its Beefeater-attired doormen have been beloved San Francisco attractions since 1928.
Stepping into the Drake's opulent Italian Renaissance lobby is just like stepping back into the 1920s: Marble staircases, walls and pillars convey a stately air; crystal chandeliers shine and the lofty, ornately detailed ceiling sparkles with gold leaf. The main event spaces, the Empire Ballroom and the Franciscan Ballroom, have a high-society, Age of Innocence ambiance, and all were beautifully renovated in 2018. In the gold-and-ivory Empire Room, exquisite hand-painted murals turn the walls into works of art. Overhead, three crystal chandeliers suspended from a vaulted ceiling painted with ribbons of gold leaf give the room a delicate amber glow. The adjoining wood-paneled Walnut Room, with its club-like, Edwardian atmosphere and built-in bar, makes a great prefunction space.
Located just off the mezzanine, the spacious and grand Franciscan Ballroom is an excellent choice for a formal wedding. It's a regal setting, featuring a 21-foot ceiling with intricate gold embossing, chandeliers, windows draped with blue silk curtains, and columns with carved gold capitals. Guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the adjacent mezzanine, which offers a cozy fireplace and a bird's-eye view of the vibrant hotel lobby below.
And for those who have a yen for a panoramic 180-degree view of San Francisco, try the recently renovated Lizzie's Starlight Room on the 21st floor. It not only has a built-in dance floor, it features floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the room, making it seem like you're floating in the clouds.
Steeped in more than 90 years of history, the Drake is a true classic. Brides may fall in love with its enchanting vintage architectural details, but they'll also appreciate the modern amenities and personal service this landmark hotel has to offer.
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Prices: What's this going to cost?
Wedding packages include passed hors d’oeuvres, 3-course dinner, open bar, champagne, wine, and wedding cake.
Meals (when priced separately)
- $74/person and up
Per-person pricing for seated meals is as follows: luncheons and luncheon buffets start at $74, dinners at $82, and dinner buffets at $110.
All banquet food is catered by Scala’s.
Service Charge or Gratuity
The wedding couple receives a complimentary suite. Group discounts for overnight guests can be arranged.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 350.|
CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel accommodates 50–220 seated or 200–350 standing guests indoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Hotel has 17,000 square feet of meeting and conference space with 14 different rooms accommodating groups from 10 to 350 people.
- Wedding Receptions
- Elopement Packages
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- On-Site Accommodations Details
- Late Night
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
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For special events and business functions: year-round, daily, 6am–midnight. Weddings usually take place on Saturdays 11am–5pm or 6pm–midnight; other days have more flexible time frames. Lizzie's Starlight Lounge is available for a buyout. Contact the wedding consultant for specifics.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Historic / Landmark Building
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA, extra charge
Parking: nearby garages or valet, extra fee
Accommodations: 416 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: n/a
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
View: Lizzie's Starlight Room has 180-degree view of San Francisco skyline
Other: event coordination, baby grand piano
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: designated areas outside of the hotel
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes, elevator
Insurance: liability required
Other: no rice, open flames, confetti, or fog machines