Sir Francis Drake Hotel changing name??

Old Aug 1, 20, 12:53 pm
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Sir Francis Drake Hotel changing name??

Is the name of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco going to be changed?
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Old Aug 1, 20, 1:13 pm
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Why would it be changed? Any hotel can change its name at virtually any time (but there can be restrictions if the brand is part of the name), but historical hotels tend to want to preserve their legacies.
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Old Aug 1, 20, 1:25 pm
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I received a note from a "Trumper" friend (?) who was all bent out of shape regarding a possible name change. She heard about a change on the radio. I am not trying to be political but was just curious as to whether IHG was thinking about a change.
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Old Aug 1, 20, 5:49 pm
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Saw something when I was reading one of the San Francicso papers the other day and a google search is always a good start

https://www.sfgate.com/travel/articl...e-15446229.php

Emphasis on the 'considering' not a certain change.

Remember though that the hotel is not owned by IHG but is privately owned but managed by Kimpton so IHG would have little say in what the hotel is called other than it not causing confusion with another property in the locality.
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Old Aug 17, 20, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by UKtravelbear View Post
Saw something when I was reading one of the San Francicso papers the other day and a google search is always a good start

https://www.sfgate.com/travel/articl...e-15446229.php

Emphasis on the 'considering' not a certain change.

Remember though that the hotel is not owned by IHG but is privately owned but managed by Kimpton so IHG would have little say in what the hotel is called other than it not causing confusion with another property in the locality.
Interestingly, as travel savvy as I can be, I do sometimes get confused between the Sir Francis Drake (Kimpton) and St. Francis (Westin). Also, there is a Drake hotel in the Tenderloin area that is used for homeless housing.

With that said, I do find it curious that the name change consideration is from BLM movement and association of historic figures with slavery, and not because of brand confusion.
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Old Aug 18, 20, 1:42 am
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Changed the tread title to more accurately reflect what the thread is about.

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