Hotel Kabuki – a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Traditional shoji (rice paper murals) framing windows
- Fantastic bonsai garden off the Midcentury Modern glass lobby
- Japanese bathhouse with varied spa treatment menu
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What To Know
- Percentage of hotel profits go directly to the nonprofit Japanese American Historical Society
- Standard Rooms don’t have Japanese-style soaking tubs
- Valet parking costs a steep $40 per night, but you can use your car whenever; garage parking is $23 per day, but you can’t access the car during your stay (no in-and-out privileges)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Behind the stodgy 1960s architectural frame the Kabuki is a romantic boutique hotel that takes its Japanese style seriously — the cool bonsai garden off the Midcentury Modern glassed-in lobby is one example. The artful placement of flowers, wall art and furniture, combined with the purposeful use of varying colors and textures, enhances the Zen ambience throughout.
Bed and Bath
Rooms are spacious, especially by San Francisco standards, and mimic classic Japanese themes in design elements like traditional shoji screens, fresh orchids, boxy lamps, boldly colored printed silk runners draped over cushioned but firm platform beds. Bathrooms are done in tile and marble, and all but the Standard Rooms have classic Japanese deep-seated soaking tubs and adjoining showers. The Corner View Rooms have exceptional hill and city views across San Francisco.
Inspired by traditional Japanese watering holes, Hotel Kabuki’s O Izakaya Lounge serves more than 20 kinds of sake and an Asian-Western fusion menu designed for sharing. Kabuki Springs & Spa is also on-site. The authentic Japanese bathhouse – facilities include a dry sauna and steam room, hot pool and cold plunge – is open to guests for a fee. A full spa menu, including Asian and Western treatments, is offered here.
In the Area
The hotel sits in the middle of the funky NoPa/Western Addition area of the city. Walk out the front door and into the heart of the revitalized Japantown, with its bustling sushi bars and kimono boutiques, giftshops and bookstores. Try Tataki for mouthwatering, sustainably fished sushi; the Golden State Roll is the house favorite. The funky triplex New People houses a cafe, cinema, gallery space and boutiques with edgy Japanese duds and design books. NoPa’s best local hangout? NOPA. The wood-burning oven at this buzzy spot serves urban rustic fare, from hearty brunches to late-night burgers.
How to Get There
This hotel was just redone shortly before we stayed here. While some reviewers do not love the renovations that were made, we found them to be excellent. The new lobby/bar area is modern and stylish while still being very comfortable. Some modern design feels very sterile and this was just the opposite. It was unique and colorful but not too over the top. Very tasteful. The bar made good drinks too.
The rooms are not huge but for San Francisco standards, they are a good size. We stayed in a deluxe view king room. The view was absolutely deluxe. Check out the pictures. The bed was comfy. The AC worked great. There is a keurig coffee maker with nice stonewear mugs, nice bathrobes, great decorations, everything seemed new and thoughtfully put together. The bed was very comfortable. We loved the room.
Location is great. It’s in japantown which is quiet enough to really relax but central to all neighborhoods. It was the perfect home base for exploring the city. We took scooters to the mission, golden gate park, the Castro area and lots of other places and got there in no time. We didn’t need a car at all the whole time we were there. If you are interested in Japanese food or culture you really can’t beat this location. Excellent food, shopping and entertainment all around. The kabuki spa is also really nice and worth a visit. We will definitely make this hotel our permanent home base when we come to San Francisco from now on!
What a wonderful experience! On a recent trip to one of the great cities of the world, we stayed at Hotel Kabuki in the Fillmore area of the city. It is a beautiful hotel that has been recently upgraded. The rooms are very well appointed and comfortable. We especially liked the shower which was big enough for both of us. Their fitness center was more complete than any I have seen at a hotel. It’s a nice area for walking and checking out the Japan Center, local restaurant and shops all close by. More to say about this unique hotel. Don’t miss it.
Great location in Japan town. Clean, private, beautiful and modern esthetic, large bathroom. Great service with check in, and at the bar. Convenient/affordable self-parking. Many great amenities. Room on 16th floor with view was enjoyable even with some rain. Posted some of the hotel art I enjoyed.
We were on our honeymoon and stayed a few nights in this hotel. Lovely, cool, breakfast was wonderful (very Californian- slightly lighter, but at this point of the trip what we wanted anyway), we had brilliant views from our room and really all I could ask for. A couple of minor things; Tragically there was a dead fish in the pond- not quite sure how long it had been there, but it was a bit awkward. Also the cleaner knocked on our door around 8AM on the first morning (after which we learnt our lesson and would use the do not disturb) - just felt it was a LITTLE bit early! Also only one lift was operational, which meant a longish wait especially as we were right at the top. Very minor issues however that by no means affected our trip too much. Thank you for taking care of us.
Great retro ambiance in the lobby. Comfortable room with satisfying aesthetic. Terrific shower. GIGANTIC TV in room. Be advised: if you want one cup of coffee in this hotel it is going to cost you $5.