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
We stayed in this Japan Town hotel, centrally located in the city. We have stayed downtown before but wanted to get away from the loud and dirty streets...
Japan town is the perfect place - close to amazing restaurants on Fillmore and in Japantown itself...we ubered to a nearby bar in the Castro and arrived in less than 10 minutes.
The bar at the hotel is newly refinished along with all the rooms. It was so nice to have views of the city & sip coffee with the sliding doors open and the balcony to perch ourselves on. The rooms are spacious, the decor reflects the Japanese culture that surrounds the hotel, and the beds will ensure you get a good night's sleep. We will definitely stay there again!
PS. The parking lot has electric car chargers which we took advantage of.
Just had a wonderful stay at Kabuki. Only 2 blocks/walking distance to Boom Boom Room & Fillmore. Parked in Japan Town garage which connects to hotel. Garage elevator takes you to all floors of hotel. Go one floor up for lobby. Garage has per hour rate, but for overnight, a $23 cap, so a GREAT deal for SF. Area has glass smash/car break-in prob, so garage parking is necessary in this area. Super friendly young women checked us in quickly and compd us free drinks. We loved our room. Not big, but clean and modern, with USB plug, large tile bathroom separate from sink/mirror, toilet behind another door, which is nice. Robes, fridge, safe. Ice down hall. Biggest plus - a sliding door opens to small porch with great views. Loved the fresh air. We stopped in the bar area which I thought was impressive. Comp drink was good/pick from interesting featured cocktails, only $7 @ happy hour. Loved the Watermelon Vodka cocktail. All were interesting. Bartender friendly and professional. Bar menu sophisticated, and next time, I'll plan to eat there, as every dish seemed appealing to me, with prices shockingly affordable. Only negative for me (not really a negative) is they do not have a hot tub.
As a Tour Manager with a big crew, hotels and the breakfasts offered are very important. This hotel until recently used to do a buffet breakfast that included amazing scrambled eggs and Canadian Maple bacon and both were always done to perfection. A big influencing factor for me booking this hotel was because of that breakfast. The last time I stayed there they had switched it all over and put breakfast in the basement and the selection of foods were just disgusting cheap utter junk, as was the rude service. A big disappointment to wake up and discover that, and, whoever decided that changing a great breakfasts for that slop made a big mistake and I'll never stay there again. Farewell Kabuki, I hope you saved a few dollars getting rid of that quality breakfast.!! It wasn't broke but you decided to fix it and well done, that's going to be about 7 to 8 thousand dollars a year less you'll be taking from my credit card
I stayed for the first time at the Hotel Kabuki just last week. Wonder experience. This was a business trip. I was comfortable, and I was in a great location for my business and for dinner afterwards with clients. I highly recommend this hotel, and its conference facilities. Good food and drink also available.
Thanks Hotel Kabuki!
Hotel Kabuki sits in the heart of San Francisco's Japantown. Its modern take on classic art and culture permeate all aspects of the experience. Rooms are minimalist modern, facilities are impeccably clean, and the staff is kind and welcoming. As a business traveler, I found that this hotel provided all of the amenities needed for a more-than-pleasant stay, and I would recommend this hotel + location to anyone traveling to this amazing city.
What stood out to me most about my experience at Kabuki was the staff -- time and time again, they were warm, welcoming, and helpful. This is a lost art these days, and I tip my hat to the teams that pay close attention to this fine detail.