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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I checked into 2 rooms here late Saturday night with an elder, sick family member, to escape being stuck in a power blackout area. We tried to book half a dozen other hotels and none were available.
The prices quoted were outrageous( see below) and the hotel offered nothing comforting or worthwhile. When we checked out I asked to have the "resort fee" taken off my bill. The hotel was packed with DOGS, barking all night by our rooms, and a disheveled noisy group of Hallowe'en revealers. I was given a "deluxe " room that was noisy , cramped , and I got no sleep. I changed the next night and it was only slightly better. No valet or doorman, parking in a basement garage for an extra fee, no complementary amenities, old broken room coffee machines, dirty carpets and a lobby like a homeless shelter. The 2 nights cost over $840 per person .
Taking advantage of disaster evacuees is shameful !!!! I should have stayed in my house in the dark with my flashlight .
DO NOT STAY HERE !!!!
This is our third time to San Francisco and first time to stay in japan town. This is quite a nice boutique hotel. Rooms are spacious and bathrooms small. Bed was very comfortable. The balcony for the corner suite is very narrow so wouldn’t waste your money on this.
Friendly staff, very clean rooms, top notch amenities, fabulous decor! Will definitely make this my first choice when visiting the Bay area. My daughters loved it especially the Peloton! Breakfast was a little to pricey but that won’t stop me from returning!