Kimpton Buchanan Hotel
What We Love
- Rooms are spacious and airy (all are bigger than 300 square feet)
- The evening wine and sake reception in the lobby
- In-room yoga mats
- Luxury Atelier Bloem bath amenities
What To Know
- There's no room service
- Rollaway beds are available in the rooms with king size beds for an additional per-night fee
- As with all Kimpton properties, the hotel is pet-friendly
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Located at the intersection of three neighborhoods—Japantown, The Fillmore, and Pacific Heights—this Kimpton hotel boasts loads of charm and walkability to San Francisco’s hidden gems. Its minimalist design is a tribute to the hotel’s Japanese roots: each of the 131 rooms, which have a stark yet soothing white-and-blue color palette and feature shibori-print accent pillows and kimonos, feels more like a Zen pied-à-terre than an actual hotel room, while the lobby evokes a Mad Men-era lounge with its dark overtones, curved brown leather couch, dangling macrame plant holders, and statement sculpture made from Japanese whiskey bottles. Don’t miss hanging out in the private interior courtyard, an urban oasis where guests retreat for games of corn hole or lawn bowling and warming up around the fire pit on cooler nights.
In the Area
Though it’s a fair distance from Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf, the Kimpton Buchanan makes guests feel that they’re living like a local for a weekend—or at least be surrounded by locals. The hotel is located within walking distance of culinary gems like Pizzeria Delfina (go for the blistered thin-crust pizza—but be prepared to wait), State Bird Provisions (American fare served dim-sum-style), and Dosa (modern, organic Indian food). A few blocks away, Fillmore Street is filled with some of the best boutique shopping and salons in the city, on a quaint leafy street. But take a detour just a few blocks east from the hotel and you’ll find Lafayette Park, whose hilly lawns, lavender fields, and views of the bay offer a perfect respite from the city.
How to Get There
Convenient to all of the city in a nice, quiet neighborhood. Walk to the park, restaurants and shopping with a parking garage under the building if you’re driving.
Comfortable room and nice staff offer a enjoyable stay.
We were very pleased with the Kimpton Buchanan. We had an unexpected trip to UCSF and needed a hotel close by and we chose the Kimpton and were not disappointed. We had reserved for two nights !
UCSF let us leave earlier than expected and when I asked the clerk if we could cancel the second night without a penalty, he did it immediately! We will return each time we need to visit UCSF!
The reason I gave 4 is that breakfast is not included, and price was high.
I asked for early check-in, and they let . me enter the room around 10:00 w/o waiting.
Also, asked for late checkout - and my request was immediately accepted positively.