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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


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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Bedroom living room bed sheet Suite


Minimalist, Zenned-out neighborhood inn with nods to Japanese design and charm to spare

The Lowdown

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

Kimpton Buchanan Hotel
1800 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115 United States


4.5 Very Good 852 Reviews
Quirky Kimpton ...... not their best.
Reviewed 4 days ago

....... but not a bad hotel.

We’ve stayed at a few Kimpton hotels - we like them a lot. This one feels a little less welcoming than the others .....

Social area not so large - on site restaurant and bar more basic than others.

Rooms ok - we had an AC issue that made us get up at 06.00 to put coats on, multiple trips to the front desk were required to resolve the issue.

Great products, odd wallpaper and a nice hotel that is a poor relation of the other Kimptons we have stayed at.

A friendly manager, a wine laced social hour and a Japan Town / Fillmore street location ..... a bit out of the centre but well and easily served by Uber.

Don’t be put off by the above - it is still a Kimpton - but others set a higher bar.

Modern and Comfortable
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a pristine, beautiful hotel. Rather minimalist, it still manages to provide everything you need in a quiet, centrally located area of Japantown. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this hotel. We could walk to our conference, to meals, and even to Union Square. I highly recommend it.

Boutique gem in Japantown
Reviewed 5 days ago

This small Kimpton property set in Japantown with Pacific Heights nearby is a perfect spot to explore parts of the city that are fun and interesting without being relentlessly touristy. Great restaurants within a quick walk, lovely hotel and welcoming staff. Extra props for Inteligensia coffee available in the lobby first thing in the morning.

Noisy and difficult to sleep.
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was probably the worst experience of our travel lives from the perspective of noise. First, there was an endless slamming of doors on our floor as the staff let the hallway bathroom door slam behind them in the early morning hours daily. This door needs to have installed a mechanism to prevent loud slamming since it is located very close to guest rooms and the staff are clearly too inconsiderate to prevent the door from slamming while guests are sleeping. Next, we had a dog in room directly across the hall from us one night, who barked repeatedly at every noise until the early morning hours while the owners stayed out late. Finally, there was repeated loud noises throughout the night during our final three nights which sounded like the structure falling apart and woke us from deep sleep. The management was very inconsiderate and the whole stay was disappointing.

Stay at Kimpton/Buchanan Hotel in San Francisco
Reviewed 6 days ago

Came to San Francisco to celebrate my 76th birthday. We always stay at the Kimpton and we're never disappointed. This time was no exception. Highly recommend staying here. Great service, Coffee in the morning and Wine in the afternoon.