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
Very much enjoyed our stay here. It's a beautiful hotel with wonderful decor. The hotel is conveniently located next to many delicious Japanese eateries and shops, and within short walking distance to lots of shopping on Fillmore. The location was ideal for us. There is a self-guided walking tour of Japantown to learn about its history. The service from the reception staff was phenomenal. I've stayed at many 4-5 star hotels around the world, and the service at this Kimpton was among the best. The staff is genuinely welcoming, helpful, and really go the extra mile to make your stay easy and comfortable. They had a treasure chest of toys, which was a great touch for those traveling with toddlers. The room and bathroom were good sizes, with many amenities. If I'm being picky, there was cigarette smoke smell coming from the bathroom vent, which was unpleasant. Enjoyed their Happy Hour with a delicious selection of sake/wine/cocktail - the server is lots of fun. The courtyard was a peaceful place to kill some time after check out and before going to the airport (lounger chairs, bean bag toss, giant Jenga). I would come back to this hotel again next time we come to San Francisco.
nothing negative to tell about this hotel. It is relatively expensive, but the quality level is really to the top.
Avoid using the parking fro your car (40$ a day), you can try street parking for nothing at one or two blocks from the hotel. the room was looking brand new, it was clear (white walls), a big window with a sitting place, it was large, and clean. The beds and pillows were really good. excellent to get a good rest. it is close to japantown and japaneese restaurants.
The hotel is located in central, but calm Japantown, which was absolutely perfect for our trip. Service and cleanliness were great. Overall a good stay, good value. Can definitely recommend to anyone who want to live centrally, but quietly.