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
The Kimpton Buchanan is situated at the edge of Japan town in San Francisco. some may feel that this is too far from the centre but we purchased a clipper card (or Muni card) for the grand total of $6 per day and this gave us unlimited public transport. getting to the water front took 25 minutes by bus and Fisherman's wharf was a further 10 minute walk. travelling in the opposite direction, Haight-Ashbury (1967 and the Summer of love) took 20 minutes by bus and the zoo, right on the Pacific coast) took 30 minutes. So, for us the Kimpton was perfectly placed. The hotel staff could not be more welcoming and helpful. There is free wine and sake each evening 5.00-6.00 pm and, although there is no bar, you are free to take provisions to your room. The rooms are perfectly functional and all you need for a city hotel. Mum's restaurant,attached to the hotel, does very good Japanese food (big portions, especially the shabu-shabu)
Popped out for 2 nights to see SF and surrounding area. Very pleasant staff and quality asset. Many special perks like outside workout area, wine, coffee and lemon water made it more special. Recommend.
I am so glad that the Kimpton Buchanan was recommended to me. I used to stay at one or the other of the hotels atop Nob Hill. Unfortunately, that location was never conducive to walking and exploring the area, because of the very steep climb back to the hotel. The Kimpton is in a convenient and rich neighborhood with many options for dining and basic shopping. The staff is always welcoming and helpful. This is my spot when visiting.