Hotel Kabuki

San Francisco, USA

The hotel

Located in Japantown (a 25-minute stroll down Post Street from the bustle of Union Square), this tranquil boutique hotel marries East with West beautifully. The Japanese-inspired décor is upscale but soothingly minimal, and features welcome rejuvenating touches such as a Japanese courtyard garden, koi pond, wood sauna, and even Japanese-style deep soaking tubs in most rooms. These authentic features sit seamlessly alongside modern facilities that include a 24-hour fitness centre and complimentary WiFi throughout.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown, central to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Fillmore Street, with its popular boutiques, cafés and clubs, is also within walking distance. Transfer time from airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

218 rooms and suites on 16 floors in 1 building, with a distinct Japanese style and many with spectacular views of the city. All with air-conditioning, satellite TV with pay-per-view films, telephone, WiFi Internet access, iPod docking station, mini-bar, Asian tea kettles, safe, hairdryer, iron and board. Double Deluxe Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

The Bar (Japanese cocktails, drinks and light bites), Small Farms Breakfast (Continental buffet). Fitness centre. Meditation Station (complimentary check-out for 2 hours, includes headphones, floor pillow and iPad with guided meditation exercises and calming music). Complimentary welcome tea service. 24-hour fitness centre with fitness classes. Central Japanese garden with koi pond. Limited room service*. Concierge service. Laundry/dry cleaning service*. Complimentary WiFi available. Self-parking $23, valet parking $50, plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

This hotel has resort fees that are included in the room rate (subject to change)

Resort fee includes: – In-room and public space WiFi – 24-hour gym access – Group fitness classes, including cardio, yoga, meditation, and stretching – Bicycle rental, subject to availability – In-room coffee and tea – Daily newspapers in the lobby – 24-hour printing (small projects) – Unlimited filtered water (sparkling, still, hot) – Local in-room phone calls – Nightly shoe shine, as requested – 10% off retail offerings. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beware Guest Amenity Fee

Jul 21, 2019 Justin A

Enjoyed the location but was surprised to see an additional $112 added to my four-night stay for a Guest Amenity Fee for "amenities" that I never used. Booked through Hyatt, there is no mention of the fee while booking (I prepaid in May) or in email confirmation. Seems sketchy to add after the fact.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent hotel in a lovely neighborhood

Jul 18, 2019 meanteacher76 Jersey City, New Jersey

We stayed two nights here and loved this hotel. The room was well-appointed, clean, and had a great view. The shower was fantastic! Service at the hotel was excellent. Japantown was the perfect place to stay... we had access to lots of restaurants, it’s easy to get to all the major attractions, yet peaceful and quiet there. I would definitely stay… Read more
We stayed two nights here and loved this hotel. The room was well-appointed, clean, and had a great view. The shower was fantastic! Service at the hotel was excellent. Japantown was the perfect place to stay... we had access to lots of restaurants, it’s easy to get to all the major attractions, yet peaceful and quiet there. I would definitely stay here again! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Hotel Kabuki, where you get what you pay for

Jul 16, 2019 KimTravels_76 Los Angeles, CA

I stayed at the Hotel Kabuki a few times in the 90s, and back then it suffered from what felt like half-hearted renovations. (It was built in the late 60s.) Well, Joie De Vivre spent $28 million on it in 2017, and now it shares almost nothing with the old-school Japantown hotel it used to be. Not that I’m complaining: the redesign is modern and… Read more
I stayed at the Hotel Kabuki a few times in the 90s, and back then it suffered from what felt like half-hearted renovations. (It was built in the late 60s.) Well, Joie De Vivre spent $28 million on it in 2017, and now it shares almost nothing with the old-school Japantown hotel it used to be. Not that I’m complaining: the redesign is modern and hipster-sophisticated with a beautiful lobby that features an open-plan bar/restaurant and lots of places to sit, have a drink, hang out. The room was also nice, but couldn’t really compete with that lobby. The decor was kind of midcentury modern meets Japan, which was cool, but this particular king room felt vaguely like a motel, which was disappointing. There were some plumbing pipes running across the ceiling (not a design element), an ancient sliding glass patio door opening onto a tiny, grimy balcony, and a closet against one wall that had no door at all. Odd. The bathroom was also tiny (for two people) with a walk-in shower and what looked like a tiled-over bathtub - maybe one of the old soaking tubs from back in the day? I found a photo online that kind of shows it. This weird feature (or cover up) extended about three feet from the wall creating a great big shelf that took up half the space. Maybe it's handy if you feel like lying down in the middle of your shower? So weird. Anyway, I'd booked the room for $199/night, which was a lot less than the usual mid- to high $200s for the same size, so I wasn't particularly upset about any of these things. Also, the bed was supremely comfortable. Parking was $50/night for valet instead of the $60+ you pay in other areas of town, and you have the option of a public lot connected to the hotel without in and out privileges. Or street parking if you’re feeling lucky. (That was a San Francisco joke.) Overall, a pretty good stay. Friendly, helpful staff. Some noise at night, but our room was right on the street, and it didn’t go on too late. I suspect that if you pay regular room prices, you’ll get a better room than I did. Read less
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Jul 10, 2019 Ted K

Very comfortable, lobby was great with lots of reading material! Good staff. Only issue would be the $23 for breakfast. Fortunately found good places to go! We would stay here again! Good location if you don’t want to be in a super busy area.
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Jul 3, 2019 Tom W Malmo, Sweden

Nice hotel, Clean and roomy, but our room on 12th floor on the north side overlooks Geary street, a 4 lane and noisy street. Try to get a room on the south side. Expensive bar and few selections of beer, only Japanese beer.