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 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, cafes 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. 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, The Breakfast 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).

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice Japantown stay

May 15, 2019 ariel408 San Francisco, California

Had the opportunity to spend one night at Hotel Kabuki during CAAMFest. It was a little tricky finding the entrance to the parking garage. The Post Street side access was closed and it tells you to enter on Geary Blvd but you can’t make a left or u-turn on the next two streets so it takes a bit to get on course. In the garage the parking spaces… Read more
Had the opportunity to spend one night at Hotel Kabuki during CAAMFest. It was a little tricky finding the entrance to the parking garage. The Post Street side access was closed and it tells you to enter on Geary Blvd but you can’t make a left or u-turn on the next two streets so it takes a bit to get on course. In the garage the parking spaces are pretty tight. There are signs for the hotel but you can’t access the direct elevator without a card key. You have to take the general shopping center elevator. Note: you should go to the second floor to get to the hotel - the first floor is only Japan Center shops. (They really need to put a sign in the elevator.) Apparently the hotel has recently been renovated but since it was our first time we can’t say much about the decor other than to agree with other reviewers that it’s got quite the hipster vibe. Our room had a fridge, robes, extra blanket, and even an umbrella to borrow for rainy days. The bathroom toilet has its own door and you need to watch out for the small step up to the bathroom. For some reason the thermostat wouldn’t let me set the room to cool - only heat or off. Oh, I had read a few complaints about the beds and because I have back problems I was a little worried but the next morning I was just fine. Japan Center has a ton of good restaurants, fun shops, and yummy dessert places. Uji taiyaki is amazing! Since the hotel is pet friendly I’ll plan to return with my kids and my fur baby. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Location

May 9, 2019 hagelmertz Evanston, Illinois

If you are looking to stay at a hotel with a great neighborhood vibe that doesn't feel touristy, I would def recommend Hotel Kabuki. The hotel is located in Japantown. Fillmore is just a few blocks away. On Fillmore you will find great shopping and eats. We also waited in line at Sweet Maple for breakfast and were rewarded with a great breakfast.… Read more
If you are looking to stay at a hotel with a great neighborhood vibe that doesn't feel touristy, I would def recommend Hotel Kabuki. The hotel is located in Japantown. Fillmore is just a few blocks away. On Fillmore you will find great shopping and eats. We also waited in line at Sweet Maple for breakfast and were rewarded with a great breakfast. The hotel itself has a killer lobby area and bar. Very on trend and lively...also very expensive. $28 for a glass of wine? Nevertheless, we did enjoy our happy hour experience, just be prepared for the prices. The gym located in the basement is very nice. The rooms are standard. We had a "balcony" off our room but it was basically two feet deep so we didn't spend any time standing out there but it was nice to open the sliding doors for fresh air and the view was nice. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fall from grace, stay elsewhere

May 2, 2019 Engee New York City

I have been staying at this hotel for nearly 10 years and have stayed here many times including hosting my own corporate event there once (renting multiple rooms, meeting room, catering, etc). I have also referred many business travelers like myself to this hotel over the years. But never again. Over the last couple years I’ve noticed… Read more
I have been staying at this hotel for nearly 10 years and have stayed here many times including hosting my own corporate event there once (renting multiple rooms, meeting room, catering, etc). I have also referred many business travelers like myself to this hotel over the years. But never again. Over the last couple years I’ve noticed increasing “extra charges” at the hotel. As others have noted, it’s now ridiculous and frankly offensive. What is standardly included at other comparable hotels (access to their own gym, access to filtered water, complimentary coffee, standard housekeeping service, etc) are now an extra amenity charge that they tack on at $27 per day when you arrive. Additionally, the breakfast “buffet” - which used to be quite good - is now also $27 and is reduced to only a continental breakfast with barely any fresh fruit. Many people were openly complaining about this during my stay, but this hotel is located in area where there really are no other breakfast options so the hotel management clearly exploit this. But probably the most comical and egregious example of the nickel and diming is the “complimentary coffee” in the lobby, which they put out at 5am and very promptly remove at 7am, leaving you then with a vending machine in its stead which charges $4 for a small cup of poorly brewed coffee water. After all the extra fees and annoyance, you’ll get much better value and experience staying at much higher-rated boutique hotels like: - the Hotel Drisco in Pacifica Heights which is fantastic or - the newer Hotel Proper closer to downtown Both of these are top quality business hotel experiences beyond the typical mega chains that will serve you well and not nickel and dime you like a fool which Hotel Kabuki/JDV/Hyatt management apparently have no problem doing. Don’t let them fool you, spend your business dollars elsewhere. Sincerely, A former long-time Hotel Kabuki customer Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice place. Friendly staff

May 2, 2019 fvillota1222

Came here for a conference. Hotel was nice looks like it was recently remodeled. Staff at the front desk was very friendly and accommodating. Room was clean and decent. They even supply an umbrella in the room in case it rains. Japan town mall is basically right there and a lot of food places to go to.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overprized

May 1, 2019 JankeesR Vught, The Netherlands

I must admit a nice lobby. The parking assistance is only friendly to you when you use Valet Parking. The lady at front-desk very professional but lack all the emphasize. To cooperate. Okay we were not happy with the room, continues sharp whistling of the wind, and she changed in few seconds. The rooms are retrofitted but not with the most… Read more
I must admit a nice lobby. The parking assistance is only friendly to you when you use Valet Parking. The lady at front-desk very professional but lack all the emphasize. To cooperate. Okay we were not happy with the room, continues sharp whistling of the wind, and she changed in few seconds. The rooms are retrofitted but not with the most expensive materials. The shower looks great but water is dripping out of this rainshower. And than after (pre paid Expedia) paying over $ 275 per night, we were surprised with an extra $ 27 for guest amenity fees????? For what wifi? And coffee? You mean the coffee we have to pay $4,00 per cup in the lobby? Or you see this as a resort? Mennnnn shame on you management of this Hotel. Read less