Kimpton Buchanan Hotel

Japan Town, San Francisco

The hotel

A self-confessed ‘sultry diva of a hotel', Kimpton Buchanan Hotel sits where three of San Francisco’s most dynamic neighbourhoods meet. In one direction you’ve got Japantown’s ramen shops and spas, in another Pacific Heights’ chic boutiques and gourmet restaurants, and in another The Fillmore’s cool jazz and burgeoning dining scenes. And The Buchanan certainly keeps up with The Joneses, with Zen-inspired touches in sleek modern guestrooms, trendy design features like vintage whiskey bottle chandeliers, indulgent free wine and sake receptions, and Japanese flavours at ‘Mums’, where American breakfasts are followed by all-you-can-eat Shabu Shabu. Before heading out to explore, there’s morning tea and coffee in the lounge and, if the hills of San Francisco aren’t enough, there’s a free 24-hour fitness room when you return.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Restaurant

Where is it

At the crossroads of vibrant yet traditional Japantown, leafy and trendy Pacific Heights, and the cool jazz scene of The Fillmore, Kimpton Buchanan is also close to The Tenderloin district, less than a mile from Alamo Square Park, and between one and two miles from Union Square, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Transfer time from San Francisco airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

131 rooms. All with 37” flat-screen TV with HD channels, WiFi*, mini-fridge, Keurig® coffee maker, yoga mat, safe, bathrobes and umbrella. Standard King Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Standard Queen Queen Rooms have 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

City View King Rooms have city views, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

City View Queen Queen Rooms have city views, and 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Patio King Rooms have a private outdoor patio, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Balcony King Rooms have a private balcony with city views, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Balcony Queen Queen Rooms have a private balcony with city views, and 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Spa King Rooms have a corner room location, a Japanese-style deep spa bathtub and shower, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Mums Restaurant & Bar (Japanese, including Shabu-Shabu all-you-can-eat service, and American menu, breakfast, lunch and dinner, bar open 5:00pm-10:00pm daily). Hosted evening wine hour and sake reception. Morning coffee and tea service. In-room spa services*. Kimpton-bespoke bicycles (first come, first served). WiFi*. ‘Forgot It? We’ve Got It’ service (for essential travel items from mobile chargers to hair straighteners). Concierge service. Same day laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Self-parking $38 plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very common for a kimpton

Jan 11, 2020 990MatthieuL Paris, France

The hotel is located in the middle of the Japanese quarter between the painted house and Lafayette square. You can enjoy it at walking distance. The quarter is quiet. If you want to reach any place you will have to take a transport as in a certain extend you are far from everything... The lobby is poor. The hotel has no atmosphere (unlike I was… Read more
The hotel is located in the middle of the Japanese quarter between the painted house and Lafayette square. You can enjoy it at walking distance. The quarter is quiet. If you want to reach any place you will have to take a transport as in a certain extend you are far from everything... The lobby is poor. The hotel has no atmosphere (unlike I was expecting from a kimpton hotel) The staff is absent, nothing to make you feel welcome... Rooms are spacious and well equiped (iron, board, ...) but so common that I thought that this hôtel was simply rebranded as a kimpton hotel. No view from the rooms. Just a clean place to sleep... Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Almost a gem

Jan 10, 2020 Dgizz

Arrived at the hotel and loved the lobby! Very cool. Good service at check in, nice wine happy hour at night! Comfy beds and nice bathroom! Unfortunately I was woken up at the crack of dawn by hammering and pounding of some sort outside. Still sitting here in my room waiting to check out early listening to the pounding! Not a good nights rest… Read more
Arrived at the hotel and loved the lobby! Very cool. Good service at check in, nice wine happy hour at night! Comfy beds and nice bathroom! Unfortunately I was woken up at the crack of dawn by hammering and pounding of some sort outside. Still sitting here in my room waiting to check out early listening to the pounding! Not a good nights rest after a late night out! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Recommended!

Jan 8, 2020 ericarae2

The location and the property are both great. Nice interior design, friendly helpful staff. Loads of wonderful restaurants very close-by. Convenient to University of San Francisco. We are walkers, so we strolled to the DeYoung one day, and to North Bach on another day (Ubered back!). Will be staying at this hotel again!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Hotel and Great Location

Jan 7, 2020 kylegalaxy2016 Los Angeles, California

We spent a night at the Kimpton Buchanan and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The location is very ideal and walkable to a lot of great Japanese restaurants. We loved the free wine happy hour! Our little dog enjoyed his stay as well.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Outstanding Stay in SF

Jan 7, 2020 1california_native Cary, North Carolina

What a wonderful stay we had at the Kimpton Buchanan in December! After staying in Union Square in 2017 and having an experience that made me say I’d never go back to SF to stay again this place reinforced that there is still some good and even great neighborhoods here. I loved this hotel and will most likely go again since now I know where a… Read more
What a wonderful stay we had at the Kimpton Buchanan in December! After staying in Union Square in 2017 and having an experience that made me say I’d never go back to SF to stay again this place reinforced that there is still some good and even great neighborhoods here. I loved this hotel and will most likely go again since now I know where a beautiful quiet stay will be waiting for me. The rooms are huge and the bathrooms are very well outfitted. Beautiful furnishings and overall great styling.It was great being in Japantown for the amazing food and the great shopping on Fillmore. Loved it! And restored my hope in SF! Read less