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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Nov 20, 2019 nsemrau60 Libertyville, Illinois

Helpful and friendly . Nick and other staff were attentive and personal. We enjoyed the local restaurant suggestions. A walk through the area was informative.The hotel is located in the historic Japantown.
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Nov 17, 2019 arellis1953 Discovery Bay, California

Ive stayed here a number of times so I can speak to the consistency and the quality. When you come to Kimpton Buchanan in Japantown you will have a safe garage to park your car. Call ahead and a quick honk will alert the desk to open the gate. The staff, Loreen,Nike,Girardo, and Micheal, are friendly relaxed and efficient. The housekeepers are… Read more
Ive stayed here a number of times so I can speak to the consistency and the quality. When you come to Kimpton Buchanan in Japantown you will have a safe garage to park your car. Call ahead and a quick honk will alert the desk to open the gate. The staff, Loreen,Nike,Girardo, and Micheal, are friendly relaxed and efficient. The housekeepers are sweet and friendly and provide you with a clean room. Leo , who works in maintenance, will also ,if asked , help you with a quick Spanish lesson, another example of the friendly service at this hotel. There is a small gym with a couple of treadmills and elliptical . Fitness SF Filmore is very close by. Coffee is served in the lobby in the morning. They will bring a coffee maker to your room if desired. Mums is a good restaurant attached to the hotel and there is great ramen at Hinodeya across the street. The rooms are quiet and you will get a great rest. Internet is fine. Read less
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Nov 17, 2019 Bob M Houston, Texas

Excellent accommodations, with the exception of heating/cooling. Was not functioning properly first night (seemed to be rheostat problem). Staff member came and tinkered with it; then sort of worked, but noisy to the point of interrupting sleep. Staff member returned 2nd night and finally got it fixed (not rheostat, apparently).
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Nov 10, 2019 Bob C

Convenient to all of the city in a nice, quiet neighborhood. Walk to the park, restaurants and shopping with a parking garage under the building if you’re driving. Comfortable room and nice staff offer a enjoyable stay.
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Nov 9, 2019 ltherre Vancouver, Washington

We were very pleased with the Kimpton Buchanan. We had an unexpected trip to UCSF and needed a hotel close by and we chose the Kimpton and were not disappointed. We had reserved for two nights ! UCSF let us leave earlier than expected and when I asked the clerk if we could cancel the second night without a penalty, he did it immediately! We… Read more
We were very pleased with the Kimpton Buchanan. We had an unexpected trip to UCSF and needed a hotel close by and we chose the Kimpton and were not disappointed. We had reserved for two nights ! UCSF let us leave earlier than expected and when I asked the clerk if we could cancel the second night without a penalty, he did it immediately! We will return each time we need to visit UCSF! Read less