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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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice neighborhood

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
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Location and service!

Nov 6, 2019 Moranw4 Tel Aviv, Israel

The reason I gave 4 is that breakfast is not included, and price was high. I asked for early check-in, and they let . me enter the room around 10:00 w/o waiting. Also, asked for late checkout - and my request was immediately accepted positively.
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Nov 6, 2019 Carol S

Nice hotel it is located in Japan town so we got to try some really great Japanese food restaurants. Great location. Within walking distance or a short bus or cab ride to some great attractions. We also really enjoyed the free Happy Hour the hotel had each evening.
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Nov 6, 2019 grandpere Springfield, Virginia

We stayed two weekend night while in town for a wedding. We didn’t pick the hotel; it was the designated hotel for the wedding guests. The room was average size. The bed was very comfortable. The hotel is located in Japantown, which was a plus for us as we had lived in Japan for three years. Just across Buchanan St is a small store that has… Read more
We stayed two weekend night while in town for a wedding. We didn’t pick the hotel; it was the designated hotel for the wedding guests. The room was average size. The bed was very comfortable. The hotel is located in Japantown, which was a plus for us as we had lived in Japan for three years. Just across Buchanan St is a small store that has freshly made Japanese food. We found some of our favorite dishes there. Parking is $40/night, and you might as well pay for it as street parking is next to impossible. Location is not really convenient for tourist sites, but the area is quiet and clean. Read less