Kimpton Buchanan Hotel

San Francisco, USA

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 Staying at the Buchanan, Japantown, SF

Sep 16, 2019 cartwrightc57 Portland, Oregon

My wife & came to SF on business & our agent recommended the Kimpton Buchanan. WE were so pleased. The Hotel is lovely, bed was comfortable, the hotel staff is warm & helpful, & the restaurant was o amazing. We love the Japanese breakfast options. The wine served in the evening is remarkably good. The neighborhood is friendly, fun, walk-able with… Read more
My wife & came to SF on business & our agent recommended the Kimpton Buchanan. WE were so pleased. The Hotel is lovely, bed was comfortable, the hotel staff is warm & helpful, & the restaurant was o amazing. We love the Japanese breakfast options. The wine served in the evening is remarkably good. The neighborhood is friendly, fun, walk-able with great access to public transport to get to the rest of SF, but we felt we were in a quiet residential neighborhood! We cannot recommend this hotel more highly - we'll be back! C2 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceptional hotel

Sep 13, 2019 jwhardwick0

Arrived before check in early with the intention to drop our bags off and do some exploring, and were informed that our room was ready! A bottle of wine was sent up with us as well. Reception staff (Nick) was very friendly and helped us get settled. The room was gorgeous, had large windows with a view west over SF. Bed very comfortable. Well… Read more
Arrived before check in early with the intention to drop our bags off and do some exploring, and were informed that our room was ready! A bottle of wine was sent up with us as well. Reception staff (Nick) was very friendly and helped us get settled. The room was gorgeous, had large windows with a view west over SF. Bed very comfortable. Well appointed with Bluetooth speakers, USB charging ports, nice lights. Bathroom very clean, spacious, and with a comfortable bath. Area is very clean and safe. Lots of amazing restaurants and shops within a 10 minute walk. Overall we had a fantastic time at the Kimpton Buchanan and will be recommending it to anyone we know staying in SF. Read less
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Sep 10, 2019 Fitblue City of Venice, Italy

Peaceful (normally) neighbourhood hotel in Japantown. Today, heavy construction noise from the next property broke our sleep and this persisted for 2 hours. Jack hammers and power tools are not the best way to start the day. Generally blissful - this time less so.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Neighborhood!and

Sep 8, 2019 M1644GUmichaelg Billings, United States

Used this hotel for a 3-day stay for a combo business and pleasure trip. Great neighborhood in Japanese Town, close to the action on Fillmore Street and still plenty quiet. Also a great restaurant attached that did wonderful breakfasts.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good place to stay

Sep 4, 2019 Joy L Saint Paul

A nice friendly hotel in a great area of San Francisco in the heart of Japan Town. Good restaurants nearby and free happy hour every evening in the hotel lobby! The staff go out of their way to be friendly and helpful.