Hotel Kabuki

Japan Town, San Francisco

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The hotel

This hip boutique hotel marries East with West – and, somewhat handily, is in the middle of Japantown. As you walk in, you'll see the Japanese-inspired décor and funky artwork. Step outside and there’s a beautiful Japanese courtyard garden with koi pond. There’s a cool lobby bar to hang out in too. Enjoy an exotic cocktail and grab a book or board game from the library – they have free WiFi too if you need to catch up with things back home.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Valet parking
  • Close to City Centre

Where is it

In the heart of Japantown, central to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Fillmore Street, with its popular boutiques, cafés and clubs, is also within walking distance. It's a 25-minute stroll down Post Street to Union Square. Transfer time from San Francisco International airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

218 rooms and suites on 16 floors in 1 building, with a distinct Japanese style and many with spectacular views of the city. 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 (Japanese cocktails, drinks and light bites), Small Farms Breakfast (Continental 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).

This hotel has a resort fee of $27 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change)

Resort fee includes: – In-room and public space WiFi – 24-hour gym access – Group fitness classes, including cardio, yoga, meditation, and stretching – Bicycle rental, subject to availability – In-room coffee and tea – Daily newspapers in the lobby – 24-hour printing (small projects) – Unlimited filtered water (sparkling, still, hot) – Local in-room phone calls – Nightly shoe shine, as requested – 10% off retail offerings. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

* Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great option--highly recommend

Aug 5, 2022 andygb123 Toronto, Canada

This hotel is beautiful inside. The lobby is stylish and inviting, the free coffee is quite tasty. :) Room was a good size with great amenities. I liked the size of the shower and the Jonathan Adler toiletries smelled lovely. The neighborhood where Kabuki is located is fun, safe, clean. When I was first looking to book, I was concerned it might… Read more
This hotel is beautiful inside. The lobby is stylish and inviting, the free coffee is quite tasty. :) Room was a good size with great amenities. I liked the size of the shower and the Jonathan Adler toiletries smelled lovely. The neighborhood where Kabuki is located is fun, safe, clean. When I was first looking to book, I was concerned it might be too far away from the action, but I was wrong. There are many great dining options nearby, it's right next to the Japanese mall, and just down the street from a really great shopping district. Plus, there's the beautiful Alta Plaza Park only 15 mins away by foot. If you want to go sightseeing, just hop in an Uber/Lyft. This hotel is worth it. I would recommend it to anyone coming to visit SF and would certainly book here again if I were to return. Because no option is absolutely perfect, there were a few minor cons to note: If your room faces Post Street, it can be noisy at night, but they do provide free earplugs in anticipation of this. :) I believe the hotel controls the thermostat, so I found my room would get warm at night (I had a really lovely corner king room w sliding glass doors rather than windows, so I didn't want to leave those open and invite potential winged visitors). My room did not have any drawers, so if you're the kind of person who likes to unpack, be warned that there may be just an open closet and a couple of small cupboards above the bar fridge. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not worth the money

Aug 1, 2022 sophie00070

Very friendly staff. The location is very good with lots of restaurants and it is close to downtown as well. However it has Limited parking, no onsite restaurant, not worth the money paid. The room I stayed had a concrete wall facing up close. Not the best.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Don’t waste your money

Aug 1, 2022 WillTravelForComida

Only thing going for it is that it’s in the center of Japan town. They would not honor what they had promised when I called to make the reservation. If you make a bed and breakfast reservation as a world of hyatt member and made a reservation for more than 1 person they will tell you it only covers 1 person. I was told “show me where it says it… Read more
Only thing going for it is that it’s in the center of Japan town. They would not honor what they had promised when I called to make the reservation. If you make a bed and breakfast reservation as a world of hyatt member and made a reservation for more than 1 person they will tell you it only covers 1 person. I was told “show me where it says it includes 2 people, them we’ll honor it”. Terrible customer service. Parking is horrible. Be ready to park in the mall. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Competent Hotel in Japantown

Jul 29, 2022 mchutch Seattle

I had to travel to San Francisco for a business meeting and chose Hotel Kabuki because of it's location. I wanted a relatively quiet location away from the Union Square and Market Street mess that is San Francisco now. Pros: The hotel is located in Japantown which is a plus as far as walkable restaurants and stores. Lobby is nice, staff was… Read more
I had to travel to San Francisco for a business meeting and chose Hotel Kabuki because of it's location. I wanted a relatively quiet location away from the Union Square and Market Street mess that is San Francisco now. Pros: The hotel is located in Japantown which is a plus as far as walkable restaurants and stores. Lobby is nice, staff was friendly and efficient. The room was very clean. Plenty of towels and toiletries. Cons: The bathroom has a Noren (暖簾) half curtain which I get keeping with the Japanese theme but a full bathroom door would have been nice or even a full curtain. The bathroom toilet had a full door which was a good thing. I was traveling with my daughter and it was workable but not ideal. Walls seem thin as we could hear hallway noise and noise from the neighboring room. Windows are not soundproof. Even on the 11th floor, we could hear some street noise. I noticed they do provide earplugs in the bedside drawer. It's a very good hotel for a short stay in San Francisco. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Walkable Location

Jul 26, 2022 WillzYam

I think this is a great location for a mini-vacation. Shopping and plenty of dining all within walking distance. The amenities at the hotel are extensive, and although it is an older building it was well decorated and upkept.