Fodor's Expert Review Kimpton Buchanan Hotel

1800 Sutter St., San Francisco, California 94115, United States See on Map

In one of San Francisco's most interesting neighborhoods, just a couple of blocks from the Fillmore district, Japantown, and the famous Fillmore concert venue, this Kimpton property appeals to jet-setting Millennials hunting for a stylish hotel that won't break the bank. This small property might not offer as many amenities as other Kimpton properties, but with a sweet outdoor space, complimentary bikes, and a hip pulse, most travelers won't mind.

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room

Japanese art lines the walls of the cozy guest rooms, all of which boast 37-inch LCD flatscreen TVs, a work desk, Keurig coffeemaker and a mini-refrigerator. Take advantage of the yoga channel and in-room yoga mats to stay fit while away from your routine. All guests have access to PressReader, an online database of a wealth of newspapers and magazines.

Splurge on Patio rooms which offer private balconies with city views.

bathroom

Bathrooms feature black quartz countertops, kimono-style bathrobes, and Atelier Bloem bath amenities. The Spa King room includes a soaking tub.

lobby

The lobby's handsome leather chairs and Japanese brush paintings invite a sense of calm. A wander around offers a glimpse at San Francisco history with the historic photographs. The centerpiece of the lobby is the 3,000 whiskey bottle chandelier. The outdoor sitting area features a bocce ball court and corn hole.

spa

The hotel staff can arrange in-room massage treatments.

gym

The fitness area features treadmills, yoga mats, an elliptical machine, Pilates props, and complimentary bikes to explore the city.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The outdoor sitting area sometimes doubles as a part of the fitness center as well.

dining

The hotel's on-site restaurant, Mums, is currently being renovated. Plans are for the popular diner to reopen in 2018.

drinking

The hotel offers a nightly sake and wine hour.

LOCATION

Getting Around

The hotel offers valet parking at $38 a night. Free street parking is available but can be tough to snag, especially in the evenings. Many bus lines stop within a couple blocks, including the 38 Geary, which connects travelers to downtown. Walkers will love the proximity to the Fillmore district, Pacific Heights, Japantown, and even the Marina.

Restaurants

The highlight of this property might be the location and the wealth of eateries within a short stroll. There's Dosa's (5-minute walk) exquisite Indian-style pancakes and Pizzeria Delfina's (8-minute walk) gourmet margarita pie. Japanese cuisine lovers will find an array of options--sushi, ramen, teppanyaki--in the Japan Center (2-minute walk).

Bars

Nightlife is a draw in this area, especially for those interested in live music. Score tickets to The Fillmore (7-minute walk), where greats like Prince and the Grateful Dead once rocked this house. For a more subdued setting, head over to the Wine Jar (5-minute walk) to sample local Cabernet.

WHY WE LIKE IT

A design-minded environment in the heart of vibrant Japantown, this playful pet-friendly property charms with a photogenic lobby and comfy rooms.

QUICK FACTS

Family, Pet Friendly, Trendy
131 rooms
Breakfast No
$$$
Gym
Yes
Valet Parking
Yes

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 415-921-4000; 855-454-4644

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