Japantown, San Francisco

The Kimpton Buchanan

Allie Paver
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Why We Love It

  • Immaculate with artful touches and an all-around good value for San Francisco
  • The hotel hosts a complimentary evening wine hour and sake reception for guests
  • Centrally located in Japantown, not far from the bars and restaurants on Fillmore Street
  • The on-site restaurant is famed for its shabu-shabu (DIY Japanese hot pot)

100% (35 Member Ratings)

"Nice! Friendly staff!!😊"
Jul 20, 2016
Mission, TX, United States


Map & Directions

The hotel is a 30-minute drive from San Francisco Airport, and parking is available at the hotel (extra charge applies), although cheaper parking can be found nearby. It’s 25 minutes by BART from the airport to the nearest stop (Civic Center / UN Plaza), which is 30 minutes' walk from the hotel.

Rooms & Rates

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In Japantown, The Buchanan's location has a residential feel -- out of the touristy hustle and bustle of Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf, but still close to major attractions. 

It has affordable rates for San Francisco and provides good all-around value. There complimentary morning coffee & tea service, hosted wine hour and free loaner bikes to explore the city. Kimpton hotels are pet-friendly, so guests can bring their animals along to check out SF. 

The hotel faces out over the main pedestrian street in Japantown, which leads down to Yoshiro Taniguchi’s Peace Pagoda and the Japan Center. It’s a vibrant center of Japanese culture in California, crammed with kimono stores, sushi bars and a traditional Japanese bath house. The area is not far from the bars and restaurants on Fillmore Street, sandwiched between the main tourist sights and the business district. Guests can borrow a custom-designed PUBLIC bicycle to explore town. 

On-site restaurant Mums is famed for its shabu-shabu; take turns cooking your own meal at the table by dipping meat and vegetables into boiling broth and seasoning with dipping sauces. The all-you-can-eat menu is served all day, plus there’s all-you-can-drink beer and sake from 5pm until 10pm. In the mornings, breakfast is a mix of miso soup, rice balls and pickles, as well as pancakes and omelets. There’s also a fitness room that’s small, but not cramped.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bike rental
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)
  • Internet access


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Off-street parking (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 and younger stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request).
Crib available on request, free of charge for children up to the age of 3.
Extra bed available on request and in king bed rooms only: $20 + tax per night 
Extra person charge is $25 + tax per night.
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request; free of charge. Guest is responsible for any damages incurred by pet.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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Enjoyed Most: Nice! Friendly staff!!😊
Other Comments: Great service and people!
Albino Jul 20, 2016 Mission, TX, United States
Enjoyed Most: The staff were great!
Jenna Jun 20, 2016 Sacramento, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: wonderful staff. right across from Japan town. in a quiet neighborhood. easy to get around
Theresa Jun 06, 2016 Fort Myers, FL, United States
Enjoyed Most: Large beautiful rooms and a great happy hour every day at 5/6!!
Other Comments: Very friendly and helpful staff!
Sherry May 22, 2016 Guelph, ON, Canada
Enjoyed Most: Service and cleanliness of the room.
James May 20, 2016 Strongsville, OH, United States
Other Comments: Very clean rooms with big bathroom!
Lourdes May 04, 2016 The Colony, TX, United States
Enjoyed Most: Staff was great and was nice to have a balcony overlooking Japantown.
Other Comments: Thanks for the glass of wine upon arrival.
Justin Apr 22, 2016 Sacramento, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Very unique hotel with friendly staff and good location.
Other Comments: Parking was a bit pricey ($35 per night) and beds were strange... Comfortable enough mattress, but set on a wood platform that creaked loudly every time you moved and allowed the mattress to slide away from the wall.
Anthony Apr 21, 2016 Castro Valley, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: Quiet hotel in the city! Very clean and modern. Very comfortable bed.
Beth Apr 18, 2016 Napa, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most: The service was excellent, especially the front desk personnel.
Martha Apr 13, 2016 Lakeland, FL, United States

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