The Kimpton Buchanan

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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% (34 Member Ratings)

"Nice! Friendly staff!!😊"
20. Jul 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. 

The nightly rate here tends to be a bit more affordable than other San Francisco properties and it comes with some nice amenities. Provided with the stay is complimentary morning coffee & tea service, a 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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


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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Customer Service available 24 hours

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.

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100% Positive
(34 Member reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Buchanan (part of Kimpton) over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Nice! Friendly staff!!😊
Other Comments
Great service and people!
Albino 20. Jul 2016 Mission, TX, United States
Enjoyed Most
The staff were great!
Jenna 20. Jun 2016 Sacramento, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
wonderful staff. right across from Japan town. in a quiet neighborhood. easy to get around
Theresa 06. Jun 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!
Stewart 22. May 2016 Guelph, ON, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Service and cleanliness of the room.
James 20. May 2016 Strongsville, OH, United States
Other Comments
Very clean rooms with big bathroom!
Lourdes 04. May 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 22. Apr 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 21. Apr 2016 Castro Valley, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Quiet hotel in the city! Very clean and modern. Very comfortable bed.
Beth 18. Apr 2016 Napa, CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The service was excellent, especially the front desk personnel.
Martha 13. Apr 2016 Lakeland, FL, United States

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