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Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco

3.5-star3.5 stars
1800 Sutter StSan FranciscoCA94115United States of AmericaGreat location! See map

3.5-star hotel with restaurant, near University of San Francisco
  • Free WiFi in lobby
Very Good8.4
Fantastic service
Awesome vibe
Rather comfortable
Bar and Beverages
Bar is awesome
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Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco

from $235
  • Room, 2 Queen Beds
  • Room, 2 Queen Beds, City View
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony
  • Room, 1 King Bed, City View
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Patio
  • Standard Room
  • Room, 2 Queen Beds, Balcony
  • Room, 1 King Bed
  • Room, 1 King Bed (Spa)
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Patio

About Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco

Anime-themed hotel by The Fillmore, with free bikes

Center of Japantown
Kimpton Buchanan Hotel is located in Japantown in downtown San Francisco, 4 blocks from The Fillmore concert venue and 2 blocks from the shops at Japan Center. You can reach Lafayette Park in 15 minutes on foot, and a 5-minute taxi ride will get you to the Asian Art Museum.

Chinatown and Alcatraz

The upscale shops of Union Square are nearby, and you could spend an entire day in Chinatown, one of the largest in North America. A 10-minute cab ride to Fisherman's Wharf gives you access to popular dining spots, and from there you can take a cruise to Alcatraz Island.

Anime decor, free bikes
The modern decor at Kimpton Buchanan Hotel draws inspiration from Japanese culture, and the free-to-use bikes make it easy to get around. Mums Restaurant and Bar serves up Asian contemporary cuisine, specializing in shabu-shabu, and you can work off those meals in the fitness center.

Cable TV and WiFi

The Japanese influence continues in the 131 guestrooms. You can stream music through the iPod® docking station, watch cable on the 37-inch flat-screen TV, and connect using in-room WiFi.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 131 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 8 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-11:00 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-out

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Children (17 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets stay free


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • WiFi in rooms *



  • Self parking *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Full breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Fitness facilities
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
Working away
  • One meeting room
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Year Built 1975
  • Elevator/lift
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Premium bedding
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 37-inch flat-screen TV
  • Pay movies
  • Premium TV channels
  • IPod docking station
  • Video-game console
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free newspaper
  • WiFi (surcharge)
  • Free local calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco’s small print

Also known as

  • The Kimpton Buchanan
  • Hotel Tomo a Joie de Vivre Hotel
  • Kimpton Buchanan Hotel San Francisco
  • Kimpton Buchanan Hotel
  • Kimpton Buchanan San Francisco
  • Kimpton Buchanan


Group bookings of 5 or more rooms cannot be accommodated via this website.

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • Tourism fee: USD 1.04 per accommodation, per night

Optional extras

Self parking costs USD 38.00 per day with in/out privileges

Rollaway beds are available for USD 25.0 per night

Breakfast costs between USD 10 and USD 28 per person (approximately)

WiFi is available in guestrooms for USD 12.99 per stay (rates may vary)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Fillmore Auditorium (3-minute walk)
  • California Pacific Medical Center: Pacific Campus (5-minute walk)
  • The Regency Ballroom (8-minute walk)
  • UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion (8-minute walk)
  • Great American Music Hall (9-minute walk)
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center (11-minute walk)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (24-minute walk)
  • Golden Gate Park (45-minute walk)

Getting around

  • San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) - 26 min drive
  • Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.) - 36 min drive
  • Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive) - 37 min drive
  • Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field) - 40 min drive
  • Concord, CA (CCR-Buchanan Field) - 43 min drive
  • San Francisco 4th and King Station - 14 min drive
  • San Francisco 22nd Street Station - 16 min drive
  • San Francisco Bayshore Station - 17 min drive
  • Civic Center Station - 27 min walk
  • Self parking (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.4 From 474 reviews

Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco
Very Good8.0
Rooms were very nice and location good for downtown SF. Our only complaint was the lack a bar or restaurant within the hotel. The Asian option (accessible from a weird glass door or from outside) was not at all enjoyable and smelled bad....
Jennifer, us1 night trip
Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco
Very Good8.0
One of my favorites in SF!
I've stayed here before when it was a Joie De Vivre property and was previously designed as a Video Game themed hotel. The Kimpton updates are quite nice, but the best part is the safe location, right in the heart of Japantown and fairly close to Lower Pacific Heights! The staff was friendly and gracious, the restaurant that is attached is delicious, and there are many modern conveniences nearby.
Celeste, us1 night trip
Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco
From check-in to check-out, our experience was amazing. The staff were nice and friendly, the location was great and the room was clean and comfortable. We would definitely stay again.
mayrose, us1 night trip
Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco
Great Staff and Central Location for Japantown
What always makes this hotel is the staff of the hotel. Always friendly, professional and quick to solve any problems. The modern look Kimpton likes is alright but the furnishings the designer picked would have been better quality from IKEA. Most hotels unfortunately go for looks instead of function these days. Too bad the designers aren't forced to spend a month in the rooms they design. Location is great and many good restaurants with a 10 minute walk.
Les, us3 night trip
Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco
Very Good8.0
The Hotel appears to be 20 years old and well worn. Definitely could use some updating. Coffee in the AM and wine in the PM are nice. Staff is very friendly and Helpful.
Randy, us1 night trip

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Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, San Francisco

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