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4.1 out of 5

"6 friends went for Wanderlust and enjoyed the Kimpton tremendously...staff, rooms, beds and location were excellent. very quiet part of SF in Japanto ... " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 25 Apr 2018

Hotel Description

3.5-star hotel near California Pacific Medical Center: Pacific Campus

In shopping district

Within a 10-minute walk of this Japantown hotel, you'll find California Pacific Medical Center: Pacific Campus and Fillmore Auditorium. The Regency Ballroom and UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion are also within half a mile (1 km).

Dining, fitness center

This hotel features a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge. Business travelers can take advantage of the free WiFi in public areas. Self parking, a terrace, and express check-out are also offered.

IPod docks, WiFi

In addition to flat-screen TVs with cable channels, the 131 guestrooms offer WiFi and iPod docks. Other amenities include premium bedding, free newspapers, and free local calls.

Standard Room

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$125* Per night/room Nov 25 - Nov 26

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Balcony

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed (SPA)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

ADA Room, 1 King Bed, Patio

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

ADA Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Kimpton Buchanan Hotel ratings based on 39 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.1 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Kimpton Buchanan Hotel

Everyone (5)
4 out of 5

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019

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1 out of 5
This was the worst Kimpton hotel we have stayed at. The rooms were old, dirty and not comfortable. Our room smelled like smoke even though it was a non smoking room.

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 2, 2018 by Emily G

My goodness! This is definitely not the kind of experience we want for our guests. Please give me a call if you have a moment to discuss. Meanwhile, I can at least reassure you that smoking incidents are quite uncommon and the rooms were all fully renovated two years ago. I look forward to learning more. Thank you for your time!

5 out of 5
6 friends went for Wanderlust and enjoyed the Kimpton tremendously...staff, rooms, beds and location were excellent. very quiet part of SF in Japantown. We loved the shabu shabu dinner in the restaurant...great experience. Check it out for a fun weekend and the cherry blossom festival was such a bonus, felt like we went on a trip to Japan...enjoy

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 26, 2018 by Emily G

Thanks for the stellar review! I am so glad that the 6 of you came our way and had such a great time. Friends should take trips more often!

5 out of 5

Close to the wonderful Fillmore district and not f

Pros: Everything
Cons: Noting
Quiet friendly atmosphere. Large well furnished rooms. Extremely comfortable beds. Welcoming staff. All you would want or expect.

Posted by , from Vancouver, B.C. on Jan 15, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 18, 2018 by Emily G

Woohoo! Thanks so much, David. It's great to see a review like this with Pros=Everything! Woah. Please come back and see us again

5 out of 5
Great hotel, even better customer service. We will definitely be back.

Posted by , from AZ on Jul 5, 2017

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3 out of 5

A best western dressed up in anime

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet
Cons: small gym
Imagine a best western with anime inspired decor. The rooms are comfy enough and conveniently located near Japantown. Our room was clean and the service was sufficient. The gym is tiny and only has three pieces of equipment. I would stay here again do to its affordability and location.

Posted by , from San Jose, CA, USA on Dec 3, 2012

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5 out of 5

great hotel,staff,and location

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet
The hotel was located in an area that is clean and homeless people hanging around the hotel. The staff was very accommodating to us as we had a party of 7 including a toddler. The rooms were clean, quiet and comfortable, just a bit small. The restaurant Mum's was great! Shabu shabu all you can eat,can't beat the price. Actually the entire menu was very affordable. Downside parking is tight and fills up fast. I would highly recommend this hotel. Mahalo!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012

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5 out of 5

Excellent accomadations and I would stay there again. Easy excess to Japantown and also to transportation to get around San Francisco.

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
Hotel Tomo was a great place to stay. The accomadations were excellent and the close proximity to the various areas was good. Transportation was easily accessable. Area of Japantown felt very safe and comfortable.

Posted by , from Tuba City, Arizona on May 9, 2012

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4 out of 5

Friendly Staff.

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet
Hotel Staff on-duty on our arrival at check-in were very friendly and accomodating. I was surprised and delighted to see the Pop-culture design and images upon arrival in our room, out of the ordinary and quite different from all the other hotels we've been in. Great location, within walking distance of many excellent restaurants. Will book at this hotel again the next time we're in the area.

Posted by , from Stockton, CA on Apr 17, 2012

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2 out of 5

Furniture is tacky and the carpet is stained

Pros: Close restaurants
This hotel was in a great location but didn't live up to the photos. The furniture was worn,a little tacky and the wrong scale for the room. The carpet was really dirty looking.

Posted by , from Minneapolis on Apr 14, 2012

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. A fitness center, a terrace, and coffee/tea in a common area are also featured at the business-friendly Kimpton Buchanan Hotel. For a fee, parking is available. This 3.5-star San Francisco hotel is smoke free.

  • 131 guestrooms or units
  • 8 levels
  • Built in 1975
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • 1 conference room
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Terrace
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) (24.1 km / 15 mi)
  • Train station: San Francisco 4th and King Station (3.9 km / 2.4 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Kimpton Buchanan Hotel offers 131 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and video-game consoles. Beds feature premium bedding. 37-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This San Francisco hotel provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include safes and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • IPod dock
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Gaming console
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 7 AM to 11:30 AM.

Kimpton Buchanan Hotel has a restaurant serving breakfast only.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a fitness center.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 11:00 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets are welcome and stay free


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Pets allowed (no fees)


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Tourism fee: USD 0.52 per accommodation, per night

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 28 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 12.99 per stay (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 45.60 per day (in/out privileges)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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  • Kimpton Buchanan Hotel San Francisco
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You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.