Shane Fonner

Hotel Kabuki

www.palmiersdumal.com
  • Where:San Francisco, California
  • Why:Bucket List Cali Coast Road Trip
  • When:August 2018
  • Who:My overworked wife and I.
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A spectacular tea-based cocktail developed by the stellar bar staff at the Kabuki.

A wall of record covers reverberates the vibe of the music-infused property.

Beds are super comfy.

Changing colors of the Kabuki at night.

In the Zen Japanese garden, watching koi and wishing we didn't have to leave.

Modern (relevent) artwork in the room.

Panoramic views over San Francisco.

Sumo wallpaper. Enough said, very into this.

Taking full advantage of the heavy bag.

TCB again. Never not working.

TCB always.

The double-height lobby is voluminous by day, while the dropped lighting makes it quite cozy at night.

The generous gym is an absolute delight, and expansive.

The lobby offers a bevy of design heavy seating options.

The lovely bar makes a negroni and serves a bevy of sake, too.

The newly-renovated double-height lobby is airy and bright.

Highs & Lows

  • The Bar – The selection of drinks, service, and bartenders are roundly outstanding.

  • The Staff – Everyone on site, from the front desk to the management staff, are delightful. They’re pleasant, well informed, and always very helpful.

  • The Location – I loved the location of Hotel Kabuki. It’s completely central, but feels like you’re out of the hustle of the center city. Also, the Japanese garden and koi pond were super nice touches.

  • The Gym – The biggest, most well fitted hotel gym I’ve had the pleasure of using.

  • The Showers - Like in Japan, the showers take up a whole room. Well worth the sacrifice elsewhere (though the room was still quite large).

  • The Views – Since the hotel is settled near the peak of a hill, the views are panoramic in every direction. The higher the floor, the better.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 45/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Freshly retrofitted Japan-town musicians’ favorite.

  • Vibe

    Post-Industrial Eastern-inspired chic.

  • Location

    Japantown – Great location in central San Francisco within easy walk of some impressive restaurants, shops, and cultural must-sees, and within a 15-minute Lyft or Uber of almost anywhere in the city.

  • Rooms

    225

  • Music

    Music varies but is eclectic, thanks to the “help yourself” record player in the lobby – free for guests to use and choose records as they wish.

  • Year Opened

    The building was originally built in 1968 to serve as a community center for Japanese-American residents, and later was home to the Japanese Consulate, before embodying its current iteration as the Hotel Kabuki. It was first renovated in 2007, before undergoing a massive transformation in late 2017 / early 2018.

  • Designed By

    Brooklyn-based MARKZEFF.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes – an incredibly large, spacious, and light filled subterranean compound.

  • Restaurant

    No restaurant on site, but very close to some exceptional small places in easy walking distance

  • Bar

    Yes – very well stocked with their customized alcohol-infused tea, along with a full bar and a lovely selection of sake.

  • Minibar

    Yes

  • Children

    Kids certainly welcome.

  • Price

    Mid-luxury and well priced in the market.

Really amazing Michelin-starred restaurant on Fillmore Street, just a few blocks away. We didn’t have a reservation which was risky, but were seated at the bar right away among a lively crowd and had one of the best meals I’ve had in a very long while.

S.P.Q.R.

1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA

Really amazing Michelin-starred restaurant on Fillmore Street, just a few blocks away. We didn’t have a reservation which was risky, but were seated at the bar right away among a lively crowd and had one of the best meals I’ve had in a very long while.

Aside from being home to a legendary music venue in the aptly-named The Fillmore, the street is home to loads of great restaurants and shops, creating a very cool neighborhood feel just steps away from Japantown.

Fillmore Street

Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA, USA

Aside from being home to a legendary music venue in the aptly-named The Fillmore, the street is home to loads of great restaurants and shops, creating a very cool neighborhood feel just steps away from Japantown.

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