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A Chic Designer Hotel in the Heart of San Francisco

Hotel Kabuki: Centrally located, great value, hip décor – what's not to love?


Japantown for the weekend, felt like a true getaway. With so many lodging options in San Francisco, the newly renovated (as in $32 million) Hotel Kabuki should be on the top of your list. After two years this Joie de Vivre property has completed its re-imagination of this 1960s community center with they typical flare one would expect of the brand. Ideally located at the apex of Japantown, which is chock-full of hidden gems and shopping the hotel’s historic exterior has been maintained – once a 1960s Community Center (currently the garden rooms), connected to the former Japanese Consulate (currently the tower rooms) – while the interiors were refreshed by Brooklyn-based MARKZEFF Design. The lobby is an ideal locale for that rendez vous/business meeting (sign that movie deal), relax between stops or end the day with bar bites and artisanal cocktails.



Highlights include:


  • Garden Suites: The 13 new spacious suites in the Consulate Wing average 450 square feet and are designed as lofts with the bedroom and large living area facing the garden.
  • Japanese Garden & Courtyard: Fashioned after a traditional Japanese garden fusing simple lines, natural landscapes and plantings, the new garden has a pagoda, koi pond and lounge leading from the lobby bar with a firepit.
  • Lobby Bar: This hip open design, offers lots of nooks and crannies for couples or groups.
  • The Japanese-inspired design including shou sugi ban technique, traditionally used to fire-proof housing siding by burning or charring the wood for a beautiful charred and blackened look that has the texture of crocodile skin. Additionally, many of the brackets that hold hotel’s beams together are custom hot-rolled steel brackets, reflecting the intricate beam and bracket detailing used in old Japanese houses.


Rates starting at $249/night – a great value in a city with rates close to $400/night on average, according to Bloomberg.




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