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Hotel Kabuki - a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The Kabuki is located in Japantown, connected to the Japanese Center Mall. Parking is available in the Mall Parking Garage with direct access to the hotel from the Garage. The hotel is very nice, staff are helpful and friendly. The Chinese Consulate is right across the street from the hotel, so if you have business there, this is the best place to stay. There are plenty of eating options around the hotel with Japanese, Korean and Thai well represented. There is also a great american breakfast restaurant (Sweet Maple) within walking distance.

My wife and I had a nice stay at Hotel Kabuki. The hotel itself is quite nice, especially the main lobby area and the bar area. The entrance is beautiful and quite unique, the bar area is setup like a big reading room with nice chairs and couches and lots of books on shelves. The room was nice looking if a bit lacking in features. The TV is very large and mounted on the wall, and has HDMI cable so you can connect your laptop if you want to watch streaming videos that way. The bed was fine and the woven blanket in the closet was nice for my wife. The pillows are nice and large but have the common issue of feather pillows in that they feel fluffy but quickly smoosh down to a pancake. The bed itself was just your standard hotel mattress, not so soft and a touch lumpy feeling, but not bad. The 'room with a view' upgrade was worth the cost. A great view over the Japantown Peace Plaza. It's nice you can go out on the small balcony, it was a bit dirty though. I thought the website said there was a bathtub but nope. It had a large shower and seemed a bath was there but had been tiled over. The shower spray doesn't really mount to the wall properly, just sort of hangs on a hook. The balcony door frame was damaged and in need of paint and had dangerous splinters sticking out of it that could cause injury. The elevators are *slow*! One was being worked on the whole time we were there. Ugh. There is no microwave in the room, there is a fridge. The toilet has a weak flush but works

We come to SF from Sacramento every few months for a series of medical appointments and this hotel is just a few blocks away. Very convenient. The location is awesome. The area is open and uncrowded. We park our car in the front and love that it's just a few steps away. The only issue we had was that the very large TV in our room would not swing over enough to be viewed in bed. Other than that this hotel is a gem.

I want to be fair here. I have stayed at Kabuki off and on for over 15 years. If you have never been there, you will find a comfortable, standard fare San Francisco style boutique with stunning views especially in rooms facing west over the nearby Japan Center and beyond. Amenities are all there including a great gym. For any fans of the place who haven’t been there since it’s major renovation, prepare yourself to see a place completely stripped of the Japanese flair that made the place charming and unique. Paper doors are now standard curtains. No more Japanese breakfast either! Also gone - the glowing red historical Japanese symbol. While the place provides a comfortable stay, I was very disappointed in the changes brought by their recent ‘improvements’.

This was the second time I stayed at the Kabuki, in both instances during the JP Morgan conference. Unlike most other hotels in San Francisco during this meeting, the Kabuki did not jack up their prices. The newly renovated lobby and bar are great and the rooms continue to be efficient and comfortable. The remodeled bathrooms with walk-in "rainfall" showers are spectacular. My only complaint is that only one elevator was working, resulting in long waits to get downstairs in the morning.

My only complaint about our stay is that we were next to the maids laundry room. We could hear them talk and doors were constatantly slamming. Other than that our stay was very nice and the staff was very professional and accommodating.

The hotel it is still under renovations, they lied on their website. Only one elevator working, no amenities, far from all attractions.

I book through Orbitz all the time and I've stayed at this hotel in the past. When I arrived it was under construction. I understand that this is a necessary part of the hotel business, however, I would expect either some type of notification or a discounted price. I paid over $300 to stay in a construction zone. Not happy.

I paid extra to book a room with a view! Technically yes, we did have a balcony with a view (which hotel staff said that was what we paid for when we booked a room with a "view"), but the view was overlooking a breezeway between to next building and not in view of the street or Japantown at all!

Location was good. The hotel says it's been through a renovation. The room we stayed in doesn't look like it has been upgraded since the 1970's. The furniture was definitely older and well used. It was ok, but not fantastic. I would say stay here if you want to be in J Town. Otherwise, skip it.

Japantown is very clean and safe. The hotel was nice, but I wish we would have been told that it was under construction (bar, restaurant, etc.). The doorman Freddy was wonderful! He went out of his way to help us when we had a situation where we couldn't fit our luggage into the convertible car we rented to drive down the coast. Great service!!

I liked the hotel and found it to be conveniently located and available at a good rate.

Great location! I stayed two nights. Very comfy bed! I slept 12 hours.

Very nice hotel, huge room. Clean and nice neighborhood.

I stayed as I took my better half to the hospital. It was nice to have the shuttle but it did not run late enough for me. I wanted to stay at the hospital with him for as long as I could. I really didn't want to leave his side. Other than that the parking was reasonable the hotel clean and friendly, TV a little small compared to most hotels, bummed there was no frig, but I will stay again.

The valet parking was terrible. I paid fair amount of money to have someone park my car . But I had to wait pretty long time to get my car or to get my car to park. I won't recommend for the valet parking. I could parky car myself without spending time to wait.

Small hotel in Japantown under heavy renovation. Doesn't intrude on you though as they do it during the day when you're likely not around. The renovation isn't obvious either - no hallways full of dust, tarps, workmen in helmets, anything like that. It still feels professional. Not a tiny boutique hotel but not a chain feel either. Fine for business travelers and even families. The rooms are a bit dated (hence the renovation) but clean. Breakfast buffet with good spread. Gym. Safe feeling area. Lots of good Asian restaurants around. Quiet neighborhood. Convenience store across the street. You have to walk 10-15 mins to get anywhere fun but ubers are easy to find.

The Japanese esthetic caught my eye. The price per night was even better. The neighborhood was safe, quiet and the Japanese food was worth the wait. This is a sleepy neighborhood where the shops open at 10 am.

Comfy pillows, great location right by lots of shops and restaurants and friendly staff. I will be staying here agai.

Def stay here.. nice clean great place. CLOSE to everything. GREAT for price.

Room options

Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, View, Corner

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Hotel Kabuki - a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

Everyone (26) Couples (98) Business (39) Family (53) Other (23) Friends (24)
5

quiet area in sf

Everyone

The Kabuki is located in Japantown, connected to the Japanese Center Mall. Parking is available in the Mall Parking Garage with direct access to the hotel from the Garage. The hotel is very nice, staff are helpful and friendly. The Chinese Consulate is right across the street from the hotel, so if you have business there, this is the best place to stay. There are plenty of eating options around the hotel with Japanese, Korean and Thai well represented. There is also a great american breakfast restaurant (Sweet Maple) within walking distance.

By , from Reno, NV on May 30, 2018

4
Everyone

My wife and I had a nice stay at Hotel Kabuki. The hotel itself is quite nice, especially the main lobby area and the bar area. The entrance is beautiful and quite unique, the bar area is setup like a big reading room with nice chairs and couches and lots of books on shelves. The room was nice looking if a bit lacking in features. The TV is very large and mounted on the wall, and has HDMI cable so you can connect your laptop if you want to watch streaming videos that way. The bed was fine and the woven blanket in the closet was nice for my wife. The pillows are nice and large but have the common issue of feather pillows in that they feel fluffy but quickly smoosh down to a pancake. The bed itself was just your standard hotel mattress, not so soft and a touch lumpy feeling, but not bad. The 'room with a view' upgrade was worth the cost. A great view over the Japantown Peace Plaza. It's nice you can go out on the small balcony, it was a bit dirty though. I thought the website said there was a bathtub but nope. It had a large shower and seemed a bath was there but had been tiled over. The shower spray doesn't really mount to the wall properly, just sort of hangs on a hook. The balcony door frame was damaged and in need of paint and had dangerous splinters sticking out of it that could cause injury. The elevators are *slow*! One was being worked on the whole time we were there. Ugh. There is no microwave in the room, there is a fridge. The toilet has a weak flush but works

By , from Utah on May 21, 2018

4

quick sf trip

Everyone

We come to SF from Sacramento every few months for a series of medical appointments and this hotel is just a few blocks away. Very convenient. The location is awesome. The area is open and uncrowded. We park our car in the front and love that it's just a few steps away. The only issue we had was that the very large TV in our room would not swing over enough to be viewed in bed. Other than that this hotel is a gem.

By , from Sacramento, Ca on May 5, 2018

2

not what it used to be

Everyone

I want to be fair here. I have stayed at Kabuki off and on for over 15 years. If you have never been there, you will find a comfortable, standard fare San Francisco style boutique with stunning views especially in rooms facing west over the nearby Japan Center and beyond. Amenities are all there including a great gym. For any fans of the place who haven’t been there since it’s major renovation, prepare yourself to see a place completely stripped of the Japanese flair that made the place charming and unique. Paper doors are now standard curtains. No more Japanese breakfast either! Also gone - the glowing red historical Japanese symbol. While the place provides a comfortable stay, I was very disappointed in the changes brought by their recent ‘improvements’.

By , from Southern California on Apr 2, 2018

4

excellent hotel for the money

Everyone

This was the second time I stayed at the Kabuki, in both instances during the JP Morgan conference. Unlike most other hotels in San Francisco during this meeting, the Kabuki did not jack up their prices. The newly renovated lobby and bar are great and the rooms continue to be efficient and comfortable. The remodeled bathrooms with walk-in "rainfall" showers are spectacular. My only complaint is that only one elevator was working, resulting in long waits to get downstairs in the morning.

By , from Philadelphia on Jan 13, 2018

Review comment responded on Feb 6, 2018

Thank you for the great feedback Denny. We were happy to read that you enjoyed our newly renovated rooms with our wonderful rainfall showers! Glad you got a chance to try The Bar at Kabuki with our creative cocktails and bar bites. Aren't they delicious? We hope to see you again the next time you're in the area and pop by for a visit!

4

wonderful staff

Everyone

My only complaint about our stay is that we were next to the maids laundry room. We could hear them talk and doors were constatantly slamming. Other than that our stay was very nice and the staff was very professional and accommodating.

By , from Sacramento Ca on Jan 3, 2018

Review comment responded on Jan 4, 2018

Thank you for the feedback Lyndsey. Next time you're here, we have to get you in our newly renovated Lounge area to try our Bar and menu. We hope you'll visit soon. We'll make sure to get a cozy, quiet room for you.

2
Everyone

The hotel it is still under renovations, they lied on their website. Only one elevator working, no amenities, far from all attractions.

By on Oct 30, 2017

Review comment responded on Nov 14, 2017

Good afternoon, My name is Anthony Loos, and I am the Hotel Manager at Hotel Kabuki. I was saddened to read your review about your most recent stay at Hotel Kabuki. We are just as anxious as you while we wait for our renovations to be completed. I would like to invite you back to the hotel post renovation to experience what the new, cool funky Kabuki is all about. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you. Respectfully, Tony Loos

1

under construction

Everyone

I book through Orbitz all the time and I've stayed at this hotel in the past. When I arrived it was under construction. I understand that this is a necessary part of the hotel business, however, I would expect either some type of notification or a discounted price. I paid over $300 to stay in a construction zone. Not happy.

By on Oct 24, 2017

Review comment responded on Nov 14, 2017

Thank you for your feedback. My name is Anthony Loos, and I am the Hotel Manager at Hotel Kabuki. I am disappointed that your experience at Hotel Kabuki was anything other than pleasant. We work very hard to ensure our guests have the best possible experience. I am hopeful you will allow me the opportunity to correct the lack of confidence you have in our product and team. Please contact me directly at 415-614-5401 to further discuss your experience. I look forward to hearing from you very soon. Thank you.

2

wasn't what we expected, but ok!

Everyone

I paid extra to book a room with a view! Technically yes, we did have a balcony with a view (which hotel staff said that was what we paid for when we booked a room with a "view"), but the view was overlooking a breezeway between to next building and not in view of the street or Japantown at all!

By , from Chico on Oct 16, 2017

3

says it's been upgraded...i don't think so

Everyone

Location was good. The hotel says it's been through a renovation. The room we stayed in doesn't look like it has been upgraded since the 1970's. The furniture was definitely older and well used. It was ok, but not fantastic. I would say stay here if you want to be in J Town. Otherwise, skip it.

By , from Chicago on Sep 29, 2017