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Hotel Kabuki - a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Liked a lot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Loved the decor of the lobby/bar area - nice and funky

Owners really cheaped out on this renovation. The lobby and bar area will make you think that you are staying in a top-flight boutique hotel. (And brace yourself for the kitschy faux-Asian iconography, which might be offensive to some visitors to this Japantown neighborhood.) The rooms are spare, virtually no in-room conveniences, and the renovation seems to have not included sound-proofing of balcony doors.

Love thus hotel—-beautiful and comfy furnishings, great bar, and excellent service. I enjoyed that it was in a lesser visited neighborhood and exploring some of the many Japanese restaurants and stores. Would love to stay here again.

Warning Orbitz customers. This hotel has been redesigned in the last several years and they are charging extra mandatory amenity fees for things like wifi and filtered water in the lobby. The mood is less a classy hotel than a crossover between a yoga studio/Restoration Hardware showroom/and dance party. While this might appeal to some, the tiled over bathtubs, and lack of door on the bathroom areas might also deter others. The vibe is not worth the money. Try other hotels first before you spend extra money on what is usually complimentary before you stay here.

Absolutely fantastic!! Will definitely be staying there again!

Hotel located in nice area in japan town Setting great with restaurants with shirt walking distance More suburb rather than city

Very nice hotel, but could be a bit noisy from street noise

The hotel itself is very nice, checking in was easy the atmosphere is very modern and everyone is inviting. The bed was uncomfortable and the amenity fee is just another way to nickel and dime you. I would return if they got rid of their amenity fee.

Pros - this hotel is clean and located near a lot of shopping and restaurants. It has a great gym and cool vibe in the lobby. Cons - hidden fees! No hotel parking unless you pay $53 per night for Valet.. $30 plus fees daily for a “resort fee” and parking nearby was $23 a day. They didn’t even have complimentary coffee in the lobbie and didn’t offer room service. We asked for some juice to take back to our room and they told us they don’t have juice of any kind for guests. At the rate we paid I would expect much better accommodations and parking included. Won’t be staying at this hotel again.

This would have been a five star rating EXCEPT- the wifi was awful. It was slow and would cut in and out multiple times per day, requiring the re-entry of password each time. I'm hoping the management reads this and gets this sorted out. (A lot of us do depend on wifi when we travel). Otherwise, an exceptionally nice hotel at a very reasonable price.

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.

1625 Post St San Francisco CA

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Business center

Located in Japantown, Hotel Kabuki - a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. The 218 rooms at this 4-star hotel include refrigerators, coffee makers, and TVs.


Dining

Start your day off right with buffet breakfast, which is served for a fee from 7 AM to 10 AM.


Rooms

Guests can enjoy a TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and the bathroom offers a hair dryer and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include a refrigerator, a coffee maker, and free local calls.


Property features

Hotel Kabuki - a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel features a 24-hour fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. Parking is available for USD 23 per night (USD 50 per night for valet parking), and there's also limo/town car service. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this boutique hotel include a business center, free use of bicycles, and express check-in.

Room options

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible (Shower)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 1 King Bed (Loft)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed (Consulate)

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Room, 1 King Bed, City View

King 1 | Sleeps 2

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

Everyone (35) Couples (100) Business (39) Family (55) Other (23) Friends (24)
4
Families

Liked a lot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By on Jun 10, 2019

4
Partner Couples

Loved the decor of the lobby/bar area - nice and funky

By on May 7, 2019

2
Families

Owners really cheaped out on this renovation. The lobby and bar area will make you think that you are staying in a top-flight boutique hotel. (And brace yourself for the kitschy faux-Asian iconography, which might be offensive to some visitors to this Japantown neighborhood.) The rooms are spare, virtually no in-room conveniences, and the renovation seems to have not included sound-proofing of balcony doors.

By on May 5, 2019

5
Partner Couples

Love thus hotel—-beautiful and comfy furnishings, great bar, and excellent service. I enjoyed that it was in a lesser visited neighborhood and exploring some of the many Japanese restaurants and stores. Would love to stay here again.

By on Apr 22, 2019

2
Everyone

Warning Orbitz customers. This hotel has been redesigned in the last several years and they are charging extra mandatory amenity fees for things like wifi and filtered water in the lobby. The mood is less a classy hotel than a crossover between a yoga studio/Restoration Hardware showroom/and dance party. While this might appeal to some, the tiled over bathtubs, and lack of door on the bathroom areas might also deter others. The vibe is not worth the money. Try other hotels first before you spend extra money on what is usually complimentary before you stay here.

By , from Detroit, USA on Mar 27, 2019

2
Everyone

By on Mar 27, 2019

5
Everyone

Absolutely fantastic!! Will definitely be staying there again!

By , from Sac, US on Dec 17, 2018

5
Everyone

Hotel located in nice area in japan town Setting great with restaurants with shirt walking distance More suburb rather than city

By on Nov 19, 2018

5
Everyone

Very nice hotel, but could be a bit noisy from street noise

By , from San Jose on Nov 2, 2018

4
Everyone

By on Oct 25, 2018

Hotel Kabuki - a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

1625 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115