San Francisco

Kimpton Buchanan


The Kimpton Buchanan hotel in San Francisco provides a zen-like stay with a stylish design and relaxing amenities. Whether you’re eating Shabu at Mum’s Restaurant + Bar on-site or having free sake at the reception hour, there’s plenty at this hotel to help rejuvenate your traveling soul.


BY: Alex Temblador Contributing writer

Buddha once said: “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” We, as men, often push this idea to the side. We become wrapped up in our duties, work, and relationship problems and we let your body and thus our minds suffer for it. Alas, there are places in this world that allow us to take care of our body which produces zen in our minds, and one such place is the Kimpton Buchanan hotel.

You’ll do well to remember that we aren’t alone in our journey to zen.

San Francisco may be a congested, hectic city where life runs at a fast pace, but there’s pockets of calm and collection, and that’s exactly where Kimpton Buchanan is. Located at the intersection of Japantown, the Fillmore, and Pacific Heights, Kimpton Buchanan embodies the idea of relaxation for the male traveler. The interior design is boutique chic and yet calming with neutral tones. The living room’s large leather couch, captivating art work, and subdued lighting all seek to allow you to relax your body and reinvigorate your mind. We couldn’t help but appreciate the uplifting messages in the Living Room, like one that reads: “I was born to be awesome, not perfect.”

The masculine design is similarly as soothing in the rooms, but it’s the amenities that really help your body relax. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and Keurig coffeemakers. The bathrooms are spacious and sleek with cozy robes that you won’t want to take off.

As Buddha said, to help your mind, you must help your body and there’s multiple ways to do that at Kimpton Buchanan. Hit the fitness center and break a sweat or use the in-room yoga mat for the endorphin boost you need. Take their free public bikes around town and keep moving throughout the day. Order an in-room spa treatment and work out those knots in your shoulders.

They say a little bit of wine can benefit our health, so you won’t want to miss the wine and sake reception in the lobby in the evenings. Treat your stomach to good, soul-warming food at Mum’s Restaurant + Bar which offers Japanese Shabu Shabu conveniently on-site. Most important of all – connect with others in the Living Room or over corn hole and lawn bowling in the outdoor courtyard. You’ll do well to remember that we aren’t alone in our journey to zen.

The way we travel and the places we stay can be healing to our bodies and mind. Buddha would agree with us, for he said: “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” You’d do well to remember that… at Kimpton Buchanan.


A mile from Union Square and a few blocks from local boutiques and restaurants of Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights.

Honoring the Japantown location, the rooms have a laid back Feng Shui with Japanese decor

The neighborhood is packed with dining options, our top picks:  State Bird Provisions, SPQR, Doma and Mum’s Restaurant + Bar

Book a room with a private balcony or patio to let in the sounds of the City by the Bay

Sip some vino with the afternoon wine social hour

Loaner bikes are offered, amenities also include a fitness room, valet parking, and a courtyard for some fresh air