Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre hotel San Francisco
Great location and love the Japanese style!!
I am from Japan, and wanted to see how American-Japanese Hotel look like.
I loved it!!!
I like the fact they have Japanese bath tub. Taking bath after long day ... it was so good :)
Sake hour was cool too. I get to talk to people, and ask about where to go.
It's not in downtown, but I liked the location. It's about $8 taxi ride to downtown, and there are a lot restaurants next to hotel.
Wonderful Hotel Kabuki
After finding out my husband would be attending a conference in San Francisco, we knew staying at one of the Union Square hotels was not an option for us -- not only because of price, but also because we wanted something a little less touristy. Hotel Kabuki was a perfect fit. It was close enough to the major sights of San Francisco, but also encouraged me to explore less-travelled parts of the city.
The nearby bus lines were a wonderful way to explore San Francisco -- I saw everything from the Sutro Baths to the Mission Dolores on MUNI (and sorry, but every time I heard a San Franciscan complain about MUNI, I wished they could spend a day in our hometown of Washington, DC, fighting Metro. It would give them a much greater appreciation for the San Francisco public transit system!), and was still able to get back in time to meet my husband for dinner.
The employees of Kabuki were amazing. Everyone was incredibly upbeat and helpful -- from the front desk, to housekeeping, to the doorman -- and we both appreciate the attentive service we received while visiting. We had a renovated corner room on the 13th floor, and it had great views looking west and south as well as the Japanese-style tub. Very nice after a long day.
If we're ever back in San Francisco, we will definitely stay at Hotel Kabuki. We'll also recommend this hotel to any friends or family headed there as well. If you go, make sure to spend some time wandering Japantown -- also, check out the amazing Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, as the modern architecture is stunning.
Hotel room was fantastic all-around: the furnishings, decorations, views of the city, comfortable bed and great Japanese style deep tub! Most of the staff was very responsive, courteous and helpful. We highly recommend paying extra for a corner room - it is well worth it. The ongoing renovations did not hurt our stay. The breakfast buffet was good, but so was the Denny's (to our surprise!) across the street when we wanted something cheaper.
Our original room had a wet area on the carpet. They assigned us to another room, but it was smaller than the original, so we asked for another. They upgraded us to the corner room which was unnecessary, but very nice. And they would not accept payment from me for the difference. That service alone would make me recommend this hotel.
Great stay! Will stay again on future trips.
Pleasantly Surprised--we'd come back!
My husband and I found this hotel via expedia.com. We were curious about the Japanese-theme of the hotel and since the price at the time was low (they were doing renovations to the restaurant) we decided to give it a try. We stayed on the fourth floor. The room was nice and clean. The bathroom was nice--it was a little narrow at the opening, but it was certainly enough space for my husband and I. The Japanese soaking tub was certainly a delight to come back to after hours of walking all day around San Fran! Even my husband took advantage of the soaking tub. We had a Sleep by Number bed which was very comfortable. The hotel was quiet and peaceful. The restaurant was unavailable but there were many restaurants within walking distance (many Japanese restaurants, sushi bars, etc.). There was even a Denny's (for breakfast or late nite snacks) across the street. We would definitely come back to stay here.
Not ready for prime time
It all depends on which room you get. We had 2 rooms, 503 & 1203 both were hot, day & night. We couldn't sleep w/the sliding door open w/the noise of the city all around. When we checked in, fire trucks were there responding to a false alarm. One morning (about 6:30) we got to experience another false alarm. Another morning (6:30) we were awakened by someone pounding on the pipes. The shower was short & VERY weak.
The hotel restaurant wasn't open and breakfast was buffet only, the same thing every day (we were there 6 nights).
Now the good stuff. The staff was very friendly and helpful, when there was something they could do. Our son & family stayed "on the other side and their room was all good. Wine & sake for an hour each evening was a good thing.
I hate to trash the place with the great staff & HOPEFULLY, when they finish the remodel, it will be better. Not sure they can do anything about poor A/C but, the winter months will mask that problem for awhile.
This is the best 3-star hotel I've stayed at in SFO. I've stayed at many marginal 3-stars recently so my expectations were low.
I had a large, newly renovated room with good amenities. I would definitely stay here again.
Das ist das beste 3-Sterne-Hotel, in dem ich bis jetzt in San Francisco übernachtet habe. Ich habe in letzter Zeit in vielen dürftigen 3-Sterne-Hotels übernachtet, also waren meine Erwartungen eher niedrig.
Ich habe in einem großen, neu renovierten Zimmer mit schöner Einrichtung gewohnt. Ich würde hier definitiv wieder übernachten.
Great Time at the Kabuki
Stayed at the Hotel Kabuki/Miyako this weekend with girlfriends for a girls' only weekend. We had hoped to stay closer to Union Square, but with the Nike Women's Marathon everything was booked or way too expensive. We decided on the Miyako becasue it was a 4-star hotel with reasonable rates. We paid $220 a night per room with AAA discount (including taxes).
The staff was very accomadating with our requests of room changes and Michael at the front desk was great to make restraunt recommendations and reservations to Cafe Kati which was wonderful.
Our reserveration called for "renovated" rooms. We had 2 rooms to accomodate the 6 people. The first was on the 3rd floor. Although it was clean and comfortable I'm not sure if I would call it rennovated. Maybe new pictures and updated bathroom and flat screen tv? Japanese style bath and shower (Awesome pressure in the shower!!!) It was street side and a little noisy at night (We were seranated by a homeless person quite late at night).
The second room on the 4th floor did not have the Japanese style bathroom (tradition shower/bath combo with curtain). Room slightly bigger and layout basically the same with 2 double beds with desk and a comfortable lounge seat. A little quieter on the inside of the hotel.
The girls enjoyed the free wine in the evening and we popped next store to get 15-minute neck and shoulder massages after a hard day of shopping (only $15--- what a deal).
Walkable to Union Square area (about a mile or so / mostly down hill). Took a cab back to hotel after shopping and dinner. About $8 each time.
Overall, a great experience. Would stay again and would recommend to friends.
Toller Aufenthalt im Miyako (alias Kabuki)
Wir kommen gerade von einem verlängerten Wochenende im Hotel Myiako/Kabuki zurück. Das Hotel wird gerade mit einigen Renovierungsarbeiten fertig und heißt jetzt Hotel Kabuki, aber unter den Einheimischen ist es wohl noch als Miyako bekannt. Das einzige Zeichen dafür, dass hier renoviert wurde, ist das geschlossene Restaurant.
Das Hotel liegt in Japan-Town an einer relativ ruhigen Straße (ein bisschen Straßenlärm haben wir trotzdem gehört). Das Hotel liegt direkt an den Buslinien 2, 3 und 4, die fahren direkt in den Finanzdistrikt der Stadt.
Das Personal war freundlich und das Zimmer war herrlich. Der riesige Whirlpool war großartig, besonders wenn man den ganzen langen Tag durch San Franzisko gelaufen ist.
Wir haben auf der Clubetage gewohnt, dort war das Frühstück im Preis inbegriffen. Das Frühstück war in Ordnung, aber nichts Besonderes.
Great stay at the Miyako (aka Kabuki)
We just got back from a long weekend at the Hotel Miyako/Kabuki. The hotel is finishing a remodel and is labeled Hotel Kabuki now, but the locals seem to know it as the Miyako. The only evidence of the remodel was the closed restaurant.
The hotel is located in Japantown, on a relatively quiet street (we did hear a fair amount of traffic noise in our room). It's right on the 2,3,and 4 bus routes that go directly to the Financial district.
The staff was friendly, and the room was lovely. The massive whirlpool tub was great, especially after long days walking around SFO.
We stayed on the club floor, with an included continental breakfast. The breakfast was fine, but nothing spectacular.