The New Buchanan Hotel Debuts

Fulfilling a long-desired need for a hip, boutique hotel perfectly situated amidst the chic shopping and dining neighborhood of Pacific Heights and the authentic Japantown chock-full of hidden gems, The Buchanan opened its doors June 23, 2015 as the newest Kimpton hotel in the brand’s hometown of San Francisco.

A neighborhood pied-a-terre erected upon the footprint of the existing Hotel Tomo, the 131 guest rooms emanate the warmth and style of a chic, urban apartment, steps away from some of the best food, shopping, drinking and entertainment San Francisco has to offer. The Buchanan provides an urban respite, laced with a sophisticated, sultry design scheme and echoing the neighborhood influence with artful elements of Japanese culture.

The residential experience features a private courtyard; stylish whiskey lounge-inspired lobby; spacious guestrooms, many of which boast private outdoor balconies with expansive views; and a quiet neighborhood experience for savvy travelers looking to explore the city beyond mainstream tourist destinations. 

The upscale boutique hotel rests between disparate but eclectic and culturally rich enclaves of San Francisco. Fillmore brings its deep-rooted history in jazz and music, family-owned retail shops, and ethnic restaurants of all types. Nearby Japantown is reminiscent of the Ginza district in Tokyo, overflowing with shops selling vintage kimonos and Japanese earthenware, noodle houses and sushi. Finally, Pacific Heights adds a sense of urban upper-crust with some of San Francisco's best dining, high-end boutiques, and savvy locals buzzing about one of the city's hippest walking neighborhoods.

The hotel is nestled among the charming Victorian architectural homes and private alleys that so characterize the iconic image of San Francisco neighborhoods. 

San Francisco-based NICOLEHOLLIS Interior Design has created an environment that draws on these dynamic local influences and iconography, while celebrating street life, urban culture, and artistic virtuosity. Under the direction of NICOLEHOLLIS, the new hotel is a relaxed urban destination, catering to the vibrant neighborhood and blending seamlessly into the creative, cultural hub of the city. Bright, white and open, the design scheme is characterized by classic hardware and linen textiles, curated accessories, chic lighting, and eclectic furniture.

Event and meeting inspiration


The Buchanan’s guestrooms have a bohemian sensibility rich with custom detailing, residential accents, and curated accessories. Subtle nods to Japanese culture are expressed through artistic techniques, seen in the Shibori-print accent pillows, Kimono-inspired guest robes and colorful prints by local artists. Bespoke furniture includes the platform beds, headboards and casegoods. Bathrooms feature custom vanities with black quartz countertops and matte black metal frames, with luxury fixtures from Waterworks. The overall color scheme is replete with charcoals, bright whites, and highlights of deep forest green and navy.

Especially suited for small board meetings and social gatherings The boutique hotel and its intimate Boardroom and playful courtyard set the stage for inspired meetings, buzz-worthy breakouts and other special events like anniversary parties, reunions and corporate retreats. The Fillmore Room can seat 10 for a board meeting to 25 in theatre style.

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Images courtesy of the property.