Kimpton Hotel Enso to Open Soon in San Francisco

The former Buchanan Hotel in the Japantown neighborhood has been fully renovated and will be rebranded later this month.

Kimpton Enso San Francisco Guest Room
Photo Credit: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

The Kimpton Hotel Enso is expected to open later this month in San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood. A rebranding of the former Buchanan Hotel, the 131-room property promises a residential, urban vibe for travelers seeking authentic experiences in the vibrant district — the country's oldest Japantown and one of only three that remain. 

The hotel, named for the imperfect Zen circle, promises an authentic local experience in the iconic neighborhood — and a design akin to a well-appointed home in the city. The Japanese-inspired living room lobby will offer a communal space outfitted with local artwork, as well as a matcha/green tea station. The guest rooms, meant to exude a sense of calm and reflect nature, have a palette of light wood tones, soft off-whites and accents of green — as well as Japanese design elements such as a carpet pattern that references tatami mats.

On-site public spaces include the Technicolor Room, which will feature a rotation of art installations as well as a modern digitized vending machine that serves an array of Japanese snacks and beverages. The Courtyard will provide an outdoor respite in the hotel's urban setting; it will feature fire pits, seating, games and private guest patios.

A regular calendar of programming for guests, the Enso Series, will bring in local experts to present on topics such as origami folding and Ikebana classes, Taiko drumming circles and Japanese brush painting. 

The hotel also promises regular Kimpton brand amenities such as the evening social hour, free bike rental, in-room yoga mats, a fitness center and a pet-friendly policy.