Get an Exclusive Peek at Joie de Vivre’s $28M Renovation of Hotel KabukiAuthor:Michelle Konstantinovsky
This fall, Joie de Vivre will unveil San Francisco’s new and improved Hotel Kabuki, a chic, sophisticated boutique destination located in one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods. Situated within Japantown, S.F.’s treasure trove of restaurants, shops, and attractions, Hotel Kabuki’s new look retains traditional Japanese influences while incorporating bohemian accents and whimsical details that elevate the interiors to a whole new level.
While the building’s historic exterior will remain intact, Brooklyn-based MARKZEFF Design has totally reimagined the rooms and communal spaces and infused the hotel with a sleek new style. The expansive lobby lounge and library will feature 19-foot ceilings and each of the 14 suites will measure up to 600 square-feet. Guests will also have access to a 3,000 square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center and 400 square-foot yoga studio. Those traveling for business will appreciate the hotel’s designated floor with 13,000 square-feet of dedicated meeting and event space.
The guestrooms are getting a Scandinavian-inspired makeover and will feature custom furniture and lighting with several hand-worked finishes, gray accent walls, and stitched leather furniture. But the Japanese influences will remain strong, with art and calligraphy lining the walls and shibori crafted cloths throughout. Sisal carpeting will evoke a relaxed atmosphere while each serene and modern bathroom will feature a custom, ebonized timber vanity set against large scale floor-to-ceiling porcelain tiles and contemporary fixtures.
Upon entering the hotel, guests will be struck by the lobby’s impressive display. A clean-lined Japenese-style timber reception desk with a live wood edge will be detailed with contrasting butterfly-key inlays, and a back-lit vintage factory window wall will serve as a stunning backdrop. A custom map mural will line the ceiling while hand-tufted wool carpets sourced from Thailand will lead from the reception area to the elevator lobby. Exposed rough-hewn Douglas-fir beams and salvaged industrial pendant lights round out the lobby’s new look and guests will also have clears views of and access to the lush Japanese gardens and bustling bar and restaurant.
Beyond the hotel’s inviting interiors, guests will have easy acess to the connected Japan Center Mall and Kabuki Movie Theaters and will receive complimentary access to the communal baths at the Kabuki Springs & Spa. Foodies will be thrilled to find four Michelin-starred restaurants and other hot dining spots including State Bird Provisions, The Progress, SPQR, Mosu, and more, and the fashion-savvy will delight in a seemingly endless array of shops including Elizabeth Charles, Rag & Bone, Aesop, Jonathan Adler, Le Labo, and more.
Hotel Kabuki is located at 1625 Post St. All 156 Tower Rooms will be completed in September 2017, while the 69 Garden Rooms, including the property’s suites, will be completed in November 2017. Rates will start at $249/night. To make a reservation, visit the hotel’s website or call 800.533.4567.