by Julia Snippen, Regional Sales Manager
The Hotel Kabuki is literally a zen compound in the heart of Japantown, San Francisco. The entire hotel was revamped in 2007, revealing a new serene, harmonious aesthetic that is reminiscent of a Japanese teahouse or a meditation garden. Now, I know what some of you are thinking: I just like this place because I’m half Japanese. Well, you may be partially correct. However, I can give you a million reasons as to why honeymooners (Japanese or not) can appreciate a romantic getaway at the Hotel Kabuki, one of San Francisco’s finest JDV Hotels. For brevity’s sake, I’ll stick with three reasons.
Number One: the spa. I’m speaking from personal experience, here, I had the best massage of my life at Kabuki Springs. While it’s in a separate building, it is just down the street, and is consistent with the hotel’s clean, calming look and feel. The lights are kept dim, so you truly are able to relax and rejuvenate. This full-service spa offers everything from traditional massage to more exotic options like a traditional Indonesian body treatment or an Ayurvedic style-inspired Abhyanga Massage. Following your treatment, you must take a plunge in one of the communal baths.
Number Two: your guestroom. Each room comes with complimentary tea and a real Asian tea kettle to brew it in! The beds are stocked with luxury linens, and you can opt for one of the deluxe rooms if a Japanese soaking tub sounds good to you. Be sure to pry yourself out of your plush room at some point and walk through the Japanese garden (yes, there’s a koi pond). I understand that you may never want to leave the hotel grounds.
That is, until I tell you about Number Three: fine food and a great selection of sakes, wines, and teas at the O Izakaya Lounge, adjacent to the hotel. Here you’ll find a fun-loving crowd and a friendly staff. Their beverage menu features a variety of many unique cocktails and shared plates of traditional Japanese cuisine to please several palates.
Perhaps the most brilliant thing about Hotel Kabuki is its ability to transport you from every day San Francisco. Whether you’re a Bay Area local or are traveling from out of state, you will get a very authentic taste of Japan, all without a passport or the hassle of going through customs.