Joie de Vivre Hotels’ Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco has completed a US$28 million renovation. While the building’s 1960s exterior was maintained, interiors have been completely scrapped and reimagined by Brooklyn-based Markzeff Design.
All guestrooms are being redesigned with “Scandinavian sensibility,” including simply designed custom furniture and lighting. Other elements include gray accent walls, stitched leather furniture and fabric dyed in a traditional Japanese style. Bathrooms have custom, ebonized timber vanities set against large scale floor-to-ceiling porcelain tiles. The hotel’s 156 Tower Rooms will be completed in September, while the 69 Garden Rooms, including the property’s suites, should be finished by November.
The new reception area has a clean-lined Japanese-style timber reception desk detailed with contrasting butterfly-key inlays. A back-lit vintage factory window wall will serve as the backdrop, along with a custom map mural on the ceiling. The hotel’s lobby lounge has a library, views of and access to the Japanese Gardens, and a bar and restaurant at its center. Designed to feel like a residential living room, all spaces will be outfitted with plush couches and chairs, vintage industrial tripod lamps from Europe, various seating arrangements and high ceilings.
The lobby has exposed rough-hewn Douglas fir beams, vintage factory paned windows and salvaged industrial pendant lights. Breakfast includes options for Japanese-style bento box; European breakfast; elevated buffet; coffee bar; tea program; and brunch cocktails. Switching from afternoon into the evening, the focus will shift to craft cocktails, sake, Japanese whiskey, and small bites. Grab and go, coffee and tea options will be available at all times in any of the lounge areas, or in-room. The bar will feature a communal table with bar-level seating and opportunities for wired connectivity. The food and beverage program will also extend to the outdoor lounge, where seating surrounds fire pits in a Japanese Garden setting.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 218 rooms & suites (20-42m2) (215-450 sq ft) • hotel opened: 1968, previously Miyako Hotel • interior design: MARKZEFF (Brooklyn) • bathroom amenities: Jonathan Adler • on-site parking (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk