The Buchanan—A Kimpton Hotel
All signs of kitsch are gone from this property (previously the anime-themed Hotel Tomo). Now, San Francisco's newest boutique hotel shines like a chic, urban apartment thanks to smart flourishes by local designer Nicole Hollis. Throughout this Kimpton property are smart nods to the Japantown locale: the lobby's main attraction is a sculpture of reclaimed Japanese whisky bottles and barrels, while accents like hand-dyed indigo textiles and Asian earthenware can be found throughout. In place of the brand's signature animal-print robe is a Shibori-print kimono, and wine tastings now feature saki. Game on.