Kimpton Hotel Enso will make its debut in the cultural epicenter of Japantown, San Francisco in late fall. The 131-key hotel offers spacious guestrooms and several public spaces.
The guestrooms are simple; the design-forward spaces meant to exude a sense of calm, inspired by a modern Japanese home. The color palette makes use of light wood tones, soft off-whites and accents of green in reference to the natural environment. Wheat-colored ceilings evoke the feel of thatched roofing, while the carpet is designed as an abstract interpretation of tatami mats, melding both modern and traditional elements of design and Japanese culture to create a sense of warmth and intimacy. The shapes of the armoire and bistro chairs serve as modern interpretations of more traditional Japanese forms. The shibori tie-dye technique from traditional Japanese culture is referenced on the pillows.
The Kimpton Hotel Enso will welcome guests to lounge, work, connect, and relax in a variety of inspired spaces. A matcha/green tea station in the lobby sets the tone for a cozy ambiance with communal seating. Wandering into the Technicolor Room, where the hotel will launch a series of ongoing activations, guests will find rotating art installations. A digitized vending machine will serve Japanese snacks and beverages that can be enjoyed in the lobby, Technicolor Room, or out to the Courtyard, which will have fire pits, seating, games and private guest patios.
Currently in development, the hotel’s Enso Series will invite local experts in for a regular calendar of guest programming. Think: origami folding and Ikebana classes, Taiko drumming circles, and Japanese brush painting. Signature to all Kimpton properties, guests will benefit from evening Social Hour, a complimentary fleet of bikes, yoga mats in-room, a Fitness Center, and a pet-friendly policy.
Dating back over 110 years, San Francisco’s Japantown is the oldest in the country and one of only three remaining Japantowns in the United States. Generations of Japanese immigrants and descendants have kept alive their traditions—as well as California history and culture—in this six-block district where visitors can enjoy a range of events, restaurants, spas, historic sites and shops, some dating to the 1800s. Anchored by Japan Center and Peace Plaza, this cultural enclave is home to everything from the hottest new haunts, to multiple legacy businesses open at least 50 years.