Looking for inspiration where you lay your head? These are the coolest art and design hotels in Tokyo.
When we all start travelling again, we might examine the components of our trip a little more discerningly. Where we are going, why we’re going, and what we hope to experience when we get there are bound to all be considerations, and passion is bound to become a key motivator when we decide to jet off to new locales.
Fortunately, hotels are increasingly catering to our passions, whether it’s for wellness, gastronomy, culture or art. For those that like their houses of slumber to boast a gallery-like persona, the Japanese capital has it all, from elegant traditional art interiors to edgy contemporary collections. These are some of the best art and design hotels in Tokyo.
The BnA Project provides accommodation for up-and-coming Japanese artists to create live-in artworks that in turn travellers can stay in. BnA HOTEL Koenji has become a hub for international and local creatives to meet and network while BnA STUDIO Akihabara, which opened its doors earlier this year, gives way to both artist and travellers exploring ideas of future urban living, design and functionality.
Hotel Gajoen Tokyo
When the first Gajoen restaurant opened back in 1928, the owner was focused on creating a magnificent setting where guests could be surrounded by and delight in the luxury of original traditional art. Leading artists of the era were invited to decorate the interiors and in 1938 Gajoen became a renowned wedding venue. Today, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo continues to attract guests and is an ideal choice for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the Japanese aesthetic whilst staying in Tokyo.
A hotel unlike any other, this former warehouse with storage spaces for works of contemporary art offers a truly unique hotel experience. Kaika Tokyo by the Share Hotels opened in Tokyo’s popular Asakusa area earlier this year and features 73 rooms, most of which are quads. There are eight storage compartments for public art storage, with pieces, including paintings, sculptures, and crafts, regularly exhibited throughout the hotel.
Nohga Hotel Ueno Tokyo
This lifestyle boutique hotel connects travellers with local artists, having curated a collection of original products and works of art by local craftsmen, designers, and artists that now feature in various contexts around the 10-storey hotel. These lively exhibitions introduce guests to the local studios and shops that produce unique items whilst giving an insight into the local culture and traditions of the area. Collaborative events, seminars, and workshops are held frequently to bring guests face-to-face with local talents.
Park Hotel Tokyo
If you’re looking for an art-inspired stay in the beating heart of Tokyo, with splendid views over Tokyo Tower, this is an address to remember. The hotel’s “Artist Rooms”, on the 31st floor were painted by different artists in their own style and with their own meaning, encapsulating the creator’s passion and view of the world. The hotel is working on adding additional artist rooms on the 34th floor. Down in the lobby and corridor area, there is an “Art Walk” that art as part of a monthly revolving exhibition.
Palace Hotel Tokyo
One of Tokyo’s most prestigious hotels is also home to an incredible collection of contemporary art. The Palace Hotel’s collection numbers over 1,000 pieces of art, many commissioned and others hand-selected for the property, and ranging from up-and-coming artists to some of Japan’s well-known masters. Guests of the hotel will find an in-room book The Art of Palace Hotel Tokyo that details the works that can be discovered throughout the property. The Palace Hotel also offers exclusive All About Art stay packages giving visitors an insight into Tokyo’s art and architecture.
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