Grounded in an East-meets-West design philosophy, the doors have opened on Ace Hotel Kyoto; the hip hotel chain‘s Asian debut a 213-room hotel built in homage to the city’s creative spirit. Longtime Ace partner Commune Design have combined natural, regional materials and custom art by local artists and artisans, with the signature Ace Hotel touches fans of the brand have become accustomed to; think Gibson guitars, Tivoli radios and TEAC turntables.
Housed partly in a building that dates back to 1926, the remainder of this inspired new design hotel is a new building, with globally-acclaimed Japanese architects Kengo Kuma having looked to architects and designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Antonin Raymond and Charlotte Perriand to fashion a holistic space that incorporates a balance between Japanese and American aesthetics; whilst cohesively connecting the past, present and future.
Located close to cultural gems such as Nishiki Market, the Museum of Kyoto and Kyoto Art Center—and directly connected to the Kyoto subway line—the hotel brings with it Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee shop (the first in Japan), and three distinct fining experiences: Piopiko, a taco bar and lounge by chef Wes Avila; Mr. Maurice’s Italian, an Italian-American osteria by chef Marc Vetri; and an all-day refined American restaurant by chef Naomi Pomeroy due to open later in the year.
A vibrant lobby, garden courtyard and dedicated gallery sets the ‘Ace‘ tone, the dimly lit lobby attracting the city’s creative crowd and likeminded travellers who will no doubt be using the hotel’s public spaces to embark on a day’s work, host informal meetings, and catch up with friends over a coffee or cocktail before moving onto dinner and out for the evening. Those fortunate enough to have reserved a room may finally retire for the evening to enjoy the Ace Hotel Kyoto bedrooms in all of their glory; taking in the rich decor, original artwork by Samiro Yunoki and nestling underneath a custom Pendelton blanket for a great night’s sleep in the imperial city.