From Aman to Fauchon, a number of new hospitality brands are opening in Kyoto, creating a hotel boom in Japan’s ancient imperial capital. One of the new hotels we’re most excited about? Ace Hotel Kyoto will debut in April, and we just got new details to share. As we’ve previously reported, this will be the first property in Asia for the brand that’s known for its hip, design-centric lifestyle hotels that tap into the local communities. Since it first launched in Seattle in 1999, Ace has expanded to Chicago, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, London, Downtown Los Angeles, New York, Palm Springs, Portland and Seattle. The concept will be translated to Japan with the unveiling of Ace Hotel Kyoto on April 16, 2020.
The idea is to create a happening hub for locals and travelers, and legendary architect Kengo Kuma was recruited to design the Ace Hotel Kyoto as a “Cultural Catalyst” reflecting the spirit of the neighborhood. Kuma is the principal architect for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium. (Other projects include the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center in Tokyo and the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum.) The Ace Hotel will comprise a historic building that was once home to the Kyoto Central Telephone Company, alongside a new-build structure. Expect original artwork, a gallery featuring collaborations with local artists, multiple courtyards, and meticulously landscaped gardens.
The 213 guestrooms will be split across eight different categories like the Historic Double rooms, housed in the historic telephone company building; Garden Terrace rooms, overlooking the verdure; and Tatami suites, kitted out with four tatami futons and turntables. All rooms will come with Japanese soaking tubs. Facilities at the Ace Hotel Kyoto will include a lively lobby, event spaces, a cafe and three restaurants.