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Asia’s first Ace Hotel Kyoto

Georgina Johnston
27 Nov 2020

Designed in partnership with architect Kengo Kuma, the hotel features a vibrant Lobby, garden courtyard, flexible event spaces, a dedicated gallery, and Japan’s first Stumptown Coffee Roasters Coffee Shop

The 213 room hotel was built in homage to Kyoto’s creative spirit and as a monument to the city’s past and future legends. 

Opening in Kyoto, a city long revered for its rich creative culture, abundance of art and craft and attention to beauty in the details, makes it all the more special.

B. Wilson, President, Ace Hotel Group

Ace Hotel Kyoto was designed within a building that was part historic structure and part newly built, comprising the SHIN-PUH-KAN Redevelopment Project, helmed by development partners NTTUD. The structure also incorporates a large ground floor marketplace that connects directly to the Kyoto subway line, all cohesively designed by Kengo Kuma. 

The hotel’s design centres around an East Meets West aesthetic philosophy, marrying a shared love for craft, natural, regional materials and custom art by local and West Coast artists and artisans. Inspiration was drawn from the history of collaborations between Western architects and designers; incorporating a balance between Japanese and American aesthetics, the public and private areas offer layered, iconic spaces that speak to the convergence of ideas and traditions. 

Ace Hotel Kyoto features original art and custom furnishings from artists and craftsmen based in Japan and the States, including a large-scale textile piece by the Kagoshima based Shobu Gakuen artist community, hanging above check in. The gallery space and bar are lined with sculptural tiles from Shigaraki; Noren curtains and banners by celebrated nonagenarian artist Samiro Yunoki, who also created the hotel’s logo and custom font, are displayed around the hotel. The guestrooms are intelligently designed and feature signature Ace touches, incorporating locally sourced and natural materials, custom wool Pendleton bed blankets and original in-room art by Samiro Yunoki. 

Ace Hotel Kyoto will be home to the first Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee shop in Japan, located on the ground floor of the hotel and opening in-full during the hotel’s preview period. The hotel will also be home to three distinct dining experiences, helmed by celebrated and legendary chefs from US cities. 

PIOPIKO, a vibrant cocktail bar and taco lounge by award-winning Chef Wes Avila serving tacos and cocktails on the second floor overlooking the Lobby, and Mr. Maurice's Italian, an Italian-American osteria. The all day refined American restaurant is scheduled to open in late 2020, located adjacent to a verdant garden courtyard. 

Centrally located, Ace Hotel Kyoto is just a stone’s throw from cultural treasures like Nishiki Market, the Museum of Kyoto and Kyoto Art Center, and surrounded by classic shops such as Kamesuehiro, a 200 year old confectionery store, Shoyeido, a 12th generation family-run incense purveyor, and Miyawaki Baisenan, a store specialising in traditional folding fans, which opened in 182. 

Taking cues from the neighbourhood and its cultural heritage, Ace Hotel Kyoto is filled with original art, thoughtful architectural details and has been imagined as a global cultural hub for its inhabitants and visitors alike. Ace Hotel Kyoto is closely monitoring and following the guidelines and mandates set by national and  local officials to ensure the safety and health of our guests and staff. Implementing rigorous sanitation, cleanliness and social distancing measures, the hotel’s top priority is the wellbeing of its communities.  

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