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Step Inside Design Hotels' Newest Addition: The Gate Hotel In Tokyo

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  Site Where: 2-16-11 Kaminarimon, Taito, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0034
November 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM | by | ()

Design Hotels opened their second member hotel in Tokyo (the first is the Park Hotel Tokyo) in August: The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon. We’re excited about this. Why, you may ask? Well, it’s a given that it's a sleek and 'purty' hotel with some great design features, but also because it's located on the edge of one of the city’s oldest heritage districts known as Asakusa, and the thriving, dizzying modern metropolis.

On one side you have the Kaminarimon entrance gate (Thunder Gate), which stands approximately 38 feet high by 38 feet wide, and, on the opposite end of the scale, there’s the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest freestanding broadcast tower in the world at 2,080 feet.

To make the most of this amazing view, the hotel has its minimalist lobby on the 13th floor (we hope none of you are toooo superstitious). There is also a 14th-floor terrace that’s open 24/7 to take in the scene.

The 137 rooms and suites offer Slumberland beds from the UK, advertised to be comfy right to the edge of the bed with fabric that’s filled with “friendly probiotic micro-capsules that keep it hygienic, fresh and healthy” (okay...), textiles designed by Marimekko designer Masaru Suzuki, and original artworks by the painter Katsuhiko Hibino. There are also Hansgrohe Raindance showers, built-in air purifying systems and, yes, free WiFi on offer.

To say that this slick hotel has a moody feel is an understatement. The architect and designer, Shigeru Uchida, is one of Japan’s most famous architects and the wunderkind behind many of fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto’s boutiques around the world. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Victoria. Colors range from mossy green rugs to dark taupe-grey walls with shots of color injected throughout thanks to bright furniture and artwork selections.

The hotel also has a sleek-looking restaurant – R Restaurant & Bar – serving a mix of Japanese and French cuisine.

Rates in December for a 258 sq ft Essential Room -- which is more expensive than the Authentic Hollywood Room, but with a better view -- come in at $290.

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