Hotel Okura Tokyo Will Close Next Year Until 2019
June 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM
Tokyo’s Toranomon Hills Tower may have only just opened, Andaz hotel and all, but one of the classic hotels nearby is planning its own future skyscraper already: the Hotel Okura Tokyo – famous for its 1960s time capsule lobby – will close next year August for four years of redevelopment.
Come February 2019, a brand new two-tower complex should be finished, which will increase room count from just over 400 to 550, adding office space in the process. Design will maintain “traditional Japanese aesthetics” while bringing in all the latest technological equipment – and looking at some of the room photos on the hotel’s website, they look like they could use some work. Half of the hotel’s grounds will be turned into a green “metropolitan oasis”.
Whether or not the vintage lobby will be preserved we don’t know, but with everything indicating this is a ground-up rebuild we doubt it. Some of the hotel’s facilities will be moved to the hotel’s South Wing (which, among others, has a Scottish Bar of all things), which will remain open during the work. If you want to stay at Hotel Okura in its current form, a Standard Double Room runs at 34,000JPY (about $340) a night on a weekend in July.
[Rendering: Hotel Okura]