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At long last, most of Japan‘s travel restrictions have been lifted for overseas travellers, and the recent opening of [email protected], the very latest design-led budget lodgings in Tokyo, couldn’t have been better timed. Owned by hospitality group Agora, the 142-room property property sits a stone’s throw away from Tokyo Skytree, arguably the Japanese’s capital’s best known landmark building. The hotel interiors and façade have been designed by Kengo Kuma, one of today’s greatest architects, and reflect the neighbourhood’s light-manufacturing industry history. As such, the building’s lower levels are enveloped in an abstract configuration of plywood slats that evoke an atmosphere familiar to its surroundings, and strangely, create a sense of additional coziness inside. Timber is used for the for the ground floor interiors in abundance, tying in the lobby, restaurant, bar, reception area, and also the passage in front of the hotel. The rooms at [email protected] come in six categories that, as said, won’t break the bank.

Clean and understated, but highly comfortable and meeting the requirements of today’s savvy traveller, the room settings pair an exposed ceiling and plywood that align with the hotel’s design codes. The hotel has an inclusive approach to hospitality, and has a hotel room, the Universal, which is specifically designed for wheelchair users, while the Library Suite, yes indeed, comes with a nook brimming with books. But if you ask us, the Atelier Suite would be our pick. Perched on the tenth floor, it resembles an artist’s cool atelier, and features two kingsize beds and amenities such as a large-screen theater system, bluetooth speakers, and obviously, sweeping city views. The aforementioned ground floor restaurant is a lively meeting space where guests and neighbourhood dwellers mingle. Furnished with carefully selected pieces, it included an imposing 15-meter long dining counter. Taking in more city views? Well, head straight to [email protected]‘s rooftop terrace for a 180° panoramic glimpse of Tokyo‘s expansive cityscape.

[email protected]
1-19-3 Oshiage
Tokyo 131-0045
Telephone: +81 3 56301193

© Agora Hospitalities Co. Ltd.