The Ace Hotel Kyoto, the first for the brand in Asia,has opened for an initial preview period. The hotel, designed in partnership with architect Kengo Kuma and longtime Ace partner Commune Design, features a lobby, garden courtyard, flexible event spaces, a dedicated gallery, and the first Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee shop in Japan. Ace Hotel Kyoto will also feature three distinct restaurants from by chef partners Naomi Pomeroy, Marc Vetri, and Wes Avila.
Ace Hotel Kyoto lives in a building that is part historic structure (a 1926 building once home to Kyoto Central Telephone Company by Tetsuro Yoshida—one of the great Japanese modern architects), and part new-build, that comprise 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 Kuma.
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.The design centers around an East-meets-West aesthetic philosophy, marrying a shared love for craft, natural, regional materials, and custom art by local and U.S. West Coast artists and artisans. Inspiration was culled from the history of collaborations between Western architects and designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Antonin Raymond, and Charlotte Perriand as well as Japanese builders, artists, and manufacturers. Incorporating a balance between Japanese and American aesthetics, the public and private areas offer layered spaces that speak to the convergence of ideas and traditions.
Photo: Courtesy of Ace Hotel Kyoto