Ace Hotel Kyoto

Asia's First Ace Hotel to Open in Japan


2019.11.26

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Ace Hotel Kyoto

Ace Hotel is a hotel brand renowned internationally for its stylishly designed hotels, and in spring 2020 the company will venture onto Asian shores by opening a new hotel in Kyoto.

Taking advantage of the current appearance of the former Kyoto Central Telephone Office (SHIN- PUH-KAN), Kengo Kuma and Associates will be responsible for the supervision of the architectural designs of the new complex, including the Ace Hotel. Due to the global acclaim held by Ace and Kengo Kuma, expectations have risen for future hotels appearing along the main street of Shijo, Kyoto.

  • 01

    What is Ace Hotel ?

    Ace Hotel Kyoto

    Ace Hotel Kyoto

    Ace Hotel opened its first hotel in Seattle, USA in 1999, and at present there are nine hotels in the United States and the United Kingdom in operation.

    The concept of Ace Hotel is to create a community that connects guests and the land. The hotels, developed by many creators and artists, have created a new trend in the hotel industry via their innovative designs and culturally aware outlook.

    Incorporating locality, each location has its own design, and has become a base for progressive cultural dissemination and regional revitalization through collaboration with local communities and surrounding companies.

  • 02

    Why choose Kyoto?

    Ace Hotel Kyoto

    Ace Hotel Kyoto

    A long-time dream of Ace Hotel representative Brad Wilson, Kyoto was chosen as the location for the company’s business development in Japan. Opening a hotel in Kyoto, a city of beauty and history, perfectly fulfils Ace's concept of creating a truly international hotel network that breeds new cultural visions whist keeping in harmony with the city’s long-standing history.

    Ace Hotel Kyoto

    Ace Hotel Kyoto

    Working together with Japan’s NTT UD, Ace Hotel aim to bring forth a new phase to tourist hot-spot Kyoto, and specifically SHIN-PUH-KAN, with the goal of creating a place where international travelers and Kyoto’s locals can meet, gather and mingle.

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    Maintaining the cultural importance of SHIN-PUH-KAN whilst creating beauty

    Ace Hotel Kyoto

    Ace Hotel Kyoto

    SHIN-PUH-KAN facing Karasuma Road (Karasuma-Dori), Kyoto’s main flow of commerce and tourism, dates back to the Taisho era (completed in 1926) and has played a large part in the city of Kyoto we see today, being the city’s first designated and registered cultural property.

    Kengo Kuma, who has worked on buildings such Tokyo’s Nezu Museum and Kabukiza, will transform SHIN-PUH-KAN’s first floor into a shopping complex, and the second and third floors will be Ace Hotel’s guest rooms; re-development will be completed in total harmony with the original building and Kyoto’s cityscape.

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