Kate Atkinson

The Gate Hotel

Tokyo

by: Kate Atkinson

  • Why

    Vacation

  • When

    12-14 April 2013

  • Who

    Me flying solo

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Highs + Lows

  • The view – it is eye blindingly spectacular and makes the pulse of this city course through your veins.

  • The quintessential Japanese design vernacular – bang on aesthetic for a first trip to Tokyo.

  • REN Products – personal favourite – any REN hotel is a friend of mine.

  • Lack thereof – felt the hotel needed a gym, hotel shop or gallery for that extra va-va-voom.

  • Minibar could have been more intrepid.

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  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Design Hotel

  • Vibe

    Subdued elegance meets design minimalist.

  • Location

    In the old town of Asakusa – Tokyo’s former entertainment district, with old style, Japan cliché-heaven buildings.

  • Rooms

    137 rooms and suites

  • Music

    Typical hotel ambient style.

  • Year Opened

    2012

  • Designed By

    Shigeru Uchida – one of Japan’s most revered architects. Uchida is renowned for his work on varied design disciplines, and has designed a series of boutiques for Japanese mastermind Yohji Yamamoto. Paintings by Katsuhiko Hibino hang throughout the property.

  • Pool/Gym

    None, but if you’re feeling energetic you can go for a run down to the canal and to the Tokyo Sky Tower.

  • Restaurant

    Yes - French bistro style food like braised beef in red wine and onion gratin soup, with a jaw dropping view of Tokyo’s bright lights.

  • Bar

    Yes – with G&Ts at only 1000 ¥ ($10 USD) The windowed view makes this drinking experience top of the town.

  • Wifi

    Yes.

  • Children

    Possible but not recommended.

  • Price

    Reasonable for the views.

In the Area

one of Tokyo’s most colourful temples, <br />and its oldest

浅草寺, Sensōji temple

Sensoji Temple, 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

one of Tokyo’s most colourful temples,
and its oldest

For a killer view of Tokyo, this is a must

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree, 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan

For a killer view of Tokyo, this is a must

Large old school bathhouse. Strip down, get naked and steamy, Japanese style

Asakusa Kannon Onsen

2-7-26 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

Large old school bathhouse. Strip down, get naked and steamy, Japanese style

The entrance.

The Gate Hotel

The Gate Hotel, Japan, 〒111-0034 東京都 台東区雷門2-16-11

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