Alex Catarinella

BnA STUDIO Akihabara

  • Where:
  • Why:Post-work vacation.
  • When:Early September.
  • Who:Me, myself and I!
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BnA STUDIO Akihabara Hunni, I’m home!

Hunni, I’m home!

BnA STUDIO Akihabara My kind of lobby.

My kind of lobby.

BnA STUDIO Akihabara Knock, knock.

Knock, knock.

BnA STUDIO Akihabara Shoes off, Himalayan rock salt lamp on!

Shoes off, Himalayan rock salt lamp on!

BnA STUDIO Akihabara I think I’ll stay.

I think I’ll stay.

BnA STUDIO Akihabara Had to...

Had to...

BnA STUDIO Akihabara I’m a very spiritual being, didn’t you know?

I’m a very spiritual being, didn’t you know?

BnA STUDIO Akihabara Chant or cook…hmmm…

Chant or cook…hmmm…

BnA STUDIO Akihabara I don’t know how to cook, but I did use the Brita.

I don’t know how to cook, but I did use the Brita.

BnA STUDIO Akihabara Details are everything!

Details are everything!

BnA STUDIO Akihabara Bathe with Dr. Bronner’s.

Bathe with Dr. Bronner’s.

BnA STUDIO Akihabara I wanted to steal this book!!

I wanted to steal this book!!

BnA STUDIO Akihabara View from my room -- When you exit the room, you’re outside on a lil balcony moment. Yep, you have your own floor. (Don’t worry, I don’t use the stairs either -- there’s an elevator.)

View from my room -- When you exit the room, you’re outside on a lil balcony moment. Yep, you have your own floor. (Don’t worry, I don’t use the stairs either -- there’s an elevator.)

BnA STUDIO Akihabara Time to chill.

Time to chill.

BnA STUDIO Akihabara Or, a quick smoke in the mini-smoking room downstairs.

Or, a quick smoke in the mini-smoking room downstairs.

BnA STUDIO Akihabara The morning after.

The morning after.

Highs & Lows

  • The concept! Knowing that you’re supporting artists by booking a room is great.

  • And loved the crazy/sexy/cool Airbnb-y vibe. Really doesn’t feel like a hotel at all.

  • My spacious room was heavenly. Like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Felt like I was living in an art exhibit. It felt both minimal and maximal, somehow. You can meditate on a floor pillow, or you can throw a party. Options!

  • Love that they use Dr. Bronner products.

  • A washer/dryer in my room! A killer kitchenette! A large bathroom replete with a tub! Fantastic bed!

  • Okay, and the lighting was major!! I had fun with the options! Light it up, or turn the lights down low! I personally slept with the outside rock garden lights on. OMMMM!

  • I didn’t loooove the location, but that’s what the Metro is for.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A hip, forward-thinking hotel-that-doesn’t-feel-like-a-hotel for the art-loving traveler.

  • Vibe

    Sort of feels like a complex in Bushwick, Brooklyn on a quiet side street featuring a handful of stylish artist’s lofts. Hipper than a Blood Orange album. Futuristic AirBNB vibes. And then there’s BnA’s awesome mission: Supporting great, local artists. BnA shares part of the revenue with the artist(s) who designed the room that’s been booked via a profit-sharing system. In other words, a consistent income and exposure for the artists!

  • Location

    Akihabara, known for its slew of manga stores, arcades, and maid cafes. But you’d never know unless you took a short stroll, because the unassuming BnA STUDIO is located on a cute, residential-y street.

  • Rooms

    5. All unique, all designed by different artists, all wildly awesome.

  • Music

    The lobby isn’t your typical lobby. It’s more like a small albeit home-y work space with some quirky art thrown in -- and a tiny smoking room! I have a feeling the tunes are probably played via an iPhone by whoever’s working at the hotel that day. I heard chill ambient songs when I was visiting.

  • Year Opened

    March 2018.

  • Designed By

    Each room is designed by different artists. I stayed in (the amazing!!) ZEN GARDEN, which was produced by 51.3 G - WAVE artists: NANOOK, Kazuma Ogata, Mitsuko Shimae and art director, Taku Sato. The artists incorporated the typical image of “zen Japan” (a Japanese rock garden, for example) but mixed it up with design elements reflecting Tokyo’s chaotic energy. This includes a glowing neon wall art piece and… an Instagram-perfect cage?! So dope!

  • Health & Wellness

    No, it’s not that type of vibe. Walk around the hood! It’s a bit hilly!

  • Restaurant

    No, but there’s a million in the hood.

  • Bar

    Same as above. But you should check out BnA Hotel Koenji and their “Front Desk” bar. Mingle with local artists and the creative community.

  • Minibar

    Nope, but you have your own kitchen! I also saw many bottles of liquor in the “lobby,” but didn’t ask if I could have a few shots. I feel like those who work there would’ve been down to share though -- super friendly.

  • Children

    Sure, especially in the quirky comfy ATHLETIC PARK room. Lots of colorful playground parts are incorporated in the room’s design.

  • Price

    Reasonable for what you’re getting and for the neighborhood.

  • Website

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