Kate Atkinson

The Gate Hotel

  • Where:
  • Why:Vacation
  • When:12-14 April 2013
  • Who:Me flying solo
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The Gate Hotel Blessings and burning, the magic of Sensoji Temple.

Blessings and burning, the magic of Sensoji Temple.

The Gate Hotel Lobby at The Gate Hotel.

Lobby at The Gate Hotel.

The Gate Hotel Japanese lanterns – Sensoji.

Japanese lanterns – Sensoji.

The Gate Hotel The entrance.

The entrance.

The Gate Hotel Spring time in Japan - cherry blossoms.

Spring time in Japan - cherry blossoms.

The Gate Hotel Coloured flags at neighbouring Sensoji temple

Coloured flags at neighbouring Sensoji temple

The Gate Hotel Let’s get high. Tokyo Skytree, a hop, skip and jump from The Gate Hotel.

Let’s get high. Tokyo Skytree, a hop, skip and jump from The Gate Hotel.

The Gate Hotel The Gate Restaurant and Bar. Sake anyone?

The Gate Restaurant and Bar. Sake anyone?

The Gate Hotel Katsuhiko Hibino artwork, reflective of the Japanese vernacular.

Katsuhiko Hibino artwork, reflective of the Japanese vernacular.

The Gate Hotel City views of the urban landscape beneath.

City views of the urban landscape beneath.

The Gate Hotel Top of Tokyo town on the rooftop.

Top of Tokyo town on the rooftop.

The Gate Hotel Lobby light installation with jaw dropping views.

Lobby light installation with jaw dropping views.

The Gate Hotel The slick hotel lobby interiors

The slick hotel lobby interiors

The Gate Hotel Looking up at The Gate – shame what goes up must come down!

Looking up at The Gate – shame what goes up must come down!

The Gate Hotel The bedroom – mine is a little mini, but design is oh so Japanese.

The bedroom – mine is a little mini, but design is oh so Japanese.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 33/50

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.

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

    Possible but not recommended.

  • Price

    Reasonable for the views.

浅草寺, Sensōji temple

浅草寺, Sensōji temple

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

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

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

Asakusa Kannon Onsen

Asakusa Kannon Onsen

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

The Gate Hotel

The Gate Hotel

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

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