Alex Catarinella

Trunk Hotel

  • Where:
  • Why:Because there’s no place like Tokyo.
  • When:Early September.
  • Who:Me.
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Trunk Hotel Hi.

Hi.

Trunk Hotel Beautyyyy.

Beautyyyy.

Trunk Hotel
Trunk Hotel My gorgeous living room -- unfortunately for one night only.

My gorgeous living room -- unfortunately for one night only.

Trunk Hotel Surprisingly, I received no noise complaints!

Surprisingly, I received no noise complaints!

Trunk Hotel I swear I didn’t make a cocktail here. I did drink several Shibuya-made beverages from the minibar, though.

I swear I didn’t make a cocktail here. I did drink several Shibuya-made beverages from the minibar, though.

Trunk Hotel I have no idea how I got out of this heavenly bed. Well, I couldn’t miss breakfast.

I have no idea how I got out of this heavenly bed. Well, I couldn’t miss breakfast.

Trunk Hotel Took a nap up here. Comfy.

Took a nap up here. Comfy.

Trunk Hotel I tried.

I tried.

Trunk Hotel Living my best life.

Living my best life.

Trunk Hotel Thank you!

Thank you!

Trunk Hotel Love a bathrobe moment, made by SITATERU, who also made the chic laundry bags.

Love a bathrobe moment, made by SITATERU, who also made the chic laundry bags.

Trunk Hotel Another much appreciated plant moment.

Another much appreciated plant moment.

Trunk Hotel Another socializing area is the outdoor smoking space. The wall art, by Takeshi Suzuki, is a major convo starter. THE LAST SMOKE!? (You can also have a seat on a, in true sustainable form, reused train station bench.)

Another socializing area is the outdoor smoking space. The wall art, by Takeshi Suzuki, is a major convo starter. THE LAST SMOKE!? (You can also have a seat on a, in true sustainable form, reused train station bench.)

Trunk Hotel Zelkova tree!

Zelkova tree!

Trunk Hotel To get wasted or to not get wasted?

To get wasted or to not get wasted?

Trunk Hotel A private dining room at (TRUNK) KITCHEN.

A private dining room at (TRUNK) KITCHEN.

Trunk Hotel Here’s my friend Hiraku peer-pressuring me.

Here’s my friend Hiraku peer-pressuring me.

Trunk Hotel Of course the convenient store is cute as hell, too.

Of course the convenient store is cute as hell, too.

Trunk Hotel STELLAR BRUNCH.

STELLAR BRUNCH.

Trunk Hotel I DO (WANNA LIVE AT THIS HOTEL)!

I DO (WANNA LIVE AT THIS HOTEL)!

Trunk Hotel I DO NOT WANNA LEAVE.

I DO NOT WANNA LEAVE.

Highs & Lows

  • Seriously, everything is so great and unique. This is what hotel dreams are made of.

  • Location! Love all of the greenery. Gives calm and cool vibes at the same time.

  • Divinely designed!

  • Amazing coffee and cocktails! I would live at (TRUNK) LOUNGE if I lived in Tokyo.

  • My room was fantastic. From the bed (and the loft bed) to the massive couch and really great minibar.

  • I loved the restaurants and (TRUNKE) STORE, their concept shop. Felt very Lower East Side cozy-grocery-shop-meets-boutique.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    The hippest boutique hotel in Tokyo. Eco-friendly and artsy!

  • Vibe

    The (TRUNK) LOUNGE gives me major New York’s Ace Hotel lobby with a side of Bowery Hotel vibes, albeit sans pretention and designed better and way more thoughtfully. In other words, it is SUPER eco-chic: Trees, plants and freshly cut flowers are scattered throughout the lobby.

  • Location

    Shibuya, Tokyo, but on a quiet street away from the Shibuya madness. Also, just seconds away from fashion-hub that is Harajuku.

  • Rooms

    15 beauties. All unique. All resembling immaculately-designed urban apartments. I stayed in the gigantic social-gathering-friendly “LIVING SUITE” -- huuuuge couch, a comfy as hell bed AND a lofted bed above it. Also, a projector and a record player. (My favorites were a Sade and Madonna record.)

  • Music

    Chill ambient tunes play during the day in the TRUNK (LOUNGE), selected by music experts who lead the local Shibuya scene. After dark, local DJs do their thing. A lot of cool events are hosted here as well.

  • Year Opened

    May 2017.

  • Designed By

    Mount Fuji Architects Studio are responsible for the hotel’s architecture design and the hotel interior is designed by Jamo Associates.

  • Health & Wellness

    No, but hotel guests can borrow bikes (or skateboards!). Fun fact: The bicycles are made from recycled parts from abandoned bikes found around the city. (Actually, so much is made from recycled materials at this gem of a hotel.)

  • Restaurant

    Yes! TRUNK (KITCHEN) is great. I suggest eating on the lovely terrace. Yuji Tani of lauded restaurant “HOUSE Nishiazabu” is responsible for the yum menu, which features traditional Japanese dishes as well as American and French (mostly) healthy bites. There’s also the extremely cozy and very popular TRUNK (KUSHI), where Shibuya’s soul food, like kushiyaki (skewered food) and lots of sake are served. You’ll feel like a local… if you manage to get a seat. For those just yearning for a bite to go, stop by TRUNK (STORE), where you can grab strong coffee and locally-made tasty treats: Onigiri rice balls, organic bento boxes, crazily good pastries, ice cream, popsicles, etc. Also, Tokyo-based souvenirs and gifts are for sale, including TRUNK (HOTEL)’s very own logo t-shirts, tooth brushes, organic skin care, hangers, blankets, their really great body wash and shampoo and sooo much more. I meant to grab a “Sensu” (Japanese fan) by Fano, but I was broke.

  • Bar

    In the TRUNK (LOUNGE) is the supremely hip and popular TRUNK (BAR). Cocktails are killer, and surprisingly not that expensive for a fancy hotel.

  • Minibar

    God, it’s good! Tons of quality options made locally, like tea from Ginza tea specialty store, Uogashi Meicha.

  • Children

    Yep.

  • Price

    Reasonable-ish for the area.

  • Website

    Visit website

Do some exploring.

Do some exploring.

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Brown Rice Canteen

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Streamer Coffee

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Trunk Hotel

Trunk Hotel

5-31 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001 JAPAN

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