• KIMPTON: New York Elegance and Traditional Japanese Charm in Central Shinjuku


    KIMPTON: New York Elegance and Traditional Japanese Charm in Central Shinjuku


[KIMPTON SHINJUKU TOKYO] : hotel tour&GM interview (TARO YouTube Channel)

Integrating the lifestyle of the times

Standing proud in the center of one of Tokyo's most bustling neighborhoods, Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo – known simply as Kimpton for short – is a buzzy lifestyle hotel that combines flexible modern comforts with classic luxury and an international flair. The hotel opened in 2020 and has already become a mainstay of the city’s hotel scene.

Situated in the center of Shinjuku, it's easy walking distance for the well-connected Shinjuku station. The hotel is just a short stroll from the Shinjuku Central Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and the iconic Yoyogi Park (Tokyo backyard), and an evening amble to Kabuchiko and Golden Gai, the city's most lively nightlife spots, so there’s no excuse not to roam a little.

For those uninitiated, the Kimpton brand has always been as synonymous with style as it is with forward-thinking philosophies and fun. Born in San Francisco in 1981, by its iconic founder Bill Kimpton, the brand was built as a business fuelled by personal passion. Bill Kimpton wanted to craft a brand that offered guests the ultimate in hospitality, a people-based friendly personalized service at quaint properties, service that didn't feel stuffy to too high class, but rather a sense of playfulness was to be injected into every facet of the hotel's existence.

The hotel is also proudly popular among LGBT travelers for its friendly, welcoming attitude and inclusive policies. They partner with the Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis and suicide prevention resources for LGBT youth, and were one of the first major hotel chains to adopt LGBT-positive policies to make sure that everyone had a comfortable, safe, and stylish place to stay, regardless of orientation.

Today, with yoga mats in each room, a pet-friendly attitude, complimentary coffee and tea, a now-legendary 'Kimpton Social Hour' in the bar and complimentary bike rentals, the brand helped craft the blueprint for what a world-class lifestyle hotel could look like.

We asked Team TARO’s Mizuki what the experience was like staying at one of the well-known pet-friendly hotels around with her 2-year old Shih tzu dog. “I was amazed by the warm welcoming and super pet-friendly attitude of the hotel staff. As you enter the lobby, you’ll find the name of your dog on a welcome board next to a water bowl, your dog-friendly room is fully equipped with all the dog amenities you’ll ever need for your furry companion, a bone-shaped cookie with your dog's name handwritten on them as an arrival treat was such a great personalized touch. The hotel allows you to dine with your pet at their bar cafe and their restaurant and I found this to be a great perk for guests as it was a great social hub for other pet owners. What more can you ask for? Kimpton is such a gem for pet owners and their service is so rare, and so appreciated.”

Kimpton Social Hour, is more than just a happy hour, it’s the embodiment of the brand’s philosophies about ‘people first’ reimagined in a context that’s as fun, elegant and as social as the brand itself. Every day from 5:30pm, guests are invited to come down to the bar, chat and mingle with fellow guest, staff and the management team. In hosting such an event, the brand says ‘we’re more than just a stunning hotel, we’re a community, and we want to be a deeply ingrained aspect of your Tokyo experience.’

Passion for Art

Looking at the hotel’s design, then self-described as 'elegance with an edge,' style rings true. Each of the Kimpton Shinjuku's 151 rooms embodies the hotel's passion and artful collaboration between refined traditional style and relaxed New York ambience. Every room features a carefully curated canvas showcasing the hotel's passion for art, boldly and brightly, while subtle design flourishes like the signature hand basins and Japanese-style wooden finishes balance out the scene.

Guest Rooms

The Kimpton features spacious regular guest rooms, both twin and doubles, but it's the speciality suites that truly shine. There are a total of five suites, Junior Suite King, Junior Suite Twin, Premier Suite King, Premier Suite Twin, and the highlight is a 70 square meter Shinjuku Suite complete with unparalleled city views, which can even be enjoyed from the bathtub.

Modern decor and contemporary furnishings

There are two key drinking and dining locations within the hotel, The Jones, a Tokyo bar with an undeniably New York attitude, and the elegant, french-inspired brasserie District.

Designed by the legendary 250-person interdisciplinary architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, the Kimpton is a hotel that embodies the collision of two of the world's most creative and vibrant cities; it's where Tokyo meets New York. Its East-meets-West aesthetic is done so that the features complement each other but make their differences pop, think traditional artisan-crafted Japanese design flourishes with modern materials.

The passion for art and creativity rings true throughout the hotel but in the 16F gallery, titled The Gallery is where it's most prominent. The space offers sweeping city views and a rotating selection of works on display.

Serving espresso and full-bodied craft beers – with an excellent wine selection to boot – The Jones Café | Bar is the perfect spot for a leisurely drink in the evening, a quick coffee on the go or a few after-work drinks with your most stylish friends. Its NYC-inspired style and street-level accessibility make it as welcoming as it is sophisticated.

A well suited to a romantic dinner for two as a business brunch, District, a Manhattan inspired modern brasserie with a bar in the 2nd floor serves up an eclectic of East and West inspired creative dishes prepared by Executive Chef Thomas, an Australian chef with a diverse upbringing who has experience in a number of luxury hotels and restaurants, mouthwatering cocktails (best enjoyed pulled up to the sunken bar) and a diverse menu of bar bites, first-class breakfast, healthy brunch, and both ala carte and course dinner options.

A social hotel with an elegant twist, and the passion for ensuring your (and your pet’s, the hotel has a pet friendly policy), Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo is a hotel that draws on tradition and legacy while ensuring they always have one foot in the future.

For more information:

KIMPTON Shinjuku Tokyo:
Address:3 Chome-4-7 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

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