Yotel and The House Collective have descended into Tokyo. The Yotel
Tokyo in Ginza will be opening in 2024, while The House Collective’s
yet-to-be-named luxury hotel is due to launch in 2027.
Dwell in a Yotel in Ginza
The 244 rooms in Yotel Tokyo will feature the brand’s signature
robotic concierge called Yobot, motorised smart beds and technologies
that enable touchless check-ins and check-outs.
The hotel is located fifteen minutes away by foot from Tokyo station,
which operates the city's main Shinkansen high-speed rail terminal, and
the Narita Express, the city's main gateway to Narita International
Airport. The famous dining and shopping district of Ginza just lays at
the foot of Yotel Tokyo.
Yotel’s smart beds converts from a fully flatbed to a sofa with the touch of a button. Photo Credit: Yotel
Amenities at Yotel Tokyo include public social spaces where guests
can eat, drink, work and play; a 24/7 fitness centre; a grab-and-go cafe
where guests can buy readily available food and beverages as takeaway;
meeting space; and an outdoor terrace.
Yotel Tokyo plays a part in Yotel’s expansion plan of diversifying
its portfolio across major cities in Japan, including Sapporo, Yokohama,
Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. The hospitality group is additionally
working on introducing YotelAir to serve as accommodation for guests
transiting at airports and train stations.
A House in Shibuya
Swire Hotels, together with Tokyu Corporation and Tokyu Department
Store, will collectively launch a new luxury hotel in Shibuya under The
House Collective brand. This will mark the very first time that The
House Collective forays outside China.
The new hotel is planned to be part of the Tokyu Department Store’s
flagship store set in the lively neighbourhood of Shibuya. The House
will be designed to serve as a peaceful retreat from hustle and bustle
of the city, while also offering high-end shopping at guests’ doorstep.
The Temple House’s interiors pay homage to Chengdu’s array of historical temples. Photo Credit: The House Collective
Judging from the other House properties in China which all have been
uniquely designed with its own cultural character and architecture
inspired by the locations they’re based in — such as Beijing’s prominent
art scene, Shanghai’s high fashion style, and Chengdu’s history and tea
culture — it seems likely that the House’s property in Shibuya may
similarly take on the district’s fashionable and vibrant vibes.
Hinting that there is more to come for The House Collective outside
China, Swire Hotel’s deputy chairman Toby Smith says that thegroup is
looking to “expand into new cities throughout the Asia Pacific region”.
“Our partners Tokyu Group and LCRE, share our vision of creating a
new and vibrant guest experience which, with the opening of our new
House will offer world-class hospitality for both locals and visitors to
Tokyo,’ Smith added.