Hotel Anteroom in Kyoto is a hybrid space – a very Japanese experiment of bringing together co-living residents, hotel guests and in-residence artists.
Photography courtesy of Hotel Anteroom
yoto is a magical place with enchanting gardens, historical neighborhoods, canal walks and sensitivity to inspire any creative mind or design lover. Yet, there is a young and creative street scene in town that is making an interesting mark in some areas of this renowned traditional city. Just south of the Kyoto Station – the main arrival hub in town – Hotel Anteroom is a hybrid serviced apartments and suites for visitors and residents, creating a hybrid co-living vibe.
With art-galleries, studios and co-working spaces – the building is an industrial contrast to the the more traditional wooden houses of this quintessential Japanese city.
The accommodation spaces are divided into apartments for long residencies and conceptual rooms for visitors – each conceptual room imagined by a local Kyoto artist – creating spaces that range from the minimalist ambience to the full-blown Japanese creative craziness. The interior design created by Japanese studios UMA & Design Farm are also cleverly thoughtful – using geometric forms and bold colors – and showcases an ingenuous way of making everything so practical; the metal doors of the rooms for instance are turned into notice boards with the use of fridge-like magnets not only to inform the guest – times, weather, tips about town or rules – but also to communicate with the concierge: DO NOT DISTURB. The rooms are regularly redesigned so a stay is never the same.
The open spaces and gardens have also a very unique touch – no regular moss garden here. The hotel also counts with designed vending machines throughout the property, rental bicycles – actually a very charming way of exploring the city – and of course bespoke see-thorough umbrellas for those rainy Kyoto days or that visit to the humid bamboo forest.
With a vibrant scene happening at the hotel, with live conceptual performances and regular exhibitions of up and coming local artists – with some foreign art residences, Hotel Anteroom is certainly a fun place. Just check out the busy list of events happening at the bar, that keep the crowds coming for more, and mingle with some very chatty locals. A stay here is sure to keep the guest updated with what is happening in Kyoto – blessing the visitor with the rare immersive experience of artsy-youthful local life beyond all the formality and tradition of Japan’s formal imperial capital.