During the last five years the number of Australians travelling to Japan has shot up by a remarkable 170 percent, and with officials predicting tourist numbers to hit 40 million by the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, it’s no surprise IHG are looking to substantially up their presence in the country. A big assist to that goal will be the recently announced debut of the luxury Kimpton brand with Kimpton Tokyo Shinjuku, set to open in 2020 to coincide with the anticipated games.
The bustling, neon-drenched neighbourhood famous for it’s expression of Tokyo’s more lively scene will welcome the 162-room bespoke hotel to it’s already sizable skyline. The property is being described as bold and playful in design, with plans on hosting award-winning dining and unique amenities geared towards Tokyo. Three innovative meeting spaces will be able to hold up to 300 people, while the building will also be home to a modern wellness studio and a “multi-function chapel”.
Given Kimpton’s already sterling reputation and the fact that each hotel is individually designed to blend the surrounding environment with local culture, the boutique-minded hotel has shot straight to the top of “most anticipated” lists for travellers looking to treat themselves to luxury accommodation in one of the world’s greatest cities.
“It’s wonderful to see the Kimpton brand gaining such momentum in Asia and across the globe”, said CEO of Europe Middle East Asia and Africa for IHG Kenneth Macpherson. “It is one of the world’s most beloved luxury lifestyle brands, with each hotel bringing to life a unique character. This hotel’s thoughtful approach to design will highlight the best of Tokyo’s vibrant Shinjuku district, providing truly unique guest experiences with personal service”.
Kimpton Tokyo should add a substantial win for the brand’s existing portfolio, which currently boasts 66 properties across the world, with another 20 in the works, including hotels for Bali, Shanghai, Haitang Bay, and Taipei. More information about the Kimpton brand can be found here.