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DDD HOTEL In Tokyo - A Stylish Hotel Near Akihabara And Asakusa!

DDD HOTEL In Tokyo - A Stylish Hotel Near Akihabara And Asakusa!

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DDD HOTEL opened in Tokyo's Nihonbashi Bakurocho area in fall 2019. Fully renovated from a long-established business hotel, the accommodation is designed with the concept of minimalist luxury. Today, we'll introduce this new spot that offers a variety of facilities, including a cafe and art gallery.

Translated by Greg

Written by Kajiyama

Designer-Inspired DDD Hotel: Renovated From a Business Hotel

Tokyo's Bakurocho area has long-thrived as an area for wholesale dealers specializing in textiles, garments, dolls, and shop decorations. It's located near Ueno, Akihabara, and Asakusa--places that are frequently visited by international travelers. As of fall 2019, it's now also home to DDD Hotel.

The hotel's exterior is embellished with reddish-brown tiles, and its distinctive brass-colored door acts as a signpost for guests. Occasionally, you'll even see people, who are impressed by the hotel's appearance, stopping to take a photo with their smartphone.

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

Picture courtesy of DDD HOTEL

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

The DDD HOTEL arrived on the scene following full renovation of a business hotel (*1) that had been operating for some 40 years.

The hotel underwent a complete overhaul, which included removing the exterior wall. Even the name of the lodging changed.

During the renovation process, two specific points were emphasized. The first was to determine what alterations were needed and not to create anything unnecessary. The second point was to prioritize the hotel's functionality.

From the atmosphere to amenities—even the breakfast arrangement—guests can feel this underlying philosophy throughout the hotel.

*1 Business hotel: a type of hotel in Japan that provides economical and no-frills accommodation. Though various room options are available, many of them tend to be single rooms that are frequented by people on business trips and vacations.

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

Picture courtesy of DDD HOTEL

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

Picture courtesy of DDD HOTEL

Take, for example, the first-floor lobby.

Even though there's a chandelier hanging from the ceiling, the lobby feels open and expansive. The atrium is filled with lots of indirect lighting and decorated minimally.

With this simple design as a backdrop, guests visiting on vacation, business, or other purposes, apparently prefer to spend their time in this neutral kind of atmosphere.

The second-floor space, which features an integrated front counter and cafe, also gives you a sense of spaciousness.

Clean Bathroom Facilities and Quality Amenities

There are a total of 122 guest rooms from the third to the tenth floor. A moss green color scheme characterizes the hallways and rooms.

The differences in size categorize the four types of guest rooms.

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

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There's the Minimal Double Room, which features one double bed; the Superior Twin Room, which offers two double beds; the Standard Triple Room, which has one bunk bed and one single bed; and also the spacious Suite Room.

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

Picture courtesy of DDD HOTEL

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

Picture courtesy of DDD HOTEL

You can even sense the hotel's philosophy in the guest rooms.

As the lodging was formerly a business hotel, the DDD HOTEL's Minimal Double Room—at only 14 square meters—is certainly not spacious. So making the bathroom and sink area fully functional was a careful consideration.

Many Japanese hotels feature something called a unit bath, in which the toilet, sink, and bathtub are in one space.

Except for the Suite Room, the guest rooms do not have bathtubs. Instead, the lodgings feature a separate toilet and shower (with a door).

In the Minimal Double Room, the toilet and sink are integrated. However, in the Superior Twin Room and Standard Triple Room, the sink is positioned in the middle, while the toilet and shower are placed on either side (see photo below).

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

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Once you experience this bathroom arrangement, you'll be struck by its user-friendliness.

The shower room is sealed well with a close-fitting door, so you don't need to worry about water leaking onto the floor—unlike a standard shower curtain.

There's a shelf inside the shower space for guests to place their toiletries, and the sink area is with two electrical sockets. The professional-grade hairdryer (Nobby by TESCOM) also allows guests to quickly and efficiently dry their hair.

You will have absolutely everything you need for a comfortable stay at the DDD Hotel.

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

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The DDD HOTEL is very particular about the cloth products they provide in the guest rooms—from the bed linen and room outfits to the French brand name (Descamps) towels.

The specially ordered mattresses (Francebed) are first class. The mattress is a little on the firm side, so guests can expect to wake up feeling refreshed.

The down quilts are made by a well-established bedding store in Kyoto. They are so comfortable that you'll soon be drifting off into a deep and relaxing sleep.

Enjoy Breakfast in a Simple yet Sophisticated Space

Most guest rooms do not have desks (only the Superior Twin Room and Suite Room have them) to accommodate the spacious sink area. So if you'd like to do some travel research or work, you'll need to head to the second floor.

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

Near the front counter, there's a 24-hour public space that is fully staffed so you can stay and work for as long as you would like.

From 10:00 to 18:00, you can also savor delicious coffee, black tea (ART OF TEA), and herbal tea prepared by the barista.

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!
DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

For an additional 1,500 yen (excluding tax), guests can enjoy a full breakfast.

The morning buffet features freshly baked bread, crisp vegetables, hard-boiled eggs alongside ham, yogurt, granola, and a full lineup of beverages.

We recommend placing your slice of bread in the BALMUDA (an award-winning Japanese appliance company) toaster.

The hotel's consistent philosophy is also found in the carefully selected, high-quality breakfast ingredients as well.

A Michelin 2-Star Chef Presides Over the Restaurant!

The DDD HOTEL, which touts itself as a collective hotel, has also introduced high-quality hotel facilities in a rather minimalistic fashion. This has resulted in a variety of spaces that can be enjoyed by non-staying visitors.

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!
DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

After a multi-story parking garage on the first floor was renovated, some new spaces were created.

In addition to an art gallery (PARCEL), there's a combination kitchen and reservation-only restaurant (nôl) that is overseen by chef Hajime Koto, who managed to receive two Michelin stars at the young age of 29.

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

The elaborately arranged finger food (see above photo) is so beautiful to look at that it almost feels like a shame to eat. It was catered by Mr. Koto during a special private viewing.

The hotel opened a cafe and bar (abno) on the second floor in December. You'll be able to enjoy original cocktails and coffee that's rare in Japan, including Denmark's "Coffee Collective" and "Single O," which has been leading Australia's coffee scene.

DDD HOTEL (Tokyo Bakurocho) - Stylish Hotel Designed By Creatives For Akihabara And Asakusa Sightseeing!

The nearest station to DDD HOTEL is Bakurocho Station (JR Sobu Line). Asakusabashi Station (Toei Asakusa Line and JR Sobu Line) is only a 7-minute walk away.

This convenient area is just two stops from Tokyo Station. If you choose to take the train from either Narita Airport or Haneda Airport, you'll be able to arrive at the hotel directly, without making any transfers.

By seeing, hearing, and touching things, a visit here will stimulate and heighten your five senses, adding to the excitement and enjoyment of your stay.

As one of Tokyo's new accommodation spots, we highly recommend DDD HOTEL!

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