We have yet to meet a Commune-designed Ace Hotel that we didn’t like. Their latest collaboration has yielded one of our favorite projects yet: Ace Hotel Kyoto, the hipster hospitality chain’s first ever outpost in Asia.

The architect behind the 213-room hotel is Kengo Kuma, who designed the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium. Part new build, part historic structure, it features multiple courtyards and gardens and a distinctly Japanese facade that references the traditional wooden houses (machiya) of Kyoto.

Inside, LA-based Commune Design has interpreted Japanese traditions, by way of West Coast bohemia. Beautiful Japanese textiles are used to cover casual daybeds; a record player in each room is at the ready for sampling retro tunes (we spy a Grace Jones album in one of the rooms); wood built-ins and white walls make for a naturalistic palette.

The hotel opened last spring (high-season rates start at $400). Ready to admire the East-meets-West results? The folks behind Atelier Ace and Commune Design walk us through the finer points.

Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson, courtesy of Ace Hotel Kyoto.

Ace Hotel Kyoto offers eight different types of guest rooms, from a Standard King to an Ace Suite. One type of room offered that&#8
Above: Ace Hotel Kyoto offers eight different types of guest rooms, from a Standard King to an Ace Suite. One type of room offered that’s unique to the Japanese experience is the Tatami Suite, featuring four futons on the floor instead of mattresses.
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Above: Commune designed the built-ins and worked with local craftsmen to bring them to life. “We used a combination of woods, mostly Tamo (Japanese ash) and white oak,” says Roman Alonso, co-founder of Commune. The lamp is custom-made by Flame in Japan with a shade by Mina Perhonen.
Art by local artists is displayed throughout the hotel. A classic Akari Noguchi floor lamp presides over the sitting area of a guest room. (See src=
Above: Art by local artists is displayed throughout the hotel. A classic Akari Noguchi floor lamp presides over the sitting area of a guest room. (See 11 Times Noguchi Lamps Stole the Spotlight, Plus 5 to Buy.)

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