The Ace Hotel Kyoto Is Now Open — and It Might Be the Most Stylish Hotel in Japan

Ace Hotel Kyoto is bringing three new restaurants and laid back cool to the ancient Japanese city.

Ace Hotel suite
Photo: Yoshihiro Makino

The Ace Hotel brand is finally coming to Asia.

On June 11, Ace Hotel opened the doors to its first location in Asia at the Ace Hotel Kyoto. The hotel, centrally located near popular destinations like Nishiki Market, the Museum of Kyoto and Kyoto Art Center, was designed in partnership with architect Kengo Kuma and Commune Design. It will not only come with the taste and styling Ace Hotel fans have come to know and love, but will also come with a few surprising culinary delights.

As Ace explained in a statement, the new Ace Hotel Kyoto will come with three distinct restaurants helmed by award-winning chef-partners Naomi Pomeroy, Marc Vetri, and Wes Avila. Each of the three outlets will feature original artwork by Japanese artisans and celebrate Japanese culture. The entire space will act as “a monument to the city’s abundance of art, nature, ever-evolving culture, sophistication of craft and profound history.”

fish taco at Piopiko, Ace Hotel Kyoto
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“We’ve been longtime fans of Naomi, Marc, and Wes,” Kelly Sawdon, partner and chief brand officer at Ace Hotel Group, shared in a statement. “Collaborating with them on three restaurants for Ace Hotel Kyoto has made this project even more special. Each of their unique and thoughtful culinary visions promise inventive, delicious fare in American, Italian American and Mexican American cuisine, and we’re excited to bring their love for food and Japanese culture together.”

Vetri will helm Mr. Maurice’s Italian, an Italian-American osteria with a rooftop bar that showcases Vetri’s Italian culinary skills. It will overlook PIOPIKO, a cocktail bar and taco lounge by Avila, which comes with meals inspired by Avila’s Alta-California heritage.

The third American restaurant (which has yet to be named) will join these two outlets with an outdoor garden space from Pomeroy. There, guests can dine on “classic fare elevated through expert technique and an inventive spirit.”

Mr. Maurice’s Italian and PIOPIKO will soft-open with a preview menu starting June 11, with all three restaurants offering full menus later this year.

The hotel will also come with one more foodie feature: It will be the home to the first Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee shop in Japan.

Tatami suite, Ace Hotel Kyoto
Yoshihiro Makino

As for the hotel’s rooms, guests can choose from a Standard or Deluxe King, a Historic Terrace, or Classic Double Room, a Garden Terrace room or Tatami Suite, or choose to have the ultimate stay in the Ace Suite.

No matter which room guests choose, each is outfitted with original artwork by Samiro Yunoki and a custom Pendelton blanket, and some rooms have a Gibson guitar. Ready for more? Check out the hotel’s website — which also explains all of its new health and safety features — and book a stay soon.

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