Five new hotels in Japan and Korea

12 Jun 2018 by Valerian Ho
Hyatt Centric Tokyo

Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo

Marking the Hyatt Centric brand’s Asia-Pacific debut, the 12-storey Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo officially opened in January this year, located on the former site of the first Tokyo office of the Asahi Shimbun Company, a national newspaper publisher founded in 1888.

A highlight of the hotel is The Namiki667 restaurant and bar, which serves oven-based slow-cook dishes featuring fresh Kanto-area produce. The bar, meanwhile, offers six original cocktails featuring Japan’s own Roku craft gin that is distilled with six Japanese botanicals including cherry blossoms, green tea, and fragrant yuzu citron.

Four Points by Sheraton Seoul Gangnam - Lobby

Four Points by Sheraton Seoul, Gangnam

Located in Seoul’s upscale Gangnam district, Four Points by Sheraton Seoul, Gangnam offers a medley of distractions just a short distance from the hotel. Gangnam Business District is located nearby, though for visitors looking for more leisurely pursuits there is also Cheongdam Luxury Street, Beauty Clinic Street and Garuso-gil – popular for their upscale boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafes. 

Opened back in March, the 199-room hotel does also have plenty of highlights within its own walls, however. The Lounge & Bar offers an impressive selection of drinks, snacks and sweet desserts, while the brand’s signature beer programme “Best Brews” offers craft beers featuring local flavours.

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Shin-Osaka

Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Shin-Osaka

Oakwood is opening its first non-Tokyo property in Japan on August 1 with the Oakewood Hotel & Apartments Shin-Osaka. This property offers both hotel and apartment room types, making it ideal for travellers on short or long trips. The building comprises 59 hotel-style rooms and 126 serviced apartments, with rooms coming with a number of nice touches such as a humidifier and a touch-panel mirror in the bathroom with adjustable lighting.

The apartment units, meanwhile, feature an auto-filling and reheating bathtub and a rain shower in the bathroom, as well as a kitchen with a microwave convection oven, IH stove top, electric kettle, dishwasher and dryer. Guests also have access to a self-service “coin-laundry” room on the 5th and 10th floors.

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa-Hotel

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa

If seclusion is what you’re after, then you can’t go wrong with the Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa. Constructed on its own island about an hour’s drive from Naha Airport and set to open its doors in late August, the 344-room hotel is actually Hyatt’s first beach resort in Japan.

Not all of its rooms are located in a single building, however. Of the 344 rooms, 320 of these will be housed in a seven-storey wing on Seragaki Island, while the other 24 will occupy a three-storey beach house on the Okinawa side. A short bridge links the two zones, each of which has direct access to the beach. The resort’s six dining outlets, meanwhile, will also offer locally grown produce and seafood caught fresh from Okinawan waters.

RYSE Autograph Collection

RYSE, Autograph Collection

Art hotel Ryse, Autograph Collection in Seoul’s creative Hongdae district offers a total of 272 guestrooms (including 14 suites) all of which are designed to highlight a prominent art piece from an exclusive collection.

Among these are works from fine art photographer Laurent Segretier, collage artist Charles Munka, Seoul-based sculptor Yeojoo Park and “multimedia storyteller” Maekan, which can be seen in some of the hotel’s suites. The Executive Producer Suite, located on the 12th floor, also features handpicked artworks and a graphic wall by renowned Korean graphic designer, Na Kim.

Ryse opened its doors earlier this month.

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