Recently many people were excited by the artist-designed rooms at the Park Hotel Tokyo that let guests stay in spaces incorporating calligraphy and matsuri-inspired colorful murals. We’ll have to wait until 2016 for that project to be completed, when there should be an entire hotel floor of customized art rooms.
But if Hello Kitty is more your thing, you’re in for a real treat if you stay at the Keio Plaza Hotel in either Shinjuku, central Tokyo, and Tama, west Tokyo.
There are two types of rooms: Kitty Town and Princess Kitty.
Kitty Town is a pop design more suited for friends and families to stay in, while the Princess Kitty is filled with pinks and reds, and is probably better suited to couples or female guests who want to feel like a princess.
Reservations will be taken from September 1st. The rooms at the Shinjuku Keio Plaza cost ¥71,000 (around $700) for 1-3 persons. The Keio Tama Plaza rooms cost ¥28,000 (around $270) for single individuals, ¥31,000 (around $300) for two, or ¥35,000 (around $340) for three. (Prices are not including service charges or tax.)
The Keio Plaza Tama is also near Sanrio Puroland, the theme park for Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty, so we can see the hotel rooms being very popular with visitors wanting to give their day in the world of Sanrio a perfect finish.
Hello Kitty is on a mission for maximum exposure this year as it’s the fortieth anniversary since the Sanrio cat character came into our lives. So far we’ve seen Hello Kitty launched into space (!), a Hello Kitty train in Wakayama, and a tie-up with the Chogokin model series.