5 January 2015
Ichinichi Hotel is located on Tokyo’s Akabane road. The tall, narrow building was constructed in the early 70’s, intended for apartments, offices and a beauty salon and hairdresser. After having been abandoned for years, Aida Atelier renovated the building into a hotel. In order to “narrate” the history of the building, part of the cement structure and plaster have been left intact, giving the interior a lived-in feeling. At first impact, the monumental, winding staircase in the entrance is crowned by a theatrical chandelier, all captured in the frame of a massive front window. Ichinichi Hotel profits from the double function of hotel and hostel, offering a variety of options to guests. Backpackers will enjoy a series of private wooden “bunks” that provide a bed and a bit of space for personal belongings. Guests who are seeking further comfort and luxury can book a private room; each comes with an elegant, glassed-in bathroom, true to Japanese style and tradition.