Hotel Aperto: You Give Love a Good Name
Located right next to the Otsuka Station on the Yamanote train line, Hotel Aperto provides a truly classy experience which breaks away from the typical faux luxury atmosphere found in most other leisure hotels. Rather than relying on gold-painted plastic ornaments to generate and air of extravagance, Hotel Aperto focuses on what really brings a room together to create a relaxing and elegant space. By far, this leisure hotel is one of the best I have ever visited. I was extremely impressed by the rooms and general quality. From the moment I walked through the door, I could tell this is not what people would call a typical “love hotel.” It really sets a standard for what I think love hotels should strive to be.
Hotel Aperto has an actual lobby. It’s a strange thing to be surprised by, I know, but in most other hotels, the lobby is basically just a TV in a dark corner. Hotel Aperto has a proper waiting room complete with sofa chairs, coffee tables and notebook computers to use until your number is called, so after quickly checking in, you don’t have to hide away in some dimly lit area like you are ashamed of something.
Unlike other leisure hotels I have visited in Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, Hotel Aperto is not located in an easily recognizable area for foreign travelers. In all these years living in Japan, it was actually my first time getting off at this station. Otsuka is obviously not as well-known or loved as other stops on the famous, green Yamanote, but it’s close enough to the action without all the noise that comes with it. It’s an ideal location to stay. Adding to the convenience, there is a Family Mart store on the first floor of the building right next to the entrance, so you can stock up on food and drinks before getting a room.
Hotel Aperto holds a wide range of rooms of different flavor and price. One of their more affordable rooms feels more like a cozy master bedroom in a wealthy household than an ordinary, gaudy leisure hotel room. I’m no architect or interior designer, but it certainly feels like the layout of this room was carefully crafted to make it as natural as possible and really open up the space. Though it may seem different from a typical leisure hotel, it doesn’t lose any of the convenient features I love. The headboard controller, TV remote, fantastic bath, and amenities are all ready to use. All of this comes down to around 13,000 yen for one night.
The natural and homey feel is consistent throughout the other rooms, although the quality, size, and features go up with price. One of the more expensive rooms is perfect for a couple looking for a really special place to stay on the dream vacation in Tokyo. Again, the quality and design of this double-layered room maximizes comfort and provides a feeling of richness you could never find at other hotels at this price. Luxurious sofas, shelves adorned with quality decorations, a massage chair, and many other great features will make you comfortable and at ease even as you are travelling in a foreign country. A spiraling staircase leads to a gorgeous, round jet bath right next to an outdoor area where you can enjoy a romantic dinner and some drinks. Though 27,000 to 28,000 a night may seem on the expensive side, it will well worth the price, especially if you want a memorable stay.
Call me Goldilocks because the medium priced room for me was just right. It’s only one floor unlike the more expensive room, and the bath is not as impressive. However the overall style and quality is still on point. This room felt very spacious and open thanks to the design and the windows spanning all around the room revealing a great view of the area. Any photos taken here and uploaded to social media are sure to make any friends green with envy. I thought the design of the bathroom and shower was fantastic with is simplicity. That too, however, is surrounded by glass, so it is definitely a more intimate experience.
All around, I can honestly say that I would recommend this hotel to any of my friends or family that keep threatening to visit me this holiday season. When suggesting a leisure hotel to people I know, I finally feel like I don’t have to put an asterisk by my recommendation making them aware that it is actually a Japanese love hotel. Hotel Aperto embraces the love hotel concept and gives the whole industry a good name.
Andrew is an American writer living in Tokyo, Japan. He often finds himself wandering home from a livehouse after missing the last train. As an outdoors enthusiast, musician, traveler and editor, he stays pretty busy, but he is still always looking for new things to try. The only thing more unorganised than his schedule is his room.