Hi, I'm marco-p. On June 26, 2022, I stayed at the Marufukuro hotel in Kyoto, Japan. This is an article about that stay.
The building consists of four wings: the "Spade Wing", the "Heart Wing", the "Diamond Wing", and the "Clover Wing".
The four wings are divided into three "existing wings," which are part of Nintendo's former headquarters building that was dismantled and restored, and a newly constructed "new building," which is an addition.
The "Spade Wing" used to be an office building, but now that it is a hotel, it is a shared space that includes the front desk, a lounge for guests, and a mini-bar.
The chairs and other furnishings in the "Spade Wing" were used by the Yamauchi family, and there is a time recorder that was used in Nintendo's former headquarters.
The first floor of the spade wing houses the hotel lobby, reception, and lounge, while the second floor features a mini-bar and balcony as well as a "library" where guests can immerse themselves in the history of Nintendo's founding, which involved the Yamauchi family.
The hotel has a total of 18 rooms in the "Heart Wing," "Diamond Wing," and "Clover Wing.
The "Clover Wing" retains the freight elevator that was used as a warehouse by Nintendo, a company that made playing cards and Hanafuda (Japanese playing cards), and the "Diamond Wing" retains the appearance of the time when the Yamauchi family lived in the hotel.
The "Heart Wing" is a "newly built wing" with rooms newly designed by the world-renowned architect Tadao Ando. I stayed in the "Residential Suite" in the "Heart wing".
This was the first time I had ever been to a hotel where every single thing that caught my eye had a history.
Dinner and breakfast are served at the attached restaurant, carta. It was a modern space with counter and table seating around an open kitchen, with staff dressed in modern white kappo-gowns serving guests.