One of my favorite places in Yokohama is not a temple or a restaurant, though there are many of note. My favorite area is actually in Shin-Yokohama. The ramen museum is there, but it’s not the ramen that draws me. You can find me on the basketball court there all summer as well, but that’s the my major draw, either.
Nope. (cue Coltrane) You might want to listen while you dig this!
Shin-Yokohama also has a respectably sized Love Hotel district (Nothing compared to Shibuya or Shinjuku, but a wider selection than many other areas) on the far side of the Yokohama line tracks. Once you cross beneath the train tracks you’ll find yourself in the midst of a number of love hotels.
I can’t do a comparison for you. Why? Because I haven’t stayed at any other Love hotel in this area. Frankly, I couldn’t imagine any of them living up to The Scene Hotel.
I’m serious and you’ll see why in a moment.
The first time I went there a few years ago was my first visit to this love hotel area, and I had chosen it randomly, based purely on availability and convenience at the time. I had stayed at a number of Love Hotels by that time but, upon walking in the door, I was stunned at the understated opulence. I just knew it wasn’t a typical Love Hotel and had to be well out of my price range.
But, it wasn’t.
Each floor has a different theme and all of the rooms were designed by renowned designers of some note (peep the link above for specifics…if you can read Japanese, that is)
First of all, if you’ve never stayed at a love hotel, it’s going to be difficult for you to relate to this. Words like “designed by” are not even a consideration at your run of the mill ラブホ. Most of the better ones look like they were designed by Hello Kitty herself, some reject Atlantic City pre-fab casino hotel developer or some hentai otaku on Meth.
The others are just overated motel rooms.
I think to properly give “The Scene” its just due I would have to compare it to regular hotel rooms, so as to rid your minds of the image the words love hotel conjure. Aside from its location and designation, there’s absolutely nothing even remotely dodgy about this place. It’s in a class by itself, somewhere between a 5-star hotel at a resort and a spa.
But I’ll let the website above and the pics below speak for themselves:
And now for the room…
- I don’t know what else I can say about The Scene aside from it is ALLDAT! And, any time I need a break (that won’t break me..believe it or not, with all its amenities and plushness it’s priced extremely reasonably) I’ll be back!
- This post is submitted to the J-festa inaugural July 2011 blog festival over atJapingu. This month’s theme is “Places in Japan” and The Scene ranks among the best IMHO!