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Garden Terrace Miyazaki
Add: 247-18 Shimoharacho, Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture
Price: 37,000~57,000 yen/night
Visited: Oct 2016
Please note that this was a complimentary stay arranged by the hotel.
Our last stop in Kyushu was Miyazaki, where we stayed at a most beautiful and serene hotel designed by famed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Located on the site of a former factory, Garden Terrace Miyazaki is sheltered by a timber canopy, and entering its bamboo premises automatically imbues one with a sense of tranquility. How did I find out about this low profile hotel, you ask? Well, a friend had stayed at Garden Terrace Nagasaki (also designed by Kengo Kuma) on a recent trip and really loved it, and after doing some research I found out that it has a sister hotel in Miyazaki, and decided to give it a try…
Upon entering the hotel, we were first left upstairs to the second floor lounge for check-in. This space also functions as a club lounge for hotel guests, with complimentary snacks, drinks, and a small library.
The Opposite House
Add: Bldg 1, Sanlitun Village North, 11 Sanlitun Lu 三里屯路11号三里屯Village北区1号楼
Tel: 6417 6688
Visited: Nov 2011
The Opposite House in Beijing Sanlitun, along with The Upper House (home to Cafe Grey Deluxe) in Hong Kong, is part of Swire Hotels‘ house collections. It’s designed by world-famous Kengo Kuma (隈 研吾), and yes, it is high on style. A unique feature of the hotel is that its lobby serves as an exhibition space – here are some snapshots: