Tokyo’s Chic & Cheap Hotels
Sandwiched in a quiet, office-lined hinterland in Chuo Ward, Citan is a hub of culture and cool in an otherwise boring slice of Tokyo. It is a project by Backpackers’ Japan, which began in 2010 to create places where people of all backgrounds can meet and mingle.
Citan’s design, comprising concrete and dark wood interiors, industrial metal-frame bunk beds and private rooms that feel more hip hotel than hostel, will surprise you. Amenities come from cosmetics purveyor Osaji, whose first shop opened in another ver cool section of Tokyo known as Yanaka.
Located close to Higashi Nihonbashi station, I stumbled across this intimate little hotel during a recent stay in Tokyo. My hotel was only a ten minute walk from here and as I was out looking around for an interesting place for dinner, I saw the unique interior from the sidewalk and ventured inside for look and ended up staying for a local craft beer and dinner and enjoyed the conversation with new friends.
The hotel’s cafe, Berth Coffee, offers good brews and reasonable dishes (think Instagramable stuff) during the daytime while its restaurant-bar-venue space brings the basement to life in the evening with DJ sets, cocktails and a local crowd. An all-in-one experience for indulging in the capital’s contemporary culture.