Hello Kitty Guest Rooms at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama Receive Upgrades

30.May.2019 | SPOT

On Saturday June 15, Keio Plaza Hotel will open two new permanent guest rooms that are themed around My Melody and Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala). As well as the grand opening of these brand new rooms, the highly-praised Hello Kitty rooms that were set up in 2014 are also getting an upgrade.

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The upgraded Hello Kitty rooms are decorated with cushions that look just like a giant version of Hello Kitty’s signature red bow. The bed also includes a colourful bed runner decorated with an illustration of Hello Kitty having fun in a theme park. 

 

And what is the bed runner for? It is nothing out of the ordinary for Americans to wear their shoes on the bed. Many Americans throw a bed runner on the bed so that they can lie on the bed with their shoes on, guilt free!

 

There is also a floor lamp in the room. The lampshade is decorated with an illustration of Hello Kitty riding a pony, adding a cute touch to the illumination of the room.

Four Hello Kitty rooms opened at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama on November 1, 2014 to commemorate the 40th birthday of Hello Kitty. Since the room conversion, the occupancy rate has skyrocketed by 70%. Now, two My Melody rooms and two Little Twin Stars-themed rooms are set to join the fray.

 

To stay here even one night would be an unforgettable experience be sure to check out out these cute rooms for yourself

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    Order online during one of the following advanced sale periods for a discount:

    Period 1 (10% off): August 23 ー September 30, 2019

    Period 2 (7% off): October 1 ー 28, 2019

    Period 3 (3% off): October 29 ー November 25, 2019 

     The earlier you order, the larger the discount so if you are interested, you should order earlier rather than later. 

     

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    If you want to feel like you’re living in Kyoto then book now with Kyo no Ondokoro Nishijin Bettei.

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