As an Australian, I have visited Asia quite a few times during my travels. It is easily accessible from our island continent and each country offers visitors something different. When visiting Asia, I definitely prefer to stay in boutique hotels. They are always well-priced and conveniently located. Here is a guide to the five best boutique hotels in Eastern Asia.
Akihabara Washington Hotel: Tokyo
For a budget hotel in central Tokyo, check out Akihabara Washington Hotel. Each room is comfortable and spacious and includes a desk, flat screen television, and bathroom with complimentary toiletries and bathrobes. All guests will enjoy the traditional Japanese breakfast every morning at Bonsalute Cafe, the restaurant onsite. There are vending machines offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, plus a front desk ready to help you in any way possible. Rates begin at $85US a night, making this a highly affordable Tokyo hotel.
Imperial Palace: Seoul
To stay right in the heart of the Gangnam District, choose the luxurious Imperial Palace. There are 430 guest rooms, seven restaurants, four bars, one fitness club, and a nine-hole golf course at the hotel. The fitness centre features aerobics, yoga, abseiling, a squash court, hot tub, and indoor pool. The food onsite includes cuisine from China, Japan, Korea, and Italy. The Gangnam District is known for being Seoul’s entertainment district, but never fear as the best shopping precinct is close by too.
Hotel Skypark Myeongdong I: Seoul
Hotel Skypark is a Korean hotel chain, with Hotel Skypark Myeongdong I conveniently located directly downtown. Some of the hotel’s best features include an outdoor terrace on the top floor, and a business desk on each floor with computers. The terrace is great for beautiful night views. Each of the 114 rooms has free Wi-Fi, satellite television, central heating and cooling, and luxurious robes and slippers. The front desk is open 24 hours for added convenience, and the airport limousine bus stop is very close to Hotel Skypark Myeongdong I. The hotel is also close to many department stores, Myeongdong Theatre, and Myeongdong Cathedral.
Lake Ashi, Japan
Marina Bay Sands: Singapore
From Seoul to Singapore, Marina Bay Sands is definitely the most popular hotel in the country. The five-star resort’s amazing architecture is now an iconic part of the city’s skyline. The resort has over 2,500 rooms, a huge casino, an observation desk, an Artscience Museum, and an infinity pool. There are five nightclubs and 15 restaurants, including many run by celebrity chefs. The resort’s rooms range from standard rooms to luxurious suites. Some of the suites even include media rooms, pool tables, and large balconies.
Hotel Prima: Seoul
For another excellent option in Seoul’s Gangnam District, check out Hotel Prima. The hotel is home to the Meissen restaurant with its buffet, Bluesssey Bar for drinks, and 24-hour room service. Alternatively, guests can step outside and enjoy the many different entertainment options in the Gangnam neighbourhood. Hotel Prima has an onsite sauna, beauty shop, tailor, wedding store, florist, and bakery.
These boutique hotels in Eastern Asia range from budget to world-class. Choose the one that suits you best for your next trip to Asia.
This post is part of Hipmunk’s Boutique Hotels Campaign.