The Mustard Hotel Is a Minimalist Retreat in Tokyo Filled With Creative Energy

Photos by Peter Schweitzer

Who: Mustard Hotel
Where: Tokyo, Japan
Style: Minimalist

It would be an understatement to call the Shibuya area of Tokyo bustling. With two of the city's busiest railway stations, the neighborhood is also a major center for business and entertainment, attracting young trendsetters and tourists. A new hotel captures the spirit of the fast-paced urban area with its minimalist design and creative amenities.

The Mustard Hotel, which opened in October 2018, is the brainchild of Think Green Produce, a company that operates restaurants, co-working spaces, and shops throughout the country. The hotel is set in the Shibuya Bridge development, which is located on the former site of the Tokyo Line railway. The design by Tripster Inc. gives a nod to the location's history with subway tile and red safety borders.

The hotel offers 76 rooms and six dorm-style spaces, including female only and family dormitories. The guest rooms were designed to be simple but functional, with warm wooden furniture and crisp white walls.

But some of those white walls won't stay that way for long, thanks to the hotel's artist-in-residence program called "Creators in Mustard." Invited creatives from around the world will make their mark in exchange for free stays. The second floor art room recently showcased the work of Parisian artist Antwan Horfee, and the hotel also collaborated with Superiority Burger on an exhibition and pop-up for the launch of the New York City-based restaurant's cookbook.

The hotel was designed to be a place that allows guests to fully enjoy the city. To help guests get out and explore, Mustard Hotel offers rentals of Evisen skateboards and BMX bikes, so visitors can keep up with the pace of the neighborhood.

A bright-yellow seating area greets guests. The check-in and concierge desk was designed to resemble a ticket booth.

Megan Bar & Pâtisserie serves up organic wines and cocktails with seasonal ingredients and Japanese twists.

The café offers everything from delicate pastries to classic cookies and scones.

Records decorate the walls of the restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cuisine focuses on new American dishes with seasonal ingredients.

The guest rooms are simply decorated with custom wood furniture. Clever signage is placed throughout the hotel, including labels on the furniture and floor.

Guests also have access to laundry facilities and the seventh floor common room, which has a small kitchen and TV area.

The hotel offers options for everyone from solo travelers to groups of up to seven people. The dormitory-style rooms hold up to six people, and the bunk beds are equipped with rolling privacy screens.

Wall-mounted racks and shelves provide streamlined storage in the guest rooms. The dormitory spaces have lockers to keep belongings safe.

The sleek, white hallways in the upper level were designed to look like the passages in Star Wars or 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Mustard yellow accents were used everywhere from the lobby to this small seating area in a hallway.

The curved façade of the building follows the footprint of the former railway. Two more Mustard Hotels are currently in the works in Tokyo.


Elizabeth Stamp

Elizabeth Stamp

Elizabeth Stamp is a freelance writer splitting her time between New York and Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, ... more