The new Ace Hotel in Kyoto, Japan, was fortunate enough to be housed in a building with a rich history. It was built in 1926, before there was a shopping center, and before that – the headquarters of the Central Telephone Company of Kyoto. The hotel’s design turned out to be more European, but Japanese aesthetics still left their mark: symmetry, minimalist furniture made mainly of wood, textile with ornaments and lamps, paper lanterns also remind of local culture. Strictly decorated rooms are diluted with a vinyl player and large abstract paintings. By the way, the hotel plans to use its halls and lobby for events with the participation of local artists. So, Ace Hotel may well become a new cultural center, which cannot but please its guests!