Why all Hello Kitty fans need to stay here

By Tegan Reeves,

Tokyo is known for being the kitsch capital of the globe. It’s home to owl cafes, robot restaurants and vending machines that sell everything from fresh eggs and canned bread to used underwear. It makes sense then, that the owners of Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo have created eight Hello Kitty themed rooms, so avid fans can live out their dreams. 

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The rooms were opened in 2014 to celebrate the 40th birthday of the pop-culture icon. All rooms have been designed with different Hello Kitty experiences in mind – four Princess Kitty rooms and four Kitty Town rooms.

 Decked out in varying hues of pink, the Princess Kitty rooms feature matching rose printed wallpaper and carpets. The standout detail of these rooms is the 3D ‘Lady Kitty’ positioned above the beds. 

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While the Princess Kitty rooms focus on all things pink and royal, the Kitty Town rooms are by contrast much more colourful. Exotic wallpaper lines the rooms, depicting everyday life in ‘Kitty Town’. Carpets are a mixture of spots and stripes, featuring images of Kitty’s friends going about their daily business. 

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Something must be said for the furniture in both rooms – it is by no means boring. Couches have giant bows, while armchairs have been designed in the shape of giant high heels. Stock up on the complimentary Hello Kitty toiletries and enjoy a cup of tea from the Kitty themed kettle.

In order to fully enjoy the Hello Kitty experience, in-room dining is a must. Room service breakfast includes Hello Kitty embossed omelettes, sandwiches in the shape of Kitty’s face and drinks in Kitty’s favourite colour – pink, of course. 

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