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Japan: Hotel Anteroom Kyoto

Konichiwa Kyoto!

Finally arrived! After 14 hours by plane, a really good flight on ANA, with a super quick change of plane (= what a run!) at Narita airport for Osaka. Then an hour in the bus to Kyoto and we finally arrived at Kyoto Station at nightfall.

We take a taxi and 5 minutes later we are in front of the Hotel Anteroom Kyoto. I dream of a shower. But it’s already past 8pm and if we want to dine, we barely have time to leave our bags, cool off and go out to find a restaurant. Because the hotel does not have any and serves only breakfasts.

The Room

Simple, Design & Comfortable 

Back from our short dinner break (in one of the food halls of the Kyoto Station), I finally can enjoy our room with two oversized beds, large flat screen, designer sofa and bay window overlooking a small lighted garden. So sool! 

All equipment (including air conditioning) is very comfortable and clean (well we are in Japan, aren’t we)! What a pleasure! When I slip into my Queen size bed, I come across a TV show of two young Japanese on a spree in Corsica! Of course I couldn’t miss it (lololol) and wake up tomorrow around 6am … 


The Bathroom & Our Garden

The small bathroom is very well equipped and practical (photos above)l, including useful storage spaces.

And of course a modern shower with Japanese bath and separate Japanese toilets. I do not understand why, we do not have the same in Europe! In comparison our toilets are medieval!

Our room has a small “zen”garden too (rght photo), where we quietly relax before each getaways in Kyoto and its surroundings. I really like this garden area, with just the sound of birds early in the morning. 

Because the hotel is located in a quiet residential area. And the excitement of the city seems far, far away. While we are only 15 minutes walk from Kyoto Station. 








An Art Gallery In An Industrial Architecture

Kyoto Confidential

We soon felt at home. The team is kind and helpful. Above all do not take offense to the very reserved attitude. And it seemed to us that there were mainly Japanese customers (mostly young and trendy) and few Westerners.

The lobby looks like a New York art gallery, offering its mature to young artists. You can buy art works, but also books, objects and T-shirts. The friendly intimate bar is open on a small Zen-inspired garden (photos 1, 2 and above).

After two nights, we didn’t want to leave this confidential hotel!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés


Hotel Anteroom Kyoto


Arigato gosaimasu to the Hotel Anteroom Kyoto’s team. As always these are my opinions. 

Japon: Hotel Anteroom Kyoto

Konichiwa Kyoto!

Enfin arrivées! Après 14 heures d’avion, très bon vol sur ANA, avec un changement express (= au pas de course) à l’aéroport de Narita pour Osaka. Puis une heure de car jusqu’à Kyoto et nous voilà enfin arrivées à Kyoto Station la nuit tombante.

Nous prenons un taxi et 5 minutes plus tard, nous sommes devant l’Hotel Anteroom Kyoto. Je rêve d’une douche. Il est déjà plus de 20h et si nous voulons dîner, nous avons à peine le temps de déposer nos bagages, nous rafraîchir et ressortir pour trouver un restaurant. Car l’hôtel n’en a pas et sert uniquement des petits déjeuners. 

La chambre

Simple, design et confortable 

Ce n’est qu’une fois rentrée de notre intermède dîner (dans un des foodhalls de la Kyoto Station) que j’ai enfin pu apprécier notre chambre aux deux lits surdimensionnés, large écran plat, canapé design et baie vitrée donnant sur un petit jardin éclairé. 

L’ensemble des équipements (y compris la clim) est très confortable et propre (euphémisme)! Un plaisir! Et lorsque enfin, je me glisse dans mon mega lit, je tombe sur une émission de deux jeunes japonais en goguette en Corse! Impossible de dormir (lololol) et demain réveil vers 6h…


La salle de bain & notre jardin

La salle de bain est petite (photos ci-dessus), mais très bien pensée, équipée et pratique, comprenant même de petits espaces de rangements.

Et bien sûr douche et bain à la japonaise et les toilettes japonaises séparées. Je ne comprends pas pourquoi, on n’a pas les mêmes en Europe! En comparaison, nos toilettes font figure de moyenâgeuses!

Notre chambre a aussi un petit jardin “zen” (photo de droite), où l’on se recharge au calme avant chaque escapades dans Kyoto et ses environs. J’ai vraiment beaucoup aimé ce coin jardin, avec juste le bruit des oiseaux tôt le matin.

Car l’hôtel est situé dan un quartier résidentiel tranquille, en marge des zones touristiques. L’effervescence de la ville semble loin, très loin. Alors que nous ne sommes qu’à 15 minutes à pieds de la gare de Kyoto. 







Une galerie dans une architecture industrielle

Kyoto branché & cool

Très vite nous nous sommes senties comme à la maison. L’équipe est gentille et serviable. Surtout ne pas se formaliser de l’attitude très réservée. Il nous a semblé qu’il y avait essentiellement des clients japonais (plutôt jeunes et branchés) et peu d’occidentaux.

Le lobby a des allures d’une galerie d’art new-yorkaise, offrant ses mûrs à de jeunes artistes. Il est possible d’acheter des oeuvres, mais aussi des livres, objets et T-shirts. Le bar, intime et convivial, est ouvert sur un petit jardin d’inspiration zen (photos 1, 2 et ci-dessus).

Après deux nuits, on ne voulions plus quitter cet hôtel très confidentiel!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés


Hotel Anteroom Kyoto


Merci à l’équipe de l’Hotel Anteroom Kyoto. Hé oui, comme toujours ce sont mes opinions, à moi!

Germany: Arty Weekend in Düsseldorf


Day 1 : Gallery & Street Art Tour

After Berlin, Cologne and the Black Forest,  I’m on my way to Düsseldorf! As always, I’m not fully awake. And I forgot to download the app of b-europe to check in real time my train schedule. I find my buddies in the Brussels-Düsseldorf Thalys! 2h15 of laughter with cool mates (yes, it happens especially when I’m tired, lol!). And here we are at Düsseldorf station, ready to discover the city!

As soon as you arrive, I recommend you to buy the DüsseldorfCard for free public transport and discounts in museums and attractions. 

After a late lunch, we have an appointment with Klaus Rosskothen, the owner of the Pretty Portal Gallery specialized in street art artists. Photos above: on the left, a painting by the Irish artist FinDAC. And on the right, a painting by Kurnachzehn. Guided by Klaus, we discover many Street art works in the district where his gallery is located. End of the tour around 16h30-17h. Awesome overview of a less touristy Düsseldorf!

Polar temperature! Of course Brussels is not the Caribbean either, but all the team had a big shock with the cold here, lol! I go to the hotel to warm up (with a good hot shower) and get ready for dinner, we have an appointment at 18:30. 


Dusseldorf By Night 

Dinner at Küzert

At night everything is more beautiful, starting with this huge wheel (photo above). The team gathered again, I discovered the very lively cool atmosphere of the crowded streets of Altstadt, the old town. At Kurze Straße 18-20 is the Brauerei Kürzer, a traditional brewery on the Rhine, where we will have dinner tonight.

Outside, standing people drink glasses of beer. Ditto indoors where we sit down to eat (photos below). I like the contemporary setting, the mix of generations and genres with hipster waiters and a soundtrack for picky clubbers (with fine and demanding hearing, lol!).

Difficult for us to leave as the place was really cool! About the tasting of the beer produced by this brewery? Er, how can I tell you, I do not drink any beer, oops! But very good I enjoyed the chicken wraps. 


Back To The Hotel

After a long walk, we finally got back to the Hotel Friends Dusseldorf, with an awesome (Instagram) bohemian interior design of the common areas (left picture above and pictures of the photo montage below). It feels like being in Portlandia (the series) …

The + : The photogenic hotel where to have a drink, with music live and DJs sets. Located near the central station of Dusseldorf, 5 to 10 minutes walk or a bit less in tram. Very good breakfast. It feels good and friendly.

The – : the neighborhood is not reassuring at night. I didn’t like the interior design of my room (except the small modern clean bathroom). I think the common areas are the best.

Jour 2: Archi & Contemporary Art

Another Day, Another Weather

We take the new metro to the commercial complex, Kö-Bogen designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind, facing the Hofgarten Park. Great mix of modernity, heritage and nature! I’d have liked to have more time to look at all the details of the building facades and stroll in the park.

And  viisiting the Gerhy buildings… We head by foot to Altstadt, the old town. 


A Small Museum

A Concept

As the small group walks towards the Rheinturm, I stop at the small museum of contemporary art, opened in 2007. I liked the architecture and exhibition spaces of the KIT – Kunst im Tunnel.

Photo above: in the foreground, a composition of Rosa Sarholz. Photo below: the further you go towards the black wall of the bottom, the more the floor tends to reach the ceiling. If we want to continue to move towards the “black board” of Marcel Stahn, we must stoop more and more. I stopped when my head touched the ceiling.

On the photo montage above: photos on the left, the main exhibition hall. Photo on the right (top): a flat screen – table, where hands are exchanging photos and flipping through magazines. An art work of Fabian Ruzicka.

Then we will have a late brunch in Frida, the warm tapas bar with Mexico colors on walls. Cosy atmosphere, nice interior design and impressive salad size!

Have a Nice Weekend Everyone !


Photos & vidéos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.


To make a train reservation: the website of b-europe , or the b-europe appli.

Düsseldorf Tourist Board


Many thanks to b-europe & the Düsseldorf Tourist Board for this lovely invitation. As always, these are