Known for their hip and relaxed vibes, the Ace Hotels have made their mark on some of the world’s greatest cities. Now, the hospitality group is opening their newest iteration, their first in Asia, in April: Ace Hotel Kyoto. Located in the building of the former Kyoto Central Telephone Company, this 213 room structure has been completely renovated by architect Kengo Kuma and the Los Angeles-based design firm Commune.

A mix of east-meets-west, the Ace Hotel Kyoto offers elements of a ryokan experience – natural fiber screens and private bathrooms with elaborate millwork – along with the rock n’ roll-style particular to the brand. Through-out the hotel, Japanese textiles grace both the sitting and sleeping areas adding a touch of local flavor.

True to the Ace Hotel Group’s flair for being not just a place to spend the night, the new Kyoto location will serve as a cultural hub for the city. Featuring a private garden, event spaces, and an art gallery, the Ace Hotel Hotel Kyoto will feature the work of local artists. The three stand-alone restaurants and cafe will offer visitors a chance to enjoy a variety of culinary experiences, making the hotel a new social epicenter for the city.