Room for Two: The Prince Akatoki London

The Prince Akatoki - sanctuary - lobby seats

Reviewed by Natalie Bannister

Dreaming of a romantic London holiday or honeymoon? Look no further than The Prince Akatoki London, a luxurious 5-star hotel that effortlessly combines Japanese hospitality with contemporary elegance. Nestled in the heart of the vibrant city, this hidden gem offers a unique and unforgettable experience for couples seeking a romantic escape. With its fusion of traditional Japanese culture and modern indulgence, The Prince Akatoki London promises to create lasting memories for honeymooners and couples alike.

East Meets West: A Japanese Boutique Hotel in the Heart of London

The Prince Akatoki - sanctuary - lobby seating area

The Prince Akatoki London, formerly known as The Arch Hotel, has undergone a complete transformation under the expert guidance of Prince Hotels, a renowned Japanese brand making its European debut. The hotel’s design is inspired by Japan’s minimalist and uncluttered aesthetic, creating a serene oasis amidst the bustling city of London. As you step into the hotel, you’ll be greeted by natural finishes, a soft colour palette, and subtle mood lighting that instantly transport you into a world of tranquility.

Luxurious Studio Suites for Unparalleled Relaxation

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For couples seeking the ultimate indulgence, The Prince Akatoki London offers luxurious Studio Suites. Tucked away on the lower level, these suites provide a whisper-quiet ambiance and a minimalist design that exudes calmness. Each suite is thoughtfully designed with bespoke furnishings and a separate seating area, offering the perfect space for relaxation and rejuvenation. After a day of exploring the city, unwind in the expansive walk-in rainfall shower, then slip into the traditional Yukata robe provided in your wardrobe. Immerse yourselves in the rituals of Japanese culture by brewing some Green Tea using the in-house Japanese tea set.

Immerse Yourself in Japanese Experiences

At The Prince Akatoki London, every aspect of your stay is imbued with Japanese mindfulness and hospitality. Indulge in authentic and signature Japanese experiences that will transport you to the Land of the Rising Sun. The hotel offers immersive sushi masterclasses, calligraphy and origami workshops, and even a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.

The Malt Lounge & Bar: A Japanese Whisky Bar in London

For those seeking a unique twist on the London bar scene, The Malt Lounge & Bar, a Japanese-inspired bar located on the ground floor of The Prince Akatoki London, offers exclusive Whiskey Flights and a focus on premium Japanese and international whiskies, a variety of rare and unique Japanese homegrown sake, and an experiential menu of signature cocktails that reflect the flavours, textures, and traditions of Japan. Each drink is meticulously crafted by in-house expert mixologists, who take pride in pouring artful creations that tantalise your taste buds. Indulge in the ‘Shimane’ for a bourbon whisky and VSOP cognac delight, or try the ‘Tokyo’ cocktail with gin, Shubo Shibori Sake, vermouth, and Japanese Bitters Umami for a taste of old and new Japan.

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Japanese Culinary Delights at TOKii Restaurant

The Prince Akatoki - restaurant dining table and seats by Ben Carpenter
The Prince Akatoki – restaurant dining table and seats by Ben Carpenter

For a meal to remember, head to the hotel’s fine fusion restaurant, TOKii, where shoji screens and dark woods create an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of Tokyo’s hidden gems. The chefs at TOKii draw inspiration from international ingredients and fusion cuisine, resulting in a truly unique dining experience. Indulge in the meticulously curated sushi counter menu, where the true essence of sushi creation is showcased by a master from Japan. Additionally, the à la carte menu offers a variety of dishes designed to be shared. Every dish is a work of art, served on elegant hand-crafted tableware that elevates the presentation. To fully immerse yourselves in the Japanese dining experience at TOKii, indulge in the finest Japanese Sake made by Akashi-Tai Japanese Sake in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, served warm or chilled in a traditional Japanese serving set comprising a tokkuri (flask) and ochoko (cups), to perfectly complement the flavours of the dishes

The Prince Akatoki - restaurant dining area by Ben Carpenter
The Prince Akatoki – restaurant dining area by Ben Carpenter

The Gentle Intersection of East and West

What sets The Prince Akatoki London apart is its ability to seamlessly blend the best of Japanese hospitality with a distinctly London twist. The hotel’s sophisticated minimalism and understated elegance make it one of the city’s best boutique hotels, while its low-key charm keeps it a hidden gem despite opening a few years ago. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or an immersive cultural experience, The Prince Akatoki London offers a haven where East meets West, creating a truly memorable and enchanting stay — the perfect setting for a romantic London holiday or honeymoon.

The Prince Akatoki - deluxe room - coffee table

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