by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 12, 2017
Two new Moxy Hotels, Marriott International's experiential hotel brand, will open in Japan by the end of the year. The "playful" 205-room Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho and 155-room Moxy Osaka Honmachi will join Asia's first Moxy, which will debut in Bandung, Indonesia, in the third quarter of this year.
"The next generation of travelers craves adventure, and until now affordable hotel options lacked personality and verve," said Mike Fulkerson, vice president, brand and marketing, Marriott International Asia Pacific. "We are excited to introduce Asia to the Moxy brand, which offers a vibrant and fun hotel experience at a great price."
The Tokyo property will have an industrial-chic design and will be a short walk from Kinshicho Station, one of Tokyo's busiest train stations. In Osaka, the Moxy will feature high-tech "cozy" bedrooms. Both properties, conversions of stand-alone office buildings, are owned by Goldman Sachs.
Launched with the Moxy Milan (Italy) in September 2014, the chain currently has properties in nine other cities, including New Orleans; Tempe, Ariz.; Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, Germany; and Vienna, Austria. Moxy's Now communal living rooms have been designed with a high-energy lounge, 24/7 self-service grab-and-go food and drinks, places to plug in mobile devices and free WiFi. The guest rooms feature keyless entry, internet TVs and motion-sensor lighting. Elevators double as photo booths for guest selfies with locally inspired props. More than 70 additional Moxy Hotels are in the works, including two in California and one in Washington, D.C.