Japanese Hotel Opens Hello Kitty-Themed Suites


A hotel in Japan has created two Hello Kitty-themed rooms as the sun sets on the feline character’s 40th anniversary year.

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tama in Tokyo has decked out two of its suites in all things cute, one designed to evoke the concept of a city break with images of Hello Kitty visiting amusement parks and department stores, while the other is themed around ‘Princess Kitty.’

Designed to make guests feel like a princess themselves, the room is unapologetically pink and girly, with pink ribbons, roses and even ‘high-heeled’ chairs.

Hello Kitty has enjoyed a banner year, with pop-up events held around the world to pay homage to the mouthless, triple-whiskered character.

Until Christmas Day, the Hello Kitty cafe at the Shibuya Parco shopping center in Tokyo, for instance, will be serving sandwiches and cakes in Hello Kitty cut-outs, while plans are afoot to open a Hello Kitty cafe in Orange County, California.

South Korea is already home to a Hello Kitty cafe franchise with a handful of locations across the country that serve up Hello Kitty-themed coffees and desserts.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese airline EVA Air flies a Hello Kitty jet on routes such as Taipei to Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong that includes everything from Hello Kitty-themed seats and soap to foods and flight attendants.

And on January 1, a new Hello Kitty theme park is set to open in Anji, east China’s Zhejiang province, according to Xinhua.

(Photos: Keio Plaza Hotel Tama, Tokyo)