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BnA_Wall - Framed Function
Frames are for functions.
I was surprised to see that BnA Wall is still accepting the もっと東京 (Motto Tokyo) campaign. The government will subsidise a 5,000 Yen discount plus a 3,000 Yen coupon per person per night. Most of the hotel has already sold out for this campaign. I managed to take this opportunity to stay in as many rooms in BnA Wall as possible.
The name of this room, Frame Function is rather curious. The design of the room looks rather plain compared to others. I did not think I will enjoy my stay as much as I did.
The room is surprisingly comfortable. The two beds, which are all connected, are quite large. It is queen size bed plus a single bed next to each other. These beds actually take up 90% of the space in the room.
They have a welcome drink, a glass of strong ginger ale for each guest. Nice touch. The amenities are at the reception which I think is clever from both environmental and economic perspectives. You can always go down and get them at the reception.
There is no table in this room. Some art frames are hanging on the wall. At first, I thought “this room is plain” but then I discovered something which explain why they called it “Framed Function”
The hotel is in the middle of nowhere if you are a tourist. It is not inconvenient but it is also far from any tourist places. It is close to Mitsukoshi Mae station on the Ginza line and the Kedemacho station on the Hibiya line on the east side of Tokyo.
If you have something to do in that area, such as walking around Nihonbashi and doing some shopping in Mitsukoshi or Takashimaya then that’s great. It is a walkable distance from Tokyo station, but I wouldn’t do that with big luggage.
The area is quiet at night. There are a couple of eateries nearby. The first floor of the hotel is a bar/light meal restaurant which I haven’t tried yet.
This is where it gets interesting.
I will be biased here because I love clever designs more than a splashy one.
When I checked in the reception said that this room is going to be plain compared to others. After I entered the room, I agreed with that assessment. There is nothing special in the room. There is no painting on the plain white wall. There is decoration other than five frames on the wall.
The three beds connected together in the room are all white and look rather normal, although they look really comfy and take up most of the space in the room.
I knew that I could interact with the frame above the beds by taking out the cushion. Cleaver, for sure, but that by itself isn’t really enough to make it unique.
Then I discover the real meaning of this room. All frames have their own functions.
The frame above the bed is to keep five cushions.
The frame on the left of the main one has lights in it so that acts as a dim light.
There is one frame which is a mirror so its function as a dressing mirror is obvious.
There are three other frames in the room and I still don’t know why they are there. Then I looked up the room on their website and then I found out how they function, which is very clever I might even try to do it in my apartment if I ever own one
The small one next to the dim light frame functions as a drink tray, which we can use on the bed.
The other two next to the mirror need some assembling.
Once assembled they act as a table. I found that very clever! I had fun figure it out how they work, and I really appreciate the creativity of the artist.
I got this room during the motto Tokyo campaign so the price is really cheap. The cost of the hotel without the promotion is in the middle range. Given the location is close to the station but not very close to any tourist attractions, I gave it a lower rating. Had it been closer to any tourist place or closer to JR station on the west side of Tokyo then it will be a better deal.
Final Thoughts - Recommend, will repeat
Ken’s score: Silver, 8.25/10
What I like 👍
The beds are really comfortable and large.
Frames on the walls
Welcome drinks & amenities are at the reception
What I do not like 👎
A bit far from any tourist attractions.
Not many places to hang out around the area
A little small for the price and the location
What is it good for
Those who love clever design
A place to stay after a long night's work at the offices nearby
Travellers who have something to do in Nihonbashi/Tokyo station area.
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