I loved the exposed concrete ceilings in the rooms and the other Japanese design tropes that have been jazzed up and lipglossed. Think of it as disco wabi sabi: metallic woven headboards, blow-torched wooden beams and hallway carpets with digital patterns. My room had full-height sliding screens, decorated by local artist Sichi, in lieu of curtains – richly decorative, but a pain in the proverbial if you want to let sunlight in.
Being entombed in the dark was a minor inconvenience, though, compared with trying to wash. The bathrooms are works of art – meticulous, all-white spaces. A shame, then, about having to hurdle the 1ft-wide lip of the bath to get into the shower. I’m 6ft tall and found it perilous; anyone shorter may need to be lifted into the tub.