There’s a weird place out there called Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge. It’s filled with aesthetically pleasing design, where cement absorbs clean cut timber and steel. Where classical stools stand side by side with modern ones as if they are family. Where locals looking like a Yohji Yamamoto catwalk sit and converse with travelers in North Face jackets. It’d kind of be beautiful if I could step out side myself for a minute. Nui. Hostel & Bar in Kuramae, Tokyo is this place and if only I could leave my hesitations at the door, it could just be the best hostel in Tokyo.
Hang on. This place checks every single box I have for a place to stay while travelling. Cool people, Friendly staff, affordable rooms, good location… so why my hesitation? It’s because it is too perfect… I have to find a flaw and after thinking about it I find it in my own personal hang ups. ‘This is simply idiotic’ I pondered to myself while sipping on as good a flat white as anywhere, listening to some guy from Norway play on the piano in the common area, while girls swoon over his blond hair and blue eyes.
I’m jealous. I’m jealous that I have to share some beautiful shit.
So… let’s step outside myself for a second. There’s a bar, with any drink available that serves drinks until 3am. A kitchen with an awesome breakfast menu until 11am, that then serves lunch and dinner and all of it is just fucking delicious. Beds and a hostel area that feels more like someones home than it does a 5 story building in west Tokyo. Staff and locals that actually will talk to you and surprise you with their interest of what you’re doing there. It’s a hangout, bar, cafe, restaurant and hotel.
I was just about done with hostel life before I stayed at Nui. Hostel & Bar and to be honest, I still think I am. The majority of places just don’t have this level of polish and I did fork out a little bit extra for a single room by myself. The area is a little far from areas like Shibuya and Harajuku but don’t let that deter you. Nui Hostel & Bar is simply put, the first place you should look for accommodation in Tokyo if you enjoy backpacking, travel and design.
© 2014 Carey Ciuro