Marriott set for JW Marriott Tokyo debut in 2025; AC Hotels arrives in South Korea

3 May, 2022

Marriott International has confirmed two key new developments among its portfolio with an agreement with East Japan Railway Company to bring the JW Marriott brand to Tokyo, Japan, and the opening of AC Hotel by Marriott Seoul Gangnam, marking the brand’s debut in South Korea.  

Marriott is among the leaders in the lodging industry in the Asia-Pacific region, with over 900 open properties and over 690 in the development pipeline, holding a portfolio of over 250,000 rooms across 24 countries and territories in the area.

JW Marriott’s Tokyo debut will be in transformed railway depot

The new JW Marriott Hotel Tokyo will be located in the heart of Tokyo between Shinagawa and Tamachi Stations and is key component of JR East’s extensive redevelopment project of the former JR Shinagawa Depot Railway Yard.

The hotel is expected to open in spring 2025 and is planned to feature 200 guestrooms and suites. It will be the second JW Marriott hotel to open in Japan. Marriott currently operates a portfolio of more than 70 hotels in Japan across 18 brands in cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, as well as secondary destinations such as Tochigi, Gifu, and Wakayama.

Interiors planned to be ‘balanced, subtle, and elegant’

The interiors of the property, led by Yabu Pushelberg, will be “balanced, subtle, and elegant,” according to Marriott, with deep indigo as the accent colours. The hotel will be home to an all-day restaurant with a semi-open kitchen, a specialty restaurant, and a lobby lounge. Plans also illustrate a spacious executive lounge, a 25-metre indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, and the brand’s signature Spa by JW.

In addition, the hotel will feature 740-square metres of event space, as well as 250-square-metres of pre-function event space, making it a new option for small- to medium-scale events.

Hotel to occupy 22nd to 30th floor of Station Complex Building (South) 

The 9.5-hectare Takanawa Gateway Urban Development project will span four blocks and will include the Takanawa Gateway station and a mixed-use development, which is expected to become Tokyo’s newest international township. Comprising of five buildings, this development expects to feature residences as well as commercial facilities, a convention, and a conference centre.

The JW Marriott Hotel Tokyo is slated to occupy the 22nd to the 30th floors of the Station Complex Building (South) and will be situated within walking distance of the Shinagawa Station, the terminus for the upcoming Linear Chuo Shinkansen, set to connect Tokyo with other major cities in Japan. The hotel is also located within a 15-minute drive to Tokyo Haneda Airport, making it easily accessible to both domestic and international visitors.

Design-driven Seoul hotel brings AC Hotels’ European style to South Korea

AC Hotels by Marriott, the design-led lifestyle brand from Marriott International has confirmed the opening of AC Hotel by Marriott Seoul Gangnam, marking its debut in South Korea. Featuring 274 guestrooms and one-of-a-kind private pool suites, the new hotel is located in the Yeoksam-dong area of Gangnam district, which is home to the corporate headquarters of many multinational companies and upscale shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

Property aims to attract next-gen guests with modern aesthetics and open layouts

Marriott says the new hotel aims to deliver an “effortless travel experience” that “strikes the perfect balance between everything you need, and nothing you don’t,” in the capital of South Korea and is set to attract next-gen guests with modern aesthetics and open layouts that “offer functional beauty without distractions”.


Embracing AC Hotels’ focus on harmonious design and tailored style, each room is free of clutter to maximise the sense of openness and remove friction from guests’ travels. They are of modern design with sleek furnishings, open closet system, and hardwood floors.

The hotel also offers four spacious Premier Pool Rooms and a Premier Pool Suite, featuring private swimming pools and sunbeds on their terraces, with premium amenities that include Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso coffee machines, air purifiers and Korres toiletries.