This Art Deco style hotel was designed by William Merrell Vories. The great writers, like Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Ikenami Shotaro and Yamaguchi Hitomi, loved to stay here when they wanted to concentrate for their writing. The first intention of use of the hotel was educating Japanese women about western manner and life style. Released from GHQ after the Pacific War, the hotel restarted its business in 1954.