Kitano Hotel NYC April 2013 -008Have you ever chosen to stay at a hotel because of their toilets? That’s right, toilets. The Kitano New York Hotel is a relaxing boutique hotel located on Park Avenue and 38th Street. It’s the city’s only Japanese-owned hotel and has an authentic, award-winning Japanese restaurant (they serve Kaiseki cuisine), museum quality artwork and nightly world class live Jazz. But what sets them apart are their toilets.

They call them ‘washlets’ and these high-tech devices do practically everything you can imagine. By the end of the month, all 149 guestrooms will have them. The official model is Washlets S300 and they feature heated seats, have five warm water cleansing modes, a warm air dryer, an adjustable cleansing wand, a wireless remote and an automatic air purifier! When completed, they will be the only New York hotel  to have these types of toilets in every room.

They are seriously so incredible that visitors to New York might start booking rooms at the Kitano just because of them. In fact, I’m actually thinking of plopping down the $1,500 to buy one.

Rates at the Kitano begin at $299 but if that isn’t in your budget or you aren’t going to be in New York City, here’s a list of restaurants in the U.S. that have one of these toilets so you can try it out for yourself.

Kitano Hotel Entrance
Kitano Hotel Entrance
Kitano Hotel front desk
Kitano Hotel front desk
Kitano Hotel lobby
Kitano Hotel lobby
Kitano Hotel room key
Kitano Hotel room key
Kitano Hotel room
Kitano Hotel room
Kitano Hotel desk
Kitano Hotel desk
Kitano Hotel temperature controls
Kitano Hotel temperature controls
Kitano Hotel mini bar
Kitano Hotel mini bar
Kitano Hotel tea
Kitano Hotel tea
Kitano Hotel shower
Kitano Hotel shower
Kitano Hotel heated towel rack
Kitano Hotel heated towel rack
Kitano Hotel Washlet S300
Kitano Hotel Washlet S300
Kitano Hotel toilet controls
Kitano Hotel toilet controls
Kitano Hotel view from room
Kitano Hotel view from room
JAZZ at Kitano
JAZZ at Kitano
Kitano Hotel restaurant waitresses
Kitano Hotel restaurant waitresses
Kitano Hotel restarant that serves Kaiseki cuisine
Kitano Hotel restarant that serves Kaiseki cuisine
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3 Comments On "Kitano New York Hotel: You're Going to the Love the Toilets"
  1. naoma4|

    Years and years ago I was in Japan with my husband on business and they had these toilets at the computer factory where he was working. They are amazing — hot air to blow you dry,
    bidet feature — even music would play from a wall switch (for silence) and I wanted one of course. They were available in San Francisco in Japantown, but I just settled for a bidet in
    my bathroom at home

  2. TT|

    Crazy, but interesting!

    I host a weekly linking party called “Oh, the PLACES I’ve been!” and would love to have you link up. The link goes up Thursdays at 7 pm EST. Hope to see you there!

  3. Gina|

    I lived in Japan for 9 years and they have everything from hi-tech toilets and the dirty, squat toilets in train stations. Thankfully, my apartment had a toilet like the one in this picture.

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