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
Advertisement

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

recommended-cart-post-image
APPLY NOW
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy new benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5X points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3X points on dining and 2X points on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
  • Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *