Standing big and bulbous at the side of Sagami-ko in Kanagawa Prefecture, the Hotel Royal was hungrily looking to penetrate the lucrative love hotel market, but after functioning for what must have been a pathetically short period of time, it pulled out prematurely, apologised, and packed up — at least partially.
A sorry state of affairs that has left the office furnished but unfrequented,
and the keys for the considerable number of rooms uncalled for.
However, heading up the stairs, the decor does begin to deteriorate, with all the lager long gone,
and a situation health and safety would be somewhat unsatisfied with.
But that said, the rooms themselves remain surprisingly unsullied,
although their nobility in name only,
perhaps hints at why the business went bankrupt.
And even reminders of the reason they were rented out,
thankfully remain as unused as the rooms once were.
A situation that may also have had something to do with the Royal taking the unusual step of incorporating a restaurant on the top floor. A space that is now little more than a dumping ground for detritus of all descriptions,
which peculiarly includes a pet’s cage, and perhaps more predictably, the hotel’s vital video collection.
An eatery where, when privacy would have been paramount, people may possibly have been prompted to pontificate over pasta on how horny the dog happened to be,
or even the performances of Pussyman 3’s predecessors.
Big thanks to Mike for giving me the location of the hotel, and his pictures of the place can be seen here. Plus, for those after more ruins/haikyo, there’s always the previously posted mining town, cable car and Sports World hotel complex to have a look at.
Amazing, thanks for posting these, this should be immediately reopened !
These are great pics. It’s very seedy looking.
Best story in a while!
Thanks! I much prefer older haikyo, but this one still had a certain charm. A fair few of the rooms were locked too, quite possibly from the inside, which made it more interesting.
S in Shanghai says
Nice use of DoF in some of those shots Lee.
I only ever saw this haikyo from afar on a cycling afternoon near the lake.
You’re a very good storyteller. Your photos are -of-course- phenomenal, but the accompanying text is also a complete delight. Just thought you might like to know 🙂
Thanks Rufus! Very kind of you to say so.
According to Jordy the building is secured by an alarm system now – I guess it wasn’t there when you visited the place 2 years ago?
No, we just walked in, but it seems not long after the alarm system was put in place. There was also at least one guard too by all accounts. Don’t know if that’s still the case.