Bleak Scenes

Abandoned places, lesser-known attractions, and assorted oddities

Hotel Skylove


This ruined love hotel stood beside a lane on the edge of a love hotel district in Isehara, southern Kanagawa Prefecture. I believe the establishment was called the Hotel Skylove, but apart from some graffiti, I've only seen its name written in hiragana, so I can't be entirely sure. "Skylab" is also a possibility, but I think Skylove is a more likely name for a love hotel. (Foreign words are usually written in katakana, but this convention is occasionally disregarded.)

The ruins of the Motel Akatsuki are next door, and there was some kind of derelict building on the opposite side of the lane. A trashed Toyota had been left at the side of the lane opposite the hotel.

The design of the hotel was slightly unusual. A service corridor ran the length of the building, with rooms on either side. One end of the building was raised off the ground so that cars could drive underneath, so the last two rooms were up a flight of stairs. Two rooms were in separate cottages a short distance from the main building. There were no carports, but there were uncovered parking spaces between the rooms.

I don't know when the hotel was abandoned, but enough time had passed for vegetation to thoroughly block the driveway.

Each room had a private entrance directly from the exterior, so the central corridor was for staff use only. The two elevated rooms at the far end of the hotel each had their own staircase.

The hotel had not escaped the attention of vandals, who had smashed and ripped much of the plasterboard off the walls.

The office was at one end of the building near the entrance to the car park. There was no customer access to the office, but there was a counter and a window that opened onto the car park in case the customers wanted to discuss anything with the manager.

There was a small apartment above the office, which was presumably home to the manager.

The guest rooms were typical of a small love hotel, with décor ranging from quiet to gaudy. The two upstairs rooms had round beds, but I don't think they were the rotating kind. When the hotel was in business its rooms were undoubtedly pleasant places to spend a few hours, but after years of decay and vandalism this was no longer the case.