When you check in to a hotel, do you expect to find a personal butler service? A fleet of green Rolls-Royces? A private waterfall and koi pond? Well, that’s what you can look forward to when you book into one of the 10 best luxury hotels in Tokyo, Japan.
Hotel New Otani Tokyo
This massive hotel feels like its own city in the middle of Tokyo
. Built near the Imperial Palace to accommodate guests visiting the 1964 Olympic Games, the Hotel New Otani Tokyo contains nearly 1,500 rooms, more than 30 dining options and a shopping arcade, as well as a post office, dentist, doctor, hairdresser, spa and summer pool. There’s also 10 acres of immaculately curated gardens dating back 400 years, complete with a waterfall and ponds full of koi fish.
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton is one of Tokyo’s loftiest hotels… literally. The 245 five-star rooms begin on the 45th floor of Tokyo’s tallest building, with marble bathrooms and polished wood finishes, three restaurants including the Michelin-star Azure 45, a sumptuous spa, sauna and gym facilities and the jaw-dropping Club Lounge on the 53rd floor, which boasts panoramic views of Mount Fuji and the chaotic streets below.
Four Seasons Hotel Marunouchi
The boutique size and homely decor make the Four Seasons Hotel Marunouchi cosier than many of Tokyo’s glitzier luxury hotels. There are only 57 rooms and one restaurant at this five-star property. Taking up the third to seventh levels of a relatively small high-rise in the upmarket Marunouchi
area, this comfortable hotel invites guests to marvel at the hive of activity below. In fact, the Four Seasons sits right next to the bustling Tokyo Station. Book a complimentary platform pick-up so you don’t get lost in the maze of platforms and tunnels.
Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
You’ll be dazzled by this five-star hotel the minute you walk into the lobby and gaze at the Tokyo Skytree through the two-storey window behind reception. Famous for its views of Tokyo’s forest of skyscrapers
and Mount Fuji beyond, the Mandarin Oriental offers opulent interiors, world-class service, 12 restaurants with three Michelin stars between them, a 38th-floor fitness centre and 179 spacious rooms, each with its own bonsai tree.
The Peninsula Tokyo
With architecture inspired by a rose-coloured lantern, abstract calligraphic artworks on the walls and views over the Imperial Palace across the road, this luxury hotel has Japanese tradition woven into its design. The Peninsula’s central Yurakucho location means it’s just metres from the high-end stores of Ginza, and its 314 decadent rooms and two ballrooms, along with its wedding chapel and signature fleet of green Rolls-Royce cars, all add to the glamour.
InterContinental ANA Tokyo
This 4.5-star property is a haven for foodies, with 10 on-site dining options like the Michelin-star French eatery Pierre Gagnaire or the picturesque Club InterContinental bar and lounge on the 35th floor. The InterContinental ANA Tokyo is mammoth (there are more than 800 gorgeous guest rooms), but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on luxury, with a nice outdoor pool, a 24-hour health club and a modern business centre.
Occupying floors 28 to 37 of a glittering Shiodome skyscraper in the Shimbashi business district, the Conrad Tokyo has 290 luxury suites kitted out with traditional Japanese sumi-e-style cherry blossom decor. Don’t miss the chance to have afternoon tea or a cocktail at the stylish TwentyEight, taking in the spectacular Tokyo Bay vista and the ancient Hamarikyu Gardens.
Keio Plaza Hotel
The array of suites and rooms available (from affordable standard rooms to the over-the-top Hello Kitty-themed suites) makes this hotel popular with both business travellers and families. The Keio Plaza Hotel combines convenience and luxury, with a super-central Shinjuku location, complimentary smartphones, a shuttle-bus service to take you around the city, in-room dining, a business centre, a fitness club and wide windows in the well-appointed guest rooms.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
If you’re planning a big night out in the bars and clubs of Roppongi, then book a luxurious night’s stay in the thick of the action. The Grand Hyatt has seven restaurants and three bars, 387 lavish guest rooms and suites, the serene Nagomi spa on the fifth floor, business and meeting facilities, plus a chic fitness centre and gym, all furnished with moody traditional Japanese decor.
Prince Park Tower Tokyo
This glam hotel in Shiba Park is all about the little extras. There’s a shopping mall, bowling alley, ultra-modern spa and fitness club (with an outdoor hot spring), a beauty salon, an authentic Japanese garden, a karaoke room and even a ‘Royal Floor’ on the 33rd level with personal butler service. The Prince Park Tower is a particularly good option for business travellers, with a well-equipped business centre, three lounges, and computers to borrow.
Additional reporting by Alicia Joy