If there’s one thing Ginza takes seriously, it’s luxury. From massive high-end, high-rise shopping and accommodation complexes to niche boutique outlets, the streets are practically overflowing with opulence. Also, rather suitably, the Tokyo neighbourhood is positioned right near the Imperial Palace, as well as a number of the best cultural icons and high-end hospitality hubs in the city. If you’re partial to the finer things, then here are some of the best hotels in Ginza.
Picture a luxury hotel located in one of Tokyo’s most stylish neighbourhoods, and chances are the images that float to mind will resemble the Blossom. An easy stroll from the nation’s poshest pad, the Imperial Palace, it does its best to compete with its regal neighbour. The Blossom features lofty sky-high rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows serving up a sweeping spectre of the city, and an interior as slick as the nighttime views, making it a hotel that embodies the essence of go-getting Ginza, with its upscale boutiques and sushi bars.
Nestled in a district populated by the fashion elite and suited salarymen, the Square Hotel is all about bringing travellers together with locals in a city “square” that acts as a hub for all. A concierge team strives to bridge the gap for the uninitiated first-time visitor to Ginza, while the streetside cafe/bar lure busy locals and hotel guests for grab-and-go breakfasts, leisurely brunches and laid-back beers. In keeping with the theme, the hotel’s sleek Japanese-style bath is public and communal.
Hotel Sunroute is an artfully paired-back hotel that blends the chic style of north Ginza with the refined minimalism of classic Japanese interior design. The hotel has an Italian restaurant on the first floor, serving up authentic cuisine using Japanese produce, and it’s walking distance from downtown Ginza, so dining options are never far away.
One thing you can guarantee about Japanese hotels is they’ve got convenience down to an art form. From robot-operated staff to capsule hotels, the Japanse know how to ensure you have everything you need. Sotetsu Fresa Inn is just such a place: ideal if you want a convenient stay with larger rooms, easy access to the biggest attractions in Ginza, all the amenities you need (soft waffle pyjamas, free bath salts, sponges, tea and more) and 100% human staff who add the final flourish.
With unforgettable views of the neighbouring Imperial Palace gardens and the city beyond, the utmost in luxurious comfort and personalised hospitality that makes you feel like royalty, the Peninsula Tokyo is where to go if you really feel like you need to be pampered. The interior design of the towering complex is stylishly modern, with small authentically Japanese finishes, making for a perfect balance of the senses. Even if you don’t decide to stay here, afternoon tea in the lobby is highly recommended.
A 3-minute walk from Shimbashi station is the Celestine Ginza – a comfortable, stylish and welcoming hotel ideal for you if you want a little extra luxury in your life. A fantastic retreat for those wanting a peaceful escape after a long day of exploring the city, the Celestine Ginza’s tranquil atmosphere and warm hospitality will make it feel like it’s your home away from home the moment you step through the doors.
Just 5 minutes from Shimbashi station on foot, the Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Premier’s central location is just one of its many charms. All of the chic and stylish rooms here are located above the 16th floor, which means that you’re guaranteed stunning views of the city below – a scene that’s particularly breathtaking at night.
Are there any two words more synonymous with luxury than Hyatt and Ginza? If you answer yes, then this hotel begs to differ. Situated in the heart of the high-end neighbourhood, discreetly tucked between the mega shopping outlets of the district, the Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo is one of the city’s prize hotels. More understated in its charm than some of the city’s bigger luxury establishments, it’s its simple beauty that makes this hotel so impressive. With a single restaurant, a 24-hour gym and a small lobby library, it’s proof that bigger doesn’t always mean better.
For something far more simple than the luxury hotels scattered around the city, why not get back to basics and opt for a stay at Tokyo Ginza Bay Hotel, a capsule hotel positioned in central Ginza. A far more budget-friendly option, this hotel offers everything you need for a comfortable stay and nothing you don’t, so you can spend more time enjoying the city.
Located on top of the Ginza-itchome station on the Yurakucho Line, the Daiwa Roynet Hotel Ginza is a perfect place to set up home base if you’re an adventurous traveller who wants to really get out and see the sights. The stylish but relaxed hotel offers affordable, family-friendly rooms and a location that’ll ensure you get the most out of your time in Tokyo.
A meeting point of traditional Japanese hospitality and modern Tokyo comforts, the Millennium Mitsui Garden Hotel Tokyo is an elegant but laid-back complex right in the middle of all the Ginza action. The spacious rooms and youthful energy are attention-commanding features, of course, but, arguably, the hotel’s best attraction is its secret underground cafe, GINZA SAI, offering mouthwatering breakfast and lunch options daily.
Lucy Dayman contributed additional reporting to this article.
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