The hotels in Marunouchi run the gamut from traditional ryokan to big-name behemoths. Here are the best places to stay and put your feet up after a day of exploring Tokyo.
Marunouchi is conveniently positioned near Tokyo station, but far enough from the fast-paced energy of the inner-city. It’s a place to kick back, unwind and enjoy the finer side of Tokyo life. Here are the best places to do it.
Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo
The Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo is close to a number of attractions | Courtesy of Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo / Hotels.com
For those who want the privacy of apartment living combined with the ease of hotel service, book a room at the Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo. Surrounded by high-end restaurants and shops, it’s perfect for those who want to experience the more sophisticated side of the city. A number of attractions are also just a short walk away, including the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Skytree, the Nezu Museum, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Tower.
The Four Seasons Hotel is a name that needs no introduction. The brand is synonymous with luxury accommodation, and its Marunouchi outpost is one of the most stylish hotels in the city. This five-star hotel is a little smaller than some of its contemporaries, with just 57 rooms (including nine suites), but it also has a gym and spa as well as a French restaurant, Motif, which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and even afternoon tea.
The Shangri-La Hotel sits next door to Tokyo station and is just a 10-minute walk from both the Imperial Palace and the upmarket area of Nihonbashi. Although the location is ideal, once you get inside you won’t want to leave. Positioned on the top 11 floors of the Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building, this luxury complex offers incredible city views, three world-class restaurants and the CHI Spa, where guests can indulge in a range of treatments. All this luxury comes at a price, though, as this hotel’s nightly room rates are on the higher end of the spectrum.
The Tokyo Station Hotel redefines what a station hotel can be. Not compromising style for convenience, it has 150 luxurious suites that are decorated in a similar way to that of the adjacent station. Explore Tokyo by train or by foot – the high-end shopping suburb of Ginza is just 10 minutes away. If you don’t want to leave the hotel, you don’t need to – Tokyo Station Hotel has six restaurants, two lounge bars and a health club.
The Palace Hotel Tokyo is a five-star establishment with seven on-site restaurants, a spa, gym and indoor swimming pool. The location of the hotel is also one of its many charms, positioned right next to the Imperial Palace, with particularly gorgeous views from the chapel. The area around the hotel is excellent for strolling, with Ginza nearby.
Hoshinoya Tokyo is the perfect blend of traditional ryokan and modern hotel luxury. The hotel has 84 rooms in total but is designed to feel like several smaller ryokan in one, with each of the 17 floors having its own central lounge. Like traditional inns, breakfast is served in the rooms and some of the onsen baths are open-air but completely private. When it comes to groundbreaking hotels, Hoshinoya Tokyo is still the city’s best.
Towering over the Imperial Palace and Hibiya Park, The Peninsula Tokyo is one of Marunouchi’s most striking buildings. Its unique exterior is the brainchild of architect Kazukiyo Sato. It was the first freestanding hotel that was allowed to be built in Tokyo in more than 10 years. Ever since opening, it’s been a city icon, and the interior is just as impressive as the outside. This luxury establishment houses 267 rooms and 47 suites that are designed in rich wooden and golden tones. There are a number of restaurants, while on the 24th floor you’ll find cocktail lounge Peter: The Bar, which serves up unparalleled city views.
Connected to Tokyo station, the Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Marunouchi is perfect for those who want to enjoy luxurious Tokyo living with ultimate convenience. The hotel offers plenty of extra perks, including a free buffet breakfast if you book online and massage services on request. The Hotel Metropolitan is only a five-minute walk from the Imperial Palace. For the best view of the palace, head up to TENQOO restaurant and bar on the 27th floor.
One of the newest players on the local hotel scene, the Belken Hotel Tokyo is nestled in Nihonbashi, which is right next door to central Marunouchi. The fresh four-star hotel is contemporary and modern, furnished with minimalistic pieces. Bedrooms are sleek and sophisticated. The Belken Hotel is suited to couples looking for somewhere stylish but not overdone, with excellent access to the city’s sights. Popular Tokyo destinations such as the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Skytree are all less than five kilometres away and easily reached by taxi or train.
Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo is close to the city’s main station | Courtesy of Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo / Hotels.com
Hotel Ryumeikan is a Tokyo fail-safe. It’s a modern accommodation option with light-filled and spacious rooms offering panoramic city views. It’s also just a three-minute walk from Tokyo station, which provides easy access to places such as Akihabara and Ginza. The hotel has a lot going for it, but the biggest plus has to be its restaurant, Hanagoyomi. Located on the top floor of the building, the kitchen serves up incredible Japanese cuisine with a side of skyline views.
Having opened in late 2018, The Gate Hotel Tokyo by Hulic is one of Tokyo’s newer establishments. It’s quickly gaining traction, however, as one of the best hotels in Marunouchi. Just a 10-minute walk from the Marunouchi Building, the ultra-sleek hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows offering incredible city views. There’s also a lounge, teppanyaki restaurant and all-day restaurant. The hotel is close to the Tsukiji Fish Market and the Imperial Palace.