With some of the planet’s most impressive skyscrapers and priciest shopping malls, Tokyo is no stranger to luxury. These are the nine most luxurious hotels in town.
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 a bed in one of Tokyo’s luxury hotels.
Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Hotel New Otani Tokyo | Courtesy of Hotel New Otani Tokyo / Hotels.com
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 1500 rooms, more than 30 dining options, a mall’s worth of retailers plus a post office, dentist, doctor and hairdresser, a spa and a summer pool, as well as 10 acres of immaculately curated gardens dating back 400 years, complete with a waterfall and ponds flush with koi fish.
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 the complimentary platform pick-up so you don’t get lost in the maze of platforms and tunnels.
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.
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 metres from the high-end stores of Ginza, 314 decadent rooms and suites, a rooftop restaurant, two ballrooms and a wedding chapel, and the signature fleet of green Rolls-Royces are other touches of glamour.
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 compromise the luxury on offer, 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 traditionally 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 spectacular vistas over Tokyo Bay and the ancient Hamarikyu Gardens.
The array of suites and rooms available — everything from the affordable standard room to the over-the-top Hello Kitty-themed suite — makes this hotel popular with business and family travellers alike. The Keio Plaza Hotel combines convenience and luxury, with a super-central Shinjuku location, complimentary smartphones and shuttle bus throughout the city, in-room dining, a business centre, a fitness club and wide picture windows in the well-appointed guest rooms.
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.
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.