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Top 10: best luxury hotels in Tokyo

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.

Today (August 1st, 2016): Top 10 most exclusive hotels in Tokyo (Japan).

The demand for high-end accommodations continues to be on the rise in Japan, especially in its dazzling capital Tokyo, which prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and offers some of Japan’s most fascinating attractions. In this metropolitan city, where business and pleasure travel intertwine, sublime cultural heritage co-exists with modern architecture. I hereby present you my top 10 list of the most exclusive hotels in Tokyo, with most of the world’s most exclusive hotel brands being well represented.

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10. THE PRINCE GALLERY TOKYO KIOICHO, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL

The newly opened Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is part of Tokyo Garden Terrace, a mixed-use skyscraper development which encompasses offices and residences in the Kioicho neighborhood. Designed by Rockwell Group Europe, the hotel is located on the 30th to 36th floors of the tower and offers 250 spacious guestrooms, including 11 opulent suites. The 35th floor features a signature bar with floor-to-ceiling glass windows for guests to enjoy the ever-changing cityscape. The hotel also boasts a large indoor pool, fitness center, spa, business center and club lounge. It houses four distinctive restaurants and bars, including an all-day dining venue and specialty restaurants.

THE PRINCE GALLERY TOKYO KIOICHO, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL

THE PRINCE GALLERY TOKYO KIOICHO, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL


9. CONRAD TOKYO

Located just a few steps away from Ginza, the exclusive shopping and entertainment area, Conrad Tokyo is a luxurious modern icon with breathtaking views over Tokyo Bay and historic Hamarikyu Gardens. The hotel’s 290 spacious and luxurious rooms and suites are modeled on a “City” or “Garden” concept – according to their panoramic views over Tokyo city or the Hamarikyu Gardens and Tokyo Bay. Vibrant, dramatic and theatrical dining is a hallmark of the hotel’s Michelin-starred and award-winning restaurants. The hotel also owns one of Tokyo’s greatest spas and own a superb collection of Japanese contemporary art.

CONRAD TOKYO

CONRAD TOKYO


8. THE RITZ-CARLTON, TOKYO

As guests arrive on the 45th floor of the  53-story Midtown Tower, Tokyo’s tallest building, they will find themselves in a magnificent sky lobby that epitomizes one of the premier luxury hotels in this cosmopolitan city, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo. Occupying the tower’s top nine floors and first three levels, this five-star luxury hotel is located in the Roppongi District, which transfixes visitors with its vibrant night life and centuries-old attractions. The hotel features 245 elegantly appointed guest rooms with stunning skyline views of Tokyo, a world-class rejuvenating spa, acclaimed restaurants and state-of-the-art event venues.

  • Hotel websiteThe Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
THE RITZ-CARLTON, TOKYO

THE RITZ-CARLTON, TOKYO


7. THE PENINSULA TOKYO

Superbly located in the prestigious business district of Marunouchi, opposite the Imperial Palace and within minutes’ walk of the shopping capital of Ginza, The Peninsula Tokyo offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service. With 314 spacious guest rooms, including 47 suites, five unique restaurants, two ballrooms, six elegantly designed function rooms, a wedding chapel, a Japanese ceremony room, a fitness center and The Peninsula Spa, The Peninsula is one of Tokyo’s landmark hotel.

  • Hotel websiteThe Peninsula Tokyo
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).
THE PENINSULA TOKYO

THE PENINSULA TOKYO


6. SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, TOKYO

Located in central Tokyo and surrounded by some of the city’s most popular shopping areas, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is one of the Japanese capital’s quintessential hotels. The Imperial Palace and the Nihonbashi area are both within 10 minutes’ walk, and the hotel is adjacent to Tokyo Station, where direct Shinkansen (Bullet Train) services connect to most areas of Japan. Occupying the top 11 floors of Marunouchi Trust Tower Main building, the hotel’s 200 rooms provide a luxurious and spacious retreat at the end of a busy day. In addition to Shangri-La’s hallmark Asian design concepts and gracious hospitality found throughout the hotel, every room enjoys striking views of the city.

  • Hotel websiteShangri-La Hotel, Toyo
  • Tip: enjoy complimentary VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, welcome amenity, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, TOKYO

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, TOKYO


5. MANDARIN ORIENTAL, TOKYO

Rising over the Japanese capital, Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo welcomes guests with impeccable design and gracious hospitality. With its coveted Nihonbashi address, and a bird’s eye view of the skyline, guests are close to Tokyo’s most prominent attractions. Blending contemporary luxury with a sense of space, 157 rooms and 21 suites capture the essence of Japanese style and design. The hotel’s spa not only has the some of the best facilities in the city, but also some of the most relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is also the only hotel in the city with three Michelin-starred restaurants, including an acclaimed Edo-mae style sushi bar.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, TOKYO

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, TOKYO


4. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TOKYO AT MARUNOUCHI

Within arm’s reach of Tokyo Station, Ginza and the Imperial Palace, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is the smallest and most intimate property of the prestigious Four Seasons hotel group. With just 57 spacious but intimate rooms, replete with toned-down contemporary furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows, Marunouchi is the Four Seasons’ ode to the boutique hotel in the centre of Tokyo. It is also home to one of the Japanese capital’s most talked-about dining venues – the Motif Restaurant & Bar -which offers an esprit terroir experience: farm to table French cuisine overseen by head chef Hiroyuki Asano and culinary adviser Hiroshi Nakamichi.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TOKYO AT MARUNOUCHI

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TOKYO AT MARUNOUCHI


3. PARK HYATT TOKYO

From the moment a guest walks in and collects the room key on a sterling silver key ring, it is clear that a stay at Park Hyatt Tokyo will be an “over-the-top” experience. Perched on the top floors of a modern skyscraper, the famous Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel is an elegant oasis of space and calm overlooking Tokyo and the Kanto Plain all the way to Mount Fuji. The spacious rooms feature stylishly appointed interiors, with earthy hues of deep green and brown set against ebony furnishings, and a rich warmth from the fine woodwork, hand-tufted carpets, and natural-fibre woven wall coverings. Sofia Coppola’s beautiful movie Lost in Translation (2003) was filmed at the Park Hyatt Tokyo.


2. ANDAZ TOKYO TORANOMON HILLS

Reflecting Tokyo’s contemporary urban culture, guests can expect a dazzling experience at this hotel. Located in a 52-story skyscraper, Andaz Tokyo offers 164 rooms, of which eight are specialty suites. Abundant natural materials are largely used for the décor, reflecting the traditional Japanese nature-oriented architectural style. From the tower’s apex on the topfloor, Andaz brings unprecedented rooftop flair to this city’s dining and entertainment scene, with breathtaking views from the rooftop bar and the city’s highest stand-alone wedding chapel. The Toranomon neighborhood will be the scene of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.


1. AMAN TOKYO

Occupying the top six floors of the recently-built Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo is an urban sanctuary high above the atmospheric whirl of tradition and modernity that epitomises Tokyo. The hotel draws its design inspiration from traditional Japanese residential structures, with classic Japanese materials such as timber, Washi paper and stone blended to great effect with modern technology and luxurious fabrics. The hotel is managed by Aman, the world’s most exclusive hotel brand, and has 84 rooms and suites, all with unique layouts, magnificent city views and every contemporary convenience. Each room has a large furo, a deep soaking tub intrinsic to the Japanese ritual of bathing. There is also a continuous reference to nature, from the hotel’s inner garden in the phenomenal lobby, to the fabrics and art incorporated into the design.


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