Tokyo Glamour: The 15 best places to stay in Tokyo
These are some of the very best luxury hotels in Tokyo to make your visit to the premiere Japanese city extra glamorous.
For those who never settle for anything less than the best, here are the top places to stay while you enjoy your time in Tokyo.
1. Palace Hotel Tokyo
This hotel offers views that are hard to beat. Located near the Imperial Palace, you can see city life from your window, but the landscaping and the river make you feel like you’re in a garden. There are several Japanese restaurants on site, but if you’re looking for western food, try the French or International Cuisine restaurants. If you would rather grab your own snacks, there is a convenience store within the hotel, so you never even have to step outside. If you have some downtime, visit the fitness room with its state-of-the-art equipment.
Location: Marunouchi District, near Otemachi Station
2. Imperial Hotel Tokyo
If you are traveling with young children, Imperial Hotel may be a good option for you. Children under the age of six stay for free, and cribs are provided for no extra charge for the little ones. Pamper yourself at the hotel spa and hair salon, or have the masseuse come straight to your room. Use of the fitness center costs a little extra, but you won’t even need the extra exercise after walking around the Imperial Palace and other nearby markets all day. In the evening, go to the buffet or have a cocktail in the classy lounge.
Location: Chiyoda District, near Ginza Station
3. The Tokyo Station Hotel
Newly renovated, this hotel has carefully selected décor that makes you feel like you are staying in your very own European castle. If you have an eye for the aesthetic, this is the place you want to stay. The breakfast meal plan is not included, but you will want to get it. The hotel offers a morning buffet of both Japanese and Western food options, prepared with the finest organic ingredients. The presentation of the meals is absolutely stunning and you will not want to disturb the beauty by eating it, but somehow you will manage to. If you’ve ever wanted to stay somewhere that is straight from a page in a fairy tale, check out The Tokyo Station Hotel.
Location: Chiyoda District
4. The Peninsula Hotel
The Peninsula Hotel is extremely luxurious for the traveler looking for a special treat. Take a dip in the lap pool as the sunlight from the skylights warms your skin, or soak in the hot tub as you view the Imperial Palace Gardens from above. Follow up in an aromatherapy shower or relax in the sauna. Along with the restaurants serving foods from around the world, enjoy traditional high tea or a cigar and whiskey in the bar. If you want to end your stay with style, take the airport shuttle from the hotel to the airport. This isn’t your average shuttle bus though—you’ll be transported in a Rolls-Royce limousine.
Location: Chiyoda District, Hibiya Station
5. Mandarin Oriental Hotel
The spacious rooms at Mandarin Oriental Hotel are tough to beat when booking a place in Tokyo, where there is little space to spare. The bathrooms come with both a full bathtub and shower. It’s plenty of room if everyone in your family has to get ready at the same time. Here’s a hotel that’s great for traveling with young children. Children under the age of two can stay for free and there is a child care center within the hotel. Mom and dad can put the young ones down for a nap, knowing that their child will be cared for, and explore the city for a bit. It’s a convenience that will make the trip much more enjoyable for everyone involved!
Location: Chuo District, Mitsukoshimae Station
6. The Prince Park Tower Tokyo
This is a hotel for people who like to have a good time. The Prince Park Tower Tokyo has a karaoke bar, bowling alley, a pool table, and darts in-house. Never again will a night in consist of surfing the television channels or on the computer in the business center. There is always something to do for fun here. This hotel has many options for food and drink, including both buffets and menu dining restaurants. If you decide to venture out into the city, create your very own bike tour by renting a bicycle from the front desk.
Location: Minato District, near Akabanebashi Station
7.Hotel New Otani Executive House Zen
If you love to spend time outside, this is the perfect hotel for you. This hotel is surrounded by nature. Walk through the gardens and see the beautiful colors of the trees and let the sound of rushing water from the waterfall create a peaceful place in your mind. The outdoor pool is humongous and looks like it would be found at a tropical resort. There is outdoor dining available, so you can eat a meal while you are overlooking the pool area. Check out this hotel, especially if you’re visiting during a warmer month.
Location: Chiyoda District
8. The Strings by InterContinental
The Strings by InterContinental is perfect for a night owl who wants to utilize all hours of the day. The fitness center, business center, and room service is available 24 hours a day. During the day, order an aromatherapy or reflexology session right to your room, so you can wear the cute robe and slippers that come with the room. Along with the traditional Japanese and fusion foods, this hotel has an excellent Chinese restaurant.
Location: Minato, near JR Shinagawa Shinkansen Station
9. Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel
If you want to make the most out of your Tokyo Disney trip, stay at the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel, next to the Tokyo Disney Resort. There will be plenty of things for kids to do in the hotel, like play in one of several areas just for kids. Take a swim in either the indoor or outdoor pool, depending on the season. Whichever pool you choose, it will be big enough to accommodate many guests. There is a traditional public bath and sauna on site to relax in after a long day of walking around Disney.
Location: Near Tokyo Disney Resort
10. Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Here’s another hotel if you love spending time outside. This hotel is located within a garden, so you are free to roam the grounds of a traditional Japanese garden. Stay here if you’re visiting in the spring, because the cherry blossoms will come out in full force. The cool thing about Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is that you can choose which view you want to see from your guestroom window. You can pick a city view or a garden view.
Location: Bunkyo District
11. Hyatt Regency Tokyo
Located in Shinjuku Ward, this hotel has everything you need for an enjoyable stay for a moderate price. Perhaps the best thing about this hotel is the free shuttle around the Shinjuku area. This may be a great option for those who have difficulty walking long distances, or those who just don’t want to.
Location: Shinjuku District
12.Hotel Ryumeikan Ochanomizu Honten
If you love peace and quiet, this is the hotel for you. This place really embraces Japanese art and aesthetics. From the wooden slippers, to the round soaking tubs, to the specially selected green tea, you’ll be able to enjoy new experiences that many hotels don’t offer. Children are not allowed at this hotel, so you won’t have to worry about extra noise. This hotel even has a library if the rest of the hotel isn’t already peaceful enough.
Location: Chiyoda District, near Shin-Ochanomizu Station
13.The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon
Feeling hungry? The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon features a French restaurant that is open 24 hours a day. While you eat, take in the awesome view of the city from the hotel’s terrace. There’s plenty of room up there to sit and enjoy a meal, or just lounge around with friends. Some guestrooms even have glass doors that can be folded back if you want to open your room to the outside. It is in a great location and is only a five minute walk away from Asakusa Shrine.
Location: Taito District, near Asakusa Station
14. Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo
Often times, hotels can feel too stiff and surgical, with white walls and linens. The Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo has such warm décor it will make you feel like royalty. Rich hues of brown and purple will have you feeling warm and cozy. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a fantastic view. There is a Teppanyaki grill on site if you like to see how the meals are created. This hotel even has a pillow menu, so you can get the best night of sleep possible.
Location: Chiyoda District, near JR Tokyo Train Station
15. Hilton Tokyo Hotel
The Hilton Tokyo Hotel is a great place to stay if you never want to stop shopping. In addition to the gift shops, there are other shops located right in the hotel. If you need a SIM card for your phone, you can purchase it at the front desk. Tennis buffs will want to bring their racquets, because there are tennis courts on the roof. Start your night off right with a drink and a snack in one of the hotel bars. The bedrooms are spacious and the sitting areas in the guestrooms are so large, you will feel like you’re at home.
Location: Shinjuku District, Tochomae Station
You will love these super luxurious hotels and all the amenities that come with them. The rooms will be so comfortable, you’ll never want to leave. These hotels can be a bit expensive, but go ahead and treat yourself. You deserve it!
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