7 best hotels in Tokyo

When it comes to hotel options in Japan’s sprawling capital, the sky’s the limit – literally, as many of the city’s coveted bookings are located in the tallest skyscrapers. However, no matter how high in the clouds the best properties display deep-rooted cultural ties that reveal an ancient reverence for hospitality called OmotinashiThe hard-to-translate Japanese concept of dedicated hospitality drawn from the traditions of the Tea Ceremony. From revolving suites to contemporary retreats inspired by ryokan (Traditional hostel), these are the best places to stay the next time you’re in Tokyo.

Tokyo safety

  • what are you expecting: A true urban resort with unparalleled service in the heart of the city
  • Neighborhood: Otemachi
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Known for its unparalleled hospitality in gorgeous natural settings, Aman Resorts made its urban debut in 2014 with the Aman Hotel Tokyo, bringing the transported cultural experiences and superior service for which it is known to the center of Japan’s sprawling capital. Elevators open to a lobby on the 33rd floor with a towering atrium approximately 100 feet high. The focal point is the seasonal display-inspired ikebana flower arrangement, set against dazzling effect in a shallow pond and anchored by rock gardens.

The 84 ryokan-inspired guestrooms, designed by Kerry Hill Architects, are among the largest entry-level accommodations in the city in Tokyo. It’s a simple dream, with chestnut wood floors, sliding shoji screens, floor-to-ceiling windows framing city views, and a large stone to open The bathtubs are worth clearing out the entire afternoon to enjoy. The sprawling spa, with onsen-style bathrooms and a 90-foot pool facing city views, deserves treatments that embrace the herbal-based Campo philosophy. Among the hotel’s dining options, the eight-seater Musashi by Aman is the most sought-after, with omakaseExperience led by Chef Hiroyuki Musashi.

Guest room at Hoshinoya Tokyo Hotel.

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Tokyo Hoshinoya

  • what are you expecting: A modern tribute to its guests in the heart of Tokyo
  • Neighborhood: Otemachi
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Hoshinoya Tokyo reinterprets the distinctive countryside ryokan of the century-old Japanese brand for an urban setting in the city’s business district of Otemachi. Interiors by Azuma Architects & Associates blend tradition with contemporary design. Housed within a 17-story building clad in lattice metal, the 84 spacious guest rooms in muted panels feature handcrafted bamboo cabinets, shoji sliding screens, and cushioned floor benches supported by thin wood arches. Every floor is shared ocular tumorA lounge where sweets and seasonal sweets are available throughout the day.

Accommodations are covered in soft tatami mats, but unlike traditional ryokan, the floor continues into hallways, public areas, and elevators (guests drop their shoes at the entrance and walk around the hotel in comfy socks). There are plenty of tempting experiences on the property to lure you away from the deep soaking tub inside your room, including the hotel’s 10-table restaurant (be sure to book), where Executive Chef Noriyuki Hamada serves up French-inspired Japanese cuisine. . One feature of the location that you won’t find anywhere else in Tokyo: the top floor of the hotel Onsenwhich pumps natural water from 5,000 feet below the city into an outdoor bath where the edges of the soaring onyx walls frame the sky.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

  • what are you expecting: Business meets pleasure, with looks for days
  • Neighborhood: Roppongi
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The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo is centrally located within the flashy Roppongi neighborhood and occupies the top nine floors of one of Tokyo’s tallest buildings, making it on our shortlist of the city’s most desirable stays. Clad in lacquered wood, the huge guest rooms have beds with Frette linens and marble bathrooms where you can get lost. For a true respite within the bustling city, step into a club-level room to access the quiet Club Lounge on the 53rd floor, which on clear days showcases Mount Fuji. The lounge is a destination in itself, with one-on-one business meetings held next to leisure travelers enjoying afternoon tea, performed to the music of a live bassist.

Seven restaurants and bars showcase the many flavors that define the city’s culinary scene. In a mood-lit space, Hinokizaka presents four distinct areas of the season kaiseki Tasting menu, sushi, tempura and grills Teppanyaki dishes. On the 45th floor, the 28-seat Azure 45 serves a sumptuous French and Japanese-inspired menu in a room decorated in relaxing blue and natural woods.

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Tokyo Toranomon Edition

Tokyo Toranomon Edition

  • what are you expecting: A simple leafy oasis with stunning views
  • Neighborhood: Silence
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In the Kamiyacho business district near Roppongi, this 206-room newcomer is Japan’s first-ever version hotel, designed by architect Kengo Kuma in partnership with Ian Schrager, the hotel owner behind Marriott’s global lifestyle brand. Guests enter the lobby on the 31st floor – the hotel leads the upper floors of the 38-storey Tokyo Global Gateway skyscraper – and are soon overwhelmed by a palm-fringed atrium. From the start, you’ll notice a casual, intimate vibe, and a marked departure from the often formal luxury hotels in Tokyo.

That feeling extends to the Blue Room, an off-lobby restaurant that serves up a range of Japanese-inspired comfort foods, such as the katsu sandwich made with wagyu beef and dashi mayonnaise or a version of a yuzu-spiced caprese salad. Nearby, Gold Bar focuses on classic drinks like martinis and Manhattans in an elegant space lined with elegant decanters. Simple guest rooms are designed with warm woods and white textiles, some have private balconies or free-standing bathtubs, and many have great views of Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay.

Moji Ginza Hotel

Guest room at Moji Ginza Hotel.

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Moji Ginza Hotel

  • what are you expecting: Immerse yourself in the world of trendy Japanese brand Muji
  • Neighborhood: Ginza
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Atop Muji flagship store in the Ginza shopping district, the lifestyle brand’s Tokyo lifestyle brand’s premier hospitality concept takes a page out of its look book, with rooms with tidy simplicity and an easy-on-budget nightly rate. The 79 guest rooms are spare but elegantly designed, with built-in furniture and a neutral color palette, making the most of the modest space. Everything from electric tea kettles and oil diffusers are hidden in clean lined compartments; Wardrobes and storage are hidden behind sliding screens.

While those who like more pampering may miss room service and phones (a digital screen that connects you to the reception and controls the blinds), die-hard Muji fans will love indulging in the brand’s simple, orderly lifestyle. . Wa Restaurant is well worth a visit, with a rotating menu highlighting one regional cuisine at a time – such as coastal Shimane – and at reasonable prices. You’ll find a Muji bakery for an early dessert (say good morning, red bean bagels), and the salon bar is a perfect spot for a coffee or a nightcap at the eucalyptus counter.

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Trunk (house) in Tokyo.

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trunk (house)

  • what are you expecting: A haven for design enthusiasts featuring Japan’s smallest disco
  • Neighborhood: Kagurazaka
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The team behind Trunk (Hotel), a 15-room boutique in Shibuya, has branched out with Trunk (House), a luxury one-bedroom residence in Shinjuku near Edo Castle created to immerse visitors in the creativity of both traditional and contemporary Japan. Set among beautiful wooden houses in the maze-like district of Kagurazaka, the 70-year-old municipal house is named “Mini Kyoto” in reference to its history as a geisha.

Throughout the two-story townhouse, artwork and furnishings are a roster of notable Japanese and international talent. A provocative tiled palette in the bathroom, with its large hinoki tub, by Ukiyo-e (woodblock print) master Masumi Ishikawa, and paper art in the tea room by Kanagawa-born Chiaki Hirano. There’s a leather sofa by Los Angeles resident Stephen Kane, a mid-century Potence wall lamp by French metalworker Jean Prouvy, and a tea party utensil installation by New York native Tom Sacks. Even the small bar, stocked with traditional Higashiya sweets and fresh local tea, is a showcase of Japanese craftsmanship. Personal attention is part of the experience, too: Your butler, dressed in a uniform by costume designer Yuji Yamamoto, will make you a bowl of ramen or help set up your very own disco on the city house’s illuminated dance floor.

Tokyo Okura

  • what are you expecting: A beloved mid-century hotel, reimagined
  • Neighborhood: Toranomon
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The Tokyo Okura, best known for its excellent service and mid-century beauty by architect Yoshiro Taniguchi, first appeared in the city’s Toranomon business district before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. After a controversial demolition, the hotel was rebuilt and reopened in 2019 after four years of renovation. Worth $1 billion, this time under the guidance of Taniguchi’s son, Yoshio, who redesigned the New York Museum of Modern Art. Today, two new buildings are now located alongside the original pavilion and channel the original mid-century atmosphere. At the Okura Prestige Tower, wood-clad rooms have walk-in closets, deep soaking bathtubs, and windows with panoramic city views. The 17-story Okura Heritage Suite takes service to the next level with its dedicated reception area (or in-room check-in if you prefer), making it a favorite among privacy-conscious guests such as heads of state.

There are eight places to eat and drink throughout the hotel, including the Orchid Bar, which specializes in classic cocktails and has an impressive selection of whiskeys. The hotel’s 80-foot, five-lane heated pool is bathed in light, while below, the Okura Museum of Art offers a surprisingly large collection of traditional works of calligraphy and ceramics that guests can view for free. Be sure to stay at the famous Lobby, a tedious recreation of the 1960s original that has drawn design and architecture enthusiasts for decades.

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