You'll be experiencing Japanese hospitality all over town, but take it up a notch by sleeping in a local's apartment. Jonathan's loft in Chiyoda (a quiet neighborhood by the Imperial Palace park) feels like a walk-in Muji store: minimal, clean, and calming. Jonathan also speaks English, is incredibly helpful with daily planning, and has many other designer listings.
Deluxe in the ultimate Japanese sense — in that there's nothing showy or ostentatious, but you know no expense has been spared in delivering the best to guests. Once you make your way to the soaring lobby, look up! The walls and ceiling were fabricated to look like the inside of a traditional lantern. Rooms (and service) are impeccable modern layouts with traditional touches. There's also a gorgeous whiskey library and an insane Japanese breakfast, complete with designer fruit. You'd be a fool to not take advantage of the glassed-in pool: A morning dip may be rewarded with views of Mt. Fuji.
Despite its business district location (convenient!), the brand-spanking new spot feels nothing like a business hotel. Modern Japanese sensibilities bring a coziness to both the private rooms and public spaces, like the lobby area that doubles as a communal tea-drinking space, the lovely contemporary gallery, and the indoor/outdoor rooftop bar. Wake up in a comfy yukata and visit the spa on the 37th floor for panoramic views of the Imperial Palace and central Tokyo.
Located right in the heart of Tokyo's famous Shibuya neighborhood, contemporary rooms with stylish details and thoughtful amenities give this no-brainer business hotel more personality than one might expect. Floors 19-40 deliver the added bonus of sweeping, unobstructed views. Domo arigato.
Japanese modern, Tatami style, weekly residence, or diy-style rooms make for a beyond cool boutique hotel (with just 20 rooms, this is probably the only boutique option in town). Do: the gallery and gift shop on the second floor, has a little nationally sourced something for everyone. The rooftop deck and lobby bar and restaurant more than make up for the slightly out-of-the-way locale.
While considered the laidback counterpart to its sleek sister property in Shinjuku, the 53-story hotel anchors the action of Roppongi Hills. Start the day at the indoor pool, tour nearby Mori Art Museum and the Tokyo Tower grounds, and end up at The Oak Door for a drink or late-night bite.
Looks-wise, not much has changed since the hotel group opened its original location just outside the Ginza district in 1962 — the expansive, wood and gold lobby, warmly lit with mod paper lanterns is just so cool. Guest rooms are under a bit of Euro influence, but the dining options and spa floor are distinctly Japanese.
After a complete reboot in 2012, the 23-story hotel is now a celebration of contemporary Japanese design, art, and architecture, with sure-shot views of the Tokyo cityscape from just about every room (there's 290 of them). More than 1000 works of art decorate the space.
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A design-driven hotel conveniently located a few blocks from Hatchiko station. Splashy pop art punches up otherwise minimalist-but-comfortable rooms. From singles to suites, reasonable rates only add to its appeal.
A glittery corner tower that seamlessly fits with the tranquil harmony of Marunouchi, Tokyo's quiet downtown neighborhood has fabulous shopping boulevards and a not-so-secret ramen enclave near the Imperial Palace. Though high-rise often screams business, the Palace Hotel Tokyo is a vertical culture trip, with sure-shot views of the Tokyo cityscape from almost every room, impeccable style and service, and a tranquil feeling.
When Yen is no object, reserve a sumptuous suite in this skyrise high above Shinjuku. Long after stealing the show in Lost in Translation, bold face names continue checking in and out during their stay in Tokyo. Take in the scene at the New York or Peak bars while sipping expertly crafted cocktails and snacking from silver bowls of rice crackers and mixed nuts.