Welcome to Tokyo, where the service is impeccable, the views are unbeatable, the food is delightful, and there's always a good reason to bow.
Cerulean Tower Tokyu
26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya-Ku 150-8512; +81-3-3476-3000
Contemporary rooms with stylish details and thoughtful amenities give this no-brainer business hotel more style and personality than one might expect. Floors 19-40 deliver the added bonus of sweeping, unobstructed views. Domo arigato.
1-3-18 Chuo-Cho, Meguro-Ku, 152-000; +81-3-3719-8121
Japanese modern, tatami style, weekly residence, or diy-style rooms make for a beyond-cool boutique hotel. 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.
15-17 Sakuragaoka-Cho, Shibuya-Ku, 150-0031; +81-3-5457-2681
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.
6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, 106-0032; +81-03-4333-1234
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 room for a drink or late-night bite.
2-10-4 Toranomon, Minato-Ku, 105-0001; +81-3-3582-0111
Looks-wise, not much has changed since the hotel group opened its original location just outside the tony 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.
Tokyo Park Hyatt
3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, 163-1055; +81-3-5322-1234
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 New York or Peak bars while sipping expertly crafted cocktails and snacking from silver bowls of rice crackers and mixed nuts.
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