Tokyo is home to international hotel chains like Shangri-La and The Ritz-Calrton. But just the same, its bustling streets and tiny alleys also boast a large number of quaint local boutiques, capsule hotels, and funky hipster abodes. Here are the top hotels in Tokyo.
Soaring high above Tokyo on the top floor of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, you’ll find the five-star luxury Mandarin Oriental. The opulent world-class hotel emanates a fresh and state-of-the-art elegance, while exuding Japanese style and design. The hotel offers guests the most advanced technology, an acclaimed spa, innovative restaurants and truly top-of-the-line service.
Situated between trendy Shibuya and quirky Harajuku, you’ll find Tokyo’s Trunk Hotel with its two adjacent low-rise four-story buildings designed by Mount Fuji Architects. The sleek black steel and gray stone exterior of the hotel is lined with porches and ferns. Inside, guests are met with Japanese-made furniture and art pieces by Ido Yoshimoto, Maru Michinori, and David Horvitz, among others. The tiny 15-room hotel combines traditional Japanese qualities with modern ones. The Trunk Kitchen restaurant offers diners a chef’s table, a terrace, a private dining room, and some quality alcohol. The hotel also features event spaces, an exhibition space, a lounge, and concierge.
Notable for its minimalist and impeccable design, Claska is a hipster haven located on Meguro Dori in the trendy Nakameguro district. The district is dotted with quaint cafes and cherry trees. Claska has the reputation of being Tokyo’s first design hotel with minimal and modern features. The hotel’s 20 modern guestrooms each boast a different design and style, while the hotel also has a number of galleries, artists’ workshops, and an in-house design store. The design of the rooms receive a makeover on a yearly basis, allowing local designers to reveal their latest work. Guests can indulge in food at the French-inspired restaurant, Kiokuh.
At the Shangri-la, luxury is of top priority. Located conveniently next to the Tokyo Station in the Marunouchi district, the modern hotel takes over the top 11 floors of an expansive 37-storey skyscraper. The opulent stay offers a tranquil respite from the bustling megalopolis that is Tokyo. The hotel is sparkling thanks to its 50 crystal chandeliers. The world class hotel’s 200 guest rooms include expansive windows of Tokyo city views and elegant decorations. You will have a perfect sleep in the 300 thread-count cotton linens. For those looking for an extra indulgence, take a long bath and take in the views of Tokyo through the transparent bathroom walls. Guests can dine in one of the hotel’s three restaurants and sit for a cocktail at the hotel bar.
Aman Tokyo offers a true urban sanctuary in the heart of Tokyo’s financial district high up in the Otemachi Tower. The luxury hotel emulates traditional Japanese design with minimalist features, making use of wood, washi paper and stone. Modern technology and luxurious fabrics mesh well, working together to create a modern-day ryokan inn. Rooms are complete with calligraphy scrolls and tatami rugs while floor to ceiling windows allot for stunning views of some of the most popular attractions including the Imperial Palace Gardens and Mt Fuji. Guests can relax in the top-rated zen spa which spans two floors and uses natural Japanese ingredients in their diverse range of treatments. Don’t feel like leaving your room? Indulge in your own personal deep soaking oversized Japanese-style tub allotted to every guest in the hotel’s 84 rooms. Guests will be spoiled in The Restaurant by Aman, the hotel’s chef restaurant where Mediterranean-based dishes await. The hotel also sports a big indoor pool and fitness center.