Tokyo has an amazing array of hotels for all budgets. Sam Ballard rounds up some of the best new arrivals on the scene
Renowned for being one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet, Tokyo is not short of a great hotel or two. Whether you’re looking at a value-for-money capsule hotel or something a little more upmarket – such as the $18,000 per night Ritz-Carlton Suite – the city has you covered.
Last year saw a number of headline-grabbing hotels opening across the city and there are some serious debutants due to come on stream, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourites.
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi
Having opened its doors in September 2020, the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi, marks the luxury hotel chain’s second property in the city. Located close to the Imperial Palace, it is housed at the top of a 39-storey tower within the financial centre of Tokyo. Perfect for the well-heeled who want to stay in a smart part of town.
Aloft Tokyo Ginza
Opened last October, Marriott’s youth-orientated Aloft brand’s latest posting is in Tokyo’s Ginza neighbourhood. Rooms come with all the mod-cons – think 4K TVs and rainfall showers – as well as nine-foot ceilings. The design is inspired by the Ginza Miyuki-zoku youth subculture of the 1960s.
Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo
Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s many beating hearts, with buzzing bars, karaoke rooms and Golden Gai – an area of tiny bars and clubs. The 151-room Kimpton has been inspired by the “New York art and fashion scene” – and promises to be a calming presence close to the manic Shibuya Crossing, one of the busiest intersections in the world.
Ian Schrager’s design-led hotel brand has maintained its meteoric growth with a new property opening in Tokyo. The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon is the first of two locations planned in the capital, with the second, The Tokyo EDITION, Ginza due to open this year. Expect beautiful furnishings, dark, sultry hotel bars and exquisite rooms.
The new millennial brand by luxury hospitality company Aman is going to be one of three (along with one in Montenegro and another in Saudi Arabia). It will be built around social wellness and will offer a different – perhaps more affordable – opportunity to sample the Aman product . The hotel is due to open in 2023.