Ever since its opening in 2012, the Palace Hotel Tokyo has been destined to become one of Tokyo’s most iconic hotels. The 290-room hotel commands some of the city’s most exclusive real estate and is heir to a legacy that goes back more than half a century. The hotel provides exquisite guestrooms, a constellation of Japan’s best restaurants and bars, Japan’s only evian spa, and complete meetings and events facilities.
The Palace Hotel Tokyo’s unique moat-side setting across from the Imperial Palace gardens gives guests an unparalleled view of Tokyo’s natural splendour and skyline. The 3.5-square-kilometre green space in the heart of the city can be enjoyed by guests from almost anywhere in the hotel—from the guestrooms, to the spa, restaurants and bars. The prime location of the hotel is mere steps away from Marunouchi Naka Dori, one of Tokyo’s most sought-after destinations for foodies and fashionistas alike.
Choose from a selection of 278 guestrooms and 12 suites, each with its own picture-perfect views of the Imperial Palace gardens and moats, and the Tokyo skyline. Most guestrooms come with open-style bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and showers. More than half of the guestrooms feature open terraces and balconies—a feature rarely available in Japan. Leafy carpets and earthy colour palettes welcome guests into a luxurious, warm and cosy atmosphere.
In addition to its connection to nature, the hotel also comes fully equipped with modern amenities essential to city life. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access, 46-60-inch LCD TVs with Blu-ray players, VOIP telephones and power sockets are available in all rooms. The Palace Hotel Tokyo goes beyond by adding uniquely Japanese touches to the rooms with the highest-quality bath linens and tea leaves. The bath linens are made in Imabari, a city well-known for its towel manufacturing, which started 110 years ago. Guests also get to taste Jugetsudo teas by Maruyama Nori, a venerable tea brand founded in 1854 in Tsukiji.
When you finally peel yourself away from the gorgeous views and abundance of amenities, treat yourself to some of Japan’s finest restaurants. There are a staggering 10 restaurants and bars to choose from, each different and exceptional in its own ways. Crown, the French fine-dining restaurant, is run in collaboration with Patrick Henriroux who operates La Pyramide, a two Michelin-starred restaurant in Vienne, France. Wadakura serves up a variety of Japanese cuisine, including a tempura bar and an area dedicated to teppanyaki. Amber Palace plates up Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisines from the culinary masters of the Chugoku Hanten Group—the same operator of Tokyo’s Michelin-starred Fureika.
Each venue is an individually designed space that cultivates a mood of its own, thus making each worthy of its own exploration. The dark wood, deep leather, plush velvet alcove of the Royal Bar is one of the most sophisticated bars in Tokyo. Aficionados of cigars and top-shelf liquors will not want to miss it. On the other hand, The Palace Lounge is lavish yet cosy, perfect for afternoon tea, and cocktails with a live jazz accompaniment in the evening.
The Palace Hotel Tokyo is also home to a spa that cannot be found anywhere else in Japan: the evian Spa Tokyo. With panoramic views of the Imperial Palace gardens, Alpine-inspired designs with a pristine and white ambiance, the spa is remarkably serene and decidedly Japanese. The 1,200-square-metre space is home to five treatment rooms, one spa suite, and separate men’s and women’s relaxation lounges. The spa’s treatment menu includes a range of treatments, introducing French treatments to the city’s spa culture.
In addition to the evian Spa Tokyo, the fifth floor of the hotel is also where the indoor swimming pool and fitness centre can be found. The swimming pool comes with a Jacuzzi pool and an outdoor terrace. The fitness centre is decked out with equipment by Technogym and Life Fitness, and a Kinesis System.
A range of meeting and multi-purpose rooms is available for business travellers, along with a business centre accessible 24 hours a day by keycard. In addition, there is also a main ballroom with a wide, floor-to-ceiling glass window that overlooks the Wadakura moat. The hotel’s own wedding chapel comes with a view of the Imperial Palace gardens and a Shinto shrine.
From the most scrumptious of cuisines, to living quarters fit for a king, to an inimitably pampering spa, the Palace Hotel Tokyo has it all. If you are looking to treat yourself with the grandest, most splendid hotel experience in Tokyo, look no further than the Palace Hotel Tokyo.