Ever since opening its doors to guests in 1890, the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo has been the city’s premier hotel for guests from all walks oflife. The Imperial has welcomed royalty, heads of state, celebrities and internationa business leaders for more than 120 years. Its prime location, inimitable personalised service, and myriad amenities continue to make it Tokyo’s grandest and most-luxurious hotel.
In 1923, a spectacular new low-rise building designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright had replaced The Imperial’s original structure. On the afternoon of its grand opening, Tokyo was hit by one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history.
While vast sections of the city were ravaged, The Imperial stood strong with minimal damage. The Imperial opened its doors to foreign embassy staff and international correspondents, and fed thousands of refugees until relief supplies arrived. Wright’s name as a visionary architect was spread far and wide, while The Imperial continues to be the hotel of choice for discerning visitors.
Throughout its 127-year history, The Imperial has seen its main structure renewed and replaced a number of times. As different generations of heads of state, royalty, film stars, and business tycoons make The Imperial their home away from home, the establishment continues to improve to become the best hotel in Tokyo for business trips, dining experiences and even sightseeing.
The Imperial Hotel, Tokyo is located near the Tokyo International Forum, one of the best venues for meetings and conventions. It is also within walking distance of the Ginza and Marunouchi shopping and theatre districts. For a more laidback experience with a shopping, dining, and entertainment atmosphere, head towards Yurakucho, an area sandwiched between Ginza and Marunouchi. Past Marunouchi is the historical district of Otemachi, a popular area for sightseeing.
At the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, there are 17 food and beverage outlets—comprising restaurants, bars and lounges—including some of the biggest names in Japan’s culinary scene. La Brasserie offers a menu of popular French fare, along with a unique assortment of timehonoured Imperial Hotel favourites.
Many of these classics come with historical footnotes from some 127 years of epicurean expertise. Enjoy this wonderful menu in an Art Nouveau setting, served with warm, unpretentious service and a selection of world-class wines.
One of the signature dishes at La Brasserie include the Original Imperial Hotel Chaliapin Steak. The Chaliapin Steak was created specifically for Russian opera singer Fyodor Ivanovich Chaliapin. A rump steak is marinated in onions to soften it and then topped off with generous helpings of onion sauté in place of a sauce. Subtle and complex flavours blend together in this traditional creation that has been passed down through the ages.
France’s Le Monde newspaper together with the crème de la crème of French expat society and the diplomatic corps in Tokyo hail Les Saisons as Tokyo’s finest French restaurant. Chef Thierry Voisin is the genius behind Les Saisons’ sumptuously opulent menu.
Having honed his craft at the multi-Michelin-starred Boyer Les Crayeres under the tutelage of Gerard Boyer himself, Chef Voisin’s irresistible creations are veritable pieces of art. Served in a lavish setting designed by Francois Le Grix, the exquisite offerings are made even better by the Imperial Hotel’s impeccable service.
The Old Imperial Bar stands as the last bastion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s stunningly elaborate embellishments from the original structure of the Imperial Hotel. The bar’s signature concoction is the Mount Fuji.
Created in 1924, it has stood the test of time and remains a must-have for patrons of the bar. A refreshingly potent mix of gin, lemon juice, pineapple juice, egg whites and fresh cream is topped with a maraschino cherry representing the rising sun.
As expected of a bar at the Imperial, the Old Imperial Bar is famous for its discreet and masterful service. Bartenders are able to whip up any drink on request and are able to remember the faces and names of countless patrons.
Next to the main building of the Imperial Hotel stands the Imperial Tower. Spanning the 30th and 31st floors, rooms on the Premium Tower Floors offer picturesque views of Ginza and panoramic vistas of Hibiya Park.
Guests staying in the Imperial Tower gain access to numerous premium services. A dedicated floor attendant is at the guests’ beck and call to ensure their needs—from transportation arrangements, room amenities to table reservations anywhere—are met with precision, efficiency and speed.
A complimentary beverage service also is available in the evening, while continental breakfasts can be brought to guests’ rooms in the morning.