Hotel New Otani Tokyo, The Main
What We Love
- Home to Tokyo's biggest pool
- Skyline views from the guestrooms; some have views of Mount Fuji
- Huge range of dining options, with no fewer than 24 restaurants and eight bars
- Surrounded by a 400-year-old garden (with a temple, a fish pond and a waterfall)
What To Know
- The property has 1,479 guestrooms divided among three buildings
- Free WiFi
- Less than a 10-minute walk from five metro stations
- A $2 city tax per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Built for the Olympics in 1964, the landmark New Otani Hotel has played host to royalty and politicians, has been a venue for several G7 summits and was a filming location for the James Bond film You Only Live Twice. Surrounded by a 400-year-old Japanese garden (home to a temple, a fish pond and a waterfall), the property has 1,479 guestrooms divided among three buildings. It also features the biggest outdoor pool in Tokyo. The rooms come with kingsize beds, slick recessed lighting and big picture windows with city views; some have views of Mount Fuji. The property boasts no fewer than 24 restaurants; highlights include Top, an Italian/Chinese/Malaysian restaurant on the 40th floor, and Sekishin-tei, an upscale teppanyaki joint in a leafy corner of the garden. There are eight bars, so there’s no shortage of drinking options, either. Sip a glass of bubbly at the Sky, a revolving bar on the 17th floor, or sample one of more than 100 cocktails at Trader Vic’s, a Polynesian-themed tavern. Treat your better half (and yourself) to a couples aromatherapy massage at the Golden Spa, or take a tour of the rooftop rose garden, which was designed by eminent English florist Kenneth Turner.
In the Area
Tokyo is a sprawling, and sometimes confusing, metropolis. Get your bearings at the Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest freestanding tower. During the day the 2,080-foot-high observation deck affords views as far as 60 miles — all the way to Mount Fuji. For a glimpse of a 1,500-year-old Japanese tradition, go to Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo’s premier sumo wrestling arena. Or get involved in a more recent Tokyo tradition at Smash Hits, the world’s largest karaoke bar.
How to Get There
This is a great hotel with everything you need inside: restaurants, room service, shopping mall and a pool. The location of the hotel is good, walking distance to lots of nearby restaurants and the metro. We got upgraded to the junior suite which was amazing. Ordered some room service, the service and food was both great. We also tried the pool, during the heat wave in July this was a very warm experience as the temperature in the water was above 30c. There is just one pool, so we also had to share with a bunch of kids. This, plus the fact that the hotel was a bit dated makes it a 4 out of 5. Would definitly recommend the hotel, the service and experience overall was amazing and we enjoyed our stay.
I had a room in “The Main” which was large, comfortable but the bathroom was straight out of 1982. They are renovating currently so I expect this will change in the future. Otherwise this complex of hotels, restaurants, shops has excellent service and is well positioned in central Tokyo between the two imperial palaces.
My colleague stayed in “The Garden Tower” and his room was small and very dated (key entry even) so I would avoid this part of the hotel currently.
The upgraded Japanese suites on a couple of the floors in the main building look outstanding but are twice the price.
The gardens and waterfall are very relaxing and I ended up enjoying the feeling of travelling back to the late 70s as I walked along the endless hallways.
Get coffee from Tullys coffee or across the road at dean and deluca.
This place has hosted the G7 several times which is a testament to the quality. I’ve been to Tokyo 3x now and every time I stay here. It’s consistent and a nice location with a metro station about a 2 minute walk. The rooms in the Main are the nicest more than the tower. The breakfast buffet is nice but they really need to add an omelette station.
The Hotel New Otani is huge. I was staying in the Garden Tower - the room was moderately sized but comfortable. The service is highly professional and has that Japanese quality - ometenashi - which is rare in the West. A converter plug sent to my room in 5 mins free of charge - bravo! Apart from its many restaurants & bars it has the most exquisite Jaoanese gardens with waterfalls. Loved it. Would go back.
Well located and with a 400 year old Japanese Garden this hotel fid not disappoint. Spent 3 nights, the first was in a Shin-Edo room giving me a taste of luxury Japanese style. The Garden Lounge buffet breakfast was excellent. A 5 minute walk brings you to an area full of restaurants and convenience stores.