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
Can’t really disagree with most of the reviews of this hotel. The positives: It is very well appointed with beautiful carpets, good sized rooms, extremely well kept, fantastic location close to metro shops and palace. The negatives: The cost of food and drink is just extortionate. A small beer is £24, breakfast if not included is £48. You can also treat yourself to a 10oz Kobe steak at £650. It is also a very impersonal hotel because of its size.
The message is absolutely stay here because it is a great hotel but eat and drink elsewhere.
We recently stayed in the New Otani. It felt like we were staying in a shopping mall. It is incredibly vast and with its numerous shops and restaurants has no sense of identity as a hotel. The breakfast buffet was mediocre at best and was often not replenished. Service delivery and attitude was poor.
The rooms are good and level of cleanliness satisfactory. The hotel is very well located
I originally booked this through the Qantas website and remember being completely impressed with the room I chose - Shin-Edo with the cedar bath. I had read the hotel rooms in Tokyo can be very cosy, so was pleased to see how spacious this appeared to be - and it was beautiful! We were meant to be here 4 nights, but because our cruise ship was delayed in docking, we only had 2. Will have to return on our next trip as it is a stunning hotel! Others have already said how big it is and the 10 acre garden is stunning! And yes, the restaurants are pricey, but our last night we had dinner in Nadaman and what an experience! Thoroughly enjoyed it!