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
A good hotel for our family of four, nice resort-style pool, and reasonable size room. Very close to the Metro, and lots of restaurants. Staff were helpful, and had a a solid grasp of English, which was important to us.
We stayed at the new otani in part because my tween daughter wanted to go where her favorite tv series “Fuller House” was once filmed. Although our accommodations were very spacious and comfortable, the room itself and the hotel in general were extremely dated.
We appreciated the large space and the fact that they had a couple of TV channels in English (something hard to find in hotels in Japan!) We also enjoyed the Pierre Hermès patisserie on-site and the gardens.
I had only one night in this hotel but my room was huge and beautifully appointed. The bathroom was pure luxury and the hotel grounds were stunning. I spent hours exploring the traditional Japanese garden.