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 top quality hotel with an excellent Japanese garden (well worth a visit in its own right and as good as many of the admittedly larger well known gardens of Japan). You can even eat breakfast overlooking it in one of the many hotel restaurants and there is also a 'Tully's coffee shop' (like a Starbucks or Costa) in the hotel (which suited my wife's need for a daily coffee to supplement traditional Japanese tea).
The metro is a short walk (5 mins) away beside which there are a couple of streets full of restaurants (so you don't need to travel into central Tokyo if you don't want to). The metro is very easy to use with numbered stations which mean its very easy to work out which direction to travel in. One thing to bear in mind is that a 24 hour metro ticket (which usefully is not day based but starts when you buy it) isn't usable on all the metro lines (about 8 are included but a further 8 are private and need their own tickets). Hence you need to plan your route using appropriate lines if you don't want to pay more than necessary.
It's worth a visit to one of the towers to view Tokyo at night (we went to the Roppongihills tower where the observation deck is outside and allows you to see the more famous lit up towers from a good distance).
Food at the hotel is good and there are useful vegetarian options in the western style breakfast buffets.
We would recommend staying at the hotel and enjoyed our stay.
I stayed at the hotel after 21 years, and it was great to enjoy the same great service. The garden is as beautiful as I remembered, and the view from the 40th Floor while having breakfast is a nice way to start the day. This time I signed up a s member of the New Otani Club which comes with addiional benefits.
Very nice rooms, clean and comfortable, decent price for minibar, very big shower and great view, the hotel have many bars and restaurants, very good food, don't miss breakfast at the rooftop amazing view for the morning, great location, and splandid service.
Ill definitely come back.
My partner and I arrived at the Hotel New Otani through a side entrance and late in the evening. The rather imposing security man directed us to the 6th floor hotel lobby of the Garden Tower.
Alighting from the lift, we were greeted by the staff who relieved us of our baggage. The check-in process was swift and pleasant. As the bell-girl walked us to the room, she pointed out pleasant details about the hotel and gardens, which are gorgeous, even in November.
Our room was in the Main of the Hotel New Otani, built for the 1964 Olympics. The room was newly refurbished and was especially well-appointed. The lighting controls were a bit of a mystery, and the position of the downlighting was a bothersome at times.
Despite the minor lighting issues, we enjoyed every aspect of the room, from the complimentary sake to the housecoats. The Japanese bathtub provided much relief after a day-long trek through the sights of Tokyo. The hotel is centrally located, and reaching the transportation network was a breeze, though there were always taxis parked out front.
I intend to return to Tokyo again and again. The Hotel New Otani will be my first reservation after choosing my flight.
OK, so we may have been silently upgraded to a much larger room on the 10th than we booked, but the room was very large by Tokyo standards. Not sure what you call this bed, but it was 30-40% wider than the king, would fit a sumo couple comfortably. Separate shower and toilet rooms. View of the TV tower (the other side is likely better, it overlooks crown prince's residence and the 400yo garden). Carpet looked like it'd seen quite a few visitors, but all the rest was as good as new. We've been escorted by a cute little bell-girl, who wanted to roll our luggage and didn't want any tips, to our room and given full instructions on AC temp regulation and whatever else we wanted to know.
Akasaka-Mitsuke is a great area to stay and walk around. All the areas frequently mentioned in travel guides were swarming with people and cheap merchants catering to them ugh.
The hotel has a Kyubey (!) sushi restaurant on prems. We walked in and got a choice of sitting by the bar or at the table, Saturday evening!