Palace Hotel Tokyo
What We Love
- The extraordinary in-house diversity of Japanese and international restaurants and bars
- The alpine-themed Evian spa with its heated baths and saunas
- Jogging along the 3-mile loop that rims the verdant grounds of the Imperial Palace
- Warm service and residential interiors that balance the sheer size of the hotel
What To Know
- The hotel is set in the lively Marunouchi business and shopping district and within walking distance of Tokyo Station, the city's main intercity rail terminal
- South-facing rooms offer the best views of the Imperial Palace
- Babysitting services are available
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The original Palace Hotel opened in 1961 with a grand gala; nearly 50 years later, the historic property was torn down and rebuilt as a modern 290-room destination with all the luxuries expected of a top-of-the-line Japanese hotel. Behind its rather sober facade are warm interiors where glass and marble are softened by polished woods and luscious fabrics in off-white shades, as well as pistacchio-green accents that mimic the greenery outside. Standard Deluxe rooms, overlooking the Imperial Palace’s ancient Otemon Gate, feel exceedingly spacious (for Tokyo) at 485 square feet—many even have balconies. Open-style bathrooms clad in auburn wood feature separate soaking tubs and showers stocked with Anne Semonin toiletries. Suites occupy the higher floors, where the views of the palace’s gardens framed by skyscrapers are truly stunning. A standout among the hotel’s 10 restaurants and bars is the sixth-floor Wadakura, a series of intimate food spaces paying tribute to local cuisine in four distinct areas: tempura, teppanyaki, sushi, and kaiseki. Contemporary Alpine decor and mineral-based treatments are the calling card at Evian spa, equipped with a gym and a 65-feet swimming pool enveloped in floor-to-ceiling windows.
In the Area
Just across the hotel, Tokyo’s beautiful Imperial Palace is the primary residence of Japan’s emperor. The fort-like structure, built in the 1600s, is now surrounded by lush parks and houses the Sannomaru Shozokan Museum, a one-room gallery showcasing part of the emperor’s personal collection of traditional Japanese art. Beyond this rare oasis is Marunouchi, a lively business and shopping district full of high-gloss towers brimming with high-end shops, restaurants, and bars. Seek out classic names like Tempura Tenmasa, an eatery that has been frying tempura since 1936, and Raimuraito, a traditional-style women’s bar inspired by the Showa era. If you don’t want to be indoors, tree-lined Naka Dori, considered the city’s “Madison Avenue,” is right outside. You’ll find everything from international luxury names like Hermès and Joël Robuchon to homegrown brands like Kagure.
How to Get There
I have to admit that I only go to Tokyo once or twice per year on business so I am not an expert. But I don't plan on staying anywhere else. Beautiful hotel and convenient to the financial district. Its directly across from the Imperial palace with great sidewalks for walking and running. Lots of restaurant choices at the hotel but all very pricey. If you head down into the tunnels, there are more affordable options. Staff is incredibly attentive. Lots of shopping and dining options within walking distance as well.
Every aspect of The Palace Hotel is exemplary, from the beautiful and superbly maintained public spaces ( enhanced by wonderful art and floral displays)
to the spacious, comfortable,luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms (housekeeping of those rooms is exceptional) The buffet breakfast is outstanding and the restaurants are of a very high standard.
The staff are efficient, friendly and charming with a polished attention to detail.Nothing is too much trouble and they have a genuinely caring attitude,which is to be admired.
Looking forward to returning next year and would highly recommend the hotel to fellow travellers.
room location food all top notch particular praise to the very helpful staff who spoke a decent level of english very rare in japan the crown french restaurants could teach a few 3* Michelin restaurants in Paris a thing or too
Loved staying at the Palace Hotel. The service was excellent. Definitely take advantage of the concierge for restaurant and tour bookings. Highly recommend the brunch buffet at least once during your stay. The location is very convenient because many train lines available via Tokyo station. Also quick taxi ride to Haneda airport.
Next to Imperial Palace & Gardens. (need to preregister for palace; gardens are free & no registration is necessary). Short walk for main Tokyo railway station as well as multiple subway lines. Large rooms; nice balcony with automatic shears and drapes. Bathroom has separate shower/tub room (huge), toilet room (naturally with Japanese style toilet- heated toilet seat with built in bidet) and central room with sink. Closet is small; moderate drawer space. Room has bar soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, mouthwash, comb, hair brush, cotton swabs & pads, emery board, razor, toothbrush, shower cap, hairbands, facial tissue, sewing kit, shoe mitt & polish, teapot, coffee maker, ironing board, iron, fabric freshener, mini-frig; Blu-ray player, room safe, shoe-trees; scale; Fluffy robes and pajamas. Moderate sized exercise room with nice lap pool. Room is quiet only noise was rare emergency vehicle siren. Same plugs as US but only 100 V – things will work, but may not be perfect – damage is possible – better to use dual voltage or converter. Lots of outlets. Bedside USB charging ports. During the day the room was nice & bright, but at night it is somewhat on the darker side (could use brighter lights, the bathroom is nice and bright, but rest of room is dark – especially desk & sitting area. Reading lights at bed are okay. Bathroom lights are on dimmer which makes for a great night light without interfering with darkness of room for sleep. Central AC/heat. Great breakfast buffet – both western and Japanese foods. Some of lightest, fluffiest pancakes I’ve ever had – I eventually started ordering them daily! Daily paper delivered to room. Twice daily room service. Overall the service at this hotel was second to none.