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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Our stay in the Deluxe King Room with Balcony was an absolute delight and almost an oasis to the hustle and bustle of inner Tokyo. We very much enjoyed our balcony view (very hard to find in Tokyo hotels) and loved the concierge service. Well located next to the station for easy arrival but Tokyo does have some of the best cabs in the world which we ended up catching for convenience.
This was the start of our first visit to Japan. We had booked a superior room with balcony and the view was superb. Our room overlooked the large moat around the Imperial palace gardens which were a very short walk away. The main Tokyo railway station is also very close. The room was very well appointed and all the staff were excellent. Breakfast could be taken indoors or, as we did, could be eaten outdoors overlooking the large moat. It was an extensive buffet with waiter service for coffee and an egg speciality like eggs benedict with ham, salmon or crab.
The Palace Hotel exceeded my expectations. Service was fantastic from check in to check out. The rooms were fabulous, plenty of room with an amazing view and comfortable bed. We were upgraded to a balcony room and appreciate the gesture. One day we could even see Mount Fuji from our balcony. Lovely bathroom with super soft towels and great shower. Very nice toiletries provided and in the room an iron & ironing board and complementary water. The breakfast was outstanding and we ate dinner one night in the restaurant and the food was very good.
The rooftop bar had a wonderful view but £9 for a coffee wax quite expensive!
I would highly recommend the Palace Hotel.
The Palace Hotel Tokyo is an exquisite property. It is right across from the Imperial Palace and the surrounding streets are wide boulevards -- it felt like an oasis of calm in the middle of Tokyo. A room with a balcony is a must -- so unique in a city setting. It was an easy walk to/from Tokyo Station, but a cab may be necessary with luggage. There is a subway station that is attached to the hotel via an underground passageway, which was a convenient way to get to Shibuya in the evening.
The service was impeccable. The concierge staff in particular was superb -- very responsive via email prior to our stay and helpful in person during our stay. The front desk staff were so welcoming, as were the restaurant staff at breakfast. The buffet breakfast was generous and varied.
Our room was very nice with elegant touches, such as the Japanese tea set and sweets. All of the amenities were wonderful and the room was immaculate. We look forward to staying again.
We ended our 2 weeks in Japan with a few nights here and it was the best idea ever. After Japans small hotel rooms it was lovely to have a large room with all of the bells and whistles.
The staff were all amazing and attentive, the hotel restaurants that we tried served beautiful food.
From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome even though both myself and my wife are heavily tattooed. The staff only had nice things to say about them and one even apologised that we were put on the 13th floor.
I would come back here in a heartbeat.
Truly one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in and if I were to try to find fault I would be nit picking.
The hotel deserves its 5 stars