The Peninsula Tokyo
What We Love
- Prime location, steps from the palace grounds and the famed Ginza shopping district
- Spacious rooms would be luxurious anywhere; they’re unimaginably so in space-starved Tokyo
- Top-flight English-speaking staff, from concierges to room service, valets to spa attendants
- Tech-friendly rooms have push-button everything and free WiFi
What To Know
- Mostly business travelers (the financial district is nearby) and sophisticated leisure travelers
- The Lobby Restaurant is just that, bisected by a corridor connecting the front desk to the valet
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Peninsula brings the flair of its Hong Kong origins to the Japanese capital. Even before you reach the front desk you’re greeted by cheery bell staff wearing pillbox hats and white uniforms with Chinese collars, while an enormous bowl-shaped chandelier looms over the multistory lobby and an improbably balanced round sculpture made of nubby bamboo grabs your eye. Windows from elevator lobbies on each floor look out into an art piece called The Void, swirls of light in the darkness that run the height of the building’s interior.
Bed & Bath
Rooms are spacious and tech-forward. Massive slabs of wood form sliding doors, ceilings echo the thatch of a rustic tea house, capacious walk-in closets have built-in nail dryers, vanity counters, plenty of drawer and hanger space, and a valet cabinet where you leave your shoes for polishing (they magically reappear in a supple drawstring bag). Bedside panels control everything from the curtains to the temperature. Textured granite stone work in the bathrooms ensconces two sinks, a soaking tub and a shower.
Guests will be particularly impressed by the well-equipped gym, spa, sauna and pool — the pool deck has views of the parks across the street. Take the express elevator to Peter, the top-floor restaurant and bar, which has views across the Imperial Palace gardens, as well as perfect steaks, seafood and salads. Common areas get plenty of business visitors, but leisure travelers looking for quiet sophistication will be happy here too. And the concierges are among the best in a town known for discerning customers.
In the Area
Star attractions just steps away include the stark, minimalist gardens of the Imperial Palace, and the Ginza district, where large department stores such as Mitsukoshi tempt travelers (at least visit the basement food floors). Side streets filled with tiny yet chic galleries and boutiques beg for exploration, while Sukiyabashi Jiro, the Michelin-starred sushi bar featured in the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, sits in a nearby subway station. Tokyo’s premier venue for kabuki, the Kabuki-za Theater, reopened in April 2013 after a three-year renovation; rent the English-language earphone translation to catch the action. Or see Tokyo commerce and food at their busiest, at the Tsukiji Fish Market.
How to Get There
This hotel is amazing. The rooms are so well designed and there is not a single winking light to annoy you when you sleep. The bathrooms are easy to manage with no need to wonder which is the hot and which cold. I can't think of any minus at all.
I was treated to a one-night stay at The Peninsula Tokyo for my birthday - it was a surprise right until we rolled up to the porte cochere. Having had the pleasure of staying at The Peninsula Shanghai a few years ago, I'd already been sold on the brand and consider these hotels among the finest in the world and certainly the best I've ever enjoyed. And yet The Peninsula Tokyo managed to exceed even that high standard - all in one night. As we checked in for our stay, we were informed that the hotel was aware of my special occasion and elected to upgrade our room based on availability - I didn't really know what that meant in the moment, but a standard room at Shanghai was more than enough for my stay then, and I knew anything above that would be even better. Sure enough, we soon discovered that our upgraded room was a corner Deluxe Suite, with a breathtaking view over the Imperial Palace and downtown Tokyo, complete with a sitting room, dining area, workspace, separate master bedroom, changing room, bath and shower in the marble bathroom, and even a powder room. It's important to note that without this unexpected surprise, I wouldn't have been disappointed... the service was white-glove from the taxi to the front desk, and I know a regular room would have been just as impressive, but that the hotel thought to make my one-night special event even more special was really above and beyond and deeply appreciated. As one expects from The Peninsula, the room was immaculate and spotless; even the couches were vacuumed and the doors wiped clean near the handles. I will often use sani-wipes to clean commonly-touched surfaces in hotel rooms, and I found it was almost overkill here.
I also had the chance to enjoy The Peninsula Spa during my stay, and found the service and attention there to be stellar. My full-body massage was among the better I've had anywhere in the world, and the little details The Peninsula adds throughout the experience made it feel like it was truly one of the best spas in the city (which I believe it has been ranked to be in the past). The beautiful pool and gym rounded out the spa space, and the team was incredibly courteous in showing me around before my spa appointment and making sure that all of my questions were answered generally before they were asked.
Check-out the next morning was smooth and effortless; the complimentary (included) breakfast served in our room was outstanding and the eggs were perfectly prepared, and temped well despite the travel from the kitchen. A taxi was waiting for us after the check-out was complete, and without my notice our bags had already been loaded into the vehicle, so all we had to do was sit and go. The concierge team followed us outside and bowed as we left - which I know is ordinary in hotels all across Japan - but still it left a great impression departing from this really extraordinary place.
I'm not sure when I'll have the chance to stay at The Peninsula again - admittedly it's beyond the budget for most of our trips overall, let alone multiple nights - but when I do, I know I'll savor each moment as much as I did this time. For those who are able and wish to enjoy a truly seamless and luxurious hotel stay, this is a natural spot to consider.
We would have checked 10 stars if the option were available.
We had the pleasure of staying at the Peninsula for 7 nights
last month. This was our first visit to Japan and our first stay
in a Peninsula property. Based upon our experience we hope
to return and again stay at this property. Our room was delightful.
Everything you could want was where you wanted it to be. Our
view was extraordinary. We enjoyed delightful breakfasts in the
lower floor cafe and later on the rooftop level. We had several
wonderful dinners in the lobby restaurant at our favorite table.
Check in and check out was quick and friendly. Daily arrivals
and departures were assisted by a friendly and helpful doorman.
The lobby is grand and the live music at night delightful. However,
the most memorable element of our stay was the gracious and
helpful staff we encountered throughout our stay. Thank you.