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
- 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.
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I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels and this is one of the best! Among all the Peninsula branches, Pen Tokyo tops it all. The quality of service, the efficiency of the staff and the cleanliness of the rooms.... Amazing! The hotel is pricey but it’s worth every penny. I also love the fact that you have the option to have your complimentary breakfast in your room which decongests the lobby. And the size of the rooms... wow! We had a wonderful stay and will surely be back.
If you can afford it, do yourself a favour and stay at the Peninsula Tokyo. The basic room is wonderful and has to be the best room that my wife and I have stayed in. There is so much space and storage that even with all our luggage/clothes etc, there was still plenty of space. Our room 1302 whilst not having the best view was so comfortable, quiet and full of all the necessary items to make our stay to remember. There were light and control switches all about the room so you never had to move far to close/open/turn on/off any of the items in the room. The bathroom was so very clean and there was every items you could want there.
The pool is the best that I have ever been in and the amentities at the pool were 1st class. The resturants were a bit dear but it was the Peninsula so you pay for what you get, which was all excellent. The location is within walking distance of Ginza, train station and subways. The staff everywhere within the hotel, always acknowledge us in a very friendly and professional manner. Special thanks to Mari and Martin who made my wife and I feel very special every time they saw us. Will be coming back soon, we enjoyed it so much and it was worth every $ we spent.
This hotel is wonderful and a tranquil place to stay. The room was perfect in every way.
The attention to detail and the quality of service was exceptional. Hotel staff were brilliant.
We had an amazing meal with exceptional service in 'Peter' their restaurant overlooking the imperial palace gardens. Try to sit by the window if you can, the view is fantastic.
Afternoon Tea also looked amazing.
I have been very fortunate to stay in some of the finest hotels in the world in more than 70 countries. The Peninsula Tokyo is my favorite in the world. Check-in, service, room and food were of the highest standards. I am very much looking forward to my next visit.
The hotel is located in the central Tokyo and closed to the Imperial palace. There is a jogging track around the palace for 3.2 mi (5 km). Furthermore, it takes only 8 min walk to Ginza, dining and shopping area.