The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
What We Love
- The hotel's close proximity to the Tokyo Midtown shopping complex for all your retail therapy needs
- Multi-course kaiseki meals at Hinokizaka, the acclaimed Japanese restaurant onsite
- The hotel bar stocks 120 different varieties of whiskey (including private bottle lockers for VIPs)
- The “four-handed” Harmony Massage (an especially restorative treatment that involves two therapists) at the 46th-floor spa
What To Know
- Club Level rooms provide guests with a dedicated concierge
- The hotel is situated in Tokyo’s tallest building
- The four abstracts in the hotel lobby are the works of Californian painter Sam Francis
- At $16,200 a night, this hotel houses Japan’s most expensive hotel room—the Ritz-Carlton Suite
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Using ingredients sourced from Tsukiji Fish Market, a meticulously prepared meal at Azure 45, this hotel’s famed French bistro, is an apt metaphor for its elegant Euro-Japanese underpinnings. In a past life, these 20 acres were the site of a feudal family’s villa (one of the building’s retaining walls still displays the original residence’s rock work). Some of the newest suites here, decked with futon-style bed frames, rice-filled pillows, tatami floors and floral fusuma paper sliding doors, were inspired by traditional tea rooms, while others are more Art Deco-inflected, with glossy flourishes and minimalist lines. If you opt to swim laps in the 65-foot pool, you’ll be treated to Mt. Fuji views from the mullioned windows, though if it’s a more relaxed dip you’re craving, you’re better off at the circular plunge pool at the spa-in-the-sky (it’s perched on the 46th floor). Other highlights here include a cedar dry sauna, a traditional stone massage, and a “jet-lag reviver,” featuring restorative aromatherapy oils, fits the bill—serious spa devotees may want to consider booking the Fuji Spa Suite, a VIP-worthy treatment room with its own bathing area.
In the Area
The hotel’s enviable Roppongi location—long regarded Tokyo’s culture and entertainment hub—means you’re just a five-minute walk from institutions like the Suntory Museum of Art, the site of weekly tea ceremony performances (the concierge can pre-book a viewing spot for you) and the National Art Center, which eschews a permanent collection in favor of 14,000 square feet of exhibition space. For a glimpse of feudal Edo—Tokyo’s former name—make your way to nearby Asakusa, home to Sensoji Temple and the city’s largest spread of souvenir stalls, which hawk bean curd cakes, woodblock prints, and parasols, among other traditional goodies.
How to Get There
I stayed 2 nights at the Ritz and celebrated my 1 year anniversary with my girlfriend. If you want the best view in Tokyo, then you should look no further. The hotel is located in Roppongi and has many wonderful restaurants nearby. In addition, the train station is right outside the Tokyo Midway Building where the Ritz is located.
The Room: The room is very spacious and the bathroom is beautiful. The views are spectacular and we were lucky to have a view of the Tokyo Tower. I agree with another post that the decorations seem somewhat dated (like the chairs), but the bathroom makes up for it.
The Service: This hotel has 1st rate service. From the moment you enter, there are staff ready to serve you. The gentleman who took us to the room was incredibly friendly and offered us free breakfast which I was not entitled to as a Gold member, so I very much appreciated it. In addition, Mr. Kominami wrote us a very nice note for our 1 year anniversary and sent us some desserts which we loved. The concierge was also incredibly helpful specifically Dan.
Pros: Top notch service, best views in Tokyo, great location
Cons: It is on the pricey side
Overall, fantastic hotel.
With aged cheddar, thin smoked bacon, foie gras and freshly shaven black truffles. Coupled with Japanese sweet tomatoes and demi glaze sauce.. the WOW Burger at the Ritz Carlton Lobby Lounge is the BEST burger I had by Far! I added Dijon mustard and coupled it with a Negroni! And ordered it Medium Well, Crispy and juicy! It is so surprisingly light and well balanced!
Hotel is very well located, there is a big mall just around the corner, and it is near of points of interest. Personnel were very very kind and willing to help you any time. In Japan, you can not smoke in public places, but this hotel have a very comfortable smoking section at the parking lot. Food were very good and you can choose between oriental and occidental style. Luxury accomodations were as expected. Money well spent.