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
Parking on site
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Sophisticated contemporary tower with plentiful amenities and sweeping views of Tokyo's Imperial Palace gardens
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.