To bookend our recent travels through Japan we were offered the opportunity to stay at The Tokyo Station Hotel, one of the oldest operating high-end hotels in Tokyo. Having recently celebrated its 100th anniversary in November 2015, it has been designated as an important cultural property of Japan.
With the imposing architecture of the Tokyo Marunouchi station and a European-styled interior, The Tokyo Station Hotel offers a more traditional flair of luxury while embracing the Japanese hospitality or omotenashi.
With several different room types on offer, from a classic room to an enormous Royal Suite (with palace side view), we were offered the dome side rooms. These rooms are a one-of-a-kind experience, being laid out next to the North and South side cupolas. When entering the beautifully furnished room you immediately notice high vaulted ceilings, which at 4 meters high, are the tallest of any room type. The towering windows offer a gorgeous view above to the restored domes, and below to the bustling train station entrances. It’s an incredibly unique experience being able to look down upon the passers-by as they go about their daily commutes. See our 360-degree photo of the room below.
Concluding three long weeks of travel across Japan, it’s safe to say that I had the best night’s sleep while staying The Tokyo Station Hotel. The main responsibility for this was down to how comfortable the bed was, which was large enough for two (and then some), with a mattress that I sank into and slept soundly that night. The bathroom was also relaxing and spacious with a walk-in shower and a well-sized Victorian bath tub which didn’t take long to fill.
The large space above the central Marunouchi building has been converted into an open and airy guest lounge where we had an enjoyable breakfast under the large, impressive skylights. The enormous buffet was delicious, and the range of food was very diverse with a wide range of western and Japanese dishes to choose from.
The location of The Tokyo Station Hotel is extremely convenient, being located right by Tokyo station; this makes travelling around the city and back to the hotel a much more pleasant experience. Even if you are just passing through Tokyo for the night, the travel back and forth to the hotel is nonexistent.
As well as the buffet-style breakfast, The Tokyo Station Hotel also offers ten different restaurants, cafes and bars with a myriad of options; these include classic French flavours, Japanese Sushi, and Italian wine bars. A fitness and spa service is also offered, with spa baths and a premium fitness lounge which stays open until 11pm on weekdays.
Overall, if you are looking for a well-located traditional luxury hotel in the centre of Tokyo, we would definitely recommend staying at The Tokyo Station Hotel. To find out more information and to book a room for yourself, head on over to the Small Luxury Hotels website.
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