You Will Want to Use These While Sightseeing in Japan: 5 First Class Hotels That Give You a Celebrity Feeling
In Japan, there is the custom of “omotenashi” which is welcoming customers wholeheartedly with the mindset that it is a cherished “once in a lifetime” meeting. Try spending your time at these first class hotels where you can experience a little luxury and the heart of “omotenashi”.
1. The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is a hotel located in the upper floors of Midtown Tower, the symbol of Roppongi’s Midtown. Inheriting the “hospitality” mindset established by the founder César Ritz, it is a luxury hotel with an established reputation for high quality service.
All the rooms boast over 52 square meters in size and are designed in a seamless fusion of Western refinement and traditional Japanese beauty. Because all the rooms are situated from the 47th to 53rd floors, you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Tokyo cityscape from the large windows, beginning from Tokyo Tower. On clear days, you can even see Mt. Fuji. The beds are originally made by Tempur Sealy International with linen from the high class Italian brand Frette and 100% Egyptian cotton pyjamas are considerately provided so that guests can sleep comfortably and cure the fatigue of their travels.
On the 45th floor, there are 6 dining rooms including the “Azure45” which acquired a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide to Tokyo 2016. You can enjoy your meals while admiring the huge Tokyo panorama below you.
2. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
In 2006, this hotel was awarded the world’s first 6 stars by the globally influential American Academy of Hospitality Science, making it a luxury hotel that can boast of its internationally high value.
Located in a modern skyscraper, as soon as you take one step inside the reception area on the 38th floor, extending before you is a modern space incorporated with traditional Japanese beauty.
All of its 178 guest rooms are located from the 30th to the 36th floor. Just like a modern castle tower, one side of the wall is a massive window that gives you an unbroken view of Tokyo. The chic modern Japanese style guest rooms are designed in the theme of the beautiful nature of Japan with lampshades made from washi paper and arrangements of Japanese style ornaments made in Nihonbashi. It is a stylish and calming space where you can enjoy the reserved Japanese atmosphere.
Among the 3 dining facilities inside the hotel, one has been chosen for 1 Michelin star and you can enjoy high class food and service while commanding an excellent view of the Tokyo panorama stretching out under you.
3. Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo
Despite being conveniently located adjacent from Tokyo Station, once you step foot inside the hotel the noise of the city fades away, transforming into a quiet refuge like having another world open up before you. This luxury hotel has an established reputation for providing many thoughtful services such as the “Meet & Greet Service” where the staff welcomes and sees you off at the platform at Tokyo Station.
The 200 guest rooms are located on the 27th to 37th floors with all rooms having a spacious area of over 50 square meters. You can feel the warmth of the wood in the elegant, modern Japanese-style interior and you can gaze at the beautiful views of the surrounding Tokyo Station under you. The rooms are fully equipped with the latest audiovisual technology and the amenities provided are from the organic French cosmetic brand L’OCCITANE. Inside the exotic atmosphere of the CHI Spa, which is directly managed by the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, you can receive a wide variety of treatments based on traditional Asian methods.
4. Grand Hyatt Tokyo
The Roppongi area, which has a concentration of popular spots for fashion, food, and cultural facilities, is popular among Japanese and foreigners alike. The Grand Hyatt Tokyo opened in 2003 in one area of Roppongi’s landmark building Roppongi Hills. Naturally, it is a convenient location for shopping and located nearby is the Mori Art Museum as well as The National Art Center and Suntory Art Museum, making it a perfect hotel for people who want to enjoy Roppongi to the fullest. Under the themes of “enhancement” and “smart design,” the guest rooms are fully equipped with the latest audiovisual technology like flat screen TV’s and portable speakers compatible with iPhone/iPod Touch. The simple yet stylish rooms also incorporate modern Japanese-style designs, producing a cozy space. In addition, the hotel offers substantial facilities like a swimming pool and gym. There are also a variety of services that you can take advantage of such as a spa and fitness services. This is a recommended hotel for people who want to enjoy their hotel stay as well as sightsee around the Roppongi area.
5. The Westin Tokyo
This luxury hotel is located inside Ebisu Garden Place, Ebisu's landmark in this neighborhood known as a "refined town for adults." Although it's in the heart of Tokyo, it is located in a lush, green area and has a reputation for providing thoughtful services.
When you step inside the hotel, the simple facade changes and a magnificent European-style space extends before you. Based on the brand concept of “For A Better You,” this hotel offers you a rejuvenating stay.
All 418 guest rooms are also modeled in a chic European style. The defining characteristic of the rooms is the overflowing sense of liberation that you feel from the high ceiling and large windows where you can look over at the lush green Ebisu town and Tokyo scenery. For a restful sleep, the heavenly beds will cure your fatigue and leave you refreshed.
At the restaurant and bar inside the hotel, you can enjoy your meal in a magnificent atmosphere.
Functionality, a sense of cleanliness, and hospitality are 3 standards that are characteristic of Japanese hotels. Among other things, when you stay at these high class hotels, you can experience the heart of Japanese hospitality. Experience for yourself the spirit of Japan.
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