Elevate your travels at the 13 best luxury hotels in Tokyo

From rooftop hot springs to diamond martinis, Tokyo's best hotels are truly in a league of their own.

By Chris Ashton, February 28 2023
Elevate your travels at the 13 best luxury hotels in Tokyo

Japan is renowned for its exceptional service and hospitality, with a deep-rooted ‘omotenashi’ culture that sees guests treated with the utmost respect permeating all aspects of life.

However, the top luxury hotels in Tokyo – exquisite, high-end addresses dotted across famous neighbourhoods such as Shinjuku, Akasaka, and Ginza – really take it to the next level.

The grand chandelier at Shangri-La Tokyo
The grand chandelier at Shangri-La Tokyo

Best luxury hotels in Tokyo 2023

From an upmarket, modern take on a traditional guesthouse to a landmark hotel and bar immortalised in the Sofia Coppola-directed classic ‘Lost in Translation’, these are the best luxury hotels Tokyo has to offer. 

 

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Shinjuku is one of Tokyo’s most exciting areas; an electric hub of retail and nightlife, with hundreds of hole-in-the-wall bars offering a chance to meet and share a drink with locals.

Take a dip in the hotel's 47th floor pool
Take a dip in the hotel's 47th floor pool

Close to Shinjuku Station, which sees up to 3.5 million commuters pass through each day, Park Hyatt Tokyo is a haven of elegance and calm, yet still within easy reach of the action and the central business district.

'For relaxing times, make it Suntory time' at New York Grill
'For relaxing times, make it Suntory time' at New York Grill

Occupying the top 14 floors of a gleaming 52-storey skyscraper, with a snazzy New York grill and jazz bar – the one featured in ‘Lost in Translation’, a highly-acclaimed day spa and 177 chic guest rooms and suites, it’s a Tokyo hotel tailor-made for Suntory time.

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

You’ll feel like visiting royalty at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. Reaching high above the museums, eateries and boutiques of the Tokyo Midtown precinct, with breathtaking views to Mount Fuji, it’s a five star hotel with a well-earned reputation.

The Modern Japanese Suite combines the best of east and west
The Modern Japanese Suite combines the best of east and west

Within its sophisticated confines are seven restaurants and bars, including Azure 45 French and The Bar, which dishes up a shareable menu and speciality cocktails like the AU$22,000 ‘Diamonds are Forever Martini’, garnished with a one-carat diamond.

The Lobby Lounge throws minimalism to the wind, creating a warm and inviting space
The Lobby Lounge throws minimalism to the wind, creating a warm and inviting space

Guest rooms are all a fusion of east and west, though the Modern Japanese Suite truly embodies the philosophy. It combines traditional elements such as tatami mat floors and shoji paper screens with high-tech gadgetry and contemporary finishes.

The Peninsula Tokyo

From the moment you pull up to The Peninsula Tokyo, it’s clear you’re at no ordinary hotel. A fleet of signature Peninsula Green Rolls Royce gleam in the driveway; white-clad porters greet you at the door and offer to assist with luggage.

The Peninsula Tokyo puts a local twist on the original Hong Kong icon
The Peninsula Tokyo puts a local twist on the original Hong Kong icon

Set on the edge of the premium Ginza shopping district, the five star Tokyo hotel is one of the most highly awarded in the city, and has some of the largest rooms too. The Deluxe is a stunner, while the vast-yet-beautiful Hibiya and Peninsula Suites could almost do with walkie-talkies to help you communicate with your partner.

It's a feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach at 'Peter'
It's a feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach at 'Peter'

The culinary offering is worth relishing too, with premium cuts of meat such as Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef and Japanese Pork, and fresh seafood sourced from Toyosu Fish Market at steak and grill restaurant ‘Peter’, while ‘Hei Fung Terrace’ serves modern Cantonese cuisine with views of the Imperial Palace Gardens.

Palace Hotel Tokyo

One of the crown jewels of the city’s elite havens, Palace Hotel Tokyo is an historic property with a contemporary interior and a moat-side perch offering privileged views of the Imperial Palace’s gardens.

The Palace blends architectural tradition and a modern aesthetic to stunning effect.
The Palace blends architectural tradition and a modern aesthetic to stunning effect.

Starting at 45 sqm, this luxury hotel is home to some of the largest rooms in Tokyo, each exquisitely styled in a light palette of golds and creams, Japanese cotton bed linens and spacious fern-lined balconies – an unusual feature for hotels in Tokyo.

Guests with Club Lounge access enjoy daily breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
Guests with Club Lounge access enjoy daily breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

Dining takes the form of seven different venues, ranging from contemporary French haute cuisine at Esterre to Shanghainese and Cantonese favourites at Amber Palace – there’s a flavour for every palate.

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Combining the intimacy of a traditional ryokan guesthouse with the polish of a five star hotel, Hoshinoya Tokyo is a very different kind of experience. And yet, the sense of luxury and refinement that permeates every inch cannot be denied.

Hoshinoya Tokyo is where tradition meets modern glamour
Hoshinoya Tokyo is where tradition meets modern glamour

Just 17 storeys in height, the multi-award-winning hotel’s unique design features extensive use of tatami grass mat flooring, shoji paper screens, and cypress-framed furnishings. Each floor is designed to function as its own six-room ryokan too, complete with a communal lounge.

An unexpected highlight is its rooftop onsen, a hot spring with two gender-separated bathing halls, each filled with mineral-rich water pumped up from 1500 metres below ground.

The Sakura Room is an inviting sanctuary within Tokyo's financial district
The Sakura Room is an inviting sanctuary within Tokyo's financial district

Guests are also encouraged to wear traditional yukata clothing while staying at the hotel.

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo

Step inside any Shangri-La around the world and you’ll find impeccable service and attention to detail, opulent rooms and restaurants that tickle your tastebuds in all the right places. Plus, a quintessential element of the brand, chandeliers for days.

Every room at the Shangri-La Tokyo features a signature chandelier
Every room at the Shangri-La Tokyo features a signature chandelier

Adjacent to Tokyo Station, the award-winning Shangri-La Tokyo delivers it all – and more.

It’s both a convenient base for work and leisure, with the top-floor Horizon Club – available to guests in Horizon Club level rooms – granting an assortment of daily perks like breakfast, afternoon canapes and cocktails, and two hours meeting room hire.

Nadaman Restaurant is part of an historic culinary family
Nadaman Restaurant is part of an historic culinary family

Whether you’re in the mood for signature Japanese at Nadaman, part of a culinary group that has served diners since 1830, or modern Italian at Piacere, the hotel has you covered.

Aman Tokyo

There’s a fine line between minimalism and emptiness, yet Aman Tokyo strikes just the right balance. With simply furnished rooms, it allows the design to speak for itself, while still feeling warm and inviting.

Aman Tokyo's Deluxe Palace Garden View offers a vista worth travelling for
Aman Tokyo's Deluxe Palace Garden View offers a vista worth travelling for

Perched amid the top levels of Otemachi Tower in Chiyoda, the hotel is stunning from every angle. Each room is worth checking into, but the Deluxe Palace Garden View is one worth splurging on.

The hotel's Lobby Lounge is designed to resemble the inside of a paper lantern
The hotel's Lobby Lounge is designed to resemble the inside of a paper lantern

The hotel’s soaring, stone-clad lobby is a knockout too, while each of the four restaurants – including the intimate Musashi sushi and sashimi omakase seating just eight guests – offer dishes that are as exquisite to look at as they are to eat.

The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon

Although not yet a household name, Edition is building a deserved reputation with its collection of serene, evocative oases in the world’s greatest cities. The Tokyo Edition in Toranomon, in particular, is definitely worth your attention.

Picture yourself in a seat at the Garden Terrace
Picture yourself in a seat at the Garden Terrace

The 206-room hotel is blessed with mesmerising skyline views, with The Jade Room and Garden Terrace – its new signature restaurant and rooftop bar from Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens – affording an incredible outlook to the Eiffel-like Tokyo Tower.

The Gold Bar certainly lives up to its name
The Gold Bar certainly lives up to its name

Beyond the terrace, there’s The Blue Room, with its neon-blue decor and abundant greenery, as well as the Gold Bar and a Lobby Lounge you'd happily linger in. The location is perfect too, with access to Kamiyacho, Roppongi-Itchome and Toranomon subway stations.

Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

From the grand Presidential Suite to its entry-level Deluxe, every room at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo affords sweeping views of the city. If you can take your eyes off the decor, that is.

A Grand King Room at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
A Grand King Room at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Situated in the financial district, this luxury Tokyo hotel is split across two buildings – a modern tower and the heritage-listed Mitsui Main Building. Within are 57 retro-futuristic rooms and 22 suites, 10 delicious restaurants and bars, and an award winning spa.

The 37th floor 'Sense' restaurant pairs Cantonese cuisine with an impressive view
The 37th floor 'Sense' restaurant pairs Cantonese cuisine with an impressive view

Celebrating the location, it also offers guests a taste of local culture, with immersive experiences from rickshaw rides to geisha performances, foodie tours and boat cruises on hand.

The Tokyo Station Hotel

Tokyo Station Hotel is an icon of the city. If its red-brick walls could talk, they would tell stories of the renowned writers and public figures who have called it home throughout more than a century, yet it’s not just a hotel for history buffs.

The red-brick Tokyo Station is an icon of the city
The red-brick Tokyo Station is an icon of the city

First opened in 1915, and extensively refurbished in 2012, the Station effortlessly dances the line of classic charm and modern convenience, with 150 rooms and suites that wouldn’t be out of place in a top European hotel.

The two-storey Maisonette Suites are tucked in the corner tower of Tokyo Station
The two-storey Maisonette Suites are tucked in the corner tower of Tokyo Station

When hunger strikes, diners have a choice of ten distinct restaurants and bars, ranging from French to Italian, Japanese and Cantonese. There’s also a relaxing wellness spa and artificial hot spring onsite to help soothe weary travelers. Read our review here

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

Amid the political heart of Tokyo, across from the Prime Minister's Office, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu is a regular haunt of visiting dignitaries and VIPs. It’s also right on the doorstep of Hie Shrine, making it well placed for both sightseeing and business.

The surrounding area is one of the top cherry blossom locations in the city
The surrounding area is one of the top cherry blossom locations in the city

Fusing Japanese and Western design, with sliding partitions, shoji screens and plush beds, each of its 251 rooms and suites are a calm and inviting sanctuary. Plus, there’s an executive club ‘SaRyoh’ with complimentary dining, drinks and more.

Enjoy a view to the National Diet Building, the hub of political activity in Japan
Enjoy a view to the National Diet Building, the hub of political activity in Japan

Multiple fine dining and bar options round out the experience, ensuring guests have ample opportunity to experience the proud ‘omotenashi’ hospitality Japan is so renowned for.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi

Situated in the pulsing heart of Tokyo’s Marunouchi business district, the Four Seasons Marunouchi Hotel eschews the traditional grandeur of its upscale peers by presenting an intimate atmosphere more akin to an exclusive private members club.

Light streams into the hotel's intimate lobby.
Light streams into the hotel's intimate lobby.

With only 57 rooms, each is carefully crafted to soothe your senses through soft colours and gentle lighting. Marble bathrooms feature a spacious single vanity alongside an expansive rain shower and luxurious toiletries.

In typical Four Seasons fashion, dining is worth relishing. The Michelin-starred Sézanne restaurant takes diners on a seasonal journey through France, while Meson Marunouchi’s pairs all-time bistro classics with views of the Shinkansen Trains Station and glittering cityscapes.

Sézanne also features a deliciously eclectic Champagne list.
Sézanne also features a deliciously eclectic Champagne list.

The hotel also features a two-room Spa offering all sorts of indulging treatments and massages to help guests drift their cares away.

Andaz Hotel Toranomon Hills

Toranomon Hills is one of Tokyo’s tallest buildings – a 52 floor monolith of glass and steel shining like a beacon in the sky. And on the very top? Andaz Hotel Toranomon Hills, a five star retreat from the bustling city below.

Its views are divine, yet what lies within is worth celebrating too.
Its views are divine, yet what lies within is worth celebrating too.

While each room boasts its own distinct style, they are all carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience – the sweeping 180-degree views of Tokyo’s cityscape through the rounded floor-to-ceiling windows are just icing on the cake.

Located on level 51, The Tavern specialises in Japanese Snow Aged Beef.
Located on level 51, The Tavern specialises in Japanese Snow Aged Beef.

When it’s time to feast, there’s a total of eight venues to sate your cravings, including Bebu, a crowd-pleaser for American-style burgers; The Sushi, which delights guests with an authentic ‘omakase’ experience; and the Rooftop Bar, where playful cocktails and towering Tokyo Bay views await.

Beyond its hotels, Tokyo and wider Japan offers a dizzying array of delights guaranteed to hold your interest, from enchanting hot springs (including a brand new rooftop onsen at Haneda Airport) to powder-soft ski fields and even remotely-operated robot cafes

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