The 15 Best Hotels in Tokyo
As the capital city and beating heart of Japan, Tokyo is one of the hottest travel destinations of the year. People from all around the world are pouring into the city to see its incredible tourist attractions. But if you want to join them, first you’ll have to find a place to stay. To help you out, I put together a list of the 15 best hotels in Tokyo.
Tokyo has a wide array of charming, boutique and luxury hotels. You definitely have no shortage of options. But that long list can get overwhelming fast. So, with my own research and experience, I ranked the 15 best hotels in Tokyo based on location, service, amenities, and value.
I am not sponsored by any of the hotels. So rest assured this is all my honest opinion. Just make sure to double check rates since they change throughout the year. All photos are courtesy of the respective hotel.
15. The Capitol Hotel Tokyo
The Capitol Hotel Tokyo incorporates traditional Japanese style with a refined, modern atmosphere perfect for relaxation. Many of the rooms and suites come with “shoji” paper screens and sliding partitions to give you a feel of Japan’s history. However, you will also enjoy the open space, wide windows, and sumptuous ambience that each accommodation offers.
Another key benefit of the Capitol Hotel Tokyo is the location. The hotel sits in the heart of Tokyo with direct access to four different subway lines. Getting around will be a piece of cake. However, this prime real estate also means that you will get beautiful views of the cityscape from your room. So maybe you won’t want to leave.
14. Conrad Tokyo Hotel
Standing proud above Hamarikyu Gardens, the Conrad Tokyo Hotel takes up floors 27 to 38 of the Shiodome skyscraper. This stylish, five-star hotel also overlooks Tokyo Bay and has access to the Shiodome Subway Station. That means the Conrad’s location is both beautiful and convenient.
Rooms are chic and enchanting, but the hotel’s Mizuki Spa is the real treat. You can hide away from the world in one of the spa’s ten private rooms. Let the attendants give you a massage, facial, or body treatment while you sip on herbal teas. Then, finish off your relaxation with a dip in the 25-meter pool or a visit to the sauna and steam room.
13. Hoshinoya Tokyo
From far away, Hoshinoya Tokyo blends in with the crowded cityscape. Yet, as you approach, you notice that the building is not just a black monolith. In fact, it features a sophisticated lattice of leaf-like patterns. That distinct style and sophistication continues inside the hotel, where Hoshinoya perfectly combines the traditional and the contemporary.
Hoshinoya Tokyo is a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). So get prepared for tatami floors, bamboo architecture, and complimentary kimonos, all with modern touches of course. But Hoshinoya goes beyond the expected with a dedication to superb hospitality and intimacy. Each floor is accessible only by the guests staying there, so you will never be disturbed. And if you need anything at all, staff members are ready to help.
12. Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo
Located directly next to Tokyo Station, Shangri-La Hotel is as downtown as you can get. So if you want the true Tokyo experience, then you have found the right place. Despite the downtown location, Shangri-La markets itself as a personal paradise, and they aren’t far off. Their Tokyo hotel has some of the largest and most comfortable rooms in the city.
Of course, you can’t mention Shangri-La without also mentioning Chi, The Spa. Drawing inspiration from various Asian locations, Chi boasts award-winning massages and treatments. They also offer Kisetsu therapies. To experience true nirvana, book a spot in one of Shangri-La’s five private spa suites.
11. Trunk Hotel
If you’re looking for hotels in Shibuya, consider staying at Trunk Hotel. The boutique is easily the cheapest of my favorite hotels in Tokyo. But a low price doesn’t always mean low quality. Trunk combines cool design, classic comfort, and a convenient location all in one.
Although the hotel is beautiful and classy, what really sets Trunk apart is the concept. Trunk commits itself to the idea of “socializing,” which they define as “to live true to yourself, without undue pressure, but with a life-sized social purpose.” In practical terms, Trunk utilizes ecofriendly materials and focuses on giving back to society. It’s a hotel you can feel good about staying in.
Moreover, Trunk has a style distinct to Shibuya. Shibuya is an iconic crossroads of fashion and music culture, so all the hotel’s rooms reflect Shibuya’s unique personality. In addition, everything from the instant coffee to the beer comes from Shibuya. Trunk is the most quintessential Shibuya hotel.
10. Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Since its construction in 1964, Hotel New Otani has been committed to providing the ultimate experience in comfort and luxury. Despite the hotel’s reputation and high quality of service, prices are relatively cheap. However, if you are willing to spend more, you can stay at their “hotel within a hotel,” Executive House Zen. There you’ll get the ultimate in luxury as well as the best of traditional Japanese hospitality.
In addition to the accommodation itself, Hotel New Otani features a gorgeous Japanese garden and waterfall. You can actually explore the garden for free, but having it right on your doorstep is definitely a bonus. From scarlet bridges to tranquil koi ponds, you won’t find anything like this at another hotel.
9. The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon
The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon is the next step in laid-back luxury. You can enjoy high-end dining, sumptuous amenities, and unbeatable vistas of Tokyo Bay and Tokyo Tower. However, the luxury hotel always finds the perfect balance between comfort and style.
Aside from superb, minimalist design, the Tokyo EDITION offers incredible dining and drinking options. For international classics with a healthy twist, head to the romantic Blue Room. For refined masterpieces from a Michelin-starred chef, hit the The Jade Room and its outdoor terrace. Or if you want the best in Tokyo’s bar scene, check out the lavish Gold Bar.
8. Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
Perched atop a 52-story skyscraper in the Toranomon District of Minato, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills offers breathtaking views of the city. You can take a short walk to the surrounding cultural sites, or observe the many temples and shrines from your chic and spacious room. Either way, you can’t beat the convenience.
But my favorite part of the Andaz is its Rooftop Bar. Yes, there are other dining options, such as a pastry shop, a grill/lounge, and omakase courses at SUSHI. I recommend every one of these offerings, but you should definitely take the trip to the hotel’s top floor. There you can enjoy spectacular evening views of Tokyo while sipping on innovative, seasonal cocktails.
7. Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
Four Seasons is a luxury brand that has made a name for itself from New York to Paris. The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is no exception from the brand’s stellar, upscale reputation. The stunning, boutique hotel welcomes you into its intimate hideaway amid the business district. Once inside your bright and polished room, you can enjoy panoramic views of downtown Tokyo. Or you can head to the spa for a specialized treatment.
Another great aspect of this Four Seasons is its dedication to a personalized experience for each of its guests. In addition to the general manager’s four sensory “souvenirs,” Four Seasons goes out of its way to improve your trip to Tokyo. The staff provides amazing Tokyo tips and invites you to explore their favorite places, such as a historic sake brewery.
6. Palace Hotel Tokyo
Just opposite of the Imperial Palace Gardens, Palace Hotel Tokyo takes inspiration from its regal neighbor. It creates a serene haven for its guests with sophisticated furnishings and an earthy palette to complement the gardens perfectly. The hotel’s splendid living spaces also include attractive features like floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, and Club Lounge privileges.
Yet, what makes Palace Hotel one of the best hotels in Tokyo is its embrace of omotenashi (Japanese hospitality). For one, the staff is welcoming, kind, and helpful. For another, the hotel has great amenities like ten sleek and sexy restaurants and bars. The ambience at these dining venues is top notch, and the cuisine is exceptional.
5. The Peninsula
At The Peninsula, Japanese tradition meets sleek modernity. Stellar service, sumptuous style, and luxurious furnishings are all a given. You can also expect amazing views of the Tokyo skyline, Imperial Palace, and Hibiya Park. In fact, if you stay in the Grand Premier Suite, you’ll see nearly all of Tokyo from your sophisticated room with a 180-degree view of the city.
The Peninsula is also known for its spa, which Forbes has awarded five stars nine years in a row! If you aren’t looking for a special spa treatment, you can also relax at the hotels’ restaurants, one of which offers sushi-making classes. Add in the spectacular indoor pool, and you have yourself the perfect recipe for a wonderful vacation.
4. The Ritz-Carlton
For a truly luxurious experience in Tokyo, head to the Ritz-Carlton. The iconic, upscale hotel is located in the top nine floors of the Midtown Tower, one of Tokyo’s tallest buildings. That means you get uninterrupted views of the city skyline and even Mt. Fuji on a clear day. The Ritz capitalizes on the stunning surroundings with floor-to-ceiling windows that let you see everything.
But as nice as the vistas are, the elevated accommodations and amenities are truly the star of the show. The Ritz-Carlton’s expansive suites are styled to be sexy and sleek. For meals, you can experience exclusive dining events and seasonal, gastronomic delights. Even the hotel’s pastry shop provides elegant and elevated creations. So if you’re looking to pamper yourself with the best money can buy, you’ve found the right spot.
3. Park Hyatt Tokyo
Amid the towering skyscrapers of Shinjuku, you’ll find Park Hyatt Tokyo. Its commanding presence in the sky gives the hotel panoramic views of the bustling city and Mt. Fuji beyond. In addition, its suites are some of the most refined on the list. Each one was designed as a private urban residence complete with original artwork and books.
Inside Park Hyatt Tokyo, you can find several surprises like an expansive fitness center and breathtaking indoor pool. But its dinner and drink options are also some of the greatest in the city. Its New York Grill boasts contemporary creations and a wine cellar with over 1,800 bottles. And its lavish and jazzy New York Bar is one of my favorites in Tokyo.
Although Park Hyatt Tokyo is already one of the best hotels in Tokyo, the staff are committed to perfecting their visitors’ experience. For that reason, they will be closed from May 7, 2024 for a property-wide renovation. For more information on the renovations, see here.
2. Aman Tokyo
As with all its properties, Aman promises a luxurious stay defined by peace, serenity, and warmth. At Aman Tokyo, this idyllic mood is incorporated into a space that is both timeless and uniquely Japanese. From ikebana displays to ryokan-style rooms, you’ll get a truly Japanese experience.
While I could go on about Aman’s beautiful rooms and seductive dining options, the luxury brand is one built on wellness. The hotel’s wellness specialists can give you a quick assessment to plan the best treatment for you. Some of their offerings include a kampo therapy informed by Japan’s tradition of herbal healing and the Misogi experience, a traditional Shinto purification ritual. If wellness is your priority, then there are no better hotels in Tokyo for you than Aman.
1. Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental is the epitome of sophisticated hotels in Tokyo. With impressive designs and award-winning service, you know you’ve entered a special place as soon as you’ve stepped into the building. Even the architecture itself is a splendid, contemporary creation that accurately reflects the modern atmosphere of the surrounding city.
In addition, Mandarin Oriental has ten scrumptious dining and drinking options to choose from. You can get everything from afternoon tea to French fine dining to “molecular tapas.” Likewise, the hotel’s five-star spa gives you a large array of treatments to pamper yourself properly. At Mandarin Oriental, relaxation takes center stage.
If there is anything else you want or need, the staff is happy to arrange it. Whether you’re planning a wedding or a day trip to the onsen, Mandarin Oriental is there to help. They truly have everything you need and more.
Have You Picked Your Hotels in Tokyo?
If you’ve already decided which hotels in Tokyo you want to stay in, then you’re ready to choose your Tokyo itinerary. There is a wealth of incredible attractions in Tokyo. So take your pick. And don’t forget to consider a trip to see the cultural wonders of Kyoto.