Though not as fashionable or as spanking new as its neighbor, the Peninsula, the venerable Imperial can't be beat for traditional elegance. The Imperial opened its doors in 1890, and from the outset the hotel has been justly proud of its Western-style facilities and personalized Japanese service. Located in the heart of central Tokyo, between the Imperial Palace and Ginza, the hotel has its finest rooms on the 30th floor of the tower, providing views of the palace grounds.
In general, rooms—complete with walk-in closets—range from standard singles (100 square feet) to suites that are larger than many homes. Some rooms in the Imperial Tower, however, are in need of an upgrade. Dining options are varied and superb, including the award-winning Les Saisons, which is one of Tokyo's finest French restaurants. The Old Imperial Bar incorporates elements from the 1923 version of the hotel, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed. Don't miss the terra-cotta and brick behind the counter, a tribute to Wright's design.
Mar 24, 2004
I stayed here while I was in the process of packing up and moving from Tokyo which was home for the last 5 years back to NYC. The location is unbeatable - you are on top of Hibiya railway station which has 5 subway lines radiating out around the city. As any local knows the trains are the way to get around the city. You are also close to Ginza where so many dining choices exist. The service was perfect - maybe too attentive if such a thing is possible.
The room was immaculate although the decor is maybe a little too heavy on the dark wood and 1970s look - I personnally prefer a modern look. Value is not the best but nothing in Tokyo is cheap.
Jun 2, 2002
I disagree with Selwyn's comments. The location is perfect, the rooms are large and very comfortable and the staff spoke English better than any other hotel in the many cities I visited in Japan. The buffet breakfast wasn't the best I had on the trip but the hotel was otherwise great.
Mar 15, 2002
Having visited Tokyo numerous times, I found that the Imperial Hotel is perfectly located in the sprawling city. It is located a short stroll from Ginza which has some of the best shopping in Japan. The hotel is large and the rooms are large and comfortable even for U.S. standards. The service is excellent. The Okura hotel is also suppose to be excellent but I have shyed away because it is not as centrally located.