Fodor's Expert Review ANA InterContinental Tokyo
1–12–33 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052, Japan See on Map
Part of the sprawling Ark Hills shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, the massive ANA InterContinental is a bustling hotel that caters to business travelers during the week and family vacationers on weekends. Once inside, guests will be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the property that includes 12 restaurants and bars, a great outdoor pool, splurge-worthy spa, and the biggest club lounge in the city. If you’re an IHG member, the benefits here go a long way.
There is an entire shopping arcade inside the hotel with a variety of boutiques and fine goods.
Rooms have muted tones, come with free tea and water, and have stellar views as the hotel rises up over 37-stories above the city.
If you book a club level room, you’ll be treated to tons of freebies. Not only will you get free breakfast, but free food and drinks throughout the day, free pool access, complimentary shoe shine and clothes pressing, and afternoon tea.
Bathrooms typically have rain showers and tubs (though surprising no bath tubs on the club level) and they’re of the peek-a-boo variety with Lixil automated toilets. Standard rooms come with Thann products while club level get lux Ferragamo products.
The gigantic lobby is home to the Cascade Café where guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet and all-day dining. Looking around, you’ll discover massive marble floors and sweeping staircases. The Atrium Lounge on the 2nd floor is known for its tea service but also has live piano nightly and the occasional live harpist.
On the fourth floor is the Garden Pool, an outdoor resort space that’s only open in the summer and a perfect retreat for families to relax. There’s a poolside snackbar and an additional 6-meter pool for kids.
The Thann Sanctuary Spa is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and provides guests with an array of soothing treatments like body wraps, facials, and massages.
Open 24-hours, the Ka-tsu Health and Fitness Center has hardwood floors, Life Fitness machines, free weights, and rental equipment in case you left yours at home.
Bike rentals are available at the hotel and if you’re staying on the club level, you can take them for free!
There’s a lot to love with the variety of dining options at the hotel. There’s something for everyone with Japanese, Chinese, French, and international outlets. The cream of the crop is undoubtedly Pierre Gagnaire on the 36th floor. This two Michelin star gem will make you dream of Paris with its inventive plates of perfection.
The pastry shop is also run by Pierre Gagnaire and has some of the best bread and other baked goods in Tokyo.
Three different drinking outlets provide a mix of experiences. Da Vinci is a cigar and whiskey bar with live piano performances. MIXX Bar & Lounge on the 36th floor is known for unique cocktails, DJ-spun tunes, and a decent happy hour. And The Champagne Bar on the 3rd floor is a bubbly lovers dream spot.
The centrally located hotel is in a great walking area and you can get to Akasaka or Roppongi by foot. It’s also conveniently connected to the subway in case you don’t care to walk.
Fans of the Nobu brand will rejoice with Nobu Tokyo (9-minute walk) just down the street serving its inventive style of sushi. For Michelin-star lovers, Kien (4-minute walk) is across the street with out-of-this-world kaiseki sets.
In the Ark Hills complex, there’s Yona Yona Beer Garden (2-minute walk) if you like cold brews on warm Tokyo days. If you walk up to the Akasaka nightlife area, head over to Champagne & Gyoza Bar (15-minute walk), for one of life’s most unexpected and stellar combinations.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The massive ANA InterContinental is a treat for families or business types who want a little of everything from their hotel. In the summer, the outdoor resort pool is a welcome escape and inside, the spa and workout facilities are a healthy way to relax. The true gem of the hotel is the dining outlets and most especially Pierre Gagnaire, which is a two Michelin star slice of heaven. Rooms are comfy and spacious and the location of the hotel is central with easy subway access to the rest of the city.