The Cerulean Tower soars 40-floors above the busy streets of Shibuya and gives guests a semi-luxury option in the most chaotic part of town. The wide range of guests will find lots to like here: there are eight restaurants, a sky-high bar, an indoor pool and fitness center, and even a performing arts theater. While Shibuya can be overwhelming at times, the Cerulean Tower is a nice reprieve to come home to.
Inside the hotel you’ll also find a nursery and a dentist’s office!
Standard rooms have beige carpets, purple furnishings, and work desks. Views are epic (especially from the executive level) and rooms come with free coffee, tea, and water. Handy devices (a gadget that gives you free Wi-Fi everywhere in Tokyo) are also complimentary.
If you stay on the executive levels, you’ll have access to the Executive Salon with free food and drinks. You’ll also get free use of the pool.
Bathrooms have gray marble floors and Triple C bath products (executive level gets l’Occitane). Shower/tub combos are pretty standard but ask for a room that has window views outside the bathtub to gaze out over the city while you soak.
The massive lobby has high ceilings, giant pillars, polished marble floors and a bevy of retail shops. As you stroll around the space, you’ll also find an art gallery, a lounge looking over a beautiful outdoor garden, a church, and a florist (they do lots of weddings here).
A heated indoor lap pool is bathed in natural light from large windows and has a good-sized Jacuzzi just next to it. The pool is open from 6 am to 10 pm.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Unless you stay on the Executive Levels, you’ll have to pay 2,160 Yen for the privilege of swimming – boo!
Run by Carju Rajah, the Esthetique Salon provides guests with an array of services like massages and facials. There’s a separate salon for nails as well.
The Fitness Club has gray wood floors, free weights, and Technogym cardio machines. The hotel provides workout gear that you can rent for around 540 Yen.
There is no shortage of food options here. Eight restaurants range from Italian and Japanese to Chinese and French. If you want great views with your meal, eat at Coucagno, the French restaurant open for lunch and dinner on the 40th floor.
One of the highlights of the hotel is at JZ Brat Sound of Tokyo. This 100-seat jazz club is open nightly from 5:30-11:30 pm and has incredible live jazz performances. If you want views with your drinks, head up to the 40th floor where Bello Visto serves up craft cocktails.
The Noh Theater is the only hotel theater in the city and hosts everything from ballet and opera to traditional Japanese music and storytelling.
Although it can be tricky to navigate the overhead walkways, this area is still a major hub for walking and the hotel is minutes from great restaurants, bars, and shopping destinations. You’re also a minute from the subway that can whisk you to other fun neighborhoods in minutes.
If you want to try something a little kitschy, head over to Alcatraz E.R. (10-minute walk) a prison-themed restaurant with cleverly named bar food and drink specials. For something a little less crazy, head over to Hanbey (7-minute walk), a cheap yakitori chain that is delicious.
Beer lovers should try Goodbeer Faucets (10-minute walk) a suds spot with a large selection on tap. If you’re looking for sake instead, check out SAKESTAND (9-minute walk) where you stand, drink sake, and that is all. But it’s good.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Being in Shibuya has its benefits. You’re next door to incredible bars, restaurants, shopping, and attractions and it’s easy to get to everything whether you walk or take the subway. The Cerulean Tower is a high-end spot amidst the chaos of the neighborhood and a welcome place to come back to from the sensory overload downstairs. There are some great restaurant and bar options here and the fitness center is perfect for a workout while the Noh Theater provides a little class to the sometimes classless area.