Part hotel, part museum, the Park Hotel is a colorful property that highlights local artists in a number of interesting ways. On the 31st floor, every room is individually designed by an artist, giving each a unique identity that you can’t find anywhere else in the city. Beyond the art, the hotel is a reasonably-priced and ideally located spot for tourists who want to explore Tokyo by foot or by subway.
Standard rooms have grayish/beige carpets, light wood headboards, art on the walls, and great views of the city. But if you stay here, you should make a point of staying in the artist rooms. 31 individual artists hand-painted each room and help you feel like you’re sleeping in a museum gallery.
If you stay in an artist room, you’ll get access to the lounge. Open from 8am-8pm, you’ll find free snacks, drinks (alcoholic too), and a peaceful escape to hole up and work.
Bathrooms are on the smaller side and feature shower/tub combos, tile floors, and Lixil automated toilets. Bath products are by Thann, which is a nice touch.
When you enter the hotel lobby, you’re bathed in natural light as the entire section of the hotel is a large atrium extending to the roof. From behind the check-in counter, you’ll get great views of Tokyo Tower and Mt. Fuji on clear days. Like every other part of the hotel, rotating art pieces are on display throughout.
The lobby has a giant white wall where art is projected throughout the day.
The dark and peaceful Thann Sanctuary has a couple of treatment rooms and soothing massages and facials.
If you want to use the super small gym, you need to reserve the space ahead of time and you only get access for 45-minutes. The gym is a converted bedroom with a few fitness machines and window views of the city below.
There are quite a few dining options at the hotel. Tateru Yoshino Bis is a casual French joint opened for lunch and dinner, while Hanasanshou is Japanese serving delicious kaiseki meals for lunch and dinner as well. On the first floor of the building, there is News Art Cafe with light lunch items.
The Society is the hotel’s whiskey bar and an exclusive member of the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society. There are more than 100 single malts on offer here.
The hotel is directly connected to a subway station that makes it easy to get around to other neighborhoods. Walking around here is also nice as you’re close to Ginza with endless restaurants, bars, and shopping areas. In the immediate vicinity is the Shiodome City Center which houses dozens of food and drink options in addition to theaters, salons, and shops.
If you’re willing to wake up early (like 4am), you should go to the Tsukiji Fish Market and line up at Daiwa Sushi (13-minute walk) for the freshest sushi breakfast you’ll ever get. Next door is the Conrad Hotel where you’ll find an amazing kaiseki meal at Kazahana (3-minute walk).
After eating at Kazahana inside the Conrad Hotel, stick around and head to TwentyEight (3-minute walk) a sky-high bar with stunning city vistas. Also next to the hotel is Sky Bar Spade (4-minute walk) in the Shiodome City Center. On the 41st floor you’ll be awed by the views and the martinis.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With its focus on local art, the Park Hotel distinguishes itself from other city spots. The artist rooms are special, to say the least, and showcases some incredibly gifted artists with unique designs you can’t find anywhere else. While there’s no pool and the breakfast buffet is lackluster, the hotel is an affordable alternative to the high-priced properties in the area and a good location for just about anything you could want.