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Royal Park Hotel

2–1–1 Nihombashi, Kakigara-cho, Tokyo, 103-8520, Japan

Not to be confused with the more modern hotel of the same name in Shiodome, the Royal Park Hotel in Nihonbashi is a mega complex with a variety of services and amenities at your disposal. Throughout the complex you’ll find 10 food and beverage outlets, a full-service fitness facility, direct access to the Tokyo City Air Terminal, and an exquisite garden with its very own traditional tea house.

room

Rooms are a bit on the dated side, but they do come with Handy devices (wireless device you can take with you that provides free Wi-Fi and international phone calls throughout Tokyo). All rooms are equipped with free coffee, water, and tea.

If you splurge for an executive level room, you’ll get access to the club lounge with a bevy of complimentary food and drink services. The views are also way better.

bathroom

Non-descript bathrooms come with shower/tub combos and automated washlet toilets. Executive level rooms get l’Occitane products.

lobby

The lobby has a stunning chandelier that evokes a river running through the cavernous space – quite possibly an homage to the Sumida River just outside the hotel. Throughout the space you’ll discover a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars as well.

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pool

An indoor lap pool is large enough for a proper workout and is bathed in natural light from the floor to ceiling windows and skylights.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If you want to make use of the pool, it’ll run you 2,000 Yen. Yeesh.

spa

There are large communal baths in both men’s and women’s locker rooms in addition to lounge areas and saunas.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Use of the sauna and Jacuzzi’s will run you 2,000 Yen as well. Double yeesh.

gym

The Royal Fitness Club has hardwood floors, Cybex Machines, free weights, and a separate aerobics studio for a variety of daily classes.

YOU SHOULD KNOW You guessed it, there’s a fee of 2,000 Yen – per use. If you want to get access to all of the facilities (pool, spa, gym), it’ll run you 3,000 Yen. One might say that’s a discount. One might.

dining

One of the best things about the hotel is the variety of restaurants to choose from. For Japanese food alone you have your restaurant choices of sushi, teppanyaki, tempura, and kaiseki. There’s also a Chinese restaurant and an all-day dining buffet.

drinking

The lobby lounge has a solid bar with tons of loungey furniture and the occasional live piano performance. The main hotel bar, however is the Royal Scots – perfect for whiskey and cigar connoisseurs.

gardens

Outside Japanese restaurant Genjikoh is the hotel’s pièce de résistance – a beautiful outdoor garden where you’ll find your inner Zen and a traditional tea ceremony house. If you want to experience the tea ceremony, make sure to book ahead – it also costs 2,000 Yen.

LOCATION

Getting Around

One of the best parts of the hotel is that it’s a central spot for incoming and outgoing trains and buses. The hotel is connected to the Tokyo City Air Terminal for easy access to the airport. It also offers a free shuttle bus that goes around Nihonbashi – perfect for exploration. In addition to being directly connected to the subway, the hotel is also home to a bike sharing station where guests can grab a bicycle and explore the city for around, that’s right, 2,000 Yen!

Restaurants

Tapas Molecular Bar (17-minute walk) is a gastronomic delight inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Here, Michelin starred chefs prepare some of the most interesting and unique small bites in ways you’d never imagine. Close to the hotel is Nihonbashi Kakigaracho Sugita (2-minute walk) arguably the hardest-to-get-reservation in Tokyo for sushi and holder of one Michelin star.

Bars

This area isn’t exactly known for its nightlife, but if you head west towards Tokyo Station, you can find interesting spots like Oak Bar (20-minute walk), a whiskey joint inside the Tokyo Station Hotel or Mixology Laboratory (19-minute walk) for cleverly crafted cocktails.

WHY WE LIKE IT

The Royal Park has all the creature comforts you could want in a large hotel – there’s a pool, gym, sauna, ample restaurants and bars, and easy transportation access to the rest of the city. The downside here is that the hotel isn’t cheap – especially when you realize there’s a fee for those creature comforts. The hotel is in an area where Tokyo got its start, so you’re relatively close to some major attractions – but you’ll be hard-pressed to find any good nightlife in the immediate vicinity.

QUICK FACTS

Business, Service
398 rooms, 9 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch Yes
Dinner Yes
Bar Yes
Cafe Yes
Room Service 24/7
Gym, Pool
Free
Free Parking
No

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 03-3667–1111
Website: www.rph.co.jp

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