The Tokyo Station Hotel might be the most photographed property in Tokyo as its 1914 façade is a beacon for Tokyo’s historic past and refined future. Inside this classic luxury spot is a host of modern amenities, great restaurants and bars, and hidden secrets you won’t find anywhere else. If you want to learn about Tokyo’s history while staying in a high-end hotel with the best location in town, you’ll love the Tokyo Station Hotel.
The hotel is connected to the Tokyo Station and inside is a secret tunnel where the royal family can board their own special train that whisks them around the country.
The classic rooms all share in a bit of the hotel’s history. They’re mostly carpeted and have beige and maroon tones with classic chairs, high ceilings, and old brass lamps. All rooms come with Handy devices – a gadget that gives you free Wi-Fi and international calls. You’ll also receive complimentary water, tea, and coffee.
Ask the front desk for one of their special iPads and walk around the hotel. You’ll discover old photographs with QR codes on them and you can use the iPad to pull up info on the hotel’s history. Any QR code reader will work as long as its connected to the internet.
Bathrooms have marble floors and countertops along with sunken tubs and rain showers. Toto automated toilets are standard as are Gilchrist & Soames products. Bulgari products are on hand in the suites.
If you book one of the Maisonette rooms, you’ll feel like you’re living in a two-story apartment that even comes with your own camera-enabled security system.
The European-style lobby is fairly small with marble floors, a roaring fireplace, and hanging chandeliers. Walking through the check-in area, you’ll find the Lobby Lounge, an all-day dining spot with tea and cake sets and live harp performances on weekday nights.
Spa Tokione has six treatment rooms for massages but the true find is their onsen style baths which come in hot and cold varieties. Inside the facility is also steam and sauna rooms to help soothe sore throats or sore muscles.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Admission to the bathing area is 2,000 Yen.
The decent-sized gym has black & white-tiled floors and is equipped with TechnoGym machines and free weights. It costs 1,000 Yen to use but the hotel will give you free workout gear if you forgot yours at home. Around the gym are some unique machines like a golf-swing trainer and power plates.
The most unique feature of the gym is the Oxygen Capsule. Step inside this space-age machine and refresh your brain and help your blood circulate.
With ten dining outlets, it can be hard to choose. Your choices range from French and Japanese to Italian and international. In the hotel’s atrium, the breakfast buffet was rated #1 in Tokyo, so you can start there and work your way through the rest.
Bar & Café Camellia is known for original cocktails and innovative dishes. The true drinking gem though is at Oak Bar, a whiskey and cigar spot with a bartender who is famous city-wide and has been slinging shots for over 50 years.
The hotel is literally the front entrance to Tokyo Station so anywhere you could want to go in the city or beyond is minutes away. The area is also great for walking and you’re nearby major attractions, bars, restaurants, and shopping areas.
For a succulent steak, head over to the Peninsula Hotel where Peter (12-minute walk) serves up mouthwatering wagyu. Tempura Fukamachi (12-minute walk) is a Michelin starred palace of fried food – so if you need a tempura kick, this is where to get it.
After eating at Peter (12-minute walk), stick around for the ever-lively bar scene where they make signature cocktails. For whiskey fans, there’s not much like The Royal Bar (5-minute walk) inside the majestic Palace Hotel.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Seeped in history, the Tokyo Station Hotel is a refined and classic spot that prides itself on a level of service fit for the royal family. This is good, because that family uses the station to get around the country. Beyond the history, there are exquisite bars and restaurants to try, the rooms are cozy (and quiet!), and the facilities are first-rate. Come for the history, stay for the amenities, and regale in the fact that you can get anywhere in the city in minutes with the perfect location.