The Westin was one of the first international hotel brands to arrive in Tokyo, and this iteration is a regal property with a nod to 19th Century European palaces. Inside, the hotel’s Euro feel continues with marble floors, brass fittings, grand staircases, and ornate columns. Guests are pampered with an array of amenities from award winning restaurants and spa to unparalleled service. Although it’s a bit far from the major neighborhood hubs, the hotel is a destination in and of itself.
Standard rooms are some of the biggest in Tokyo and have patterned carpets, couches, work desks, and even marble pillars. Coffee, tea, and water are all complimentary as are comfy take-home slippers.
Powerful rain showers and separate tubs are typical. You’ll also find the lux bathrooms bathed in marble and bath products are White Tea Heavenly.
The lavish lobby has marble floors, a variety of restaurants, giant pillars, and a majestic staircase. The lobby lounge sits under a soaring atrium with views of the hotel’s lush garden in back. Off to one side you’ll also find the hotel’s cigar club if you need a late afternoon smoke.
The award-winning Le Spa Parisien has 11 treatment rooms offering an array of massages, wraps, facials, and more. Inside the decadent European space you’ll find steam and sauna rooms and large whirlpool baths.
At the Westin Workout Fitness Studio there are Life Fitness machines, free weights, and big window views. If you left your workout stuff at home, the hotel has shoes and gear to rent for a low fee.
If you like running, ask about the RunWESTIN program. The hotel has designed 3- and 5-mile jogging routes in the surrounding area. It’s a great way to experience the neighborhood around the hotel.
The are several great dining options here including a superb Cantonese restaurant with delicious dim-sum, a super fresh sushi spot, and a teppanyaki joint with mouthwatering wagyu.
Check out the Westin Deli in the lobby for an array of freshly baked goodies.
Head up to the 22nd floor where you’ll discover The Compass Rose, a lavish gin bar that also features live jazz and epic views. The main hotel spot ‘The Bar’ is a brooding abode that’s ideal for scotch and cigar lovers.
Walk out the back of the hotel and you’ll discover a lush garden with flowing ponds, and beautiful foliage. If you’re here in the summer, ask the hotel about their yoga in the garden program for a blissful way to start your day.
The Westin is in a quiet residential area away from heavily trafficked parts of Tokyo. With that, walking around here is a breeze and gives off the sense of being in an entirely different part of the city. Subway access is a few minutes away and the Ebisu Station can conveniently get you around to other parts of the city quickly.
World-famous, Joël Robuchon Restaurant (2-minute walk) is just across the street if you want to dine on Michelin level French cuisine. Also across the street is the Ebisu Mitsukoshi Department Store, where in the basement you’ll find food stalls with every kind of Japanese cuisine imaginable.
There aren’t a ton of great options in the immediate vicinity but check out Berkana Music Bar (3-minute walk) for live tunes, draft beers, and solid cigars.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Westin Tokyo is a classic hotel modeled after European palaces from the past. The regal setting may be a bit off the beaten path but guests will enjoy the peace and relative solitude of this out of the way destination. Inside, the elegant property impresses on every level – from the restaurants and bars to the spa and services. There’s no pool, but rooms are spacious and the attention to detail is very high. For a bit of Tokyo history in a lovely setting, the Westin Tokyo is a great choice.