• The tremendous feeling of space, so rare in Tokyo, with most rooms having their own balcony
  • The peaceful location in the leafy financial district, right opposite the Imperial Palace gardens
  • One of the only hotels in Tokyo that occupies the entire building, giving it a more welcoming feel

With its name borrowed from its next-door eponym – the Imperial Palace – this is truly regal luxury. From perfectly formed rooms and skyline views to a world-class spa and indulgent restaurants, The Palace Hotel is perhaps Tokyo’s finest accommodation. Overlooking its next-door neighbour’s grand moat, Japanese gardens and tiered castle, this luxury classic certainly deserves its moniker. And, it’s certainly palatial, with rooms that measure nearly 50 metres square, come with giant views of the city’s famous skyline and feature rain showers and soaking tubs in glass-panelled en suites. It’s all realised in a delightfully contemporary aesthetic, with muted tones a welcome contrast to the brash lights of central Tokyo, just a short walk, taxi ride or subway trip away. Upgrade to add in picture-window views over the palace itself from the comfort of your deep soaking bath.

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Eating here is equally stately, with a total of ten dining options available. Although the Crown grabs the headlines for its critically acclaimed French fare, the more informal open kitchen is particularly enticing where you’ll dine right on the palace’s moat. Back inside, there’s everything from just-grilled teppinyaki and moreish tempura to mouth-watering sushi and traditional kaiseki cuisine presented across an almost insurmountable array of courses. There’s even authentic Cantonese cuisine served to the backdrop of traditional Chinese pipa lutes.

In something of a paucity in a city where everything is built on top of itself, The Palace Hotel enjoys sole use of its building, even featuring private balconies. The result? A certain considered relaxation – a foil to the city bustle – that manages to pack in a fantastic range of facilities without being overbearing. There’s everything from a cocktail lounge and a patisseries to a teashop and spa, complete with pool, gym and sauna.


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