If you’re going to visit Tokyo, one of Asia’s most exotic and original destinations, then you may as well do it in style. The city is home to some remarkable hotel suites, and staying in such splendor is an opportunity not to be missed.
Here are our top picks for a grandiose getaway in Japan’s capital city.
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
The epitome of modern Japanese elegance, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu is situated right by the Japanese parliament and royal residences. It’s also no stranger to catering to VIPs and dignitaries. As a guest at this exclusive property, the red carpet will most certainly be rolled out for you as well, especially if you’re staying in The Capitol Suite, a 2,152-square-foot palace sitting on the building’s 29th floor.
Like the other suites at the elegant address, this particular gem is decked out with low-to-the-ground Japanese furnishings and state-of-the-art technology. Overlooking the Imperial Palace and other landmarks, the unit also has massive windows that deliver unbelievable vistas at almost any spot, from the expansive living room to the opulent bathroom.
Between picture-taking sessions in the latter, be sure to make use of the fine local bath salts and Farmacista Antica products.
The Tokyo Station Hotel
One of Tokyo’s oldest properties, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Tokyo Station Hotel is a rare survivor of the 1923 earthquake that wiped out the city. Though it has been lushly renovated over the years, the property remains as beautiful, chic and convenient as it was when it opened in 1915.
At 1,862 square feet, the hotel’s palatial Royal Suite is nearly the size of an average U.S. family home and it comes furnished with yellow-gold leather sofas and an enormous bed. Things only turn more opulent once you step into the marble-enhanced bathroom.
After indulging in a spa-like soak with your Bulgari bath products, slip into the provided fluffy robe and regal slippers and order some room service — French fine dining, traditional Japanese or even a simple sandwich are all delivered swiftly upon request.
Nosh while looking out onto gingko-tree-lined Gyoko-dori Avenue. Although located in the middle of downtown Tokyo, and right by the central train station, the suite, much like the entire hotel, provides a serene and silent escape.
Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
Revel in sumptuous surroundings at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo’s Presidential Suite. Rich velvets, silks and lacquer adorn the 2,896-square-foot space overlooking the Imperial Gardens and Mount Fuji. Baccarat crystal lamps, origami work from Japanese artist Yuko Nishimura and other art add distinctive touches.
Of course, there are luxe amenities galore: the 36th-floor suite comes with a double-height ceiling, two-sided fireplace, private spa and gym, full kitchen and Jacuzzi that overlooks striking city vistas.
To experience real Japanese-style luxury, book a weekend at the Four-Star Aman Tokyo. The suites here are reminiscent of a traditional high-end ryokan inn. They’re even built out of locally sourced materials like cypress and chestnut wood. Each suite also contains elements of Japanese culture (local artwork, traditional ceramics and exquisite paper lanterns).
Still, the highlight of these Aman Tokyo suites are the bathrooms. Sleek and stylish, each urban oasis contains a black granite bath with heated stone flooring. It’s also separated from the room by a sliding shoji screen door made of Japanese paper.
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
This intimate Four-Star Four Seasons feels like a boutique hotel. Among the 57 rooms, check into the Chairman’s Suite for the most luxurious accommodations. Décor is soothing, sleek and chic in tan, cream and gray tones.
Natural light fills the living and 10-seat dining area through floor-to-ceiling windows, but you’ll be too busy playing with the tech toys to notice. The living space comes equipped with a 52-inch 3D television, a Blu-ray player and a sound system with Bluetooth.
Another highlight in the sixth-floor suite is the bathroom, where a modern egg-shaped bathtub entices you to soak the night away.
The Peninsula Tokyo
Five-Star The Peninsula Tokyo occupies an ideal downtown locale and offers large, beautiful suites to boot. In fact, the elegant hotel has some of the largest high-end accommodations in the city, and they come complete with dressing rooms and spa baths.
Decked out with other cool amenities like telescopes for a close-up look at the nearby Imperial Palace, a fine selection of reading material, a plush sofa and an enormous television that slides into the wall, the room makes it hard to ever want to leave.
Delicious Japanese juices and rice crackers are on offer as well. So, too, is an excellent tea and coffee selection.
The sumptuous Hibiya and Peninsula suites both offer full dining facilities for up to 12 people, so even why bother going out for dinner? The Peninsula Tokyo has an extraordinary 24-hour room service menu that delivers everything from your favorite comfort food to high-end Japanese coursed meals. With sushi, curry and premium burgers all in one place, there’s something to please every palate.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo
If you’re heading to Tokyo in a group or have some hip local friends to entertain, this is the chance to have that dream party you’ve always wanted. The Presidential Suite here occupies an expansive 2,800 square feet on the top floor of the Four-Star Grand Hyatt in the stylish Roppongi Hills complex, ensuring the ultimate venue for an exclusive soiree, family entertaining or a rock star party.
The unit features a private outdoor pool with a beautiful deck and reclining chairs from which to enjoy the sweeping views of the city. The interior is furnished with warm wooden doors and a massive dining table, while high ceilings and an enormous living room (it can comfortably seat 20) add a palatial feel. An evening view of the illuminated Tokyo Tower is quite spectacular, especially from the roomy whirlpool bath with a neck massager.
For some upscale entertaining, The Oak Door Bar on the sixth floor of this upscale address has an extensive wine list to choose from, offering several labels that are exclusive to Hyatt properties. Sip on rare California wines or snag a stogie from the Cuban cigar menu to complete your perfect night in.