When it opened in 2016, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho was the first hotel in the city to be included in Marriott International’s Luxury Collection, recognising it as among the world’s most lavish accommodations. As befits its name, the hotel climbs into the realm of art, with a design by Rockwell Group Europe incorporating the twin concepts of levitation and framed kaleidoscopic views.
Rooms offer vistas from up to 180m above the ground, lovingly framed like artworks within the outline of a window. A unique feature of the hotel is the daybeds nestled against the glass, which let guests lie and enjoy the scenery as though they’re floating suspended between earth and sky. There are ample sights to take in, as the Kioicho area that gives the hotel its name is in the heart of Tokyo, surrounded by landmarks like the Imperial and Akasaka palaces, and the National Diet.
Dining and recreation areas take the kaleidoscopic concept even further. The jewel-like Sky Gallery Lounge Levita creates electric, wavelike reflections from many angles, superimposing them upon the night-time skyline for an unforgettably glamorous effect. And the hotel’s signature restaurant space, Washoku Souten, wraps diners not only in the splendour of the city, but also in sculptural lighting and decorations with an otherworldly, crystalline quality.
Echoing the hotel’s place at the very heart of Japan, Washoku Souten offers contemporary Japanese cuisine based on traditional styles, born out of the theme of “ice” that pervades the innovative interior, conveying the freshness of seasonal ingredients. For Western-style cuisine, the Mediterranean-themed Oasis Garden offers all-day dining surrounded by illuminated geometric patterns and fragmentary images from nature.
Guests should also be sure to avail themselves of the facilities at Spa & Fitness Kioi, particularly the strikingly decorated pool area, whose mirrors and geometric tile patterns in marine blue accentuate the rippled reflections of city views.
Planted within the greenery of Shiba Park, and overlooking Tokyo Tower directly to its north, the recently updated The Prince Park Tower Tokyo puts guests at ease so they can duck away from the bustle of the city.
Luxurious and elegant, following its renovation in 2018, the hotel became part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.V.X. Collection, which celebrates upscale hotels with local flair. It’s also held four black pavilions from the Michelin Hotel Guide for the past 12 years, a testament to the appeal of its luxurious, East-meets-West sophistication.
This mix of cultural influences is seen across around a dozen dining options, from the French-inspired Brise Verte Restaurant to Yomeiden, which serves Chinese cuisine beneath grand murals of the country’s landscape. Further restaurants specialise in numerous styles of Japanese food, including sushi, tempura, yakitori and teppanyaki steak, at the highest levels of refinement.
A particularly Japanese indulgence is the presence of natural hot springs within the hotel spa. Geothermally heated water pumped from 1,600m below Shiba Park, containing sodium that soothes tired muscles, contributes to The Prince Park Tower Tokyo’s role as a city resort that refreshes the spirit and stimulates the senses.
Staying at a ryokan—a traditional inn—is considered one of the definitive experiences of travel in Japan. Takanawa Hanakohro offers the chance to experience this in the heart of Tokyo, as a 16-room ryokan within the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa.
Reflecting the name Hanakohro, which means “flower-scented path”, entry is on a narrow trail through part of a Japanese garden extending for around 20,000m². Created by landscape gardener Teiji Kusuoka, who also worked on the Imperial Palace, the grounds include 16 kinds of flowers, which give their names to the rooms of the ryokan, along with more than 200 cherry trees. Throughout the year, this oasis offers changing sights and scents as the flowers and foliage of new seasons come to life. The name has metaphorical significance, too, since a stay represents a journey through exquisite, unrepeatable pleasures.
Furnishings here are in the most quintessentially Japanese style. Rooms combine tatami mats, low tables, shoji screens and lamps, and the play of light and shadow, with just enough touches of Western convenience—including a conventional bed—that visitors from anywhere will feel delightfully comfortable and at home. The larger hotel contains dedicated lounges and spas just for guests at Takanawa Hanakohro, preserving an uninterrupted sense of privacy and exclusivity.