Private banker and a regular traveller to Japan, Joe Batchelor gives his three favourite hotels in Tokyo, from luxury to hidden gem.
If you want the best location in Tokyo for the absurd price of US$100 the Rainbow hotel in Uneo is the business hotel for you. It’s not the prettiest place in the world but it’s functional; you sleep well, the staff bend over backwards to help and breakfast is included. As for location I think it’s the best secret Tokyo has; you’re in Ueno Park, giving you super jogging, cherry blossoms, and close proximity to museums and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Ueno market is charming and the area is bursting with quirky restaurants. You are literally sitting on the best station in Tokyo with bullet train access to anywhere, Yamamoto line to Akihabara, Tokyo, Ginza in five minutes and Narita in 30. A convenience gem! Rainbow Hotel, 2 Chome-13-1 Ueno, Tokyo; Tel: +81 3 3833 7716; www.hotel-rainbow.jp
The Prince Park Tower, a member of Preferred Hotels, sits just behind Ropongi and in Tokyo location is everything. A ten minute stroll and you’re shopping in Ropongi Hills or having a cocktail at a popular spot like Gas Panic in Ropongi. You really feel as if you’re not in Tokyo though because the hotel sits in the middle of a beautiful green park, which is great for a morning run in the shadows of the iconic Tokyo Tower. The city would not allow this space to be wasted. Below the park sits the most extraordinary suite of facilities – bowling, beauty treatment, spas, fitness, hot springs, wedding and conference rooms – that you can find anywhere in Tokyo. The Sky Lounge, as well as French, steak and sushi restaurants, mean that even if you’re feeling lazy you’re not missing out on world class cuisine. The Prince Park Tower, 4-8-1 Shibakoen Minato, Tokyo; Tel: +81 3 5400 1111; www.princehotels.com
I love the Mandarin Oriental in Nihonbashi because you always know what you’re getting service wise; this is the best hotel in Tokyo hands down. The Mandarin in Hong Kong is my second home, so I feel bad being disloyal, but Tokyo takes the service quality to a new level. With an elevated reception you check in looking over Mt Fuji and a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city. A beautiful spa, award-winning restaurants, unbeatable service; it’s simply fantastic. Imperial Gardens and Tokyo station is a five minutes’ walk away, with access to everywhere. Unbeatable if the company is paying! Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Tel: +81 3 3270 8800; www.mandarinoriental.com