10 of the Best Hotels in Tokyo, from Charming Ryokans to Japanese Onsen Retreats

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 7, 2024 16:30 PMNews
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With its mix of glinting skyscrapers, narrow alleyways, and lantern-festooned temples, Tokyo is one of the most thrilling cities on Earth. But its sheer size can make choosing a hotel daunting. Over the past decade, accommodation options have expanded to include trendy ryokans and indie hotels, making it easier to find the perfect place to stay in this vibrant city.

1. Hoshinoya Tokyo

Best for: cultural immersion

Leave the city behind and step into this skyscraper ryokan. Hoshinoya Tokyo features tatami floors, shoji screen doors, and an onsen-spa with hot spring waters on the 17th floor. The French-Japanese restaurant and in-room bento box breakfasts are highly recommended.

Rooms: From ¥112,000 (£589), two-night minimum stay.

2. OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka

Best for: budgeting

OMO5 offers an intimate neighborhood vibe in a modern building. The cleverly designed rooms include loft-style beds, and the café transitions from breakfast space to bar. Sign up for a local tour with the 'Omo Rangers'.

Rooms: From ¥16,000 (£84).

3. TRUNK (Hotel) Cat Street

Best for: loft-style cool

This design-forward boutique hotel offers a breezy, minimalist aesthetic. The hotel’s lounge, restaurants, and shop attract both fashionable locals and guests. Rooms range from those with hammocks to larger suites with terraces.

Rooms: From ¥51,774 (£273).

4. Palace Hotel Tokyo

Best for: royal luxury

Located near the Imperial Palace, this elegant hotel offers spacious rooms with balconies overlooking gardens. The breakfast buffet is extensive, and the hotel features Michelin-starred restaurants.

Rooms: From ¥91,800 (£483).

5. ONE@Tokyo

Best for: solo travellers

This budget hotel designed by Kengo Kuma offers compact rooms perfect for solo travellers. The functional yet inviting communal spaces include an open lobby and a rooftop. Long-stay discounts make it ideal for exploring Tokyo and beyond.

Rooms: From ¥15,000 (£79).

6. Hotel New Otani Tokyo

Best for: amenities

This urban resort features 10 acres of Japanese gardens and an al fresco pool. The vast property has 1,474 rooms, more than three dozen dining options, and a lounge for Executive House Zen guests.

Rooms: From ¥36,000 (£189).

7. Shiba Park Hotel

Best for: bookworms

This hotel features a collection of 1,500 books and themed book corners on each floor. The rooms offer views of Tokyo Tower, and the fireside library lounge is perfect for curling up with a good book.

Rooms: From ¥21,870 (£115).

8. Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Best for: families

Keio Plaza offers spacious family rooms with views of Mount Fuji. The hotel features tea ceremonies, an outdoor pool, 11 restaurants, and a laundromat, making it perfect for families.

Rooms: From ¥35,200 (£185).

9. Hotel Groove Shinjuku, A Parkroyal Hotel

Best for: nightlife lovers

Hotel Groove in Kabukicho offers style and class, with rooms overlooking the neon cityscape. The building features a retro-styled arcade, cinema, live music space, and food hall.

Rooms: From ¥31,000 (£163).

10. Tokyo Station Hotel

Best for: European-style elegance

Set within the original 20th-century Tokyo Station, this grand hotel features old-world European opulence. Enjoy tea in the lobby lounge or savor Japanese whiskies at Bar Oak. The hotel is also convenient for Shinkansen travel.

Rooms: From ¥135,332 (£711).

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