Can't honestly recommend this hotel to penny-pinchers as it can be very costly indeed, but quality like this is on the other hand very, very rare, and it is an entirely Japanese experience, which makes it even more special. The staff seems to be watching you, ever so discreetly, every minute you are not in your room - anticipating every single need and acting ahead of you. The hotel is the oldest in the city so there is history - and the public spaces evoke an unusual ambiance of The Imperial's fabulous, quirky former Frank Lloyd Wright builidng. (I hear there is a sumptuous Frank Lloyd Wright Imperial Suite.) Celebrities, heads of state, royalty - they stay there and it seems in a separate secret section of the hotel, as often certain areas are closed off. The Imperial Floor rooms have auto-filling baths, mist saunas, hygeine-sensitive appointments, loads of gadgets a la japonais, and lots and lots of space. There is something about this hotel no other Tokyo hotel has - I think it could be called pedigree. 120 years old this year!
Unique Quality: Les Saisons - it costs an arm and a leg - but wow! THE best French food I've ever had anywhere, (chef is from Les Crayeres in Reims, 3 stars) yet the hotel even operates a less expensive but very charming and delicious Brasserie in the hotel as well. The teppanyaki Kamon room serves expensive but wonderous open grill wagyu steaks.
The sense of place in this very Japanese, quintessential Tokyo landmark is almost palpable, as is the ambiance of history and intrigue. It's not flashy or trendy - just elegant and distinguished.
Directions: Perfect setting next to a pretty, lush park and the expansive palace grounds, but not noisy. You can walk to the Ginza and Marunouchi in minutes. Next to a subway entrance with several key lines.
Unique Quality: Since 1890, the Imperial hotel has catered to royalty, statesmen, fabled celebrities and the leaders of international commerce. Luxury is the keyword. The 1923 building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was lost in a fire, but a vestige of it survives in the art deco Old Imperial Bar on the mezzanine level. Rooms are superb, with private writing desks, three telephones, individual environment control systems, remote control TV with bedside consoles and a spaciousness rarely encountered in Tokyo hotels. The staff can greet guests in five languages. Ginza is just behind the hotel, which faces Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace grounds.
Imperial hotel is a 5 star big type commercial hotel; it is located within the walking distance of the city. The rooms in this hotel are absolutely fantastic their accommodation is one of the best it can really meet your standard. It has a total of 1014 rooms with four different types which are the imperial floor, suites, deluxe rooms, moderate rooms, and standard rooms. Aside from their fantastic rooms this hotel is also known for its award-winning cuisine. Aside from their own specialty the Japanese cuisine you can also choose from two different cuisines out of the 13 different dinning areas. I can say it is a whole package a hotel where you’ll worry less and enjoy more!
Unique Quality: It also have a fantastic service and facilities such as babysitting services, Spa, concierge, banquet facilities, business center, executive service, Imperial Hotel limousine services, and many more.
Directions: 38 miles away from Narita Airport
Pleaseant stay. Room service is super fast, not like here in the US where you wait for hours for your request. Close to the Ginza (think Rodeo Drive on steroids) district and the Imperial Palace. Very very nice rooms. We stayed on the rennovated floors and had a fabulous room. Comfy bed, great tea, 3 flat screen tvs! The toilets were the best ever! In fact, I am buying one for our home in LA. Its heated, it cleans the both areas with a warm spray of water (one second you are dirty, the next second you are super clean!), it has a noise maker to hide your bodily noises, it has organisms to eat the odor.
The shower/bath is controlled by a DIGITAL control. That's right, DIGITAL temperatures. And the other bonus? Shiseido beauty products. Food is very very expensive. Had the Kansai dinner (took 4 people to serve us) and cost us $300 US. But is was very good and at least we tried the traditional Japanese meals.
Many celebs here. Met the Formula 1 superstars. Totally recommend, but not cheap.
Unique Quality: Toilets! Showers! Great shopping downstairs. Close to trains. Great bar upstairs. Join the Imperial Club....gets you 10% off drinks, and meals.
When going to this hotel make sure you ask for the new wing, where the rooms have been upgraded. The rooms in the central buidling are in need of refurbishment. Also remember to request a non smoking room on a non smoking floor. This hotel over looks the Imperial Palace Gardens and is situated with in walking distance of the Ginza.
This is the Grand Old Lady of Tokyo Hotels and as such is often lacking the hi tech of newer hotels. However the service and staff more than make up for this. They are amazing and seem to know what you want before you know yourself!
Unique Quality: The viewsof the city from the roof top are outstanding - as is the service. Try the Champagn High Tea!
Also the French Restaurant has food unrivalled in France and the service is better and the staff more friendly than anything you wil find in France!
This is a great hotel which retains some of its Frank Lloyd Wright influence, especially in each lobby. The two times I have been able to stay here (thanks to the Toyota International Teacher Program), my rooms have ranged from huge with a large sitting area to quite small but with a great view--the Tokyo Tower seemed close enough to touch.
When I left my room quickly and forgot $400 in Japanese yen before the room was prepared for the evening, I thought, "Well, I'll just have to hit the ATM; that money won't be there when I get back." Instead, when I returned, I found that the money had been moved from my bed; the bed had been prepared for the evening; and then the money and the other things I had hurridly left scattered on top of the covers had been replaced as closely as possible to their original positions.
Unique Quality: At the desk, expect a half dozen staff, waiting to help you in anyway possible. Unsurpassed concierge service. Great restaurants. Rooms are stocked with comfortable yukatas, hot water and tea, blow dryers, nice toiletries, and full mini-bars.
This hotel has been around for over a century. In a country where customer service is religion, this hotel establishes standards which are nigh-on impossible to surpass. Further, all the staff have reasonable English language skills - this is no mean feat in Tokyo.
The hotel is situated opposite the Imperial Palace - incidentally the path around the Palace is a great jogging route.
The hotel is also within 5 mins' walk of stations on the Tokyo Metro and JR networks.
Unique Quality: This hotel has one thing sorely lacking in most Tokyo hotels - SPACE.
An outstanding choice for business travellers - internet access in every room is provided at no additional charge. The business centre is well-equipped.
Elegance and comfort are two words which can best describe the characteristics of this famous hotel. With a wonderful location just minutes from Tokyo Station, the Imperial Palace offers breathtaking views of gardens, trees, and the Tokyo Bay (depending on the location of your room). The remarkable staff will go above and beyond to assure your stay is wonderful, and for Westerners such as myself, their ability to speak English was a definite plus. You WILL be treated like royalty when you stay at the Imperial Palace. Luxury is abundant, along with those little "extras" that are always needed for a comfortable stay, such as: hair dryers, a daily newspaper, in-room mini refrigerators, and enough restaurants inside the hotel to satisfy all tastebuds. Don't forget to end the night with a cocktail at The Rainbow Lounge, located on the 17th floor. This lounge boasts amazing views of Tokyo that certainly should not be missed.
Legendary, the Imperial Hotel, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built across the street from the park of the Imperial Palace, within walking distance of everything important in the city. In some of the public areas, it still retains elements of the original design. There are both Occidental and Japanese style rooms and impeccable attention to detail. The 66 suites have been traditionally the favorites of statesmen, royalty and celebrities. Personalized services and a highly trained staff makes it Tokyo’s address of choice for corporate executives. It has the largest executive service center amongst Japanese hotels, with complimentary meeting space and an amenity lounge for early arrivals or late departures. The extremely large ballrooms are suitable for trade shows, exhibits and large banquets.
The 13 restaurants are outstanding, with Les Saisons serving French haute cuisine, Cicerone authentic Italian, Teppanyaki Restaurant Kamon and Ten-ichi for Tempura, to name but a few memorable ones. There is also a tea house on premises in the midst of a traditional garden, where one can participate in the Japanese tea ceremony, an unforgettable experience of ceremonially graceful movement.
Right behind the hotel is the International arcade, where you can find beautiful Kimono's at used clothing prices.
On the other side of the arcade is the Ginza.
The staff at the Imperial is impeccable. Highly trained, polite , eager to fulfill the slightest request, punctual, discrete.
Unique Quality: Live it up in luxury. This hotel will cater to your every need. Don't be surprised if you see stars from music, tv, and film; heads of state. I even had a suspicious group from Russia staying in the suite across from my room. Two guards outside the door at all times...
Directions: Across from the Imperial Palace Garden
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Address: 1-1-1 Uchisaiwai-Cho, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture, 100-8558, Japan