The Palace Hotel Tokyo – Konnichiwow
This is a suite that oozes space, sophistication, soul and style, and (while it doesn’t begin with ‘s’) it’s pretty comfortable too. This is a suite of epic proportions that can only be described as Palace Hotel Tokyo’s crowning achievement to date.
The Views Are Good Here
A stay in the Palace Suite will allow you to live a day in the life of the emperor/empress that you’ve always known you are. Like all of Palace Hotel Tokyo’s suites, a stay here comes with a complementary view of the surrounding areas of Marunouchi, with the Palace Suite benefiting from sweeping views across the Imperial Palace Gardens and Wadakura Fountain. Upon arrival you’ll be escorted to the 19th floor where those staying in one of the signature suites (that’s you – yay!) can enjoy a private check‐in. Being helped with your luggage before being greeted by the concierge at check‐in is a nice touch.
The Roomiest of Rooms
Now let’s get down to the room itself. Having visited Tokyo on several occasions, I’ve always been disappointed with the size of the rooms. I can remember nights spent in beds with my toes hanging loosely out the bottom of a double bed that feels more like a single. The Palace Hotel Tokyo puts this qualm to bed (pardon the pun) as the rooms are spacious by both Asian and Western standards. In fact, at 210m² the Palace Suite is the biggest of its kind in Tokyo. And if that isn’t enough space for you, you can extend this already generously sized room by reserving the connecting Club Deluxe King room to create a two‐bedroom home away from home. The Palace Suite delivers a living room, dining room, bedroom, vanity area, dressing room and bathroom embellished with fine marble to make this the suite of kings. Evenings were made for moments like the ones you’ll spend here, as the window‐side tub allows you to take in the views of Tokyo’s sensational skyline from the comfort of your room.
This chic residence does a good job of remaining contemporary throughout, showing no signs of neglecting its Japanese heritage, it instead serves to embrace it. The décor is sleek and suave. The colours throughout are gentle and earthy, with splashes of orange and gold in all the right places. The stylish furnishings go from texture to texture effortlessly, creating an understated feel of luxury all over. In‐room amenities include a Nespresso machine, three LCD TVs, complimentary Wi‐Fi access, a Blu‐ray player and a whole host of multi‐language channels. This suite wants for nothing.
There are oh so many benefits
One of the massive benefits of opting for the Palace Suite is the complimentary access to the cosy confines of the Club Lounge. Any executive lounges you’ve visited in the past will look like child’s play compared to this, as this is what can only be described as the icing on the cake to an already all‐round refined experience. Prepare to be serenaded and soothed to the bones by the lounge’s pianist as you sip on zesty cocktails and enjoy generous servings of exquisite canapés. Afternoon tea here is an absolute must and is best enjoyed outside on the terrace. On a clear day, the terrace affords stunning views of the famed Mount Fuji. The waiter service here is the friendliest and the sincerest in Tokyo that I’ve come across and the staff will go out of their way to make you feel like a superstar. Another plus point for the Palace Suite is the free parking that comes with it. Free parking in a major city like this is so unheard of that even if you plan on walking everywhere it’s almost worth renting a car!
This has to be the best hotel I’ve stayed at in Tokyo. Not only does the suite itself take some beating, but the Club benefits are too good to pass up. The location is also a selling point of the hotel as asides from the fact that it neighbours the Imperial Palace Gardens, it also lies adjacent to the boundless transport hub that is Tokyo Station. The world is your oyster here and this luxury hotel in Tokyo is the gateway to the city that lies on your doorstep.
But who cares? In a suite this chic, you’ll never want to leave.