The Imperial Hotel is a 5 star. Just, it feels a little dated and I'm not sure it's worth how much it costs. Granted, we booked two rooms in the main building (7th - 10th floors). It might very well be the case that the rooms on the Imperial Floors (14th - 16th floors) are well worth the money. Also, to be fair, if you're staying at the Imperial, you're paying more, I think, for "history" than anything else. If you're not into history and are instead looking for a sleek, modern feel, I recommend maybe staying at the Peninsula down the block. In any case, even if it's not the shiniest gem on the block, the Imperial has quite a bit going for it (beyond being a cultural and historical relic in its own right). The hotel is just across the street from Hibiya Park, and you only have to walk a hundred or so feet from the front door of the hotel to reach the Subway, where you can jump on the Mita, Chiyoda, and Hibiya lines. Ginza proper is within walking distance of the hotel, and you only need to ride the Hibiya line a few stops to reach Roppongi, where there's an active club scene, lots of foreign restaurants, and a Tokyo must - the Mori Tower. All in all, my opinion is, if you have the money and feel like it, stay at the Imperial. The rooms are clean, spacious and feel a little bit like they'd belong better in the 70s or 80s (but, without there being any of the wear and tear that comes with aging), which can be nice. The restaurants in the hotel are also great; especially the Old Imperial Bar which you have to visit if you have any interest in architecture or in Frank Llyod Wright more specifically. If you're not big on history though, you might want to consider staying elsewhere. The more adventurous should definitely consider staying at a ryokan if possible. But, again, if you have the money, enjoy being in the thick of it, and want to enjoy what is arguably some of the best service around - what you might even consider being impeccable service - then the Imperial's on of your best bets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury hotel by the Imperial Palace. Founded in 1890, has welcomed celebrities by offering impeccable Japanese hospitality. Located in the central Tokyo; 5 minutes to Ginza shopping area by walk, 5 minutes to Tokyo station by taxi, 15 to 30 minutes to Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa, and Ropponngi area by subway, and 45 minutes to Haneda Airport, 90 minutes to Narita Airport by Limousine bus. Free VDSL Wi-Fi connection and 16 restaurants and bars inside the hotel are available. ... more less ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel Chiyoda
- Imperial Hotel Tokyo Japan