Recently I took a memory trip, having constantly traveled the world for over 30 years. As in the other luxury hotels I used to frequent, all were still wonderful. And the Imperial was - oddly enough - as luxurious and welcoming and filled with top flight service and amenities as it was the first time I went there 30 years ago. Some reviewers here have called it old - maybe they should stay in the hip, techno glass hotels with hip, techno, and clueless staff most overpriced hot places employ these days. Nothing old about a gorgeous very expensive Kashan carpet on the landing of a subtly lighted staircase off the lobby, or the wonderful tall lobby with the muted and private yet open setting enabling quiet talk or a drink at your table. Wonderul check in and check out service; so much that they get almost frantic if a customer has to wait more than 5 seconds after walking up to the desk. There is always someone lurking to take care of the customers in perfect English (at least for us Yanks and Brits). Rooms are updated with electric curtains and the latest Japanese gizmoes in the johns. Elevators are still run by beautiful young ladies in local dress who bow on entering and leaving. Restaurants are first class. Spectacular for joggers as the Imperial Palace and the Giina with its mecca of stores and Kabuki are a few short blocks away. This star has not diminished an iota in the three decades I have used it. So nice to see when the hangers-on have disappeared or are at reduced levels of service.
- 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