ANA Intercontinental Tokyo1-12-33, Akasaka
Tokyo, Japan, 107-0052
+81 (0)3 3505 1111
Located within walking distance of the Akasaka Imperial Palace and the Tokyo Tower, ANA Intercontinental Tokyo is a perfect place for visiting businesspeople to hang their hats. Rooms are elegantly furnished and modern but also include some Japanese accents. Taking a page from Las Vegas or New York, the hotel has an elegant outdoor garden pool and an indoor shopping mall, with antiquities, wine, and high-end clothing. It also sports a number of leading restaurants: Pierre Gagnaire and the kaiseki-focused Unkai are located on the upper floors of the hotel. And for those looking for an active night scene, the bar at Pierre Gagnaire has live music almost every night.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo6-10-3 Rappongi
Tokyo, Japan, 106-0032
+81 (0)3 4333 1234
Located in the booming Rappongi neighborhood, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo bills itself as a “lifestyle destination.” Rooms are outfitted in mahogany wood, Frette bedding, and beautiful views of the sprawling Tokyo cityscape. For the stressed, the Nagomi spa offers Swedish, Indian, and aromatherapy treatments. For the famished, several restaurants—including The Oak Door steakhouse, Fiorentina Pastry Boutique, and The French Kitchen—provide artful dishes, private chef’s table dining, a summer beer garden, and Kappo-style cuisine. The hotel also features the pastries of world-renowned Pastry Chef Masaki Okazaki, who won the Mondial Des Arts Sucrés this year for his “circus” of candy, sugar craft, and chocolate.
Park Hyatt Tokyo3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku
Tokyo, Japan, 163-1055
+81 (0)3 5322 1234
Located on the 39th floor of the Shinjuku Park Tower building, the Park Hyatt is Tokyo’s most famous hotel (it got its Hollywood spotlight when Bill Murray stayed there in “Lost in Translation,” luring hordes of tourists). But the hotel’s luxury (Egyptian cotton bedding outfits the bedrooms), ambiance (its lobby has a full bamboo garden as its centerpiece), and excellent dining options are the reason most people stay. The 47th floor is where you'll find the hot and cold unisex pools (where bathing suits are not just frowned upon, they are forbidden), as well as the health club (where gym clothes, sneakers, and socks are provided) and indoor lap pool. The experience of swimming a few strokes is akin to floating in the clouds as you look out on a 360° view of the city; it is decadence beyond decadence. Many of the spacious rooms also boast azure-tinted views of the Tokyo skyline at night and on clear days Yoyogi Park and Mount Fuji.