If you’re after the hottest hotel in Tokyo, Savoir Flair has officially found it. Read on to discover why the Aman Tokyo is the place to stay in the Japanese capital and be prepared to want to move in. A-SAP.
Location, Location, Location
Occupying the 33rd to 38th floors of the iconic Otemachi Tower, this is quite possibly the most perfectly placed hotel in Tokyo. Not only are you literally on the metro line (it’s beneath the building), but it’s also a ten-minute stroll to the main Tokyo Station. It overlooks the gorgeous Imperial Palace East Garden, it’s in the super-slick Otemachi financial area, and it’s a hop and a skip away from the shop-lined streets of Ginza. The only problem is that it’s so perfect, venturing out might prove difficult…
It’s true when they say size is important, especially when it comes to the palatial, spacious suites at Aman Tokyo that rival penthouse apartments. It took me a good few minutes to walk around taking all the space in – and to close my gaping jaw. In fact, the hotel boasts the largest rooms in Tokyo, starting at 71 square meters and going up to a whopping 157 square meters – a luxury in a bustling city of over nine million.
It makes a huge difference when you come back from a day of exploring the sights and can actually stretch out, walk around, and take some time for yourself without feeling boxed in and, well, like you’re in a normal hotel room. This is anything but normal. It’s extraordinary.
But it’s not just the rooms that are impressively big, as the sheer size and impressive space runs throughout the hotel. In the vast lobby, which in itself is an architectural masterpiece, the stunning centerpiece soars up to 30 meters high and is made from layers of textured washi paper to resemble a Japanese paper lantern. It measures a huge 40 meters long by 11 meters wide, and rises up through six floors in the center of the building as diffused sunlight illuminates the space below.
There’s the breathtaking 30-meter heated swimming pool – the largest in Tokyo – that provides perfect views of the city from Shinjuku to Mount Fuji. Aman Tokyo also boasts the largest and most comprehensive hotel spa in the city, but more on that gem later. Not to mention the enormous furo (a deep soaking tub that’s a core part of Japanese bathing culture and could quite easily fit five people, if not more) in every bathroom. In a nutshell, the property doesn’t do small. Anywhere.
There’s no denying that this hotel is cool. Achingly so. It’s modern, it’s trendy, and it has a simple urban edge like nowhere else I’ve ever seen. The sixth Aman property to be designed by Kerry Hill Architects, it’s a beautiful blend of traditional Japanese design (think: camphor wood, washi paper, and stone textures) alongside contemporary flair, modern technology, and an array fabrics and textures that have been perfectly placed to create subtle changes in shadow and light. From the dark gray tones of the lobby stone to the clean, light woods in the rooms and the cool, green hues of the corridors, it’s oh-so-simple but breathtakingly beautiful at the same time.
Rooms are inspired by traditional Japanese ryokans, but made modern and sleek. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood them with natural light, and it’s all clean lines and structured shapes. Sliding screens of paper and glass reveal an enormous bathroom, complete with underfloor heating and a bath and shower that allow you to bathe whilst gazing out over Tokyo. Your window-side day bed is a particularly great spot to take in the view, and there’s a giant flatscreen TV that pops up out of the end of the bed should you fancy a change of scenery.
Eat and Treat
The Aman has just opened Arva, a new dining concept that is based on Italian cooking techniques and focuses on simple, locally sourced ingredients. The menu is bursting with mouthwatering dishes that combine Italian flair with a Japanese touch – think: oval squid with mountain vegetables, inkanomezame potato gnocchi, and white asparagus. The cityscape views and cool interiors are just the proverbial cherry on top of this dreamy dining experience.
There’s also The Lounge, where you can enjoy a light bite, an artfully created mocktail, or a cup of green tea as you read a book from the library next door. Be sure to try the signature afternoon tea, too. Here, you’ll join some of the city’s chicest ladies as you scoff on scones, sandwiches, tarts, and petit sweets artfully created by patisserie chef Yoshihisa Miyagawa. It’s worth the visit alone, I promise.
But for the ultimate treat, a trip to the spa is in order. In true Aman style, it spans two floors and enjoys 2,500 square meters of uninterrupted space. Each of the eight treatment rooms is magically minimalist, with light-wood floors and simple touches. Each has its own dressing room, steam shower, and bathroom, making it the perfect private space for some serious pampering.
Speaking of which, the treatments focus on traditional kampo herbal therapies and the power of natural ingredients. It’s all about integrated wellness between the mind, body, and soul, with traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda strongly influencing every aspect of the spa. After your massage, you can tuck into a macrobiotic lunch, enjoy a private yoga session, and even try acupuncture or meditation. Alternatively, you could simply sit with your herbal tea and gaze out across Tokyo. Pure bliss.
So, whether you’re after a top-notch cuisine, a bathtub of dreams, or a luxury experience like no other, I can safely say that the Aman ticks every box, and then some. It’s simply Aman-zing. (Sorry, not sorry.)
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