If you’re stuck on where to stay in Tokyo, Savoir Flair is here to help you out, as we’ve officially found the most luxurious hotel in the Japanese capital. Read on to discover why the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is the place to stay in the city and be prepared to want to move in. ASAP.
Location, Location, Location
Occupying the 45th to the 53rd floor of Tokyo’s tallest skyscraper, The Midtown Tower, this hotel couldn’t be more perfectly placed. Not only is it a short hop and a skip away from the Tokyo metro, but it’s also located in the uber high-end Tokyo Midtown development – home to the chicest stores, galleries, and eateries (making it even harder to step foot outside). Not to mention that it boasts 360-degree panoramic views of the city (including the iconic Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji), and that it’s home to literally everything you could possibly want – Michelin starred dining, sky lobby, wedding chapel, and all.
You don’t have to be a celeb or a VIP to feel like one here – the staff is that good. Anything you require, they’re at your service within seconds. There’s even an Aroma Butler one call away who will bring you essential oil blends to revive you after a long flight. An actual dream.
My top tip? Book into a club level room. Spread over the two top floors, it boasts its own dedicated concierge, club lounge (where you can eat and drink until the cows come home), library, and your very own haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city below. Nothing quite beats tucking into your morning eggs or sipping on your afternoon coffee in a sumptuous lounge overlooking the city lights below.
Eat and Treat
On the subject of eating, if you’re a foodie you’ll be in culinary heaven here. Not only does the Club Lounge serve up treats through the day, there are two Michelin starred restaurants – Azure 45, which serves up modern French cuisine, and Hinokizaka, which is all about contemporary Japanese cuisine complete with four separate areas for sushi, tempura, teppankayi, and kaiseki.
But if it’s steak you’re after, the cool grill Towers, La Boutique is the place to go for a handcrafted cake and pastry, and The Lobby Lounge serves up one of the best afternoon teas in town, accompanied by amazing live music. One piece of advice? Stay long enough so that you can try them all. You won’t regret it.
Feeling too full from all that food to venture out? Don’t fear, because the Ritz-Carlton Spa is just the ticket to relax, unwind, and rest it off. A vast 2,000-square-meter space dedicated to pampering and personal well-being (there’s a state-of-the-art fitness studio and stunning 20-meter indoor pool), you can relax in one of the steam rooms or saunas, take a dip in a hot or cold bath, or just check in for a nap in the relaxation suite. If it’s a top treatment you’re after, try the four-handed massage, where you get two incredible therapists kneading out those knots and bumps. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Well actually, that’s not true – it does, because as soon as you step foot inside your room you’ll find it hard not to hole yourself up in there forever. Opulent and luxurious without being garish or in your face, the hotel is where traditional Japanese touches blend beautifully with contemporary finishes. Think kimono-inspired wallpaper prints, bamboo-esque carpets, rich woods, and marble bathrooms. The featherbeds adorned in Frette linen are the next best thing to sleeping on a cloud, and the deep bathtubs are the perfect place to while away an evening after a day exploring Tokyo’s sights.
And when it comes to sights, every room enjoys unparalleled views of the city through enormous windows that are basically like a giant movie screen that shows you one of the prettiest pictures you can imagine. It’s officially your sanctuary in the sky, and one you’ll never want to come down from.
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