Palace Hotel Tokyo Aims to Bring a New Brand of Luxury to the Japanese Capital

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Tokyo—The city of Tokyo now has an exciting new addition to its hospitality market with the opening of the Palace Hotel Tokyo, a 290-room venue. Placed just across a moat from the Imperial Palace gardens and offering impressive city views, the hotel is the centerpiece of a $1.2 billion mixed-use development.

The project includes a variety of high-end dining venues and bars, as well as top-tier guest facilities and access to the country’s first Evian SPA. It also has a 37,000-square foot garden area. In addition to its historic placement, the hotel benefits from its Marunouchi business district address, a feature that developers hope will draw business executives.

The 23-story structure was designed by architectural firm Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc., a company responsible for a great number of office buildings and facilities in Tokyo’s Marunouchi business district. The hotel inherits the setting from two other hospitality structures, Hotel Teito and Palace Hotel, both of which were demolished in order to make way for their respective successors.

The hotel will contain 278 guestrooms and 12 suites, divided into 12 categories, and floor plans ranging from 480 square feet, to 2,700 square feet. Rooms will feature LCD TVs hooked up to Blu-ray/DVD/CD players, and wireless and wired high-speed Internet will be available throughout. Materials and patterns used in the design of the rooms are evocative of the history of the hotel’s location and heritage, responsible for interior design is GA Design International led by Terry McGinnity. Fitness facilities, a keycard-accessible 24-hour, 19th floor business center, indoor swimming pool, eight different meeting venues and an in-building wedding chapel are also part of the Palace Hotel Tokyo’s comprehensive amenity package.

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