In the ARK Hills development at the intersection of the Akasaka, Roppongi, and Kasumigaseki districts (hence the name ARK), this 37-story tower offers fine views of the city and Mount Fuji. Interiors meld clean, simple design with touches of glam, while rooms are contemporary and come in soothing tones of creams and browns. The 35th-floor Club Lounge is divided into five different zones, including Library, Dining, Bar, and Meeting (club privileges costs around an additional $105 on top of the room rate). Visitors pressed for time can book an executive helicopter flight service to Narita, departing next to the hotel with a flight time of 12 minutes.
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This part of Tokyo is rife with government offices, embassies, and consulates, including the U.S. Embassy, a couple of minutes’ walk away. Next to the property is the Suntory Hall, described by legendary Austrian conductor Herbert Von Karajan as a “jewel box of sound.” The Okura Shukokan museum houses an impressive collection of pre-modern Asian art, including three National Treasures and 13 Important Cultural Properties. The Ginza line’s Tameike-sanno Station is just steps from the property.
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Rooms: 801 rooms, 43 suites. From $225. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Eleven restaurants and bars include French chef Pierre Gagnaire’s eponymous outlet, his only in Japan. Expect highbrow, intriguing modern French and strangely appropriate views of the Eiffel Tower–esque Tokyo Tower; Gagnaire also has a bread, pastry, and cake shop at the hotel. The stylish Mixx Bar & Lounge—popular for molecular cocktails and tapas—comprises an area with standup communal tables and a long bar, a lounge with low seating and couches next to window bays, and a private room. Facing the hotel lobby, Cascade Café offers international and local dishes from morning to night. A steakhouse, Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, and Chinese boîte serving pan-Chinese dishes are among the other options. Spa and gym details: The fourth-floor fitness center is open 24 hours and has cardio equipment, upright bikes, and sauna facilities. Thann Sanctuary is on the fourth floor, also. The Garden Pool is open during the summer months only.
Who it's for: The corporate crowd; classical music lovers (the Suntory Hall is next door); and foreign government employees visiting the sundry embassies nearby. Our favorite rooms: Corner Suites are a little larger than Junior Suites, coming in at about 700 square feet, but have the incomparable views that corner rooms offer. Exercise and explore: Blend in with the locals and go for a jog through the city up to the Imperial Palace. The concierge can provide a route map.