Climbing above Shiodome Station and connected to Shimbashi Station, the Conrad reflects contemporary Japanese design. Traditional symbols and motifs like the gate and Japanese brush painting feature throughout the property. Each high-ceilinged guest room is modeled on the city or garden concept depending on its view—of Hama Rikyu Gardens and Tokyo Bay, or the city skyline. Interiors also showcase a collection of contemporary Japanese art created by 23 commissioned artists.
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Shiodome is a thriving new business district, but Hama Rikyu Gardens is located just across the Inner Circular Route from the property. This public park on the Sumida River was built on the site of a villa of the Shogun Togukawa family in the 17th century. Seasonal blossoms include plum and cherry, and the landscaping is a welcome contrast to the surrounding shiny towers. Ginza, the city’s exclusive shopping and entertainment area, is a short walk north of the property.
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Rooms: 230 rooms, 60 suites. From $420. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Collage has huge floor-to-ceiling windows and a modern French menu. Contemporary Chinese meals and a walk-in wine cellar are lures at China Blue. Sushi, kaiseki, and teppan dishes complement the contemporary Japanese decor at Kazahana. Cerise offers casual all-day dining, while TwentyEight, on the 28th floor, is a popular watering hole; it also serves afternoon tea. Spa and gym details: The 15,000-square-meter, 10-room Mizuki Spa & Fitness center has a traditional Japanese hinoki cypress bath and a 25-meter swimming pool. The gym, open 24 hours, has TechnoGym equipment.
Who's it for: Business executives, couples, and shoppers. Our favorite rooms: The Royal Hamarikyu Suite has two bedrooms, a living room, a dining area, a dressing room, three bathrooms (the water to fill the tub pours from the ceiling) and its own kitchen. The views of Tokyo Bay are stunning. A little bird: Each room has a “Shiodome Chidori,” an imaginary, silver-painted bird that appears in different positions in the bed’s headboard—a lively posture in city rooms, a relaxed posture in bay-view rooms, flying in the suites.