This hotel in the Shiodome area opened in 2003 under the concept of ART—atrium, restaurant, travel. It occupies 10 floors of the sleek, triangular Shiodome Media Tower, and pays homage to local traditions of nature with a 10-floor glass roofed atrium (purported to be the largest hotel atrium in Tokyo), and trees and greenery between the building’s 25th and 34th floors. Since 2012 it has embarked on an artist-in-residence program—every room on the 31st floor will be painted by a separate artist, with the program to finish in 2016. Non-artist themed rooms are clean-lined and come in light, neutral tones. B&B Italia furnishings are used in all interiors, including the accommodations, dining areas, and lobby.
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Shiodome is an emerging business district, and the area immediately around the property is all tall buildings, wide roads, and pedestrian overpasses. But the hotel’s location is also convenient for shopping and sightseeing, with the Shiodome metro station next door. Hama Rikyu gardens are close to the property. The Ginza shopping district and the famous Tsukiji wholesale fish market are a 10-minute walk from the Park Hotel.
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Rooms: 272 rooms, one suite. From $200. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Anticipate fine skyline views and casual contemporary French dishes at Tateru Yoshino Bis. The traditional kaiseiki cuisine at Hanasanshou sources seasonal ingredients from a 400-year-old vegetable farm in Kyoto. Society prizes itself for being the first Scotch Malt Whisky Society bar in Japan. Bathed in light from the atrium, Art Lounge pairs art exhibits with light bites. Spa and gym details: Thann Sanctuary on the 26th floor is a Thai spa; treatments include aromatherapy massage and Ayurveda. The small gym, on the same floor, has machines, weight-training equipment, and exercise bikes.
Who's it for: Art lovers; jaded travelers who think they’ve seen it all; millennials; the young at heart. Our favorite rooms: You can’t go wrong with any of the artist rooms, though we like Dragon for its energetic paintings. Don’t miss: Even non-smokers should check out the dedicated smoking room on the 25th floor. Its walls depict a make-believe town, with a giant geisha smoking a gold pipe.