Unlike most luxury hotels in Tokyo built inside mixed-use towers, the Peninsula is freestanding. In fact, it was the only stand-alone high-end hotel to be built in Tokyo for a decade, opening in 2007. The 24-story hotel is situated in the Marunouchi financial district, opposite the moat of the Imperial Palace. Its exterior emulates a Japanese lantern, amber Namibian granite contrasting with the surrounding gray stone and glass buildings. The forecourt features a landscaped garden of classical pine, cherry, and maple trees, reflecting the Japanese bond with nature and the changing seasons. Inside, the two-story lobby has ivory-colored walls with wooden lattices that echo the lattice windows of old Kyoto. The 1,300 crystal LED lightbulbs of the lobby chandelier resemble a cloud of fireworks or fireflies. More than 1,000 pieces of art, mostly Japanese, further embellish interiors. Guest floor corridors reference the streets of old Kyoto, with floor lights and granite and mirror panels set into the walls resembling water, while the carpets feature a woven kimono thread pattern. Rooms and suites continue the wooden lattice theme, and have headboards and TV cabinets of cherry wood, and red lacquer work desks.
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Its location in the lively finance district of Marunouchi places the Peninsula close to plenty of diversions. The proximity of two fine green spaces—the Imperial Palace Gardens and Hibiya Park—means that guests can easily escape the urban jungle. Ginza shopping and activities are a short walk to the east, while Hibiya station is right by the property.
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Rooms: 267 rooms, 47 suites. From $550. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Prime-cut meats, seafood, salads, and home-style dishes fill the menu at Peter, where interiors favor wood and steel. Fung Terrace offers Cantonese cuisine in a gardenlike setting, riffing on the hotel’s proximity to the Imperial Palace Gardens. Kyoto Tsuruya, sister to the famous Kyoto kaiseki restaurant called Tsuruya, serves fine Japanese. The Lobby is the setting for the hotel’s celebrated afternoon tea. Spa and gym details: The fifth-floor, 9,700-square-foot fitness center and pool area offer the latest equipment for weight training and cardio, plus views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and Hibiya Park. The spa’s therapies combine Japanese, Ayurvedic, and European disciplines.
Who’s it for: Big shots; owners of private jets; film and media execs; society folk; royalty and aristocracy. Our favorite rooms: Deluxe Suites from the 18th to 21st floors offer unobstructed views of both Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace Gardens. For art lovers: The Peninsula Art Walk is a 45-minute, complimentary virtual tour offered by the hotel. It takes guests on an exploration of the property’s fine artwork.