Here’s a property with a fascinating history. A year after Tokyo Station opened in 1914, this European-style hotel with 58 rooms and banquet facilities welcomed its first guest. The destruction of the station roof by bombing during World War II necessitated repairs to the hotel; it reopened in 1951. As part of renovation work on the station’s Marunouchi Building, the hotel closed in 2006 for conservation, restoration, and construction work, remodeling its facilities and officially reopening in October 2012. Reimagined by British interior design firm Richmond International, it reflects the European essence of the station. Hotel facilities command views of the Imperial Palace and the Marunouchi area, considered by some the heart of Tokyo. Guest rooms, spread across the second to fourth floors of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building, come in 15 different options, including large suites, two-story maisonette-style rooms, and digs designed around the North and South Cupola domes.
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The hotel is in the heart of it all, with an entrance 40 meters north of Tokyo Station from the Marunouchi South Exit—a train buff’s dream location. A number of sights are easily accessible by foot, including the Imperial Palace Gardens, Hibiya Park, Ginza shopping, and the boutiques and restaurants in the buildings throughout Marunouchi
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Rooms: 145 rooms, five suites. From $260. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Blanc Rouge supplies contemporary French dishes and has a wine cellar with 1,000 bottles. Aoyagi offers seafood sourced from Tsukiji Market and around the country. Two other Japanese restaurants serve yakitori, kaiseki, and teppanyaki. Options also include Cantonese, Italian, and a couple of bars. Spa and gym details: Spa Tokione has white-on-white furnishings and six treatment rooms. The gym has the usual strength and cardio equipment.
Who's it for: Train travelers, history fans, diehard romantics, and families. Our favorite rooms: The unique Dome Side rooms are laid out to fit the North and South roof cupolas. The one-of-a-kind spaces capitalize on the railway station location, offering views of the reliefs inside the restored domes as well as the bustling streetscape below. At four meters, the ceilings are the highest of any room type. Noteworthy keepsake: The hotel has had many Japanese writers, including Seicho Matsumoto, Yasunari Kawabata, Edogawa Rampo, and Hyakken Uchida, as guests. As a reminder of this, the notepads supplied in all guest rooms are of a design based on traditional grid-patterned genko-yoshi (manuscript paper), with the original hotel logo positioned unobtrusively in the bottom left corner