The first true city property for the minimalist luxury hotel brand, this 84-room hotel occupies the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower, in the Otemachi financial district. The design uses traditional Japanese materials like camphor wood, washi paper, and stone, while the centerpiece of the lobby is a 100-foot architectural element that climbs six floors through the heart of the building and re-creates the interior of a Japanese paper lantern. At its base sits a tranquil inner garden. All accommodations come with a large furo, the deep-soaking tub that is a key component of the Japanese bathing ritual, and panoramic views, including those of the Imperial Palace Gardens. The Resident’s Library is lined with books on Japanese art and culture, and it also displays some Japanese artifacts.
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The immediate area has a financial tilt, but the Imperial Palace East Gardens are a few hundred meters from the property. The gardens are the former site of Edo castle’s inner circles of defense (Tokyo was known as Edo), though all that remains today are walls, entrance gates, and moats. Visitors will also see pretty, classic Japanese gardens. Tokyo Station, the main intercity terminal of Tokyo, is a few minutes’ walk south of the Aman, and following restoration that wrapped up in 2012, it’s been brought back to the renaissance glory it had when it opened in 1914. It’s a startling site, surrounded by modern buildings. The Marunouchi district, right by the station, showcases the world’s top fashion brands and is a prized dining destination.
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Rooms: 52 rooms, 32 suites. From $600. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Café by Aman specializes in Mediterranean-inspired fare but also serves the hotel’s own signature sake. On the 33rd level, with floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the Imperial Palace Gardens and Mount Fuji in the distance, Lounge by Aman is the spot for a drink or snack, day or night. Restaurant by Aman treads the Mediterranean fine-dining path, while also offering Japanese- and Asian-inspired dishes. Spa and gym details: The two-floor, 27,000-square-foot wellness facility has a spa with eight treatment rooms, fitness center, yoga studio, Pilates studio, and 30-meter swimming pool. Facilities also include steam rooms and traditional Japanese hot baths. The spa’s Signature Journey includes a scrub using camphor powder and Japanese clay, and a 90-minute massage using kuromoji (Japanese spice bush) and rice oil with both shiatsu and Western massage techniques.
Who's it for: Hip businessmen, fashion editors and designers, and celebrities yearning for peace and quiet. Our favorite rooms: Premier Rooms look toward the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest building in Japan. Attainable artifacts: On a monthly basis, the glass cabinet in the Resident’s Library displays different miniature Japanese antique items selected by an antique shop in Kyoto. The items are for sale.