Opened in May 2012, and the anchor of a $1.2 billion mixed-use development, the 23-story Palace Hotel was built from the ground up, and it succeeds Hotel Teito and the Palace Hotel that occupied the same site from 1947 and 1961, respectively. (Each was razed to make way for its successor.) Located opposite the ancient Otemon Gate of Edo Castle, the hotel was designed to showcase green space and the surrounding skyline, with all guestrooms featuring views of the Imperial Palace gardens and moats. Natural motifs—from the traces of trees on the walls of Bar Lounge Privé and its leaf-shaped bar to the hotel’s hand-tufted, deep-green carpets—reinforce the link to the outdoors. The hotel’s artwork brings to light the work of Japanese contemporary artists, with about 1,000 paintings, watercolors, glass, metalwork, and other pieces on display. Most rooms have open-style bathrooms, while more than half feature open terraces and balconies, a rarity in Tokyo.