With an incredible 100-year-old history, The Tokyo Station Hotel that opened in 1915 is a beautiful historic site located inside Tokyo’s iconic Central Station. The property is an official ‘Important Cultural Property of Japan’ because of its heritage. Since 2015, the hotel became a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
What’s it like?
The classic red brick facade and vibrant interiors are eye-catching. Even though the building underwent many renovations, the hotel still retains many of its original features. From traditional furnishings, large windows, dome ceilings to old photographs the hotel gives an exceptional glimpse into Tokyo’s past.
Where is it?
Located within the Tokyo Station in Marunouchi, a commercial district in Japan, the property is a 20 to 30-minute drive from Haneda Airport. It is conveniently connected to several popular spots including the Imperial Palace and the Ginza shopping area.
I spent two nights in the Dome Side Comfort King room, which is said to be one of the most popular guestrooms at The Tokyo Station Hotel. Guests can choose from different accommodation categories. My 30 sqm (30-44 sqm) was decorated in classic European-style and featured standard amenities such as a small work desk and an iPod dock among osthers. The room overlooked the famous cupola domes of Tokyo Station. Recently, the hotel has collaborated with Histoires de Parfums, a French luxury fragrance brand, for bathroom amenities.
Food and drink
The Tokyo Station Hotel spoils you for choice with its wide variety of F&B offerings. The hotel houses the French restaurant, Blanc Rouge wherein executive chef Masahiro Ishihara along with his team create French delights with modern twists. I had a hearty breakfast of continental and Japanese delicacies at The Atrium, an elegant guest lounge. Fine sushi from the region is served at the hotel’s Sushi Aoyagi outlet. One may try Kaiseki (a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) at Shichi Jyu Ni Kou or enjoy Chinese flavours at Cantonese “en” Ken Takase. I enjoyed a post-work drink at the Bar Oak, which is one of the highlights of the hotel. Toraya Tokyo for premium Japanese confectionery, Yakitori Seo serving classic yakitori and Ristorante and Bar Enoteca Norio offering Italian fare are some other options available.
The hotel is a great MICE destination in Tokyo offering the Houo event space on the first floor, which can accommodate over 300 delegates in theatre-style. Other impressive event venues include Youko and Kiri, both ideal for meetings and conferences.
Business travellers must visit the hotel’s Spa Tokione offering a plethora of wellness facilities. There are plunge pools and Japanese hot water bathing pools at the property too. The fitness lounge, The Jexer Tokyo is well-equipped.
Verdict: The hotel aesthetically blends its 100-year-old legacy with Tokyo’s modern outlook.
Price: Upwards of ¥65,397/ ₹42,458
Contact: The Tokyo Station Hotel, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, 100-0005, Japan