Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo
There are few more central places than in the core of Marunouchi, with its glistening new skycrapers, salaryman audiences, office buildings and upmarket shopping malls. Additionally, it is a Nirvana for trainspotters: that the resort looks over the nonstop bustle of Tokyo Station (luggage a corner chair at Motif for prime seats to watch pops of legendary white-nosed bullet trains pulling from the channel). A suggestion for those coming via Tokyo Station: reserve the free platform pick-up agency to stop from becoming lost while laden down with bag at the famously labyrinthine channel.
Style & personality
Interiors hit a smart balance between being posh, contemporary and resolutely lavish while staying warm and romantic. Cue plenty of dark forests, metallic-hued furnishings, shining light, abstract contemporary paintings and, needless to say, walls of floor-to-ceiling windows framing Tokyo views.
Service & amenities
The ceremony is as hot as the distance. As is frequently true in top Japanese resorts, the support is bend-over-backwards helpful. The spa is a romantic aromatic area, with just two calming therapy rooms along with muscle-melting massages. There might not be a swimming pool, however, people should not miss the tiny onsen-style stone tub in the spa. Fantastic for a meditative Japanese-style beverage.
All the 57 rooms (and 2 suites) are light and spacious with clean-lined modern design in chic neutral tones — by the mild timber panelling and luxurious rugs with Japanese-inspired motifs into the high quality white cotton bedding. Unlike another skyscraper resorts, the guestrooms aren’t so far off the floor — that means gazing in the visitors and racing salaryman audiences throughout the interrelated windows are often as entertaining as seeing the large-screen TV (but do not forget to draw the curtains after dark for solitude). Light sleepers would likewise do well to reserve a south-facing space on the other side of Tokyo station. The bathrooms are luxuriously broad white affairs, complete with obligatory Japanese multi-buttoned techno loos and fashionable Etro toiletries.
Food & beverage
The core of the resort is seventh floor Motif, a newly-revamped restaurant that opened April 2015. The Andre Fu-designed area, which curves round the construction showcasing views across Tokyo Station, is tasteful, full with custom-built furnishings, hanging lamps and Art Deco-inspired hand-made bronze displays in hot neutral colors. The Social Salon serves food masterminded by culinary adviser Hiroshi Nakamichi, that has assembled a “inventive French” menu using seasonal farm-to-table Japanese components, most from his native Hokkaido in northern Japan (seared scallops and sea urchin from jellied broth together with okra coulis are highlights). The restaurant broadly gives way into the Living Room, the main bar area where comfy buffet lunches and afternoon tea full of miniature wagyu hamburgers and truffle popcorn are all served. Breakfast is a comfortable affair at the primary restaurant area, with both Japanese and Western breakfasts à la carte or buffet style, also mouth-melting pastries.
Value for cash
Double rooms from 55,890 yen (#290) in low season; climbing into 117,990 yen (#612) at large. Breakfast included/excluded based on package. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Wheelchair-accessible rooms out there.
Despite its very grown-up atmosphere, it is refreshingly child-friendly. Infants are especially well cared for: personnel provide cots, baby bibs, food, toiletries, nappies (and high-street bin) — and, even through my latest trip, a hand-drawn welcome card dealt to my infant.
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