Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
Serenity in the Sky
What it is
A calming 200-room retreat in a sleek tower adjacent to Tokyo Station, with four bars and restaurants, a chi-improving spa, and pool that practically floats over the cityscape.
What it isn't
Poorly serviced. Guests are V.I.P.'s here; the hotel offers valet, shoeshines, babysitting, bike rentals, meet and greets at the Tokyo Station, and oh-so-much more.
What we think
When a hotel brand is as laser-focused on perfect yet unstuffy service as this one, they have every right to name themselves Shangri-La—because it really does feel like utopia here. Guest rooms are nothing less than ginormous (starting at a whopping 538 square feet). And even the starter category, the aptly named Deluxe rooms, feel like suites, thanks to their sculptural window seats looking over the skyline, rainforest showers in the marble-lined baths, and plush amenities that range from cloud soft feather duvets and pillows to L’Occitane toiletries and a Nespresso machine. We love the Executive Suites for their expansive floor plans (732 square feet) and separate dining and living spaces, plus next level Molton Brown toiletries and insider access to the Horizon Club Lounge on the 37th floor, where guests are treated to extra ultra-luxe perks such as champagne at check-in. Swoon.
You're here because
The Chi spa is dedicated to improving you inside and out with treatments like probiotic salt and sugar scrubs and crystal healing facials using ancient Tibetan techniques.
Namadan has famously served royals and business scions from across the globe since 1830. This decidedly new outpost—where dishes include sea urchin pudding, charcoal grilled Daisen chicken and Teppanyaki Wagyu beef tenderloin—proves in one perfect bite why it has centuries-long staying power.
Restaurants & Bars
Piacere - Italian
Nadaman - Traditional Japanese cuisine
The Lobby Lounge - Enjoy afternoon tea, or cocktails and canapes in the evenings.
Within a gleaming tower adjacent to Tokyo Station, just a few minutes walk from the Imperial Palace (set on 568 manicured acres and built circa 1888).