Within the hectic commercial and financial district of Marunouchi, and a short amble from the busy transport hub of Tokyo Station, the Palace Hotel is an island of calm in the urban racket. Balconies overlook the namesake Imperial Palace, with its manicured gardens and swan-inhabited moat, and this newly rebuilt hotel could almost be an extension of the royal residences. Cozy interiors, modern art upon the walls, and fresh flowers towering in the foyer – the hotel is more homely than its business-area address would imply.
Discreet service gives the Palace a more relaxing feel than other 5-star names around the city – a real bonus for the traveller who seeks luxury, but eschews the pomp and circumstance that usually accompanies it. With 10 faultless bars and restaurants on offer, you really are spoiled for choice – though the Michelin-starred chef Shinji Kanesaka has created the perfect sushi course for visitors wishing to sample the local Edomae (Tokyo-style). For anyone looking for some calorie free indulgences, be sure to book a treatment at the evian SPA for an Alpine-twist to your revitalising therapy.