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Since 1890, the Imperial hotel has catered to royalty, statesmen, fabled celebrities and the leaders of international commerce. Luxury is the keyword. The 1923 building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was lost in a fire, but a vestige of it survives in the art-deco Old Imperial Bar on the mezzanine level. Rooms are superb, with private writing desks, three telephones, individual environment control systems, remote control TV with bedside consoles and a spaciousness rarely encountered in Tokyo hotels. The staff can greet guests in five languages. Ginza is just behind the hotel, which faces Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace grounds.
Andon Ryokan is a 5-minute walk from Minowa Subway Station and a 20-minute walk from the historical Asakusa. Boasting award-winning architecture, the hotel offers a hot tub, bicycle rentals and Japanese-style rooms with free wired internet. Guest rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) flooring with traditional futon bedding. Each room is equipped with a TV and a DVD player. Toilets and bathroom facilities are shared. The Ryokan offers cultural activities such as tea ceremony and flower arrangement classes. There is a launderette on site for guests’ convenience. Andon offers a selection of delicious Western breakfasts, which are cooked to preference and served in the common kitchen. Ryokan Andon is a 10-minute journey from downtown area Ueno.
Once the tallest hotel in Japan, the Keio Plaza has been a centerpiece Tokyo hotel since the early 1970s. Additions in the 1980s allowed it to compete with the spate of newer hotels going up in the district. Today it boasts a vast array of rooms in both traditional Japanese-style as well as Western-style configuration. Those on the west side have an excellent view of the futuristic-looking Tokyo government office buildings.
The next time you visit Tokyo, do check in at the Park Hyatt Tokyo for a slice of luxury. This lavish hotel is located in Shinjuku and offers guests with a sweeping view of Mount Fuji from their rooms. State-of-the-art amenities are provided in each room, consisting of plush bedding, a stylish bath, a mini-bar and televisions. There is an onsite spa as well as fitness facilities for guests looking to rejuvenate themselves. The hotel is well-connected to the rest of the city and is an ideal accommodation.
A truly unique mix of traditional Japanese style and contemporary Western aesthetics, The Claska offers accommodations that are thoroughly unlike any other. Three types of guest rooms are available, all of which give the feel of walking into someone's home than into a hotel. The first, with a style described as "Japanese Modern," is well-lit and refreshing feeling, with a distinctly Japanese minimalist aesthetic. The second, "Tatami," is closer in style to a traditional Japanese inn, with low beds and tatami mats. The third type of rooms available are weekly residences, available only for those staying a minimum of 7 nights. All rooms are tastefully appointed with antiques and furniture exclusive to The Claska and that compliment this hotels clean, slightly artistic look and feel. There's an art gallery and shop on-site.