It Doesn't Open For Another Month, But Palace Hotel Tokyo Already Has Your Stay Planned Out
It's always 11pm somewhere in the world...
We like it when hotels tell us what to do. After all, they're the experts (or at least should be) on local activities, when to drink, where to visit—plus, it's always good to add a bit of structure to your hotel stay. And that's just what the newly refurbished Palace Hotel Tokyo is offering on their website—the home screen makes subtle itinerary suggestions like the best times to eat sushi, have a cocktail, visit the spa...or just laze in bed (one of our favorites).
Opening next month (May 17 to be exact), the 290-room Palace Hotel Toyko will be a re-envisioning of the original Palace Hotel, which opened in 1961 as Japan's first ever mixed use office-hotel building. That hotel was then razed in 2009 to make way for this newer, sleeker, more modernized version. Ten restaurants and bars, a Club Lounge, an Evian spa and free WiFi are some of the amenities the hotel is advertising, though we're mainly interested in the fact that all rooms supposedly have views of the gardens at Tokyo's Imperial Palace.
Sipping Maruyama Nori tea while gazing at the Imperial Palace's moat...we'd like to squeeze that into our stay somewhere between a cold plunge in the men's spa area and sampling homemade chocolate from the hotel's in-house pastry shop, Sweets & Deli.
Rates start at $625 USD/night, with twelve different room categories, going all the way up to $8,800 USD/night for one of the premium suites. Inside the rooms, bathrooms will be open-style and feature separate soaking tubs.
We're also liking the look of the fifth floor fitness center, which has a 20m pool and offers yet more views of Tokyo.
[Photo: Palace Hotel Tokyo]