The 2020 Olympic Games are not far away, and for sports fans hoping to catch some of the action, now is the time to book your accommodation in Tokyo. Here is a selection of the five best hotels in the Japanese capital, ranging from traditional and high-class to fun and concept-based.
Japan is already enjoying record popularity among tourists, with the capital in particular attracting travellers from around the world. Tokyo was already chosen as the top destination for travel and leisure in 2018 by Travelandleisure.com, and will be playing host to the Olympic Games in 2020. Here are five hotels in the Japanese metropolis that you need to book now if you want to be sure of getting the best accommodation ahead of this exceptional event.
Hoshinoya: inspired by traditional ryokans
Located near to Tokyo’s main station, the Hoshinoya harks back to the traditional ryokans. The hotel has 84 very refined rooms with prices starting at 888 US dollars a night, with each featuring an ochanoma (private lounge) where you can enjoy tea, coffee, sake and snacks. It also has a restaurant with a varied menu and a source of warm natural water which comes directly from 6,000 metres below ground right up to the top floor of the establishment.
OMO5: young and fun
For those on tighter budgets there is the OMO5, near to Otsuka station. It has compact rooms which can nevertheless sleep up to three people, and a relaxed style. The hotel also has a comfortably appointed room that guests can use as a business centre. It is located in an interesting area for tourists with plenty of sights nearby as well as restaurants and bars – and should you so desire, the establishment even has its own guides to take you around there, known as the "OMO5 Rangers"! Prices from 65 US dollars per night.
Trunk Hotel: totally hip
The Trunk is so hip that people stop outside to take a photo of it! The trendy interior lives up to its reputation: the ground floor has a lobby, lounge, bar and café, as well as a restaurant serving delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As well as its various standard rooms, the Trunk has theme-based suites, called "Living", "Dining" and "The Terrace". The first has a video projector, bar and audio surround system, the second comes with a fully fitted kitchen while the third has a spacious terrace which is ideal for parties amongst friends. The price is 319 US dollars per night minimum.
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo: for spa aficionados
Located in the business district, the Mandarin Hotel is a must for those with an eye for interior design and who enjoy a spa. Its 179 superb rooms and suites with panoramic windows are complemented by no fewer than 10 restaurants and bars as well as a widely renowned spa. For special guests there is the presidential suite which can sleep up to nine people, entirely fitted out in marble and which comes with its own private mini-spa. Prices starts at 1,366 US dollars per night.
One@Tokyo: concept hotel par excellence
The industrial yet back-to-nature design of the ONE@Tokyo, courtesy of famous architect Kengo Kuma, may not be to everyone’s taste but certainly does not go unnoticed! The rooms are decorated with wood and metal, and the hotel itself looks like a gigantic art gallery. Guests can enjoy the restaurant or buy take-away food nearby and eat it on the roof terrace known as the "forest in the sky" – the perfect location to enjoy a fine bottle of sake wrapped up in a blanket, overlooking Tokyo’s night life. Prices from 125 US dollars per night.
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