Best for: Bright, spacious rooms and palatial views fit for a president
A key player in Tokyo’s hotel landscape since 1961, the Palace Hotel is now, after a complete reconstruction in 2012, the address of choice for politicians, celebrities and other VIPs visiting the Japanese capital. For good reason: few other hotels can match the prime location and the bright spacious rooms that the revamp introduced – most of which open to large balconies that look out over the Imperial Palace and its gigantic garden. Despite its modern overhaul, the hotel remains a classic: expect impeccable white-glove service (head concierge Ms Sumiyoshi leads the Tokyo chapter of the global concierge association), fresh flowers throughout the property and silver spoons at the breakfast table. Nab a spot on the moat-side terrace for the best views. For dinner, seek out Wadakura on the 6th floor, a village-like collection of Japanese dining spots specialising in tempura, sushi, teppanyaki and kaiseki.
Address: Palace Hotel, 1 Chome-1-１ Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
Telephone: +81 3 3211 5211
Best for: A pared-back, intimate retreat in the heart of bustling Shibuya
As part of the Koé concept that includes an all-day diner on the ground floor and a lifestyle boutique on the first, Koé’s 10 minimalist guest rooms offer a welcome respite from the neon-lit streets of Shibuya. The rooms are located on the third floor and range from size S to XL. Most are compact (it’s Tokyo, after all), but smart and tidy, and are done up in greys and browns. Local bands frequently pop up for a show in the event space downstairs, but hotel guests also have access to a dimly lit lounge on the third floor where tea-based cocktails are the signature drinks. Thanks to the hotel's location just minutes away from the buzzy Shibuya intersection, top-notch shopping, drinking and dining spots are all within walking distance.
**Address:**3-7 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042, Japan
Phone: +81 3 6712 7251