Rising from the ashes of Japanâ€™s first chain hotel, which closed its doors in 2006 after 43 years of operation, Capitol Hotel Tokyu embodies the synergy of classic and contemporary Japanese elements. The striking 29-story lattice-inspired tower, designed by architect Kengo Kuma, boasts 247 rooms with panoramic views of the city skyline from the buildingâ€™s top 12 floors; four suites on the fifth floor overlook the greenery surrounding the 500-year-old Hie Shrine.
All guest quarters feature sliding shoji screens, which enhances the sense of space, while the subdued tones of blond wood and pearly-gray fabrics add transparency and lightness to the decor. A host of mod cons, meanwhile, keeps the rooms firmly rooted in the present. The four restaurants here include Suiren, which serves teppanyaki and kaiseki amid views of the hotelâ€™s gardens, and Origami, an all-day affair that guests might remember with nostalgia from the Tokyuâ€™s earlier incarnation
2-10-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku; 81-3/3503-0109; www.capitolhoteltokyu.com/en/; doubles from US$377
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