Opened atop the neo-Renaissance Tokyo Station building in 1915, this 150-room hotelâ€”battered by Allied bombs in the final months of World War II and a hub of Tokyoâ€™s literary scene in the 1960s and â€™70sâ€”closed in 2006 for a much-needed makeover. This was carried out in conjunction with the extensive renovation of the station itself, which, among other improvements, has returned the buildingâ€™s two grand rotunda domes to their prewar glory. The hotelâ€™s rooms, decorated in the classic European mold, feature cut-glass chandeliers and heavy silk drapery alongside big bathrooms outfitted with soaking tubs and high-tech toilets. The staff is gracious and efficient, if not always completely fluent in English, while the well-executed food ranges from fine French in the Blanc Rouge dining room, to casual bites in the Atrium cafĂ©. Book one of the rotunda rooms for close-up views of the stationâ€™s ornate yellow domes and the hubbub on the concourse below, though be forewarned that some noise does leak through.
1-9-1 Marunouchi; 81-3/5220-1111; Tokyo Station Hotel; doubles from US$300
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