The Luxe List 2011, Japan: Capitol Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo

  • Kyoto Hotel Kanra lobby

    Kyoto Hotel Kanra lobby

Click image to view full size

Rising from the ashes of Japan’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 building’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 hotel’s gardens, and Origami, an all-day affair that guests might remember with nostalgia from the Tokyu’s earlier incarnation

2-10-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku; 81-3/3503-0109;; doubles from US$377

See more from The Luxe List 2011.

Registered users of can also enjoy a free copy of ‘The Luxe List, 2007-2011: Five Years of Excellence.’ (Click to register—it’s free. Registered users, click to download.)


Share this Article

Related Posts

LUX* is Opening Resorts in Vietnam, France, and the UAE

2024 will see the launch of four properties ranging from an overwater retreat on the Gulf of Thailan...

The Luxe List 2022: Best New Hotels in Asia-Pacific

From a rain forest lodge in Queensland to a converted Rajasthani fortress, read on to discover where...

Opening Soon: Meliá Chiang Mai

Leisure travelers can look forward to plenty of Spanish cuisine and the highest rooftop bar in town.

Introducing InterContinental’s Newest Resort in the UAE

Island living meets Arabian style and hospitality at this oceanfront hotel in an up-and-coming emira...

Hyatt Debuts Two Hotels in North India

The group now has an outpost in the state of Uttarakhand, along with Delhi’s first Hyatt Centric.

Waldorf Astoria Plans Outpost in Sydney

Set to open in early 2025, the hotel will occupy a 28-story tower right on Circular Quay.