An elegant taste of the city’s high life, this hotel is a monument to the principles of Japanese design and living, writes Vanessa Frey.
Discreetly occupying the upper six floors of a high-rise in the Otemachi financial district, Aman Tokyo is right at home among the city’s modern skyscrapers and power players. There’s serious money here and this is a seriously elegant hotel to match. At ground level, the broad, clean streets are reminiscent of New York’s stately boulevards but it’s 33 floors up where your dreams will be made, not broken.
Overlooking the Imperial Palace complex and, on a clear day, Mount Fuji, the west-facing Deluxe Palace Garden View Room is minimalist, meticulous and generous. At 71 square metres, this is reportedly the biggest standard room in a crowded city where space is at a premium. Tradition and nature are paid the utmost respect – from the black stone, blond wood and other raw materials that bow graciously to the Earth’s elements to the delicate shoji screens in the guestrooms. Less is definitely more here.
Location On Tokyo’s “Wall Street”, near the historic Nihonbashi district.
Number of guestrooms 84.
Check in/out 3pm/noon.
Food and drink Arva is the hotel’s signature (Italian) restaurant but it also does breakfast, Japanese-style. For more casual fare, try the French-inspired The Café by Aman or all-day diner The Lounge by Aman.
Wellness There are yoga and Pilates studios, Japanese baths and steam rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre, a 2500-square-metre day spa and a 30-metre pool on the 34th floor.
Business facilities A 16-seat boardroom with skyline views and a meeting room with secretarial services.
Minibar There’s a small but considered selection of fresh juices, local beer, Californian wine, champagne and sake.
Water in room Two 500ml bottles and soda water from Suntory’s Yamazaki natural springs – all on the house.
Room service A variety of Western, continental, Asian and Japanese dishes are available around the clock.
Pillow menu Hypo-allergenic, buckwheat, Airweave and Tempur ergonomic.
Bath Traditional furo stone soaking tub with a hinoki-wood bucket and stool for pre-washing – bathing is a ritual in Japan.
Bathrobe Velvety-soft chenille microfibre and a kimono-style robe for use at the Aman Spa.
The concierge test Asked to suggest Tokyo activities, one of the two concierges mapped out an entire two-day itinerary of the city’s highlights.
TV and movies Forty TV and three movie channels.
Wi-fi Free and fast.
Price From $1080 a night.
Ask for… the Deluxe Palace Garden View Room.
Verdict Perfect harmony comes at a pretty price in one of Tokyo’s ritziest districts.
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