An elegant taste of the city’s high life, Aman Tokyo is an excessively stylish monument to the principles of Japanese design and living. Discreetly occupying the upper six floors of a high-rise in the Otemachi financial district, it’s right at home among the city’s modern skyscrapers and power players with a sensational spa, unrivalled meeting facilities and exceptional ambience (unsurprising for an Aman outpost). There’s serious money here and this is a seriously elegant hotel to match. Read on for the full review.
Where is Aman Tokyo?
On Tokyo’s “Wall Street”, near the historic Nihonbashi district.
What’s near Aman Tokyo?
Both transport links — including Otemachi Station, a hub for four of the city’s central subway lines and Tokyo Station, the city’s main jumping off point for domestic travel — and top sights are easily reached. The Imperial Palace and its sprawling, surrounding parkland and network of man-made lakes is a few hundred metres away, while the glittering streets of shopping district Ginza is about ten minutes south on the Marunouchi Line.
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. There’s a small but considered selection of fresh juices, local beer, Californian wine, champagne and sake in the mini bar and the pillow menu includes hypo-allergenic, buckwheat, Airweave and Tempur ergonomic options. It’s the traditional furo stone soaking tub with a hinoki-wood bucket and stool for pre-washing that really steals the show, though.
Restaurants and bars
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.
Travel for work
A 16-seat boardroom with skyline views and a meeting room with secretarial services.
Spa and gym
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.
Aman’s approach to sustainability to be as detailed as the hotel chain is to its design principles. At Aman Tokyo, that looks like 70% self-sufficiency in rice supply (their sushi master grows his own) and a focus on ethical supply chains, especially when it comes to produce served in-house.
What you need to know
When asked to suggest Tokyo activities, one of the two concierges mapped out an entire two-day itinerary of the city’s highlights — make the most of their expertise.
Best for: Luxury
Number of rooms: 84 rooms
Rates: From $2784
Wi-fi: Free and fast
Parking: On-site valet parking; JPY5,000 a day
Address: The Otemachi Tower, 1-chōme-5-6 Ōtemachi, Chiyoda City
Phone: +81 3-5224-3333
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