As you might expect from a city this size, Tokyo offers an enormous array of places to lay your head. From traditional Japanese futons and western king-size luxury, to wacky pay-by-the-hour ‘love hotels' and tiny capsule pods, Tokyo has it all. As with everything else in Tokyo, the neighbourhood you choose determines the flair and flavour of your visit. However, one thing does remain a constant - hotel rooms are small, so if space is important to you, prepare to pay for it.
The Tokyo hotels below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over ¥40,000)
Moderate (¥18,000 to ¥40,000)
Cheap (up to ¥18,000)
These prices are for a standard double room and include taxes and breakfast unless otherwise specified.
Opened in the summer of 2016, Hoshinoya is a unique urban offering for Tokyo, a hotel with a contemporary take on Japan’s legendary omotenashi hospitality, set right at the heart of the city's Otemachi district. Leave your shoes at the door and unwind into spacious quarters, designed with a tasteful nod to the traditional Japenese aesthetic. The 19-floor hotel with stylish lattice exterior forms a bijou enclave in this bustling business district, just a 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station. You won't want to leave your ochanoma lounge area, allocated exclusively to guests staying on each floor and decked in traditional tatami mats, it has a library, sofas and kitchen space. But if you do the rooftop onsen spa is a truly unique Tokyo experience. The hot spring waters are the perfect cure for urban fatigue and will help you revitalise your body and mind, all the while staring up at the open Tokyo skies above.Address: , 1 Chome-9-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, 100-0004
Telephone: +81 50 3786 1144
The grand dame of Tokyo's international accommodation brands, Imperial Hotel's reputation for impeccable service can be traced back to its 1890 origins. Many changes and upgrades have taken place since then, including the unfortunate demolition of the art deco building designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, which had incredibly survived Tokyo's devastating 1923 earthquake.Address: Chiyoda-ku, 1-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 3504 1111.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
The Park Hyatt Tokyo's role as muse and backdrop to Coppola's Lost in Translation pushed it onto the world stage in 2003. Towering over fashionable Shinjuku, guests enter on the 41st floor and gaze across the neon-lit Tokyo sky. Art blends with sleek architecture and spacious rooms, and even the spa combines tradition and modernisation with impressive success. Plus, there's something to be said for working out in the gym that tormented Bill Murray.Address: Shinjuku-ku, 3-7-1-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 5322 1234.
Modern minimalist design and classic Japanese aesthetics brush shoulders in this hip hotel, just outside of the city centre. There’s the chance to choose between a western–style room or traditional tatami space. Each option comes with plenty of home comforts, including beautiful toiletries and access to a huge CD and DVD collection. There’s even an in–house gallery, plus a French/Japanese fusion restaurant.Address: Meguro-ku, 1-3-18 Chuo-kuo, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 3719 8121.
Hotel Gracery Shinjuku
Set only a few minutes' walk from Shinjuku train station and in easy walking distance of a dizzying array of shops and restaurants, Gracery Shinjuku is something of a landmark - it's set in a modern high rise building that's 30 stories high, and there's a giant replica godzilla head peering out the side. If you're willing to pay extra, you can stay in a godzilla-themed room too. Though the rooms are compact, the bathrooms are larger than the norm and the higher rooms have scenic city views; there's also a convenient Italian restaurant on-site and a cinema on the ground floor.Address: Shinjuku, 1-19-1 Kabukicho, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 6833 2489.
Just minutes from Tokyo's famous Sensoji Temple, this small but beautiful ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) is the perfect base for exploring the bustling neighbourhood of Asakusa. Bowing kimono-clad receptionists welcome you into a bright lobby, filled with calligraphy and Japanese nick nacks. Bedrooms are spacious with sliding doors and en-suite bathrooms, all in simple Japanese style.Address: Taito-ku, 1-31-11 Asakusa, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 3843 2345.
Hotel Asia Center of Japan
Quite possibly offering the cheapest double rooms in central Tokyo, this hotel is ideal as as a central base for a short visit. Within walking distance of the ex-pat haven of Roppongi, and the restaurants and bars of Aoyama Itchome, guests are well placed for sightseeing.Address: Akasaka, 8-10-32 Chome, Minato-ku,
Telephone: +81 3 3402 6111.
Hotel Niwa Tokyo
Putting a funky twist into traditional Japanese-style accommodation, Hotel Niwa Tokyo provides Western-style beds but Japanese screens and gardens. Although moderate in size, it has an eye for design, which creates a spacious, fresh and tranquil atmosphere. With a massage chair in the workout room, the hotel pays attention to small details, leaving you to both relax and recharge. Towards the top of the 'cheap' price range.Address: Chiyoda-ku, 1-1-16 Misaki-cho, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 3293 0028.
A few minutes' walk from Ikebukoro train station, this budget ryokan has the quaint touches of a traditional inn, but at a good price. The rooms have tatami mat floors and futons, but bathrooms are shared - although shower gel, soap, toothpaste etc are supplied and there's also a traditional Japanese bath. Facilities include a communal lounge, a rooftop balcony and a kitchen with a microwave and fridge, as well as a coin-operated laundry. An added bonus is that the hotel is popular with foreigners and the friendly staff all speak English.Address: Toshima-ku, 36-8-2 Ikebukuro, Tokyo,
Telephone: +81 3 3971 3766.