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The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

Elegant and luxurious in equal measure, the 5* Capitol Hotel Tokyu is perfectly positioned in in Akasaka, the heart of downtown Tokyo.

You have direct access to the subway via the hotel basement. And yet, despite its city-centre location, you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle from the moment you step inside its serene doors. Rooms are spotless, and decorated in natural tones, while the communal areas feature tall glass windows and are dotted with pot plants. The hotel, which rises to 29 floors, also has a wide range of activities and dining options to suit everyone.

Facilities & Activities

The Capitol Hotel Tokyu is well set up for everyone from business travellers to holidaymakers, with a range of facilities to suit all. The minimalist-style front reception is manned by polite and helpful staff who can help direct you to local attractions such as the Hie Shrine and the Imperial Palace, or point you in the right direction for a good jogging route.

Those looking to keep up their fitness regime can head to the fitness club, which has a 20m indoor pool and gym with state-of-the-art equipment and jacuzzi. Personal training is also available (6,600 yen for 30 minutes). Guests must be aged 18 or over to use the fitness club.

For a touch of pampering, the spa offers a range of relaxing treatments that incorporate traditional Oriental techniques, including massages and body scrubs. There is also a barber, dressing room and photo studio, as well as a bakery and a florist inside the hotel.

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Dining

With 5 main dining options, there’s a great choice of cuisine to pick from, whether you’re into traditional Japanese fare or prefer something more Western. Origami is the main, all-day dining restaurant. Breakfast – available from 6.30am – can be either ordered off the menu or buffet, with a wide range of options from omelettes to Japanese sushi and rice. There is also the relaxed Origami Lounge, which has comfortable seats and overlooks the gardens, serving alcohol, soft drinks and cakes.

Suiren serves Japanese cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner, while Star Hill is a fine dining Chinese restaurant (expect everything from shredded pork to shark fin soup). For lighter bites, the Pastry Boutique sells fresh bread and cakes, while the Capitol Bar is a slick space with dark seating, that’s perfect for a cocktail, cigar or sipping sake.

Rooms

Decorated in muted shades of coffee and oatmeal, the 251 rooms – including 13 suites – are modern, sophisticated and uncluttered, with traditional Japanese touches. Shoji screens mix with contemporary lighting, soft carpets and simple furnishings. Couples can upgrade to a Deluxe Room or Junior Suite for extra space (both sleep 2), while Premier Rooms can sleep up to 3 people. Executive Suites are located on the higher floors, with better views of the city, while Garden Suites are lower down and have views of outside greenery. The Capitol Suite is the pick of the crop, with 180-degree panoramic views of Tokyo and a large bathroom with double sinks and a Jacuzzi bath.

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Family

Despite the grown up atmosphere, children of all ages are welcome (though the pool and fitness areas out of bounds for under 18s). Families can book connecting rooms (confirm at the time of booking). The Capitol Suite and the Club Deluxe King (no twin) are not connecting but are next to each other. Parents travelling with 1 child could book a Premier Room, which can sleep 3 people. Children under 5 years can eat for half price. A cot can be provided for infants if pre-booked.

Sustainability

The Capitol is committed to becoming a more sustainable by adhering to three sustainability goals, these include: becoming an earth-friendly, community-friendly and people-friendly hotel.

This includes a range of policies including guests having the option of  ‘eco-cleaning’, the replacement of plastic with wood straws and supporting the local Sanno Matsuri and Setsubun festivals.

Location

Situated in the centre of Tokyo’s political district Nagatacho, the hotel is surprisingly peaceful. There is a convenient network of subway lines accessible directly from the hotel basement. Nearby buildings include the Prime Minister’s official residence, the parliamentary National Diet and the centuries-old shrine Hie Jinja.

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