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The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo

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Japan’s first skyscraper hotel, Keio Plaza Hotel is shiny and smart – and ideally placed for exploring Tokyo. You may recognise its two towers, which featured in the 1984 film The Return of Godzilla. It was the first skyscraper built in the Nishi-Shinjuku area when it opened back in 1971. But you’ll find no trace of outdated seventies style here – the hotel has moved with the times and instead, sleek marble floors and chandeliers welcome you into the lobby, while guest rooms ooze contemporary finesse. With a whole raft of facilities for everyone from solo travellers to families, it makes an ideal base for any Tokyo trip.

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The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
  • rooms

    The 1,435 rooms are spread across the two towers with a variety of room options including standard and superior rooms and suites. Generally, the higher you go up the tower, the better the view (and the room). The most exclusive rooms are the Club Floor Premier Grand rooms, which are located around the 45th floor and have panoramic views of the city.

    Even the smaller rooms are plush and spacious, with a neutral colour scheme and an extensive toiletries selection, including products from French brand L'Occitane. Four suites are devoted to Japanese cartoon sensation, Hello Kitty. The anime cat adorns the walls and most items of furniture.

  • facilities & activities

    As one of Japan’s largest hotels, with 1,435 guest rooms and 22 restaurants and bars, it may not surprise you that the Keio Plaza’s facilities are extensive. Whether you’re looking to relax, work out, eat well or soak up some Japanese culture, you can do it all without ever having to leave the 47-storey-high hotel.

    The fitness room is open from 5am until 10pm and is kitted out with the latest equipment, and there’s a wonderful rooftop pool where you can look up at skyscrapers as you swim. A range of spa treatments are available in the salon, and there is even a costume room and photo studio.

    A whole host of shops sell everything from leather bags and clothing to jewellery and snacks. And if you’re after culture, simply head to the third-floor lobby in the main building, which displays artwork by contemporary artists. Other facilities include a tea room where you can experience a traditional ‘matcha’ tea ceremony, a business centre and a small chapel.

  • dining

    With 15 restaurants and seven bars available, you’ll be spoilt for choice. This is a great opportunity to sample an array of local flavours. Seven of the restaurants are devoted to a particular type of Japanese cuisine such as sushi, teppanyaki, tempura, and soba noodles. You can even experience an authentic kaiseki meal (traditional multi-course meals) served by kimono-clad waitresses in an exquisite bamboo dining room called Kaiseki. Western food is also available (try Duo Fullchete for French and Italian cuisine, or Jurin for all-day dining with dishes ranging from curry to steak).

    Amanogawa, a sake bar, is the place to sample the Japanese tipple. Book a session with a ‘Sake Master’ to learn which sake goes best with different types of food. For a pre-dinner Japanese-invented cocktails, head up to Aurora Sky Lounge, on the 45th floor, with an incredible view of the city's LED-lit skyline.

  • family

    Children will love the hotel’s four quirky Hello Kitty-themed rooms. And they won’t want to miss the rooftop pool, especially in summer. It has a dedicated infant pool that is around knee-deep for most adults. There is also a creche with daycare available for children aged one month to the first few years of primary school. Guests travelling with babies can use the ‘nursing room’, which features clean changing areas, animal mobiles and calming lighting. Family-friendly rooms are also available, including twin and interconnecting rooms. You can sleep up to three people in a superior room and up to four in a Club Room Premier Grand.

  • location

    Keio Plaza is located in the heart of Nishi-Shinjuku, nicknamed the skyscraper district. Its perfectly gridded streets are just a smidge west of Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s western districts with upscale department stores, swarming crowds and bars. It’s around a five-minute walk from the hotel to Shinjuku station, with its famous crossing.

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