The city of Tokyo, Japan has hundreds of hotels available for people visiting the city to stay in, however there are not many that can compare to the beautiful Park Hotel Tokyo.
As a member of the Design Hotels family, one thing that makes the Park Hotel Tokyo stand out from its competitors is its unique design concept. As an affordable but luxurious 4-star hotel, the Park Hotel Tokyo is like an art gallery and hotel combined into one.
When I stepped into the lobby of the hotel, I was in awe of its beauty, size, and use of open space. Starting on the 25th floor of the Shiodome Media Tower in the heart of Tokyo, the hotel ascends for 10 floors and has sweeping views of the city, which can be seen from all of the guestrooms and from the lobby of the hotel.
In the center of the lobby is a large ART Lounge, surrounded by beautiful artwork by Japanese artists.
The hotel has three beautiful dining areas and restaurants located in and surrounding the lobby: the ART Lounge, which has a light Western menu and drinks; tateru yoshino bis, which serves contemporary French cuisine; and Hanasanshou, which has a Kaiseki style Japanese cuisine.
After checking out the hotel, it was time to go and check out my room. I was placed in a City Queen room on the 33rd floor overlooking the city. My room was decorated with large purple flowers and had all of the amenities that a girl could ask for including lotions, a hair brush, multiple toothbrushes, razors, and shampoos. This was the first hotel that I have been in that thinks ahead by providing everything that you might have left at home, and that is definitely something that I loved.
On my last day at the hotel, I was given a tour of a couple of the rooms from the hotel’s Artist in Hotel program. These specially designated rooms take up an entire floor of the hotel and each one is covered with murals designed by carefully selected and skilled Japanese artists.
Each of the artists incorporates a unique aspect of Japanese culture into the design of the rooms from the onsen experience to images of sumo wrestlers.
The first room that I looked at was the Artist Room Dragon, designed by Japanese artist Kiyoko Abe. The room “symbolizes the energy of Nature” and the artist intended to “express the relation between human beings and nature, and the feeling of the Japanese toward nature… (one of) dignified coexistence and respect”
The second room that I looked at was Artist Room Sumo, designed by Japanese artist Hiroyuki Kimora.
The room reflects Japan’s national sport: sumo wrestling, and wrestlers can be seen in various poses throughout the room. When asked about the meaning behind this room, Kimora says, “I create these artworks by sketching daily exercises, practicing sumo myself, and involving myself spiritually in the sumo rituals as much as possible.”
Overall, I had a very pleasant stay at the Park Hotel Tokyo, and I would definitely stay there again.
Room Rate: Room rates start at $200 USD/night
Location: 1-7-1 Higashi Shinbashi, Minato-ku (Japanese) 東京都港区東新橋1丁目7番1号汐留メディアタワー（フロント25F）
Public Transportation: Shiodome Station on the Toei Oedo (exits 7,8) and Yurikamome subway lines.
FTC Disclosure: I was a guest of the Park Hotel Tokyo for two nights. As always, all opinions are my own.