As a full-time traveler, it’s safe to say that I can appreciate a hotel that is more of an experience rather than just a place to sleep. We recently traveled to Tokyo and stayed at the Keio Plaza Hotel, brand unique to Japan that gave us the full Japanese experience we were looking for.
Located in the heart of Tokyo in the Shinjuku district, Keio Plaza Hotel offers 1,438 rooms, complimentary wireless Internet, 11 restaurants and 3 coffee shops/cafés and 5 bars/lounges. The place is a city within itself! I also loved that the hotel towers are located next to a tunnel that leads your right into the convenient Shinjuku station with the JR line that leads you to majority of the main sights in town.
Premier Grand Room
The brand new, minimal and beautiful rooms immediately make you feel right at home. It’s worth upgrading to their Premier Grand rooms as they’re brand new, spacious and give you access to the lounge on the 45th floor.
The bathrooms were quite the treat with a view of the gorgeous skyline through the glass facing the window of the room.
We slept soundly thanks to the sound proof walls and incredibly comfortable beds with Sealy beds and Italian linens.
Premier Grand Lounge
This was my favorite area of the hotel located high up on the 45th floor with stunning views and gorgeous decor. The aesthetic exemplifies East meets West with its comfortable couches, chairs and light wooden accents. The lounge was designed by London’s G.A. Design.
The lounge offers complimentary cocktails and snacks from 5-7 pm and a nice Western style or Japanese breakfast.
Themed rooms include traditional Japanese rooms, with minimalist furnishings such as tatami mats and Zen-style rock gardens, and two types of Hello Kitty rooms The Princess Kitty for the elegant traveler and the Kitty Town for the fun traveler. Both rooms are brilliant and fully equipped with themed details galore from the wallpaper to the amenities, to the pancakes served during room service!
The hotel offers a kimono experience all year round and the yukata experience worn during warmer months where guests can spend the day in the traditional dress while taking photos and walking around town or the hotel. I chose the powder blue with pink hints! Optional hairdressing and professional photography services are also offered.
The tea ceremony was a truly authentic and memorable experience. Our kind host explained the traditions with such beauty and passion. The tea ceremony is held on the 10th floor in a traditional tatami room and chairs are offered for those that can’t sit comfortably on the floor.
We dined at the traditional Japanese restaurant, Kagari where we were treated to a sake tasting along with delicious and fresh sashimi.
The Aurora Lounge
Located in the Main Tower 45F offers spectacular views over Tokyo & is definitely worth going up for a late night drink.
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I was invited as guest by Keio Plaza Hotel. As always, all opinions are my own.