A boutique find in Tokyo’s business district
57 Rooms / 9 Suites
Arriving at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is unlike any experience you’ll have at other Four Seasons hotels. In fact, the property itself is a bit different from the others in the international luxury hotel brand — it’s a true boutique property with less than 60 rooms and the arrival experience follows suit.
The lobby is actually a simple counter tucked away on the first floor on the Pacific Century Place Marunouchi Building in Tokyo’s main business district. You can enter via the building’s main entrance along with ofﬁce workers and visitors, but a separate door for those arriving by taxis is around the corner. However, you may not need to know where either entrance is as helpful staff members will meet you at the adjacent Tokyo Station and escort you from the platform to the hotel.
Once inside, Four Seasons’ renowned charm and efﬁciency kicks in and your luggage will be whisked up to one of the guest rooms situated between the third and sixth levels.
Bold black lacquered walls and thick subdued carpets clothe the short distances between the elevator and the rooms. Occasional art pieces, many of them photographs, lend an organic modern vibe that sits well with the austere black walls. Other pieces, including installations of African inspiration, create beautiful spaces in and around the public areas. A feeling of calmness ﬂows from hallways into guest rooms.
Because of the low number of rooms, the Tokyo hotel can offer you much more space than most found in this buzzy city. Inside the rooms, triple-glazed ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows reveal the hustle and bustle that is Tokyo with barely a sound to be heard. Bonus: The natural sunlight the windows provide help soothe weary travelers used to fluorescent light.
The decor is subtle, understated and yet distinctly Asian. Large king beds and soft furnishings are covered in neutral colors with muted Oriental touches found in small doses, such as on throw pillows. Beautiful bathrooms have powerful showerheads and generous soaking baths. Thick, oversized bath towels and bathrobes complete the luxurious space.
All rooms offer well-appointed work spaces with free Wi-Fi, conference phones, and printers, fax machines and other business necessities available on request. (The hotel is located in Marunouchi, after all.) The in-room entertainment systems are exceptional, too — expect a 46-inch 3D television with Blu-ray, Bluetooth and surround-sound.
The Spa and Fitness Center
While it may be a boutique hotel, it doesn’t want for wellness-minded amenities. An onsen is available so you can indulge in one of Japan’s greatest pleasures — soaking in a large, hot bath. A unique way to relax and unwind, this is a shared activity in Japan but the staff is happy to arrange private use, if desired.
The petite two-treatment room spa also offers a sauna, jet showers and separate men’s and women’s changing rooms. The sophisticated fitness center is open 24 hours a day and boasts dark hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The luxury hotel has one restaurant, Motif. Opened in 2015, it is overseen by acclaimed Hokkaido-based chef Hiroshi Nakamichi and features sophisticated French cuisine. The restaurant is divided in three parts: The Social Salon (the main dining room where you can also take afternoon tea), The Living Room (the main bar area) and The Gastronomic Gallery (a casual environment where you can find buffet items during the day).
Easy underground access to both Tokyo Station and the entertainment and restaurant district of Ginza gives you seemingly unlimited options in dining choices, too.