Tokyo's sky-high tower
245 Rooms / 36 Suites
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo towers over Roppongi, the city’s pulsating nightlife district. The hotel takes up residence on the top nine floors of the 53-story Tokyo Midtown, one of the city’s tallest buildings. Its location means that The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo delivers amazing views, whether you’re having the popular afternoon tea in the airy 45th-floor Art Deco-influenced Lobby Lounge while overlooking the Shinjuku district or enjoying desserts and cordials in the 53rd-floor Club Level lounge with Mount Fuji in the backdrop.
You’ll also get great vistas in the 248 guest rooms and 36 suites. Imbued with sage, yellow and tan shades, the contemporary rooms come with featherbeds topped with Frette linens, flat-screen televisions with CD/DVD players, and a bedside panel that controls the drapes, the lights and the “do not disturb” sign. One of our favorite touches is the postcard that’s propped near the windows. It shows a wide panorama of the view before you and points out all of the notable landmarks. The bathrooms are a highlight as well. Decorated with a mix of medium wood and handsome forest green and cream marble, the spacious restrooms come with a pair of vanities, a tub, a shower with rainforest fixtures and perfumed Asprey toiletries.
We’re partial to the Club Level rooms, which are larger than the rest and give you a dedicated concierge. Plus, you get access to that aforementioned lounge, which sits on the top floor of the hotel. For accommodations that really reflect the destination, book the Japanese Carlton Suite, which has two rooms whose floors are lined with tatami mats, and it has traditional shoji doors as well as a Japanese-style futon bed.
Visit the luxury hotel’s 45th floor to find its hub of restaurants. Azure 45 will dazzle you with vistas of the Eiffel Tower-like Tokyo Tower and the city, but the meticulous French fare will impress you even more. Chef Shintaro Miyazaki makes use of the fresh catch from the Kanazawa and world-famous Tsukiji fish markets and centers the menu around seafood. Start with a yellowtail and geoduck clam carpaccio with a tomato and avocado tartine plated as a halo on a clear wavy dish, and then move onto the pan-fried Kanazawa seasonal fish (crispy skin on one side, tender meat on the other) with green beans, sautéed chanterelle mushrooms and dollops of roasted peanut sauce. Adjacent to Azure 45, Towers Grill gives you a glimpse of Tokyo Tower and Skytree (nab the Chef’s Tower table for a great vista of both skyline standouts) while you nosh on classic steaks. Go there for the American-style weekend brunch, which includes a tableside risotto service.
If you want Japanese food, Hinokizaka serves it in any way you could want (editor’s note: the restaurant will be closed through December 4, 2014, for renovations). It offers teppanyaki, sushi, tempura and kaiseki (a traditional Japanese multicourse meal).
With so many top-notch restaurants in the Tokyo hotel, it’s easy to overlook The Ritz-Carlton Café and Deli. But seek it out on the first floor to try some of the housemade chocolate. Or head out to the terrace to watch the shoppers in Tokyo Midtown while savoring a softball-sized cream puff or the café’s own take on the cronut.
If you prefer drinks over desserts, make a beeline for The Bar (also closed for renovations until December 4, 2014) and order whiskey, the liquor of choice in Tokyo. The Bar keeps about 120 different whiskey selections on offer, and it provides private bottle lockers for its VIP guests.
If you’re mesmerized by The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo’s views, make them the scenery for your wedding day. The hotel’s chapel, which is filled with wood and Swarovski-crystal-embellished artwork, overlooks Hinoki-cho Park.
Another way to see the skyline is from the 21,000-square-foot spa. Perched on the 46th floor, the ESPA spa lets you soak the surroundings in the circular hot tubs and the 66-foot-long pool. Though you won’t care too much about the view when you’re getting pampered by two therapists in the four-handed Harmony Massage.