The Capitol Hotel Tokyu enjoys an esteemed neighborhood, nestled beside the official residence of the Japanese Prime Minister and the Parliament Building. Conveniently, there are escalators connecting it to the Metro station, providing a direct path to the hotel’s lobby. It’s worth noting that ‘Tokyu’ is not a typo but the name of the private railway company that owns the hotel.
Originally established in 1963 as the Tokyo Hilton, this historic establishment had the privilege of hosting the Beatles during their Japan tour. However, in 2006, the hotel underwent demolition, only to be reborn as a 29-story skyscraper, welcoming guests once again in 2010. Their brand of hospitality is often referred to as ‘Japanese Modern Hospitality,’ a term that aptly characterizes the exceptional service provided.
“The primary entrance and lobby were envisioned by the renowned architect Kengo Kuma, who is also credited with the design of the new Olympic stadium. The design incorporates natural wood, extensive glass elements, and serene water pools to evoke an atmosphere of sophistication.
Within the lobby, opulent Ikebana flower arrangements take center stage, with a monthly rotation to reflect the changing seasons and immerse guests in the beauty of nature. Furthermore, the lobby boasts a couple of paintings by the leading abstract artist Toko Shinoda. Her artwork skillfully fuses traditional calligraphy with modern abstract expressionism, serving as a testament to the contemporary artistry within the space.”
Ikebana flower arrangements dominate the lobby
Spacious glass doors provide entry to the serene water gardens surrounded by lush greenery, offering an ideal spot for a few moments of reflection following a bustling day of city exploration. The level of service here epitomizes Japanese efficiency, with the staff maintaining a formal yet amiable demeanor. Despite the likelihood of English-speaking tourists seeking assistance in deciphering Japanese, the concierge desk consistently handles these requests with a welcoming smile.
Who for : Both for business travellers and tourists – the central location and Japanese style, always remind you that you’re in the heart of Tokyo.
The hotel boasts a total of 251 generously sized rooms, among which are 13 luxurious suites. Each of these accommodations embraces traditional interior design, evoking the ambiance of an exclusive Japanese residence. A clever arrangement of sliding “shoji” paper screens demarcates the bedroom from the bathroom, while the 6-meter wide windows offer breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Tokyo skyline.
Fitness facilities include a fully equipped gym and a 20 metre indoor swimming pool with a glassed-in terrace. There’s a spacious Jacuzzi room with a two storey vaulted ceiling with the upper windows removed to let in fresh air.
The Carju Rajah Tiado Spa has a salon furnished in Japonism style with flowers, birds, air, and moon motifs. Each private treatment room contains beautifully arranged flowers and they offer a variety of treatments like massages, facials, and wraps. Uniquely they have a men’s spa room and barbershop.
Food and Drink
Naturally, the standout culinary experience is offered at Suiren, the Japanese restaurant, featuring traditional dining spaces and private garden rooms. Here, you can savor teppanyaki, sushi, and the option of indulging in kaiseki banquets.
On the hotel’s second floor, you’ll find Star Hill, which specializes in classic Chinese cuisine, crafted using premium ingredients like shark’s fin.
Adjacent to the lobby, Origami provides all-day international dining options, serving as the breakfast venue as well. Guests can choose from Japanese and continental set menus or enjoy a high-quality buffet.
For breakfast you have the choice of Japanese and continental set menus, plus a high quality buffet
The Capitol Bar, lined with photos from the original hotel’s heyday, including a Beatles corner, offers Japanese whiskeys and signature cocktails. A choice selection of cigars from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Honduras is also available.