Tokyo exists in the upper echelon of electrified cities—with a high energy that’s grounded by integrity and attention to detail. Small-scale living was pretty much invented in Tokyo with both homes and hotels optimized for efficient use of space, so the notion of luxury is found through peace, tranquility and breathing room. The Aman Hotel Tokyo, which opened earlier this year, has set a new standard for respite from the wonders just outside. The Otemachi property on the Eastern side of Tokyo is an oasis in the sky that features beautiful rooms, a friendly and knowledgable staff and amenities that make it a destination unto itself.
In a land where space is a premium, the property has huge volumes of nothingness creating a unique sense of peacefulness. From the vast lobby atrium (set on the building’s 33rd floor) to the guest rooms, everything is modern and minimal, yet very Japanese. This is immediately conveyed when entering the property—saturated with light by day and soothingly open at night—including a lovely lobby lounge with dizzying views.
The hotel offers 84 rooms across Otemachi Tower’s top six floors. Rooms range in size from deluxe 71 square meters spaces to the Aman suites, at 157 square meters. Decor references traditional Japanese ryokan inns, with the color palate kept neutral. There’s a balance of past and present within, from the use of woods and washi paper to contemporary fabrics and technological nuances. The views from every room are extraordinary, overlooking the sprawl of the city and the Imperial Palace. The bathrooms are some of the best we’ve ever seen—heated slate floors, a large soaking tub against the window and an open shower area create a mini spa experience.
As is common with many Aman properties, the spa plays an important role in the hotel’s offerings. The lovely two-floor, 2,500 square meter space also offers remarkable views, but buffers guests with wooden decor. Within, seasonal treatments utilize local ingredients and targeted pressure points to prepare you for what the elements outside will bring. The fitness center is large and well appointed with equipment and views, but the centerpiece is a 30 meter long heated pool in a two-story atrium that feels more outdoors than indoors.
Another well executed Aman attribute, service, also stands as a central pillar to the Tokyo destination. The concierge staff was incredibly helpful, from basic reservations to fielding questions about the property and area, and even (in our particular case) facilitating the creation of a custom birthday cake. We found this to be true of the hotel staff, as well as those of both the 33rd floor Restaurant and ground-level Cafe, which serve traditional Japanese fare as well as European dishes enhanced by seasonal local ingredients.
You can book a stay at the Aman Hotel Tokyo online, where rooms begin at $950 a night.
Guest room images by Josh Rubin, all other images courtesy of Aman Resorts