cool and unusual hotels in Tokyo

Top 20 cool and unusual hotels in Tokyo 2021

Tokyo is a place where the people are polite but the culture is just a little bit crazy. The Japanese capital has legions of fans (including us) and is often considered to be one of the most exciting cities to visit in the world. Innovation and new ideas are actively encouraged but the traditional way of life is still very important here.

This is one eclectic list of hotels – but you’d probably expect nothing less from Tokyo. From our collective time spent in this amazing city and from feedback gathered from our travel network here is a list of our favorite cool and unusual hotels in Tokyo (in no particular order)

Henn na Hotel – weird, wonderful, and staffed by robots!

A crazy weird hotel in Tokyo

A fun hotel in Tokyo

Summing up all that’s weird and wonderful about Tokyo is the ultra-whacky highly rated Henn na Hotel located in the neighborhood area of Nishikasai (and offers a complimentary shuttle to the nearby Tokyo Disney Resort and is close to Maihama Station station for easy access to the rest of city).

Otherwise known as simply ‘The Weird Hotel’ here you’re checked in at reception by talking robots – either a scary-looking dinosaur or a female android with blinking lashes! They even robotically deliver luggage to your rooms courtesy of an automated trolley. Yep seriously.

That’s not enough? The hotel also features facial recognition technology, so instead of the standard electronic keys, a digital image of your face is registered during check-in. Soon they’re planning to introduce robot room service and even entertainment. Wonderful or slightly crazy? Both we say, and let’s just embrace what might be the future of all hotels, well you never know!

Wired Hotel – a hip and trendy cultural community hotel

A hip and cool hotel in Tokyo

A trendy hotel in Tokyo

This Tokyo hotel is seriously cool. Billed as a cultural community hotel, the exceptionally rated Wired Hotel offers everything from budget bunk-style beds to very swish suites (pictured above) and is housed in the Asakusa Kokono Club building where a 100 seat theatre also operates on the building’s second floor.

Asakusa has long been the traditional theatre and entertainment district of Tokyo and the area offers more of a local neighborhood vibe (the hotel is surrounded by restaurants, just a minute’s walk from Hanayashiki Amusement Park, and a 6-minute walk from Asakusa train station for easy access to the rest of the city).

If that’s not enough of a reason to stay at the very hip Tokyo hotel they’ve also partnered with local craftsmen and artisans to create beautifully unique boutique style interiors.

Still want more? Then the regular live music, cultural and community events, the floor-to-ceiling windows and furnished balconies (in the private rooms) might be enough to sway you. Even by Tokyo standards, this hotel has got some pretty awesome things going on!

  • Prices from $85 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Wired Hotel Tokyo

Park Hotel – a sleek, arty, and creative hotel

A creative and unique hotel in Tokyo

A cool, creative and unique hotel in Tokyo

This place is very special. Both reasonably priced (well for Tokyo anyway!) with superb attention to decor detail and a luxury feel, the 4-star exceptionally rated Park Hotel occupies part of a multiple-use skyscraper, so also expect some superb views to boot! It’s located in the bustling neighborhood of Shinbashi which is the business and entertainment district of central Tokyo and is only a 2-minute walk from Shinbashi Station (giving you great access to the rest of Tokyo) and only 2 km from the famous Tokyo Tower.

The popular Tokyo design hotel has also some stylishly quirky features – here an entire floor is devoted to art with each room individually decorated by talented contemporary Japanese artists. Artist designed rooms range from a dramatically sleek and sexy red room to a delicately ornate room inspired by Geishas (with plenty of other variations in between) and there are also regular rooms if you want to opt for something a little more sedate.

Add in a hotel spa, two well-regarded restaurants, and a choice of booking a room with a Tokyo Tower view, then you have yourself a superb accommodation option in Tokyo!

  • Prices from $110 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Park Hotel Tokyo

Trunk Hotel – a popular eco-chic boutique hotel

A cool boutique hotel in Tokyo

A hip hotel in Tokyo

The beautiful and much-loved Trunk Hotel is a centrally-located contemporary boutique hotel with a strong eco focus. Housed in a minimalist building in the trendy area fashion-focused of Shibuya the hotel is modern, unique, and featuring just enough quirky features to keep things interesting – this is a great choice for visiting hipsters or just those wanting a very trendy Tokyo stay.

Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, artwork, and designer up-cycled furniture – the bar is made from wood reclaimed from old Japanese houses, the glasses were pressed from defunct light bulbs and even the gowns in the rooms are made of recycled cotton! Also on the property is a restaurant serving fine Japanese-Western fusion and a lifestyle store selling Tokyo-made keepsakes, locally sourced honey and craft beer, and more. 

The vibe is chic rather than vintage though and here you can expect all mod cons as well as some rooms featuring balconies or terraces. Upgraded suites even offer wow-inducing wine cellars and/or sunrooms. A place to impress! 

Hotel Gracery – a fun Godzilla themed hotel

A fun and crazy hotel in Tokyo

A fun monster hotel in Tokyo

You go to Tokyo for the craziness right? Well, you need to choose a hotel that is just as off-the-wall as the wonderful city itself. Look no further than the Godzilla-themed exceptionally rated Hotel Gracery

From the imposing Godzilla statue on the roof, the creatures head residing outside the 8th-floor lobby, to the interactive Godzilla room (no spoilers here, you’ll have to find out for yourself!) to the Godzilla-themed treats to commemorate your stay, yes you’ll have to love monsters but this quirky Tokyo hotel is anything but dull.

Located in the fabulous Tokyo cool area of Shinjuku, South West of central Tokyo, and only a 6-minute walk from Shinjuku train station (which connects you to the rest of the city), this modern high-rise and high-tech hotel offers a truly unforgettable stay in a very unforgettable city!

Andon Ryokan – a mix of the traditional and modern

Modern Ryokan in Tokyo

A funky hotel in Tokyo

Located only a 5-minute walk from Minowa Subway Station (for quick access to the rest of Tokyo) and a 20-minute walk from the historical Asakusa for great sightseeing, this is a genius take on the traditional Ryokan (Japanese Inn).

The designer Andon Ryokan hotel is a contemporary, reasonably priced Tokyo haven housed in such a spectacular building it won an architecture award. Its facade is a striking mix of glass and louvred metal and when night falls it’s illuminated so much the hotel the idea is to resemble a traditional Japanese lantern.

Inside the highly rated Andon Ryokanthe rooms are sparse (in a true Ryokan style) but intriguing, compartmentalized by industrial metal and glass, and come with futons which you unroll when you want to sleep.

Contrasting the modern metal design is more than a good handful of Japanese antiques offering an innovative fusion of traditional and modern decor. Flower-arranging, tea ceremonies, and origami sessions also – endearingly – take place at this trendy gem of a Tokyo hotel on a regular basis.

Shinjuku Granbell Hotel – a cool, modern, stylish, and arty hotel in Tokyo

A cool and stylish hotel in Tokyo

A cool and arty hotel in Tokyo

This is a beautiful new and already very popular 4-star design hotel dedicated to promoting up-and-coming artists from all over Asia. Combining style with creativity, rooms feature decor dreamed up by popular Japanese designers and creatives. The highly-rated Shinjuku Granbell Hotel even hosts an art lounge featuring periodic exhibitions displaying the work of up-and-coming artists from all over Asia.

Located near the metro station (which easily connects travelers to the rest of the city) in the very trendy Shinjuku area, the center of Tokyo culture, the rooms reflect the funky surroundings, offering a chic contemporary and zen-like design. There’s also a fabulous rooftop bar and terrace which is open until the early hours so you can count on it for drinks, casual bites as well as awe-inspiring views! Wonderful! 

One@Tokyo Hotel – a hip hotel with gadgets galore

An Instagrammble hotel in Toyko

A chic and modern hotel in Tokyo

A cool and unusual hotel in Tokyo

Tokyo is famous for its impeccable design and there’s arguably no better place to get a taste of what the city is truly capable of than this beautiful boutique hotel. Located within a stone’s throw of Tokyo Skytree in the downtown Oshiage area of eastern Tokyo, the exceptionally rated One@Tokyo Hotel is just a 3-minute stroll from Oshiage Subway Station (which connects you to the rest of the city).

Designed by acclaimed cult architect Kengo Kuma, the hotel has an arty wooden façade, a rooftop lounge with fabulous views of the both Tokyo skyline and the Tokyo Skytree, and industrial-style rooms adorned in acid-washed metal and reclaimed wood that have been designed to suit a range of budgets, from functional but chic rooms to truly exquisite suites located on the top floor.

All have ensuite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and free WiFi and other great touches include a handy Smartphone that can be carried around during your stay and Chromecast, a streaming media adapter that plays online content on the TV. Both design and tech fans will fall in love with this place!

  • Prices from $80 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for One@Tokyo Hotel

Roppongi Hotel S – an exquisite and unique apartment hotel in Tokyo

An exquisite and unique apartment hotel in Tokyo

A beautiful apartment hotel in Tokyo

A stylish boutique hotel in Tokyo

This gorgeous and highly rated 4-star Tokyo hotel once won the prestigious Good Design Award for being Japan’s most unique boutique hotel. Offering a beautiful contemporary design that is still quintessentially Japanese, once you step inside the Roppongi Hotel S you’ll instantly see why it won such an award!

Located in a great central location between the Nishi Azabu crossing and Roppongi Hills (a complex with restaurants, an art museum, and a skyscraper with a roof observation deck) and only 2 km from Tokyo Tower and 3 km from Yoyogi Park, the serviced apartments at the hotel are perfect for both longer or shorter stays.

The truly exquisite interiors of the unique rooms (especially the upgraded ones) which come complete with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, ensuite bathrooms, and sitting areas, as well as microwaves and minifridges, will turn your stay into a Tokyo dream. Other highlights include a complimentary breakfast, a chic lounge, and a library, five on-site restaurants to choose from, a fitness centre and bike rentals too – impressive stuff!

  • Prices from $100 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Roppongi Hotel S

Hotel KOE – a fashionable and hip Tokyo hotel located in the trendy Shibuya retail district

A cool boutique hotel in Tokyo

A fashionable and hip Tokyo hotel

Hotel KOE is in the lively Shibuya neighborhood of Tokyo with many shops, restaurants, and bars just a short walk away. The hotel is part of the popular Japanese fashion brand, Koé.

It has a traditional yet modern Japanese vibe, with dark, earthy colors in the bedrooms, traditional-style furniture, and clean marble-like walls that give a minimalistic feel. The cool hotel reception/lobby area is a hive of activity, with a bakery, Koé clothing store, and areas to sit and chat. For lovers of live music, the hotel’s event space comes alive with guest DJs on weekends.

  • Prices from $170 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel KOE Tokyo

Hoshinoya Tokyo – an upscale contemporary hot spring hotel

Design hotel in Tokyo

Best places to stay in Tokyo

This super-cool, upscale 5-star hotel is centrally located in Tokyo’s Otemachi neighborhood, a financial district within easy reach of public transport to all areas of the city. HOSHINOYA Tokyo has a ‘ryokan inn’ feel, yet is contained in a modern 18-floor high-rise building.

There are 84 sumptuous bedrooms with traditional Japanese touches, including low futon-style beds, paper window blinds, and sliding doors.

The modern bathrooms are especially impressive, with large tiling, neutral colors, and subtle lighting. Communal areas are available on each floor and provide guests with tasty snacks and Japanese tea. The gorgeous hotel’s key feature is the hot spring bathing area on the top floor (an amazing, must-see amenity!).

  • Prices from $300 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hoshinoya Tokyo

Keio Plaza Hotel – a kawaii/anime lovers dream

Kawaii themed hotel in Tokyo

hip and modern hotel in Tokyo

The highly-rated 4-star Keio Plaza Hotel is actually one of the most respected international hotels in Tokyo, it’ quite a classic really exuding an old-school class. Located in the much sought after location lively area of trendy Shinjuku (and very close to the station for easy access to the rest of Tokyo) here uniformed bellhops will greet you at the door, kimono-clad musicians play koto in the lobby, the ground floor is paved with miles of marble and there’s even a traditional Japanese tea ceremony room.

So why has this 4-star hotel made this list you may ask? Well, it has a crazy side too. There are a fair few rooms adorned with some very unique design features, 10 which come with four beds and there are four special Hello Kitty-themed rooms, which feature the iconic anime cute cat emblazoned on not just the walls but the furniture and amenities too.

That’s not forgetting the 47th-floor karaoke parlor and rooftop swimming pool which both come with some eye-popping city views! A fabulous Tokyo experience!

Candeo Hotel Roppongi – a popular trendy hotel with a stunning rooftop spa

an upscale contemporary hot spring hotel

Candeo Hotel Roppongi - beautiful hotel in Tokyo

This swish little beauty of a 4-star Tokyo hotel is set just off the craziness of the uber-trendy Roppongi district (and only a very short walk away from the Roppongi station which easily connects you to the rest of Tokyo) the exceptionally rated Candeo Hotel is surrounded by a plentiful supply of restaurants and shops and very near  Tokyo Midtown, which basically means it’s in a pretty fabulous location!

The stylish minimalist rooms provide everything you need and more including designer beds, work desks, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and great city views. Arguably, though, the real highlight is its wonderful rooftop Japanese style bath otherwise known as an ‘Onsen’. Aptly named the Sky Spa, it comes complete with indoor and outdoor hot pools, a freezing cold pool, and a sauna. A great choice for international travelers looking for a friendly and attentive stay in a trendy, vibrant Tokyo location!

Cotoha Hotel Okachimachi – a boutique hotel that mixes traditional with modern

An intersting hotel in Tokyo

Candeo Hotel Roppongi - unique contemporary hotel in Tokyo

Sleek and chic just like Tokyo itself, the new and much raved about Cotoha Hotel Okachimachi offers exceptional value in an otherwise expensive city. It’s located near the vivid areas of Ueno and Asakusa which are home to some of Tokyo’s finest cultural sites but handily for further exploring, the hotel is only a 4-minute walk to five metro stations which will take you to all the major sightseeing spots.

The theme is Japanese Glitz and it certainly delivers. The rooms are compact but designed in a very easy-on-the-eye striking modern mixed with a traditional Japanese style and come complete with flat-screen TVs, bathrobes and private bathrooms. A relaxed, reasonably priced but yet still a glamorous choice for a unique Tokyo stay!

BnA Art Hotel – an arty and intimate boutique hotel

An arty and intimate boutique hotel

budget boutique hotel in Tokyo

Think you’re a little cool and arty? Then the much-loved BnA Art Hotel will be right up your (Tokyo!) street. Located in the cultural and creative district of Koenji, just west of central Tokyo and within a short distance to a station which connects you to the rest of the city, this trendy boutique hotel features colorful artwork and decor from local artists.

The hotel has all the things you’d expect and want from your cool Tokyo accommodation like an onsite cafe, restaurant etc. but with only two rooms, so it’s definitely one of the more intimate hotels you can stay at!

The concept is both admirable and brilliant – they’re supporting the local artistic community and the team are hoping to further develop their project and bring further art-loving tourists to the area. Expect beautiful and striking rooms and a friendly community-style atmosphere!

Sukeroku No Yado Sadachiyo – for the traditional Japanophiles

A unique hotel in traditional Japanophiles

Ryokan hotel in Tokyo

Traditional Japanese inns – otherwise known as Ryokan – are sadly now a rare experience in a modern Tokyo. In many ways, they are like staying in a Japanese home where futons are rolled out on tatami mat floors and decor and amenities are kept to a minimum.

Although at this Ryokan you’ll get the best of both worlds with a mix of the traditional and the entertaining. Located in a temple-strewn area a 3-minute walk from exit 1 of the Asakusa Train Station on the Tsukuba Express Line, at Sukeroku No Yado Sadachiyo they offer geisha dancing, traditional comedy, and a number of courses demonstrating old-fashioned Japanese dining entertainment. For those looking to step it up a gear, karaoke and party games (albeit the ancient variety) are also on offer at this unique Tokyo hotel.

Artist Hotel, BnA STUDIO Akihabara – a hip boutique hotel curated by artists

Trendy design hotel Tokyo

Unusual hotel in Tokyo

A quirky boutique hotel in central Tokyo where every room is designed by a renowned Japanese artist. Guests who stay at the hotel help to support Japanese artists through a profit-sharing scheme.

BnA Studio Akihabara features an eclectic mixture of traditional, industrial, urban, and kitsch decor, giving guests the opportunity to feel a completely different vibe depending on the room selected.

The unique bedrooms are larger than most at this price point and each room tells a story of the artist’s influences and inspirations. With many nearby train connections to other parts of the city, BnA Studio Akihabara is ideally located for exploring Tokyo.

Claska – playful, stylish, and cool

cute kawaii hotel in Tokyo

A hip and cool boutique hotel

Claska is a cutting-edge 4-star boutique hotel with decor unlike you’ve ever seen before. Located in the shop-stuffed Meguro district very near the Gakugei-daigaku train station (which will take you easily to the rest of the city) and 7 km from Tokyo Tower, the eighteen rooms at the much loved Claska are divided into four categories: Japanese modern, tatami, weekly residence and DIY. Part gallery, part event space, and part boutique hotel, all the rooms are individually and meticulously designed, but for a really unique experience reserve one of the three DIY options.

In these rooms, contemporary Japanese artists were let loose to do literally whatever they wanted. One room even contains a bed with cute, soft toys stuffed under the mattress – definitely one for the kawaii fans! Other facilities in this creative hotel include a café, salon, gallery, shop, event space, a rooftop terrace, and even a dog grooming salon – cute huh? Booking as far ahead as possible for this popular hip Tokyo hotel is recommended!

Hotel Coco Grand – romantic, sleek, and sexy

A romantic hotel in Tokyo

A cool and chic hotel in Tokyo

A polished and well regarded 4-star Tokyo pad located in the cultural hub of the very cultural Ueno district – only 1 km from the Tokyo National Museum and only a 5-minute walk to the major Ueno Train Station – and overlooking the pretty Shinobazu Pond. The style at the Hotel Coco Grand is luxurious, sleek, and sexy but yet still is reasonably priced for the capital – think rich colors, romantic low lighting, and dark wood paneling.

Guest rooms have all the usual mod cons and upgraded rooms include garden pond views and massage chairs. Other hotel highlights include an onsite spa, a swimming pool, a cozy lounge with a fireplace, and a complimentary breakfast (which is pretty unusual for Tokyo hotels). Great for couples!

Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka – a casual, trendy hotel with unique guest rooms

The best places to stay in Tokyo

A casual, trendy hotel in Tokyo

OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is a clean, modern hotel located a short walk from Otsuka Train Station. A cozy, minimalist wood theme sets it apart from many of the hotels in Tokyo and gives guests a relaxed, stress-free vibe. OMO5 Tokyo’s bedrooms ingeniously make use of space and echo the design of a child’s bedroom.

Bunk beds, a snug bathroom, and innovative seating arrangements give the hotel a unique feel unlike most others in the area. The hip hotel’s lobby area, known as OMO Base, aims to mimic the communal feel of the city and features an on-site cafe, bar, and plenty of seating for relaxing with friends.

  • Prices from $120 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka

Apartment Hotel Shinjuku – a cool eclectic apartment hotel in Tokyo 

A cool eclectic apartment hotel in Tokyo 

cool apartment hotel Tokyo

Live like a Tokyo local in the fabulous Apartment Hotel Shinjuku. With a funky, urban design and oodles of Japanese functional style, this hip Tokyo accommodation is a very popular choice for travelers.

The bright, modern, and eclectic rooms are quirkily adorned with found objects and although the ‘apartments’ are compact they come complete with everything you will need for a long or short term stay including en-suite bathrooms (with a shower and a bathtub), a desk, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, as well as a kitchenette which is equipped with cookware.

There are also on-site laundry facilities, and the lobby even doubles as an eccentric second-hand shop – wonderful! The location is pretty fabulous too. Shinjuku is the center of Tokyo culture and is the place you’d probably imagine when thinking of Tokyo with bright neon lights, crowds, towering buildings, bustling streets, and an energetic pace.

It’s also a 2-minute walk from Shinjukusanchome train station (which will take you to all the sites), only 2 km from Meiji Shrine, and 3 km from the upscale shopping on Omotesandō Avenue. 

Share Hotel – a sociable cool hotel/hostel hybrid

Fun budget accommodation in Tokyo

Trendy budget hotel in Tokyo

This is a popular and highly rated new hotel/hostel hybrid that enjoys a unique location right on the banks of the Sumida River (only an 11 minutes’ walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station which connects you to the rest of Tokyo and only 4 km from the Tokyo Imperial Palace).

The Share Hotel has a contemporary industrial-chic style with stand-out amenities such as a cool restaurant and brewery, a souvenir shop, and a sociable large terrace where you can soak up the river views and mingle with fellow travelers.

There’s a mix of different room types on offer to suit all budgets from mixed or female-only dorms featuring capsule-style bunk beds to private rooms with-suite facilities, all air-conditioned and complete with nightwear, slippers, towels, and toothbrushes – cute touches indeed!

  • Prices from $75 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Share Hotel Tokyo

Remm Roppongi – functional Japanese chic

A cool Tokyo hotel to stay

A popular Tokyo hotel

Great value mid-range hotels aren’t always easy to come across in Tokyo, especially if you’re a little claustrophobic and don’t fancy staying in a capsule hotel. Enter the exceptionally rated Remm Roppongi! Set in a fabulously vibrant and trendy district that only a 4-minute walk to Tokyo Midtown is this no-nonsense high rise hotel that offers comfortable accommodation but with enough quirky details to make it stand out from its rivals.

As well as all the usual room mod cons, expect your very own in-room massage chair, a rainfall shower, a handy tablet (to check out all the coolest events in town obviously), and a bedside control panel that covers everything from the lights to the temperature. There’s also a pretty hip onsite industrial-chic restaurant/bar, a female-only floor, and kids under 12 stay for free – yep not a bad choice of a Tokyo hotel at all!

First Cabin Atagoyama – an innovative cabin hotel

Cabin hotel Tokyo

A unique cabin hotel Tokyo

Embrace Tokyo’s space-saving culture with by booking into the fabulous First Cabin. Who needs hotel rooms when you an innovative and futuristic “Cabin” to stay in! The First Cabin Hotel is located just a 5-minute walk from Onarimon Station (in a very popular area of Tokyo) these stylish capsule rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, and a partition to ensure privacy.

Bathrooms are shared but you’ll also find plenty of other mod cons which ensure happy guests, such as free toiletries, vending machines, and relaxing but sociable communal areas.

Shukubo Komadori-Sanso – where to find your zen

Zen like hotel in Tokyo

tranquil hotel outside Tokyo

To escape the city hassles take the 1.5-hour train journey from Tokyo and join the spiritual types on their way to worship at the sacred Mount Mitake shrine located in the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park (which is filled with hiking trails, beautiful mountains, and ancient shrines).

The much cherished Shukubo Komadori-Sanso offers centuries-old temple lodging located in this scared and unspoiled mountain area. Once you arrive at the two-story wood-constructed inn, the peace, scenery and the breathtaking views are unrivaled in the Tokyo area.

Only basic Japanese-style rooms with shared facilities are available but the real attraction at this unusual Tokyo hotel is learning to meditate – takigyo style – in a nearby waterfall.

Nine Hours Hotel – a futuristic cool capsule hotel

A cool capsule hotel Tokyo

The Nine Hours Hotel is a super-modern capsule hotel for those who want a more up-to-date Tokyo capsule experience. It’s a well-regarded place, with a good location (based only a 2-minute walk from JR Shin-Okubo Station) and is likely to keep all the capsule-hotel lovers happy.

Clean, modern with a futuristic, almost Matrix/spaceship style appearance, the hotel is trendy and cool as well as functional. All the capsules ‘bedrooms’ are air-conditioned and heated, bathroom facilities including showers are shared and lockers are available to keep your things safe while you’re cozied up for the night in your space-age capsule cocoon!

  • Prices from $55 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Nine Hours Hotel

Meguro Emperor Love Hotel – themed romantic fun

Love Hotel in Tokyo

Couples or ‘Love hotels’ where guests can stay through the night (a ‘stay’) or just for a few hours during the day (a ‘rest’) are very common throughout Japan. They range from the fantastical to the surprisingly tasteful and they are often very discreet – many don’t even have a front desk. One of Tokyo’s most famous love hotels, Hotel Meguro Emperor opened in 1973 and at the time was the Cadillac of love hotels.

Designed by the famous architect Yasuhisa Kurosaka, it was a monument to 1970s kitsch, and its fairytale castle exterior became something of a tourist attraction. Located 1.1 km from Ebisu Garden Place and 3.1 km from Hachiko Statue, the adult’s only hotel is still going strong today but today it’s much more tasteful with surprisingly sedate and cozy rooms which seem much more romantic than seedy!

Hilltop Yamanoue Hotel – a classic historic boutique

A historic boutique hotel Tokyo

A retro hotel Tokyo

One for history fans, this classically styled 4-star highly rated hotel is located in the ever-shrinking district of historic Old Tokyo (only a 6 minutes’ walk from Ochanomizu train station which connects you to the rest of the city).

Offering the perfect antidote to Tokyo’s increasing supply of high rise hotels, Nobel prize nominee Yukio Mishima actually completed his last few novels at the Hilltop and it’s still an occasional hangout for writers, scholars, and journalists.

One of the original Tokyo boutique hotels Hilltop Yamanoue Hotel was established in 1937 but re-designed 17 years later. Refurbished with standards you’d expect from a boutique hotel, details are not forgotten. Extra oxygen and negative ions are pumped into every room and the decor is elegant and authentic with wood-paneled walls, worn leather sofas, antiques, and a well-stocked wine cellar.

Park Hyatt – Bill Murray’s favorite haunt

Park Hyatt hotel in Tokyo

Tokyo hotel with great views

Located high above Shinjuku’s lively streets, the 5-star exceptionally rated Park Hyatt is a must for both movie fans and luxury lovers. Occupying the 14 top floors of a 52-story skyscraper and with wide windows of the spacious rooms offering beautiful views of Mount Fuji or Shinjuku, The Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of the city’s best and most expensive hotels and was made famous by Sofia Coppola’s film Lost in Translation.

The New York Bar Grill, where Bob (Bill Murray) spends so much time drinking whiskey, is one of the city’s great cocktail bars and affords spectacular views over Tokyo. The rooms and lobby are as equally impressive – a truly exquisite place all round!

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