When it opened in 1963, the Tokyo Hilton was Japan’s first global-chain hotel and soon became the capital’s It address for such guests as the Beatles and Michael Jackson. Following a four-year break in operations, the property has taken a turn for the local, re-emerging in November 2010 as the Japanese-owned The Capitol Hotel Tokyu. Designed by Japanese star architect Kengo Kuma—the mind behind Beijing’s trend-forward The Opposite House—the hotel replaces Isoya Yoshida’s aging edifice with a 29-story steel-and-glass tower housing 251 understated guest rooms that favor soothing over splashy luxury. Sited between the Imperial Palace and Roppongi Hills, the property stands away from Tokyo’s trademark frenzy, rising instead from a bamboo-forested hill and overlooking the tranquil, 350-year-old Hie Shrine.
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Telephone: +81 3 3503 0109