The Prince Gallery, Tokyo Kioicho
THE HOTEL: Prince Hotels is a prestigious Japanese brand that is over 60 years old. It has 50-plus hotels, mostly in Japan (nine in Tokyo). The Prince Gallery opened in 2016 and is also part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection. The property is located in the central Chiyoda ward in the Tokyo Garden Terrace, a slick skyscraper with retail and F&B spaces 45-minutes from Haneda Airport.
THE CHECK-IN: Quick, effi cient and scrupulously polite – although we were a big group so the staff were prepped and all hands were on deck to receive us.
THE ROOM: My 42-square-metre Club Deluxe King room had a two-metrewide bed, widescreen TV and, best of all, a huge window seat with a breathtaking city vista. The decor was light and mixed warm and neutral tones. The shower and large bath tub are housed in a glass cube which can be clear or opaque at the touch of a button. The Club rooms come with access to the Club Lounge, an exclusive and calm space with all-day complimentary food and drinks.
THE BUSINESS: A board room is available as one 24-person space or two 12-person spaces. It includes projection equipment and a touch panel display and comes at 60,000 JPY (approx £432) for two hours. Club floor guests get two hours free and suite guests four hours free. The Bar Illumiid has a private room for when business turns to leisure.
THE FACILITIES: The indoor pool and hot bath also have spectacular views and the atmosphere is exclusive club rather than hotel. Pampering can be found in Swiss Perfection Spa Kioi and there's also an impressively equipped gym. The allday dining Oasis Garden serves up an impressive breakfast buff et and Italian pasta and grill the rest of the day. Washoku Souten is a fi ne-dining Japanese restaurant with plenty of theatre. There is also a sushi bar and sake bar. The cool Sky Gallery Lounge Levita has cathedrallike windows and comfortable arm chairs.
THE VERDICT: If you, like me, dream of being Scarlett Johansson (or Bill Murray) in Lost in Translation during your stay in Tokyo then book this hotel. It’s worth it for the window seat alone, where you can lie in your helpfully provided kimono and watch the glittering city laid out before you. The only drawback was the the iPadcontrolled lights – too techy for me!
THE DETAILS: The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, 1-2 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8585 Japan. Club Deluxe rooms from around £307 per night. see: princehotels.com.
Reviewed by Laura Gelder (2017)