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New Japanese grandeur
Imagined as a ‘Grand Residence’, the Palace hotel embraces its surroundings with subtle colour schemes and vast picture windows.
2013 Winner Hotel over 200 Rooms
2013 Shortlisted Hotel over 200 rooms
2013 Shortlisted hotel 50-100 rooms
2013 Winner Hotel over 100 rooms
Situated opposite the Otemon gate of the Imperial Palace and its gardens, the Palace Tokyo is a grand destination hotel that celebrates its unique position and views. Upon entering you are struck by the wonderful sense of light and the immediate connection to the gardens outside. The colours are fresh and relaxing, and echo the greens of the landscaping.
In keeping with the theme of the hotel, the landscaping is beautifully balanced and offers a variety of small views as the gardens rest against the hotel.
Floor to ceiling glass windows
Moving through the reception area, one of the calmest rooms is revealed; floor to ceiling glass creates the sense that one could step outside into the landscape.
The main entrance boasts an eight metre wide gallery that runs the length of the ground floor through to a dramatic picture window overlooking the Wadakuribori; a hand-selected maple tree is the focus of this window. Chosen specifically for its gentle beauty and shape, the intention is for this tree to grow with the hotel, becoming synonymous with the hotel’s strength and growth, constantly reflecting the changing of the seasons.
A celebration of tea
The backdrop to the lounge is a grand scaled glass lined tea-house that boasts the finest collection of tea in Tokyo with shelves that reach six metres high. In the evenings the tea house transforms into an elegant champagne bar.
The Royal Bar
The new bar pays homage to Palace Hotel’s legendary bartender Mr. Kyoshi Imai who personally oversaw the design of the Palace Hotel’s original “Royal” bar. The original back bar configuration, that is intended to chill the glasses at the same time as raising them to the bartenders eye-line, has been faithfully re-created whilst the original bar top has also been rescued and re-furbished to a deep dark lustre, allowing it to once again take pride of place. In conceiving the bar interior as an over-sized whiskey cabinet, the walls are lined with glass fronted cabinets all finished in antique mirror, while floating glass pendants casually hang in the centre of the room, adding sparkle and glamour to the quiet lighting .