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Hotels in Tokyo

Tuesday, 08 July 2008

hotels in Tokyo Luxury-hotel or a love place? Cotton mattress or duvet? Traditional or ultra-modern? Hotels of the capital of Japan are so varied, that they themselves can be a reason for travelling. "Tokyo - is a kind of insanity, in spite of the fact that we have never been there", - says Bill Kaulitz, Tokio Hotel band soloist. 

Japanese capital looks marvellous (labyrinth of streets, rail-roads and hieroglyphs), bright (glowing neon screens are everywhere), huge (12 million people), creative (because of the lack of space, they play golf on the roofs of houses), and contradictory (here one can find mothers in kimono and daughters in Gothic dresses). Insanity definitely! For those, who has never been in Tokyo, or has been but is eager to come back, we describe a number of wonderful hotels. For "Park Hyatt Tokyo" fans: the elevator moves only for 10 seconds and here you are - under the roof of glass in Peak Lounge in the middle of the bamboo forest on the 41st floor above the Shinjuku block. Music plays, fountains run, the air is cool, and if the weather is good one can see Fuji, Japanese Saint Mountain.

Everything is like in a movie. Like in the movie "Lost in Translation", which was filmed here in 2002 by Sofia Coppola. This is a film about two Americans, who came to Tokyo. Japanese culture stayed unrevealed for them, but they explored this mysterious city and at the end found themselves in Park Hyatt, which Coppola called a "floating island on the roof of the chaotic city". The movie gave the world fame to this hotel, and many fans of "Lost in Translation" still pilgrim to this hotel. Some of them take pictures of each other in Peak Lounge, others order tables in New York Grill on the 52nd floor, where not only drinks, but delightful steak made of kobe-beef are served. True Coppola's fans spend nights in Park Hyatt, where the area of every room is not less than 54 sq.m. with a huge bath-room and windows with the city-sight. The rooms combine Japanese design and western comfort. What really makes this place attractive not only for movie-fans, but for everyone on vacation in Tokyo, is that Park Hyatt is a real island of peace in the ocean of insanity of a big city.

For thrifty people - Shinjuku Kuyakusyo Capsule Hotel. The Japanese gave the world not only Walkman and Tamagotchi, but the most compact hotel in the world - hotel-capsule. One can find dozens of them all over Tokyo. They are economic, clean and neat: you can see every corner of it. Standard capsule of 2x1x1 meter includes a mattress, a blanket, a pillow, a towel and is covered with a curtain. These sleeping niches are set one to another; that is why on the 54 sq.m. of Park Hyatt double room, here you can find up to 40 capsules. In Shinjuku Kuyakusyo Mae Capsule Hotel (this hotel is recommended because staff speaks English a little) every capsule has a TV-set, radio, an alarm clock, a lamp, a folding table and buttons for staff or security call. In addition guests receive a kimono and a pair of slippers for the shower, toilet or sauna. Shoes, luggage and valuable things you can lock in special boxes and give them to the cloak-room near the entrance. There is only one inconvenience - capsule walls are not soundproof at all, that is why you will be given earplugs.

For curious people - Ryokan Homeikan. Small houses are built in a row in the narrow streets of the Hongo block. One of them is called Homeikan - this is a 100 year old ryokan - traditional coaching inn with a garden, wooden walls, sliding doors made of rice paper and floors made of rice straw (tatami). Since this is Japan, everything follows the rules: street shoes must be left by the entrance, place on special shelves and put on beige home slippers. But if you want to go to the WC, you should change your beige slippers to brown ones. Public bath facilities are open from 5:00pm till 10:30pm, breakfast is served only for morning persons and only in Japanese style (seaweed soup, soya tofu, omelette, rice and pickled vegetables). A hostess - graceful Japanese woman aged between 50 and 60 - looks after visitors to maintain the rules. It is hard to find more Japanese spirit in Tokyo, than in this place.

For the middle class - Royal Park Hotel. This hotel is ideally situated: in the very centre of Tokyo and in the very centre of the price range. Three stations of Tokyo subway system and aviation terminal Tokyo City Air Terminal - where from you can take a bus to the airports Narita and Haneda - are situated near the entrance to Royal Park Hotels. There are may tiny shops and typical Japanese restaurants in this area. Recently restored, the hotel has six restaurants, a garden on the roof and a lamp in the form of the Milky Way in the lobby. Besides modern standard rooms the hotel offers two Japanese-style apartments, full of traditional varnished furniture, wooden bath and tatami, a TV-set and a mini-bar - an ideal place for those, who want to combine Japanese way of living with Western comfort.

For the experienced - The Peninsula Tokyo. The newest five-stars hotel is situated between the commercial street Ginza and the Emperors Palace. The Peninsula Tokyo was opened in September. It represents a perfect combination of high tech, traditions and design. 60 artists created more than 1000 masterpieces for the decoration of this hotel, turning it into a museum. According to Tokyo Hotel slang, its rooms are really insane. Even standard rooms have separate wardrobe (with a nail-drier on a table). Bathroom is a centre of beauty and health with sitting shower, waterfall and a toilet with 15 buttons - from water massage to warm air drying. Design was created according to Japanese traditions, indirect lightning tunes according to the time of the day. Every sitting room is equipped with a coffee-machine; duvets seem to be the softest in Japan; there is a convenient cubby hole for morning papers or washing, so that you can forget about troublesome rings. One more comfortable thing: the phone display shows the time your interlocutor time zone.5 restaurants since the very beginning are considered to be one of the best in Tokyo. You cannot get a table here without advanced reservation. The whole city talks about the restaurant Peter that is on the 24 floor, where modern European cuisine is served against a background of silk, steel, wood and glass. On weekends popular DJs play their sets, so that after dinner you can start your night life.

For loving couples - Love Hotel. Along with noodle-pie and karaoke-bars they became a part of Tokyo life - love hotels sometimes are called "hotels for an hour". Usually love hotels are not dirty motels and places for prostitution, but just a neat place for loving couples that doe not want to be disturbed. That is why Tokyo became full of such hotels - Japanese capital is a place, where it is pretty hard to find a calm place: apartments here are small and narrow, walls are not soundproof and often more that one generation lives in one apartment. That is why loving couples visit love hotels. Privacy is of high respect here: exits and entrances are separate, car identification numbers are covered with a dashboards, booking process is anonymous - you should enter the atrium, choose a picture of a free room, pay at the blacked-out window and get your room number and keys. It is really easy even for those who do not speak Japanese. Most such hotels look like common hotels, but there are few of them with very unusual atmosphere. For example, some of the rooms can look like Bavarian castle Neuschwanstein, Mickey Mouse or space style with coach- or Venetian gondola-shaped beds. Sometimes you can choose even the sound: from the sea sound to the Beethoven's 9 Symphony. But there are no songs by Tokyo Hotel.

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