|Four Seasons Marunouchi|
When in Tokyo, the Four Seasons Marunouchi, Chiyoda is a favorite for many reasons. It’s very near Tokyo station, which provides many transit opportunities; from shinkansen bullet trains for long distance, subways, buses, taxis and the Narita Express (NEX) train for the airport. It’s about an hour to and from NRT.
FS Marunouchi provides a white-gloved agent at the airport that helps you to get on your feet at the airport and get NEX tickets. The train and seat number is phoned ahead to FS staff at Tokyo Station so they’re waiting at the exact train door to help with luggage and provide an escort through the Tokyo Station maze to the hotel, a few minutes walk away. After a long flight, that’s a good thing.
The small hotel (57 rooms) lives up to Four Seasons expectations, with clean, modern and large rooms for Tokyo. Our favorite room is the Deluxe Premier, which overlooks the bullet trains gliding into Tokyo Station. These rooms have a living room, walk in closet and floor to ceiling triple glazed windows so the silence is profound. Relaxation can also be found in the Onsen, a Japanese hot bath that uses spring water.
The front desk and concierge staff was amazingly genuine and polished. They are on the seventh floor and are very knowledgeable about the city's best offerings. No request was impossible for them. Anything they plan and lay out for guests is presented written in English or any other language a guest prefers, along with a map and any necessary other information written in Japanese. They think of everything.
The Four Seasons Marunouchi has the best location in Tokyo. The Ginza, Tsukiji Fish Market and the Imperial Palace are all with-in walking distance. There are many exceptional hotels in Tokyo, but this is the place to stay.