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My 474-square-foot Superior King Room at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi was spacious and, although minimal in its design, it offered more than enough amenities to keep me feeling completely taken care of, from a huge 42-inch flat-screen television to an expansive, Japanese-inspired bathroom, complete with a traditional-style deep-soaking tub. My favorite room feature, however, was the bed — one of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in.
The majority of guests who check into the Marunouchi property are business travelers and couples which makes perfect sense, given the hotel’s central location. Even so, I’d argue that it also makes a perfect home base for leisure travelers who wish to explore two of Tokyo’s most popular attractions: glittering Ginza and the nearby, must-see stop of Tsukiji Fish Market.
Because of the hotel’s proximity to Ginza and its many high-end restaurants, clients will find no dearth of one-of-a-kind restaurants and menus. However, the hotel’s Ekki Bar & Grill is equally outstanding and innovative, serving contemporary cuisine that fuses international influences — French, Japanese and American, to name a few — into a menu that never failed to satisfy my hunger for new tastes and presentations. I especially loved stopping by for afternoon tea — a meal in itself, with Wagyu beef sliders, petit fours and even Mexican-style churros. It was certainly one of the most eclectic — and filling— afternoon teas I’ve ever had. An intimate Lobby Lounge and Bar, which is adjacent to the main restaurant, also serves unique small plates and meals, including crispy soft-shell crab and Satsuma-accented pork loin.
When clients wish to unwind, they can find a respite in the hotel’s spa and 24-hour fitness center. The spa — while much smaller than the spa at Chinzan-so, with only two treatment rooms — also offers traditional onsen facilities. Guests may also request in-room massage services. The fitness center boasts a number of cardio machines, from treadmills to elliptical trainers, as well as weight machines. During my stay, I also noticed that many guests chose to get in their morning exercise by going for a jog around the outer moat of the Imperial Gardens, which are only a few minutes by foot from the hotel.
As with the service I received at the Chinzan-so property, I was thoroughly impressed by the staff’s attention to detail and thoughtfulness. When inquiring for restaurant recommendations from the concierge, I was given a long list of suggestions — all of which proved to be a perfect fit for my tastes. And, on Christmas day, I awoke to find a tiny stocking on my door, filled to the brim with holiday treats and goodies. When it came time for me to leave for the airport, a member of the hotel staff accompanied me to Tokyo Station, giving me exact directions on how to get to Narita by train (train station greeting services are also complimentary — and always included).
So, if your clients have the time, I would say it is well worth the trip to stay at both of these Four Seasons properties. For most clients however, choosing a single property to stay in really depends on their design preferences — classic or modern — and their proximity to certain Tokyo attractions. Whichever property they choose, I’m sure they’ll feel the same way I did: in a word, pampered.