Imperial Hotel

Chiyoda-ku
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Hibiya, a business district adjacent to Marunouchi and Ginza, has the first Western-style hotel in Japan: the 931-room Imperial Hotel, which, in 2016, celebrated its 125th anniversary. The decor, which may be getting a refresh after the 2020 Olympics, is not why you book here. You stay at the Imperial for the service, which is Japanese to the nth degree. The Imperial also might have the top laundry service of any hotel in the world—and that’s not hyperbole. The staff is rumored to know how to get out stains to perfection from the 100 or so sauces served at the hotel’s 17 dining venues. The Imperial has strong ties to Frank Lloyd Wright, who created an iteration of the hotel in 1923. The architect’s namesake suite, reserved for dignitaries, is the only one in the world that is allowed to use his designs. Everything in the space is his—the bedroom writing desk, the teacups (the red circle on the rim hides a lipstick mark, genius!), the Hopi American Indian carpet (a look FLW liked). On the mezzanine, the Old Imperial Bar—not to be missed—has one of his frescoes. (Rooms, from $450)

Imperial Hotel
1-1-1 UchisaiwaichoTokyo, Japan
81-3/3504-1111

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