I’ve always wanted to say that I have stayed at one of the world’s most luxurious hotels and in March 2018 I was able to do that at the Aman Tokyo, even if it was only for one night.
If you haven’t heard of Aman then I would highly recommend checking them out as they have taken the concept of luxury hotels & resorts to a whole new level. Traditionally, Aman hotels are small, boutique properties set in an authentic location outside of the cities, so I was very keen on seeing how they would go with managing an urban city hotel in one of the busiest cities in the world.
The Aman Tokyo is located in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo and occupies the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower. Within walking distance from the hotel is the historic Tokyo Station and Imperial Palace.
We arrived at the Aman Tokyo at around 1030am, much too early for check in. The night before we were staying at the Hilton Tokyo but wanted to spend as much time as possible at the Aman, hence getting there so early. Walking into the building there is a small reception desk on ground floor, which if you are not looking, is easy to miss. We were greeted and taken up to lobby on the 33rd floor, ears popping on the way with the lift transporting us up in what felt like a matter of seconds.
Walking out of the elevator there are no words to describe the amazing lobby. A beautiful blossom floral arrangement takes centre stage that is surrounded by a rock garden and water. The ceilings, around 30m high and floor to ceiling glass windows allow you to see views of Tokyo from high above the city.
Thinking we would drop our bags off and come back at the 3pm check in time, we were pleasantly surprised when we were told that our room would be ready and that they were just doing a final check. As we waited, we sat in lobby, looking at the blossom floral arrangement in the middle, taking photos of what was only just going to be the start of an amazing stay.
The check in process was extremely smooth, our host offered us some ume drink, which in Japan is known as natural medicine from ancient times to boost the immune system. I’m not sure if they thought out immune system needed it but it sure was delicious. After this we were taken to our room.
The best thing about the hotel is that it occupies levels 33-38 so no matter which floor you are staying on, you are guaranteed an insanely amazing view over the city. Originally having being offered a Deluxe Room, which at 71 square metres is the largest standard room in the city, we were then upgraded to a Premier Room which faces the Tokyo skyline and is huge 80 square metres (or 861 square feet for my American friends).
Walking into the room, there is a foyer to leave your shoes and to change into a comfortable pair of Japanese slippers. To the right as you walk in was his and her cupboards so you can unpack properly and then a small desk for any work that you may need to do. From there is the king bed, and then stairs down to your living area with daybed. The bathroom is extremely large with his and her basins, rain shower and a traditional furo soaking tub where you can enjoy the views after dark looking out to the city.
The rooms in itself are modern but the design is a take on a traditional Ryokan, which make it feel like you are in a small luxury property, as opposed to a high rise hotel. With the design being inspired by the traditional Japanese home, the sliding shoji doors are a nice touch and the glass windows from floor to ceiling make the rooms bright and create a sense that you are the only ones here with the city below on the ground just passing by without a worry in the world.
As we were only spending one night at the Aman Tokyo, trying out all the facilities was a must. The spa, which spans over two levels and is a huge 2500 square meters, has an onsen style baths with views over the city but my absolute favourite facility was the pool. At 30 metres long and on the corner of the hotel, the light filled pool gives you panoramic views over the city and the perfect sunset.
The service at the property is something that sets it apart from most other hotels. Although staff at most five star hotels are helpful, there is sometimes not that relaxed attitude that you want. It’s a bit more robotic. At the Aman, the service was nothing like this and nothing less than perfect. There is no upper class hotel snobbiness, it’s a very friendly atmosphere with everyone who works there genuinely wanting to make sure that you are having a great stay, with having real conversations, wanting to show you the Japanese culture and being proud of it.
Overall the Aman Tokyo is a very different property compared to some of the other five star properties in Tokyo. It isn’t one of those large properties where you will get the same big brand feel like in every other city. It’s an experience in itself and has a very unique feel so if you are wanting a traditional Japanese stay but with that modern luxury, the Aman Tokyo is definitely right for you.