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City: Palace Hotel Tokyo

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Set apart from the city’s skyscrapers, its trillion lights twinkling in the distance like some futuristic fever dream, the 290-room Palace Hotel Tokyo stands out not with blatant bling but whispered serenity. With a reported 10-figure investment, the new 23-story building has replaced the historic Palace Hotel on the banks of the Wadakura-bori moat, which surrounds the Imperial Palace grounds. And it is, in its considered details, the most Japanese of the city’s luxury hotels: the wall of gray aji stones in the entrance, meant to inspire calm; the balletic formality of the service; the understated plushness of the rooms; the lovely green calm of the Imperial Gardens just beyond your hotel window. en.palacehoteltokyo.com. $$$$

It List: The Best New Hotels 2013

City: Palace Hotel Tokyo

Set apart from the city’s skyscrapers, its trillion lights twinkling in the distance like some futuristic fever dream, the 290-room Palace Hotel Tokyo stands out not with blatant bling but whispered serenity. With a reported 10-figure investment, the new 23-story building has replaced the historic Palace Hotel on the banks of the Wadakura-bori moat, which surrounds the Imperial Palace grounds. And it is, in its considered details, the most Japanese of the city’s luxury hotels: the wall of gray aji stones in the entrance, meant to inspire calm; the balletic formality of the service; the understated plushness of the rooms; the lovely green calm of the Imperial Gardens just beyond your hotel window. en.palacehoteltokyo.com. $$$$

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It List: The Best New Hotels 2013

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