By John Wogan
July 10, 2019
Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

As the world’s largest metropolis, Tokyo boasts hotel options that are fittingly extraordinary and seemingly limitless. The competition to remain at the top is fierce, and that’s a boon to visitors — the best properties here are marked by cutting-edge architecture, world-class restaurants, and service that’s hard to match. This year, our readers showed a preference for hotels that combine traditional Japanese details with the distinctive sense of modernity that Tokyo does so well.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

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Readers with a taste for history loved the Palace Hotel Tokyo (No. 3), with its vista of the Imperial Palace and gardens. As one guest remarked, “My husband and I had a room on the top floor and spent a great deal of time on our balcony, taking in the breathtaking view of the city.” Service was also a major selling point: “The team is exceedingly gracious and helpful,” noted another reader.

A few blocks away, Aman Tokyo (No. 5) occupies the top six floors of the hypermodern, 38-floor Otemachi Tower. On top of the serene, minimalist interior design for which Aman is known, the restaurants are a big draw. Among the four dining options: Arva, a new Italian spot that’s garnering rave reviews, and Musashi, a tiny, eight-seat omakase restaurant that serves supremely fresh sushi. Over in the Nihonbashi neighborhood, Mandarin Oriental (No. 7) impresses with huge standard rooms (the smallest clocking in at 538 square feet) that would probably be considered suites anywhere else.

Below, the full list of this year’s top hotels in Tokyo, including the property readers named their absolute favorite in the city.

10. Grand Hyatt Tokyo

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Score: 86.76

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9. Park Hyatt Tokyo

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Score: 87.91

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8. Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi

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Score: 88.74

More information: fourseasons.com/tokyo

7. Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

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Score: 89.03

More information: mandarinoriental.com

6. Conrad Tokyo

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Score: 89.56

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5. Aman Tokyo

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Score: 91.36

More information: aman.com

4. The Peninsula Tokyo

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Score: 92.30

More information: peninsula.com

3. Palace Hotel Tokyo

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Score: 92.42

More information: palacehoteltokyo.com

2. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

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Score: 93.50

More information: shangri-la.com

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

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Score: 94.97

More information: ritzcarlton.com

Jumping up two spots from last year to grab the winning honors is the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo. “Everything about this hotel was top-notch,” raved one reader. “I never once encountered staff that were anything but pleasant and helpful. And it’s incredibly accessible to so many parts of Tokyo, whether by walking or by subway. I will return, no doubt.” Another guest had similarly exceptional experiences: “The food is off-the-charts fantastic. There are incredible views and the rooms were gorgeous. We loved this hotel.”

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2019.

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