Hotel Okura Tokyo, Tokyo $$$$
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No hotel lobby in Tokyo can match the elegance of the Okura's. Designed in 1962 by celebrated architect Yoshiro Taniguchi, the hotel is a glimpse into early '60s Japan, and it retains a resolutely old-style approach to hospitality. Close to business and government offices and next door to the U.S. Embassy, it struggles in the face of flashier newcomers but is still favored by visiting heads of state. While the public spaces remain delightfully unchanged, the accommodations on floors five through ten have been renovated over the years. Ask for one of the recently completed Grand Comfort rooms on the ninth floor of the main building, which will give you access to the Relaxation Nature Court spa. But the rooms are not why you stay here. It's for the traditional—and phenomenally efficient—service, for the excellent sushi and tempura bar, and for the sense of history. Have afternoon tea in the Orchid Bar if only to admire the pristine '60s interior, and enjoy a cigar from the walk-in humidor at Baron Okura, the bar named after the hotel's aristocratic founder. And don't overlook the fact that the hotel has its own art museum.
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