Hotel Niwa Tokyo $$$$
Tel: 81 3 3293 0028
Fax: 81 3 3295 3328
Concierge.com's insider take:
Hotel Niwa in central Tokyo takes the concept of a ryokan—with its appreciation for traditional craftsmanship and near obsession with service—and updates it to the needs of 21st-century travelers. As its name suggests (niwa means garden in Japanese), nature permeates all parts of the building, from the row of trees and bushes that acts as a buffer between the hotel and the street to the tatami mat–inspired carpets that cover room floors. While the 238 guest rooms are on the smaller side (ranging from 194 to 388 square feet), they're well equipped (from iron tea pots to generously proportioned desks to free Internet, a surprisingly hard perk to come by in the city) and then some (you can order in-room facial and body treatments with just the click of the TV remote control). There's one distraction the business travelers who flock here won't have to worry about: Earthquake-absorbing mechanisms in this seismically isolated building ensure a stable stay.—Rebecca Willa Davis
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