The entrance to Aman Tokyo is unassuming. But if that sounds surprising – it is a deeply opulent hotel, after all – just bear in mind that this is an Aman hotel. This luxury chain enjoys making its home in the world’s quiet, out-of-the-way places. The name “Aman” doesn’t mean “peace” in Sanskrit for nothing. But while Aman Tokyo may be the first “urban” Aman, it loses none of the serenity of its sister hotels, which is especially impressive considering the hotel’s proximity to the bustle of Tokyo Station. It helps, of course, that the hotel is found in the top six floors of the 36-floor Otemachi Tower.
On entering, the sight of the soaring, almost 30-foot high atrium, with its white washi rice paper ceiling, will remove any lingering doubts as to the sumptuousness of the hotel. Perched in the midst of all of it is the Japanese rock garden. But your eyes won’t linger on it long, they’ll soon be drawn to the view; out over the city, the Imperial Palace Garden and all the way to Tokyo Bay, you won’t forget the sight in a hurry. Especially because you’ll be treated to more of the same in your guestroom. There are 84 rooms and suites here, all furnished with Zen-like simplicity, giving pride of place to stone, light camphor wood and more washi paper. The effect is light, yet luxurious.
There are also deep soaking tubs in the room, but don’t hang about too long. The Aman Spa, like all Aman Spas, is a thing of beauty. This one, spread over two floors, is one of the biggest and most impressive in the city. There are all manner of treatments on offer, as well as the chance to take a class in the yoga and pilates studio, or just a casual workout in the high-end gym. But if your idea of indulgence is more of the gastronomic variety, the Aman Tokyo also offers guests the run of a restaurant, cafe and lounge that serve Mediterranean cuisine by way of Asia. There’s even a wine cellar with over a thousand bottles, and a cigar lounge. Whatever your idea of hotel bliss is, you’re sure to find it here.