The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is a distinguished property set in the upscale Kioicho neighbourhood that is part of the Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho, a mixed-use development comprising commercial, residential, retail and entertainment spaces. With interiors by Rockwell Group Madrid, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is the second Luxury Collection property to open in Japan, following the Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, which debuted in Kyoto back in 2015.
Being part of the central Chiyoda municipality, the hotel resides in the geographic centre of Tokyo, seamlessly aligning with the city’s historic marvels and ultra-modern infrastructure. The hotel’s surrounding area is home to the National Diet and apartments for its elected representatives, the official residence of the Prime Minister, and the Akasaka estate where Japan’s crown prince and princess, including other members of the imperial family, reside. It is also a good 25-minute walk to the Imperial Garden, offering the chance for guests to stretch their legs and feast their eyes on the meticulously manicured landscape afterwards.
The location affords convenient access to diverse attractions, including Shimizudani Park and Benkei Canal. Nearby, Akasaka Mitsuke metro station connects to the popular districts of Ginza, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Shibuya. Tokyo International (Haneda) Airport (HND) and Narita International Airport (NRT) are 45 and 90 minutes away by road, respectively.
The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho features striking contemporary aesthetic inspired by the sprawling sky and kaleidoscopic colours of the surrounding city. Located between levels 30 and 36 of Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho, the hotel features 250 guestrooms, including 11 opulent suites. The lobby is situated on Level 36, while the Club Lounge is on Level 34, and the Kioi Spa and fitness centre on Level 30.
As guests step into the hotel, they will realise that the hotel is a state-of-the-art, swanky, luxurious bolthole, suited for guests who choose to stay amidst global sophistication characterised by Japanese accents and finesse when being in Tokyo. The creation of the hotel revolves around capturing and celebrating the surrounding views by framing them using oversized floor-to-ceiling windows that let in generous amount of natural light, turning the views into framed artworks that are as magnificent as paintings. Walking pass the hotel’s windows after windows is likened to walking in an art gallery where you pass by one artwork after another. Those who enjoy prying upon landscapes like the Gaya Travel Magazine Editor would have a field day when they put up at the hotel. To further stimulate guests’ senses, the hotel also embellishes its guestrooms, restaurant, lobby and elevators with curated works of art that enrich guests’ experience.
Inside the hotel’s exquisite rooms, guests have total control of the room’s ambience – as well as accessing various information about the hotel – at the touch of an iPad, making the experience current and futuristic at the same time. Gaya Travel Magazine team falls in love with the room’s Bose compact audio player that is Bluetooth-enabled, providing us quality sound direct from our own playlist while we luxuriate in the confines of our room. The toilet comes with control panel for efficient use, while the transparent shower glass panels turn opaque at the touch of the “Bathroom Screen” button for privacy. At the bathroom, bodycare amenities by the luxury label Laboratoire Remede developed by a team French and Swiss chemists await guests.
The rooms come with oversized windows that frame the unobstructed panorama of Tokyo’s expansive and dense skyline that extends all the way into the horizon, anchored by an obliging and spacious daybed for guests to frolic on while taking in the view. As a matter of fact, guests even can see the view while showering when they switch off the mentioned “Bathroom Screen” if privacy is not an issue.
When travellers decide to stay at The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, they are highly recommended to opt for the Club Rooms since guests staying there are given free access to the Club Lounge (opens from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.), fitness centre and rejuvenating Japanese bath, sauna and pool. We must say that the Club Lounge’s breakfast spread is sufficiently hearty and satisfying, enriching the experience of those who prefer to avoid the morning breakfast crowd.
Besides accommodation, the hotel also means business when it comes to taking care of guests’ well-being as demanded by the affluent and urbane travellers. The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho offers an impressive fitness centre that possesses all necessary equipment and accessories, including the Kioi Spa that dispenses treatments, operated by Montreux-based Swiss Perfection, a leader in cellular therapy. A large indoor 20-metre pool with Olympic lane markers, sauna and personal training service come together with the fitness centre, including a Japanese bath that guests should utilise as part of their Japanese cultural immersion.
For unrivalled dining experience, the hotel features four unique restaurants and bars, including the all-day dining venue called Oasis Garden with a sky garden setting; the Japanese restaurant Washouku Souten with dining room, sake bar, teppanyaki area, sushi counter and private dining room; Levita Sky Gallery Lounge that serves tea, light snacks and cocktails; and the hotel’s signature bar sexily christened as illumiid THE BAR on Level 35 with floor-to-ceiling windows that captures the mesmerising cityscape.
Adjacent to the hotel, the neighbouring Akasaka Prince Classic House on Level 4 of the Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho was the former residence of the last crown prince of Korea, Yi Un, completed in 1930 with glorious western-style and French-inspired ambience. The building now offers 3,000 square feet of elegant banquet hall that accommodates up to 140 guests. It is also home to La Maison Kioi, an elegant French bistro that now occupies the space where Prince Yi used to have his sunroom, replete with Jacobean-style wall panelling and parquet wood floors, just as it was in 1930. For stylish imbibing, the cosy Bar Napoleon at the building’s annex brings back the snazzy atmosphere and legendary cocktails the bar is known for since 1955. Guests who prefer a more sedate experience at the Akasaka Prince Classic House can try out the café (open from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.) that serves delectable macarons, chocolate and coffee eclairs, including the afternoon tea set (at JPY3,000 per person) consisting of sandwiches, apple pie, assorted desserts, coffee and tea.
In conclusion, The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho hotel is indeed a bulwark of enveloping neoteric opulence that is artful, promising its guests the veritable princely-to-the-hilt experience full of freshness and vigour minus the stuffiness and stodginess that might be associated with prestige. Without doubt, the hotel is a cutting edge property composed of refinements that fuses sharp Japanese minimalism with global style and outlook, in line with the expectations of the internationally trendy and sophisticated.
The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, A Luxury Collection
1-2, Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 102 8585
T: +81 3 3234 1111