You know you have a good view when even your 5-year-old can’t stop looking at it. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi gave us an ability to watch the hustle and bustle of Tokyo Station, Ginza and the surrounding area. It was busy and beautiful wrapped into one, as well as the perfect place to stay in Tokyo with kids.
Tokyo is one of my favorite cities on the planet–being half-Japanese and a lover the food, culture and shopping. I worried that the amount of walking required to suit a blend of Tokyo Disney Resort, shopping and eating would be too much for small legs. I was wrong–she enthusiastically conquered all of it. It helped that we stayed in a fabulous, well-located hotel where we were not lost in the shuffle of this giant metropolis.
Location Is Absolutely Key
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is about a 5-minute walk to both Tokyo Station and one of my favorite shopping spots, Ginza. In my world, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Especially when traveling with a 5-year-old, two huge suitcases and 3 carry-ons, the hotel’s platform greeting service at Tokyo Station was priceless. In case you haven’t been to Tokyo Station–it’s enormous and crowded. I’m told that even locals get lost in it. I gave the hotel our Narita Express (the train from the airport to Tokyo) train, car and seat numbers. You’d think this level of detail is not necessary, but because of the crowds and the train’s sheer size, it’s completely necessary.
When we arrived at Tokyo Station our guide greeted us with a luggage trolley. After about a 10-minute or so walk through what felt like a maze, we were at the hotel. Hotel guides will also escort you to and through Tokyo Station, should you need to train anywhere else during your stay. I can’t emphasize how much I value this service, especially in Tokyo with kids.
About Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi
At just 57 rooms, the personalized attention received by guests is unparalleled. We knew the staff members by name and vice versa. Our enormous corner room featured floor-to-ceiling windows on the exterior walls, providing a stunning view 24 hours a day. Of course, blackout shades shielded us from the city lights after sundown–with just the press of a button.
The room felt more like a city loft than a hotel room between the chic decor, huge bathroom, mini bar area, work desk, high-tech entertainment and more. I regretted not booking a longer stay the second after I walked in.
Every hotel should have a diverse pillow menu, correct? I was pregnant in Tokyo once, and would have loved a giant noodle pillow. Dream away on your choice of 11 pillows!
Beautiful Japanese Food
From carefully cut vegetables to thoughtful presentation, the meals we ordered were stunning to look at and devour–like this Japanese breakfast at ekki BAR & GRILL. I was also a big fan of the healthy breakfast set.
Seafood is fresh from the famous Tsukiji fish market and served with a side of panoramic city views. A kid’s menu and Western options are available. ekki BAR & GRILL provides the delicious in-room dining, too.
The splash of green mixed with dark wood and greys in the restaurant is exactly how I wish my house was decorated.
The bar area has comfortable seating areas where you can order a drink–or in our case ice cream and wine–and watch the trains run in and out of Tokyo Station.
Need to burn off excess energy or ramen? The fitness center sports the same fabulous views of the city and is open 24 hours a day for the jet-lagged or motivated. A traditional Japanese onsen (hot spring bath), sauna and jet showers provide relaxation for guests in addition to the treatment menu complete with massages and more. Explore Tokyo also by taking advantage of the hotel’s free bike rentals.
Babysitting can be arranged and the hotel has games for kids, upon request.
Build A Perfect Itinerary
Akhil and his fellow concierge team recommended several kid-friendly places for us to eat (all amazing), escorted us to and from Tokyo Station, arranged taxis, mapped shopping routes and more. They are available via email in advance, should you have questions about your stay. Do not hesitate to ask as they are a 5-star team that makes navigating a huge city much less overwhelming.
Japan’s capital city could truly take a lifetime to explore. Though you will be out and about, it’s nice to rest your feet in luxurious accommodations where every need is attended to. There is no shortage of luxury hotels in Tokyo, but I can tell you that Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is where we’ll stay from now on.
For more information read:
Parents’ insider guide to family travel: Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi on Have Family Will Travel, a Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts blog
And, don’t forget that San Diego now has a direct flight to Tokyo!
*I was partially hosted on a media stay. All opinions are my own!