My favorite hotel is the Park Hotel Tokyo. Although some hotels are more luxurious, this hotel is reasonable in price, comfortable, centrally located, has top concierge services and unique rooms.
I appreciate that the hotel is offering a high quality and unique experience, notably with their floor of Artist rooms that are painted by different artists according to different themes, such as sakura, sumo, shodo, etc. which also include a free breakfast.
I wish to note that their sister hotel, the Shiba Park Hotel, also offers good concierge services and has a great workshop every day, where guests can either learn Japanese calligraphy or furoshiki (the Japanese art of wrapping gifts), as well as sake tasting. I loved learning furoshiki, as I am now able to impress people when giving gifts by wrapping their wine bottle with Japanese cloth. If you go at the right time and reserve in advance, a room at Shiba Park Annex could cost 12,000円 per night, and a room at the Park Hotel 15,000円. However, the Shiba Park hotel does not want to schedule reservation on your check-in day, which is unfortunate and not justified, therefore I would only recommend them for a longer stay. For some reason, it seems that the Park Hotel has disappeared from the Michelin guide in 2018, but it is not like the Michelin guide is very logical.
There are at least 3,000 hotels in Tokyo and I have stayed at less than 1% of them. Thus, I cannot say that the Park Hotel Tokyo is the best hotel in the city. However, it has been perfect for me. I am extremely grateful for the attention of their concierge staff. I have attached an example of a sheet they have prepared for each restaurant reservation I had, which is something that some of the most expensive hotels in Tokyo do not do.
Many readers asked me the following question: Who is the best concierge in Tokyo? In my experience, the best concierges are not the ones that have the most connections. Introduction-only restaurants do not accept you, no matter who your concierge is. Rather, they are those who are the most dedicated to their guests. The best concierge will inquire beforehand about when the restaurant will take reservations, they will keep calling to see if they have cancellations, will prepare information about how to get there, and they will communicate with you throughout the process.
I am not saying that this hotel has the best concierge in Tokyo. I am saying that the Park Hotel Tokyo is the cheapest hotel that has top-level concierge services and that it is 98% the same as the most expensive hotel in Tokyo. If you want to spend thousands of dollars staying at Aman or the Tokyo Station hotel, feel free to do so, but in my opinion it is not worth it for concierge services. Consider donating the difference to one of those charities.
Finally, Tableall (and for Saito or Sugita, Arry) is probably the best overall concierge, especially in relation to the cost. They don't have every restaurant, but if you are a tourist, they have more than enough top quality options. Hotel concierges will most likely become a thing of the past, and they cannot help you with introduction-only restaurants anyway, no matter how expensive the hotel is.
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