Stay in the very cool Park Hotel Tokyo in one of the city’s newest shiniest districts and you will not be disappointed. Not only does the hotel make up the top section of the Shiodome Media Tower but it is also a fabulous unique Art Hotel. The hotel has all modern conveniences and an impressive high domed atrium. There are cool bar areas in the foyer reminiscent of the scene in the film ‘Lost In Translation’ where Scarlett Johansson meets Bill Murray and the reception and restaurant space are also used as a gallery, and features different sculptures and artworks at different times.
Art on the 31st floor
Every room on the 31st floor is gradually being transformed by individual artists who are making it into a unique work of art - that you can sleep in! Each piece of work is an individual hand painted mural which covers the whole of the room including sometimes the ceiling, the hallway and the bathroom too.
These rooms are really special and I have never seen anything quite like them anywhere else in the world.
Themed on broad “Japanese aesthetics,” commissioned artists decorate the rooms to create a work of art reflecting the creator’s ideas and emotions.
Themes for the rooms include the Dragon room where a great fiery monster curls down the wall behind the bed, and the Zen room which is much more minimalistic and mindful. One artwork is inspired by the figure of the Sumo wrestler, and one by the beauty of the Japanese Cherry Blossom season. A forest of bamboo grows across the walls in another room, and one is transformed into a public bathhouse with colourful comic characters taking a dip in the waters complete with scenic views of Mount Fuji out of the window in the background.
I liked the ‘Geisha goldfish’ room best which was a sumptuous riot of reds and golds and exquisite images which took the artist Aki Narita seven months to complete. A pair of gorgeous Geisha keep watch over the bed in the centre of the room and giant scarlet goldfish swim all over the walls, the ceiling and eventually off into the bathroom!
Fish are seen as lucky in Japan and I can imagine if you did stay here you would just want to stay in the room and look at your walls as much as you could!
Situated in a happening location
The Park Hotel Tokyo is situated in the Shiodome district of Tokyo which is a newer part of the city, reclaimed originally from marshland, and which is now full of cutting-edge skyscrapers, shops, theatres and restaurants. It is also home to the headquarters of Nippon television, a Japanese TV network.
Every room in the Park Hotel Tokyo has a view out over the amazing science fiction landscape of this futuristic city skyline. The famous Tokyo tower, which looks like a smaller, transplanted red Eiffel Tower, is right in the middle of the cityscape and looks particularly stunning when illuminated at night.
The best of Japanese hospitality
The famous upmarket shopping district of Ginza is only a stone’s throw away and there are also lots of art galleries and theatres nearby.
Just around the corner under the railway tracks near Shimbashi station is a different scene. A network of little alleyways with tiny stand up bars and restaurants where crowds of office workers descend to drink and eat and talk. A fascinating snapshot of another aspect of Japanese culture.
Stay at the Park Hotel
The staff at the Park Hotel Tokyo are extremely friendly and attentive and speak very good English. I was quite touched when they came down to the concourse to wave us off on our bus back to the airport! The Park Hotel Tokyo is built on sprung foundations like many buildings in Tokyo so that if an earthquake does hit it merely sways on its ball bearing runners and absorbs the impact. Extraordinary! If you want to visit Tokyo, then I would highly recommend this unique hotel as a place to stay.