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The hotel that thinks it’s a gallery

My first impression of Hotel Gajóen Tokyo was that I’d arrived at a very chic gallery instead of a hotel – there seemed to be artworks …

Claire Ross
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Hotel Gajóen, Tokyo

My first impression of Hotel Gajóen Tokyo was that I’d arrived at a very chic gallery instead of a hotel – there seemed to be artworks everywhere. In fact, it’s well known locally for its temporary exhibitions, which are clearly popular as there were people waiting to go in every time I walked past. The hotel also hosts high-society weddings, and there’s always a queue for high tea overlooking the peaceful riverside garden at the weekend.

Their suites (it’s an all-suite boutique hotel) have every luxury you could hope for, including a personal steam room in every bathroom, and come in a range of styles from classic Japanese to western. I’d asked for a room with windows facing Mount Fuji – and was lucky enough to get a clear day on my stay and had the most amazing view.

The hotel is ideally located alongside a riverside walk lined with patisseries and small shops, so I was able to run off my jet lag with a jog along the path and felt at home instantly. When I was ready to explore further afield, it was just a short distance to a station with excellent connections to Tokyo’s other major sightseeing areas.

 

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Alfred & Claire Ross

Claire has been with Kuoni for 12 years, most recently as head of the company’s specialist products, but her love of travel dates back much further, to the slideshows her globetrotting grandparents used to inspire her with. She has visited many countries in South East Asia and never tires of learning new things about their unique cultures.

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