Keio Plaza, a large, well-organized hotel near the heart of Shinjuku, in Tokyo, is a must for anyone looking to take-in Japanese culture at its finest. Tucked within this leisure and business oriented hotel, you’ll find separations of floors and areas segregated for those staying in the main hotel rooms, vs. those staying in the Premier Grand rooms. Walking-in visitors are immediately struck by the size, flower arrangements and staff running about – catering to the hundreds of people that can be staying there at any given time. I’m usually not a fan of hotels of this size, but Keio Plaza seems to be able to make the experience intimate, detail-oriented and fun.
Known throughout the city and beyond for their unique Hello Kitty suites, Keio Plaza attracts Hello Kitty enthusiasts who rush to the hotel to stay in one of the few themed suites. In the suites, you’ll find Hello Kitty beds, sinks, toilets, garbage cans and even a brand-dedicated room service menu. It’s pretty fantastic. For those not looking for an experience that specific, I would opt for one of the Premiere Grand rooms, which sequester you away from the masses to a private floor with views over Tokyo. Here you have modern and spacious rooms with an incredible array of technology, comfort and a bed that is perfect enough to keep you locked in your room for days.
Guests of the Premier Grand rooms have access to a floor which offers appetizers, coffee, champagne, wine, snacks and more throughout the day. You can pop-in at any time for a bottle of Evian and cappuccino. It’s heaven.
The Keio Plaza offers 11 restaurants, several bars, shops and snack spots to keep you stomach full and heart happy. You can also indulge in the sky swimming pool, fitness center, Japanese tea ceremony room and even an on-sit doctor clinic in case you come down with something. Everything is organized to within an inch of its life here. There are also cultural activities which introduce guests of Keio Plaza to Japan’s unique and beautiful culture throughout the day.
For those looking for a special hotel experience with a true Japanese bent and cultural immersion, Keio Plaza can’t be beat.