Well, talk about Tokyo magic. Park Hotel Tokyo is one of the most stunning big city hotels I have ever stayed in. Just one look at the pictures will show you why. For our second half of our Tokyo trip, we were guests of Park Hotel Tokyo, staying in one of their magical Artist Rooms, the Geisha Goldfish Room. Thank you so much for having us!!
About Park Hotel Tokyo
For those who are not familiar with the hotel, Park Hotel Tokyo is situated on the 25th floor of the building, with a stunning atrium soaring through the centre of the building all the way to the top. As soon as you arrive at the lobby, you will see sweeping views of the city. It’s one of the most beautiful hotel lobbies because of this! There are nine floors of guest rooms, with the 31st floor being the highlight. It is on this floor that the 29 artist rooms are situated.
Throughout the hotel, there are so many different works of art on display. The ART colours Exhibition here showcases the works of a range of Japanese contemporary art which is also available to purchase. On the 31st floor, there is also the Go Ogawa Exhibition which is on until May 28th 2017 (don’t worry, I’m sure the next exhibition here will be just as interesting!). With all the art happening around here, Park Hotel Tokyo is the perfect hotel for those interested in art and design. It really feels like an art gallery and hotel merged.
About the artist rooms
The Artist Rooms project was started in December 2012. So far, 29 rooms are complete with two more to go to finish the entire 31st floor. Each room is painted by a different Japanese artist, who stays in the hotel whilst completely the project. It’s sort of like the hotel version of ‘Artist in Residence’ and the results of each artists’ work is absolutely extraordinary..
Our room, Geisha Goldfish, was painted by Aki Narita. It’s bright and colourful with beautiful artwork painted on every surface, including the ceiling, wardrobe and bathroom. So gorgeous!
The view outside the window is equally breathtaking. At night, the Tokyo Tower lights up in a sparkle, you wouldn’t have thought Tokyo could be more perfect.
Park Hotel Tokyo is a triangular building, with each side of the building facing either the bay, city or Tokyo Tower. As the building is so tall, each room has a unique viewpoint of the urban jungle that is Tokyo however of course, my personal favourite view is the one that faces Tokyo Tower. I mean, how magical is this view? I love how there is a window seat here to enjoy the cityscape. For many of the nights, we stayed in and watched Tokyo Tower light up before heading out to dinner. It’s the most magical sight that you just have to see for yourself.
In every Artist room, there is a little information card that introduces the room and Artist, explaining the meaning and inspiration behind each piece of artwork. For Aki, her goldfishes were inspired by the idea that dreaming about them was a sign of good luck.
Perks of staying in an Artist Room
Aside from the endless hours of joy staring at the beautiful artwork around you, staying in an Artist Room at Park Hotel Tokyo also comes with a handful of other benefits.
Location & Accessibility
Park Hotel Tokyo is situated right above Shiodome station and is also next to Shimbashi station. Don’t you love it when hotels are close to public transport? Together, the two stations serve the Ginza line, Oedo line, Yamanote line and more. These can basically get you anywhere.
Walking distance wise, you have Hamarikyu Gardens across the road as well as Tsukiji fish market which was the biggest plus for us because we love sushi so much that we visited three times! A few extra steps away will take you to the Ginza shopping district where you can find Dover St market, Ginza 6, the world’s biggest UNIQLO store (it’s like, 11 floors total), Zara, Muji, Tokyu Hands, a zillion designer brands and more.
I must also mention something slightly random but very necessary. The hotel is near a discount superstore called Don Quijote (or Don.K) which is some crazy cool place for souvenir shopping. It was actually recommended by the concierge at the hotel, when I asked where I could pick up matcha snacks as souvenirs to bring home to share. Turns out, Don.K stocks more than just matcha snacks, they are like a drug store / convenience store rolled into one with toys, luggage, clothing, homewares and more. It’s the perfect one stop shop for picking up Japanese souvenirs and guess what? It opens 24 hours. Oh how I love Japan.
During our stay at Park Hotel Tokyo we were also given a tour of a selection of the other Artist Rooms as well. This tour can be arranged complimentary by the hotel and is really interesting to see in case you want to upgrade or change to an Artist Room. It’s like touring a museum and it was very intriguing to learn more about the other rooms. From looking at the rooms, you can tell that the artists who were commissioned to paint a room really put their heart and soul into their work. I heard that the longest room took a whole year to paint and other artists have come back every now and then to check up on their work and add bits and pieces to it.
Here’s a peek at some of my other favourite rooms..
Otafuku Face Room by Aki Kondo.
How adorable is this room with all of its vibrant colour? The Otafuku Face room would have been my second choice of room to stay in. I just love how much colour there is to it as well as the gorgeous blooms on the wall in front of the working area.
By the way, for those interested in a room facing the Tokyo Tower, the Otafuku room, alongside the room I stayed in (Geisha Goldfish), the cherry blossom room and the Wabi-Sabi room (the one below) all face the Tokyo Tower. There are a few more that also face the Tokyo Tower but I didn’t get a chance to note them all down.
The Wabi-Sabi Room by Conami Hara.
The Wabi-Sabi room is another popular room on the artist floor. It’s got beautiful metallic silver foil detailing all over which is intended to change the look of the artwork over time.
Landscapes room by Junji Yamada.
The amount of detail that has gone into this room is ridiculous. If you look closely, the illustration that you can see is actually made up of tiny, tiny illustrations all over.
Lucky Cat Room by Hyogo Mino.
This room was inspired by a famous Japanese novel and is perfect for someone who loves cats!
Castle Room by Kazuki Mizuguchi.
The Castle Room was actually the room that took the longest time to complete. Kazuki took 1 year to complete this room with so much intricate detail being put into creating the illustrations on the wall. A closer in-person look will reveal how many little lines and markings were used. The castle is based on Edo Castle which used to stand a few hundred years ago and a magical feature of Kazuki’s artwork is that at night, the castle reflects onto the window in the same place that Edo Castle used to stand.
Dragon Room by Kiyoko Abe.
The dragon room is one of the largest rooms available – it is a King room and has a beautiful wall of windows facing the city. Something cute you will notice about this room is that there is a random Sailor Moon painted under the window – apparently this was painted by the artist’s daughter! I love that a personal touch.
Like every other place in Japan, I feel like Japanese hospitality and service is second to none. I’ve never been to such a warm, polite, friendly and helpful country of people as Japan.. <3
I hope you enjoyed this hotel feature and stay here one day too!