For those seeking an oasis of calm with modern luxuries alongside traditional touches and fine dining, the Tokyu Capitol is the place to stay. The Beatles stayed here when it was simply the Capitol, then it was fully renovated and re-opened a few years ago. Located in the Akasaka embassy area of the city away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown areas, it is located right next to one of Tokyo’s oldest temples and has a roof garden which all add to the sense of this being a haven of tranquillity. Rooms are partitioned by traditional-style ‘shoji’ sliding paper screen doors, but are otherwise full of modern luxuries including spacious rainshowers, ipod docks with surround sound speakers and other hi-tech features. The only drawback is that the nearest subway stops are a long underground walk away, but if you don’t mind the taxi rides then it is an excellent option.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.Bill Bryson