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Four Seasons Marunouchi
Tokyo

In a prime location just south of Tokyo station, the Four Seasons is possibly the only Tokyo hotel we could describe as boutique. Starting halfway up a high-rise building, the 57 spacious rooms and studios are thoroughly contemporary but the Japanese-ness is in the details. Black laquer tabletops, ikebana flower arrangements and kimono-like cushion patterns let one know this is Tokyo. It seems to have been designed very much with the western visitor in mind, with free wi-fi throughout the hotel (still becoming the norm in japan), and an English-speaking concierge service on a par with the other luxury hotels in this part of the city. It is a haven of calm to arrive at after a long flight or busy day of sightseeing.

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