Nov 13, '23

Bulgari Hotel Tokyo – Japanese Craftsmanship illuminates Italian Sophistication

First opening its doors to the public this Spring, the Bulgari Hotel Tokyo is the first in Japan and the eighth in Bulgari Hotels and Resorts offering. Perched in the 40 to 45 floors of an ultra-skyscraper, just steps away from the red brick Tokyo Station, the hotel is beyond opulence to propose luxury synonyms with exemplary excellence.

Following my replenishing stay at the Rome edition, Bulgari Hotel Roma, earlier this year, where the charm of the eternal city infused with a romantic stillness. I was curious to discover how Bulgari interpreted and juxtaposed the lights and history of Tokyo with the rich depth of Italian sultry luxury. 

This challenge was put to Italian architectural and interior firm ACPV ARCHITECTS, and taken on by the expertise of Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel. The result is a sophisticated convergence of Italian lavishness and Japanese craftsmanship showcased in every detail, creating a space that is both celebratory and subdued in its elegance.

Japanese-style breakfast served in the room

The winning contrasts begin with the very location, in the heart of the Tokyo Midtown Yaesu, a high-end mixed-use development, and within its hyper-skyscraper Yaesu Central Tower, Japan’s tenth tallest building at 240 m tall. Yet, as soon as I stepped inside this feat of modern engineering, there was the distinct comfort and bespoke detail more typical of boutique hotels. Despite being part of a distinguished hotel collection, it exudes a sense of luxurious individuality.

Boasting 98 rooms and suites, the Bulgari Hotel Tokyo manages to feel both grand and homely. The panoramic views of Mount Fuji and the bustling city below are a constant reminder of the central location, of both bustling life and tranquil nature.

Dining at the hotel is also composed of elegant contrasts, Sushi Hoseki, an intimate eight-seater overseen by Chef Kenji Gyoten, celebrates the finest Japanese ingredients. While Italian Ristorante on the 40th floor, helmed by the three-Michelin-starred Chef Niko Romito, seats 80. Here minimalist, pared-back cuisine is served against the backdrop of city lights and a double-height space adorned with saffron fabric, caramel leather, and Murano glass lights set in wooden ceilings inspired by Japanese temples.

Despite the outstanding culinary excellence, my personal happy place during this particular trip, undoubtedly also the cooler autumn weather, was the incredible Bulgari Spa on the 40th floor. An oasis of well-being, featuring a 25m indoor pool. The spa perfectly combines contemporary Italian design with precise Japanese craftsmanship, providing a serene escape within the city that never sleeps. And allowing me the space to create the time for rituals around well-being which are often neglected during the summer months. 

Situated within walking distance to some of the best attractions in town, including the Imperial Palace and the vibrant shopping areas of Nihombashi and Ginza, the Bulgari Hotel Tokyo is a haven for those seeking the perfect blend of contemporary Italian design, precise Japanese craftsmanship, and a touch of glamorous Bulgari allure. Every detail is a testament to the seamless fusion of two worlds, resulting in an unforgettable experience.

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