Words by Ben Stower
Japan's capital city is a major international finance centre, considered one of the three 'command centres' for the world's economy. Tokyo has seen a considerable increase in white-collar industry over the years with many international companies setting up offices and ventures within the city.
Whether you work in finance or another industry, there's a chance you'll be visiting Tokyo for business in the near future. And you'll want a place to stay. Here are six viable options, from budget to luxury, all renowned for their quality rooms, facilities and proximity to the city centre.
Rising out of Tokyo's bustling city streets, the 5-star Mandarin Oriental exudes contemporary luxury, from its modern rooms to its 10-plus onsite dining establishments.
A business traveller favourite, the hotel is located in Nihonbashi, five minutes from the Tokyo Stock Exchange with a basement entrance to the Mitsukoshi-mae subway station.
The Business Centre is well equipped with state-of-the-art technology including free Wi-Fi and television conferencing. All rooms and suites offer city views and impeccable comfort, while the onsite spa and fitness centre are great for maintaining relaxation or workout regimes.
Deluxe King room at the Mandarin (Image: Mandarin Oriental)
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
With an emphasis on space and convenience, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu packs more than you'd expect into Tokyo's already cramped cityscape. The rooms and suites deliver contemporary Japanese luxury, while those staying on the Club Floor have access to the charming Library Lounge.
Boasting rooms for business meetings and seminars, five onsite restaurants and assistance with all your technical needs, this hotel is perfect for hosting colleagues and clients, or for simply staying connected.
Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
Shangri-La understands business travel. This international hotel chain offers its Business Travel Program to companies, which includes discounted booking and invitation to the loyalty program. This accompanies the usual benefits of free Wi-Fi access, business centre facilities and fitness centre admission.
However, the hotel isn't all suit and tie. Its ideal city-centre location, collection of elegant rooms and suites, and pair of first-class restaurants makes it the ideal retreat for combining work with down time.
Gym and pool at the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo (Image: Shangri-La)
Situated in the heart of Tokyo, the Celestine is a gateway to the city's restaurants, business districts and attractions, while also providing a hushed temporary home far above the noise and action.
These contrasting personalities exit inside. Modestly-appointed rooms naturally lit with large windows sit a few floors above technology-rich conference rooms, providing the best of both worlds for business travellers.
When craving some relaxation, seek out the Celestine Lounge for an afternoon beverage or kick back under the sun in the Celestine Garden.
Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
Convenient and modern, Shibuya Excel combines 4-star luxury with no-nonsense business facilities. Think multiple meeting and conference rooms, internet access, three restaurants and comfortable rooms overlooking the city.
These are just the highlights, with many more unexpected surprises awaiting guests, such as direct access to Shibuya station, regular room and dining promotions, and custom rooms for female travellers.
Group dining at the Shibuya in Tokyo (Image: Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu)
Hotel JAL City Tamachi Tokyo
Hotel JAL City's prime waterfront locale is just one of the many reasons business travellers seek out this generous hotel. Cosy rooms include tea-making facilities and toiletries, while the numerous meeting rooms can accommodate small and large groups.
Onsite Japanese and Chinese restaurants, along with a coffee shop, provide invaluable convenience for time-restrained guests. And it's only a five-minute walk to the nearest train station.