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Palace Hotel Tokyo
Tuesday 18 Dec 2012
In May 2012, the long awaited new Palace Hotel Tokyo re-opened on its existing site, opposite the Ootemon gate of the Imperial Palace.
With a brief to produce a memorable hotel that honestly reflects its surroundings and heritage, GA Design imagined a "Grand Residence".
The hotel embraces its surroundings with subtle colour schemes and vast picture windows. Immediately upon entering you are struck by the wonderful sense of light and the immediate connection to the gardens outside. The colours are fresh and relaxing and echo the greens of the landscaping.
The full concept of the "Grand Residence" becomes clear in The Lounge which is punctuated by six metre tall bookshelves that lend a sense of home. The focus is a three metre high fireplace that is open to both the lounge and the restaurant beyond. This strong focal point acts as a heart to the public areas. It adds great warmth and personality and underlines the feeling of "house".
The restaurant is imagined as the "kitchen" of the residence. With six metre high ceilings and finished in warm tones of aged oak and soft grey leathers. The beautiful Arabescato marble used throughout all the surfaces is a tribute to the Palace team and the designers as the majority of the stone was rescued from the original Hotel.
Glass and silk lined lift cars lead you to quietly understated corridors which are kept deliberately calm to maximise the impact of the views upon entering the rooms. With grand vistas from Maranouchi to the Imperial Gardens, the rooms have arguably the best outlook of any Tokyo hotel.
Rooms are designed with graceful and open bathrooms that share in the view and the abundance of natural daylight. The bath has pride of place, positioned at the front of the bathroom; it orientates directly at the view and is enclosed in clear glass.
The interior scheme again is subtle and understated in earth tones, linking the room to the outside. All rooms feature generous balconies, a wonderful decision in this era of simple high rise buildings, that allows all guests the ability to step outside.