Royal Bar at Palace Hotel Tokyo

On May the 17 of this year Palace Hotel in Tokyo’s Marunouchi business district reopened it’s doors after a billion dollar three year refurbishment. The hotel offers an incomparable perspective on the city and a singular, moat-side setting across from the Imperial Palace gardens delivering a serene haven that embodies the very best of Japanese culture. Whilst the hotel boasts several Michelin stars across its 10 restaurants and bars it’s the Royal Bar located on the main floor that caught my eye in the latest issue of Robb Report. The bar itself is a meticulous restoration of the counter from the original Royal Bar first opened in 1961, where Kiyoshi Imai, the hotel’s first chief bartender (and designer of the original bar counter), held court for years as ‘Mr. Martini’. The high back velvet chairs, detailed wooden cabinetry and rich leather appointements are surrounded by rare whiskies and collectable crystal decanters purposely displayed for the ultimate gentleman’s experience. Even if you can’t afford their top rate room which comes in at a toe stubbingly intense $8,800US a night, if you find yourself in Tokyo I suggest you drop in a have a Charlie Chaplin at the timeless Royal Bar.



James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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