Palace Hotel Tokyo is one of only a dozen hotels in Asia Pacific to land on this year’s Verified List, one of just 10 independent properties honored, and the only hotel in Japan to receive such an accolade.
Recipients of the accolade emerged from Forbes Travel Guide’s exhaustive evaluations of 1,183 hotels and resorts for its 2019 Star ratings, with the ‘Verified List’ comprising of those – among the properties that ultimately received Five-Star, Four-Star and Recommended ratings – which succeeded in obtaining perfect scores for luxury, comfort and convenience for both guestrooms and bathrooms.
For the categories of “Elements of Luxury” and “Guest Comfort and Convenience” in accommodations, inspectors judge everything from the quality of linens and pillows to the selection of in-room amenities and technology, from soundproofing and spaciousness to the intuitiveness of lighting controls as well as a host of other standards – all of which, in the highest-achieving hotels, culminate in an exceptional attention to service and interior design.
“Every luxury hotel hopes to exceed expectations during stringent inspections by industry experts and when under the magnifying glass of the most seasoned traveler, but hope and execution are two very different things,” remarks Managing Director & General Manager Masaru Watanabe. “The latter demands a fierce and uncommon attention to detail – a standard that is consistently instilled among everyone on our team. We’re incredibly thrilled to receive this added recognition from Forbes Travel Guide as we continuously strive to represent the best of Japan to all who stay with us.”
Palace Hotel Tokyo is the only independent Japanese hotel brand to ever be awarded the highly coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating, the industry’s most prestigious arbiter of luxury travel – a recognition which it first achieved in 2016 and has consistently held since.
A thoughtful luxury emanates from all corners of its guestrooms – from the open-style bathrooms and private balconies to the Imabari bath linens produced in Ehime (a prefecture known for the exceptional quality of its towel manufacturing) and the porcelain tea cups handcrafted using a style of pottery which dates back more than a thousand years.