I’ve always thought of Tokyo as one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world. You can literally travel for kilometers outwards and still end up within the city limits.
But regardless of distance, everything in Tokyo is still within reach of their excellent public rail system, which stretches throughout the country. That’s why it’s common knowledge that before you book a hotel in Tokyo, you should first consider if it’s located near a train station and the sites you plan on visiting.
And that’s exactly what we considered (plus the awesome view to boot) when choosing the One@Tokyo as our next home base in Tokyo for this Japan trip.
One@Tokyo is a premier business and leisure hotel in the heart of Tokyo, just a 3-minute walk from Oshiage Station. It is part of the prestigious Agora Hotel Alliance, a hotel chain group with high-end luxury properties in the major cities of Tokyo (4), Kyoto (2), and Osaka (3).
The hotel’s striking facade and interior designs, made of natural wood made to look like rusted pieces of metal from afar, exemplify the “old meets new” concept of modern Tokyo and the Edo era, as told by the world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma.
Stepping inside, the exterior design carries on with the wood and concrete accents that face the main road against an all-glass panel.
The centerpiece of the lobby and restaurant is a double-purpose 15-meter-long wooden counter for checking in guests and all-day dining.
Guests can choose to meet, lounge, and order an assortment of light snacks at the front desk. There is also a complimentary corner with cold drinks and bite-sized snacks for checked-in guests, as well as a packed breakfast for the next day.
One@Tokyo has six different suite types, and we opted to stay in a deluxe king room for three days and two nights.
Regardless of room type, all share the same striking design aesthetic, with mostly wooden accents.
I love how spacious and beautifully organized the room is! The light brown wood contrasts perfectly with the dark gray carpets, pillows, and blinds.
I also like the angular yet highly functional corner table and desk overlooking the window.
Near the entrance door, there is a space where you can place your luggage, make tea, and iron your clothes before heading out.
Staying true to its wood and concrete design, the bathroom also features an open concept design that seamlessly combines the bathroom and bedroom into a single space.
Personally, as a young traveler, I love the openness of the design. However, I can see how this could be an issue for more conventional guests.
I particularly like the use of this stainless steel sink and countertops to break the all-wood and concrete design.
But of course, the best part of the room has to be the uninterrupted view of the famous Skytree. During my stay here, I spent most of my hours sitting on the carpet and working from this ledge with the view of the Tokyo Skytree.
This is also where I chose to eat the complimentary breakfast provided by the room.
From the hotel, the Tokyo Skytree is only 500 meters away, and the rooftop has the best view of the Skytree, especially at night. On a cloudy night, you can literally see (and almost feel) the clouds as they gracefully cover and reveal the Skytree’s dazzling lights. Overall, the rooftop view is incredible during both the day and night. If you’re booking this hotel for the view, you won’t be disappointed.
I also like how the hotel is close to a multi-line train station, which is also near an exit with a lift, which is a plus if you’re traveling with luggage. Other tourist attractions like Sensoji Temple and Asakusa are also very near, and there are also a few restaurants, stores, museums, and zoos within walking distance.
I’m a huge modern architecture fan, and I highly recommend this place for young professionals who want a well-designed room with a beautiful view to match.
Live an Awesome Life,
NICO of Team Our Awesome Planet