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Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo Marunouchi

This post is part of my 2015 Japan series. For the rest, please see below.

Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo Marunouchi
Exploring Tokyo – Part One
Exploring Tokyo – Part Two
The Ritz Carlton Kyoto
Exploring Kyoto
Hiiragiya Ryokan – Kyoto
Souvenirs from Japan

Earlier in February, we took fairly spur of the moment trip to Japan. I’d been wanting to go for months and months now…I hadn’t been to Asia (not counting Australia) for over a year and was feeling antsy. Plus, Japan is always such an inspiring place…I could probably live there for years and find something new to admire every day.

I’ll be sharing some posts about the trip, starting with a hotel review. I hope you enjoy!

Four Seasons Tokyo Entrance

Our flight was a direct from San Francisco to Narita Airport, and we decided to spend the first half of our trip in Tokyo. Japan has so many nice luxury hotel options, and this time we ended up at the Four Seasons Tokyo Marunouchi. I’m usually a fan of the Four Seasons hotels, and wanted to try the Tokyo one due of its great location, and also because it has only 57 rooms. 57! That’s an incredibly low number for a hotel, especially one in one of the largest metropolitan hotel markets in the world. It was almost like a Four Seasons boutique hotel.

Four Seasons Tokyo Hallway

Our room was a Deluxe Premier, and was more than enough space for two. It could fit even a couple with a small child on a cot comfortably. There was a spacious bedroom, which opened up to an equally spacious living room and seating area.

Four Seasons Tokyo Living Room Bedroom

One of the great aspects of the Four Seasons was its proximity to Tokyo Station. We took the Narita Express in from the airport (super affordable, easy to use, and no risk of being trapped in Tokyo traffic), and hotel staff were waiting to greet us as we disembarked from our exact car, to walk us over to the property.

Because of its location and also small size, the Four Seasons didn’t have the sweeping, dramatic views over Tokyo that other hotels have, like Park Hyatt or Mandarin Oriental (the other hotel we were strongly considering). What it did have though, was a city view perfect for train spotters. Mr. Feather had a great time watching the trains come and go (and there was no noise or vibration at all). We loved the views that the huge windows gave us over the city.

Four Seasons Tokyo Room View

Besides the bedroom and living room, there was the bathroom, of course! It was huge, especially by Tokyo standards. There was a standalone shower, and large soaking tub (I couldn’t help but indulge). Plus, I wanted to point out that toiletries at this property were by Etro – a nice change of pace from the L’Occitane you usually see at Four Seasons.

Four Seasons Tokyo Bathroom

A few other nice details about the room included a spacious walk in closet/dressing area…as well as uniquely Japanese details like a set of his and hers pajamas in the room. Did you know that most hotel rooms in Japan will include pajamas, robes, and slippers? I don’t know why this trend hasn’t taken off globally yet.

Four Seasons Tokyo Details

Some welcome fruit and two cool green tea drinks were waiting in our room. If you look at the drinks, they are totally clear on the left, and on the right is what happens when you open the bottle…the tea starts to infuse. Only in Japan!

Four Seasons Tokyo Room Treats

And on the topic of food…of course I looked forward to eating breakfast each day. Since the dining room was undergoing renovations, we chose to have room service every morning (also allowing me more time to sleep in and get over jetlag). My typical breakfast/brunch items were all fantastic (my favorite order was the pancakes).

Four Seasons Tokyo Breakfast

But of course we also tried the Japanese offering as well, which had some nice selections. I think the best way to have breakfast in Japan is with another person, so one can order the Western meal and the other Eastern. Perfection!

Four Seasons Tokyo Japanese Breakfast

And the setup in our room. Each morning one of the hotel’s very kind staff would come and set everything up flawlessly. It was so relaxing to eat breakfast every morning as a start to our day.

Four Seasons Tokyo Room Service

Overall, I really enjoyed our stay at the Four Seasons Tokyo. The only reason why I wouldn’t return immediately is simply because there are so many amazing hotel choices in Tokyo…the temptation to try more is just too strong. But I know we’ll be back. It’s a fabulous property.

Positives: The small size of the hotel really did make it feel like a boutique, very small and intimate…we rarely saw any other guests, even though it was high season due to Chinese New Year. But we still got all the amenities that came with large Four Seasons properties…a world class concierge, great room service dining options, a very, very well maintained room. And of course the service was fantastic. I always am a little pickier when at properties based in Asia because I expect a higher level of service. But our interactions with each and every staff member were excellent. Our preferences were always remembered, we were always called by our names, and all requests were seamlessly handled.

Negatives: I had one small issue come up during our stay. I always love indulging in spa treatments on holiday, but when I tried to book a prenatal massage…I was told that the hotel’s spa didn’t offer the service. Instead, I was directed to go to almost any other luxury hotel in the area, all of which did offer the treatment. The hotel was of course very apologetic and mentioned its small size as the reason, which I understand. However I was still really surprised, especially from the Four Seasons. When I’m on holiday, the last thing I want to do is leave my hotel to go to another property for their spa. But it was a small miss which I suspect would only impact a very tiny percentage of guests.

Thank you for reading along and I am excited to share with you more from our time in Tokyo, and Japan!

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  • Patricia
    March 2, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Hello Katherine, I follow your blog but don’t remember this being mentioned – are congratulations in order? :0) If so, wonderful news, I wish you all the best!

  • Charlene
    March 2, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Prenatal massage? Did I miss an important announcement post? :). Congratulations!
    That hotel looks wonderful and I agree with you that service in Japanese hotels, especially luxury ones, is impeccable! I am looking forward to visiting Japan again someday, probably once my son (who is only 5 months old now) is a bit older.

  • Camille
    March 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Mazel tov! You are so sneaky mentioning a bomb like that in passing! I am looking forward to the maternity posts and hearing about your jet setting bambino. Congrats, again.

  • cate
    March 2, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Congratulations, Katherine! :). So excited for you! Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  • bisbee
    March 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I too caught that sly reference to your impending addition! Congratulations!

  • ella
    March 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Congratulations! What wonderful news (and such a subtle way to announce it, too). I am sure your maternity style will be exceptional!

  • Jennipher
    March 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

    It sounds like congratulations are in order! I loved this review and will definitely add the Tokyo Four Seasons to my hotel wish list. We stayed at the MO in Tokyo last April and it was absolutely phenomenal…breathtaking views, fantastic service, and just an all-around stellar experience.

  • Petti
    March 2, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations! And Japan is always a great place to travel!

  • guest
    March 2, 2015 at 10:02 am

    congratulations! Can’t wait to follow you on your pregnancy journey!

  • Jill
    March 2, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Hang on a tick…prenatal massage? WHAT?!? Did I miss a post? Congratulations! Oh wow, a little Baby Feather for you and Mr. FF. How exciting! When are you due?

  • Whitney Farris
    March 2, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Congratulations! Having a child is the most fabulous thing in the world! Now, will the baby be a she??? Nothing like sharing the luxury goods with a girl! My baby soon will be twenty and she had inherited a lot of my things!!!!☺️

  • Celine
    March 2, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Wow a sly and cute way to announce your pregnancy! Laugh. Your fans/friends can’t wait for baby feather factor updates

  • Luxuriously Frugal
    March 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Wow… looks like “prenatal massage” caught everyone’s attention. Maybe because we all like to read your post in greater detail. 🙂 Congratulations! The hotel is amazing. Love the green tea bottle!

  • Diana
    March 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    A prenatal massage eh? Should I be expecting an announcement and a baby shower invite soon? 🙂

  • May
    March 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I think are in order? 🙂 (Yes, I am a wee bit dense …)

    Speaking of Japan-related things, I also have to say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for recommending Marie Kondo’s book. That book was really a game-changer for me. It taught me some new things and also enlightened me as to what things I was already doing right and more importantly why they were right (and why other things were wrong, of course). It also taught me how to throw/donate/give things away without the frequently accompanying guilt. It’s amazing what a silent “Thank you for your service” in your head can do!

  • Saci
    March 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    that looks amazing 🙂

    Saci
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  • Cassie
    March 2, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Congratulations!!! I thought for sure I must have missed a line somewhere in one of your other posts, but by the looks of the other commenters it doesn’t look to be the case 🙂 That’s so exciting to hear! I look forward to hearing about your pregnancy related recommendations 😀

  • wantitneedit
    March 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    hi Katherine,

    this is the best news! Congrats to you and Mr Feather. So happy for you both and you will make the absolute best mum. You are a wonderful person and this is shown week after week on your blog. I read alot of blogs, and this is my favourite. I look forward to reading your journey into motherhood. I have a teenager and a pre-teen. Babies are easier!!!

  • Oonagh
    March 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Many congratulations, Katherine.

  • Yuet
    March 2, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Congratulations to you and mr. Feather on your very happy and exciting news!

  • Katherine
    March 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks so much everyone! I didn’t think that my little detail would really be caught… 🙂 I’m so flattered!

  • Anonymous
    March 2, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Congratulations Katherine! Being a mother is an amazing role, you’ll be great! Ps. First time commenting, love love your blog!

  • Usha
    March 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Wow you slipped that announcement in nicely! Congratulations!!

  • Ammu
    March 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Congratulations! Very happy for you xx

  • Nadine
    March 2, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Congratulations! I am very happy for you. I have been following your blog for awhile now and love your posts!

  • Susan
    March 3, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Wow congratulations!!! You’re going to be a fantastic mother 🙂
    And thanks for the review. Your hotel posts are some of my favorites!

  • Elna
    March 3, 2015 at 1:14 am

    I was wondering why on earth would she want a prenatal massage? Then I read the comments! Congrats!

  • Yumi
    March 3, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Congratulations!! I was waiting patiently for a response to everyone else’s comments and was racking my brain for any reason someone would get a pre-natal massage other than the obvious 🙂 You’ll make the most amazing mom!

  • June
    March 3, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Congratulations! =)

    I had to re-read that! So wonderful.

  • Grouptink7
    March 3, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Congratulations! Many, many, many blessings.

  • Tokyo luxury hotels (consolidated thread) - Page 23 - FlyerTalk Forums
    March 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

    […] a trip to Japan, including the FS Tokyo. I enjoyed our stay and you can see the entire review here: http://www.featherfactor.com/2015/03…arunouchi.html However, I wanted to share one issue I had with our stay. Before we arrived, I asked the hotel to […]

  • DSK Steph
    March 3, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Congratulations, Kat!! <3

  • Vivian
    March 3, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Ok apparently I’m not the only one! I read the hidden message as well . Congratulations Katherine and Mr Feather

  • Janice Liao
    March 3, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Congratulations Katherine! We stayed at that Four Seasons for a quick stopover 3 years ago. Service was amazing, and proximity to Ramen Street even better!

  • Brook
    March 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Congratulations! How exciting! Thank you for the lovely review. I am looking forward to the rest as Tokyo is on the list of places to visit soon.

  • Karen
    March 3, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    OMG!!!! Did you say prenatal massage?? Super exciting news from you and Mr. Feather! Congrats and can’t wait for more blog post regarding it. How did you avoid all the raw fishes at Japan! My mine just flew away to Tokyo by just typing this. Can’t wait to hop on the plane this Friday traveling back and this time without kids but will be a short stay! Congrats again!

  • J
    March 3, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Congrats on your big news! By the way, I remember reading your post about Barrafina and decided to go there for dinner tonight as it was near my hotel. Although the wait was close to 1.5 hours, the time passed quickly with drinks and snacks and the food was yummy! I also saw someone there with the grey Goyard Belvedere bag – I totally thought of you and is now convinced that I need to follow your recommendation and invest in that bag 🙂

  • Alicia
    March 3, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Congrats Katherine! I think all your readers caught the word “prenatal”. This is very exciting news indeed so please share more details.

  • Caroline
    March 4, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Congratulations!!!
    I’m myself currently pregnant (6 weeks to go!) and get all emotional and excited when people are pregnant. Can’t wait to read about your pregnancy and baby related stuff (if you plan on doing it).
    I got a hint when you mentioned the room “could fit even a couple with a small child on a cot comfortably” which is the kind of thing you’ve never said before (at least not that i remember) because i myself think about now as well lol. And then when i read about the prenatal massage i was like “did i miss something?”, so i’m glad to know i wasn’t the only one.

    Anycase, best of luck for your pregnancy, i’m sure you’ll be a fantastic mother 🙂

    • Katherine
      March 4, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Congratulations Caroline and the same to you! It sounds like you are very soon so I hope you enjoy the few weeks and relax 🙂

  • Miss Spaist
    March 4, 2015 at 9:08 am

    That hotel has good room service and F&B and not much else. We stayed there before and had some of the worst Four Seasons treatment ever. Worse than in FS Toronto and this was Tokyo too!

    Next time, Elana Jade in Azabu Juban does organic body treatments and prenatal massage and the Park Hyatt Tokyo has a maternity massage as well. Congratulations to one of my all-time favorite bloggers and now soon-to-be mother!

    All the best,

    Miss Spaist

    • Katherine
      March 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Very good insights, thank you very much Miss Spaist (now that’s a name I like!).

  • Irina
    March 5, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Katherine – I’m late to the party but CONGRATS!! Very excited for you and your husband! Have fun!

    • Katherine
      March 6, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you dear!

  • little luxury list
    March 16, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    A belated congratulations to you and Mr. Feather! Travel away dear and don’t be afraid to travel with a baby. Our little lady has racked up at least 50,000 miles. It is of course different traveling with a baby (early dinners are a must) but we think/hope everyone still had fun!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic ‘n Cheap Living