June 13, 2017
Hotel Review: Prince Gallery Kiocho Luxury Collection in Tokyo
The Prince Gallery is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels. If you end up paying cash for your room you’ll earn a lot of Starpoints (rooms start at around $400 a night). Alternatively, you can book a free stay starting at 30,000 Starpoints a night. A third option is to book through the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program if you have a Platinum Card from American Express. If you book through AMEX, you’ll receive noon check-in (based on availability), complimentary room upgrade (based on availability), daily breakfast for two, 4PM late check-out, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a $100 food and beverage credit.
The Prince Gallery is located at the top of a mixed-use building in central Tokyo. There’s restaurants and office buildings on the lower floors, while the hotel is located at the top. You need to take an elevator all the way up to the 36th floor to check-in to your room. Hotel staff were on hand to help with my luggage and escort me up as soon as I got out of my taxi.
Everything about this hotel is ultra-modern and sleek. The lobby across from the front desk has comfortable seating and beautiful views of the city. As soon as I finished checking-in, the agent waiting with my bag escorted me to my room and spent about five minutes showing me around and explaining all the tech in the room-there was a lot to take in.
I stayed in a Club Deluxe King Bed room on the 34th floor. This room was seriously wired. You control all the lights and the window shades using the iPad to the right of the bed. The iPad also serves as a digital room service menu. Another interesting touch was the neatly folded kimono available on the right side of the bed.
The giant window pane in the room provides stunning views of Tokyo during the day.
The marble bathroom was beautiful and full of great products like toothbrushes, lotion, mouth wash, comb, bath salts, a shower sponge and more.
Oh, and there was a giant bathtub next to the shower.
I absolutely loved the lounge at the Prince Gallery. First off, it’s full of huge windows which provide magnificent views of the city along with comfortable seating.
The décor is modern to match the rest of the property.
The club offers breakfast every morning from 7AM-10AM. This wasn’t the largest breakfast buffet, but everything was delicious. You could taste the quality and care with every bite of this food. The rice flower rolls were heavenly. Here’s some of what’s offered:
Some of the cold appetizers offered. As a side note, the paprika salami on the very right side is my favorite salami in the world. It’s a German salami and I have it every time I visit Munich. I have no idea how they got this in Tokyo but I was thrilled!
The lounge also offers an egg station. You order your eggs pretty much any way you’d like and the chef prepares it for you.
There are various sweets and drinks available in the afternoons. Just like at breakfast, everything I tried tasted delicious.
The Prince Gallery offers a pool, a hot tub, a gym, and a spa-all with views of Tokyo.
As someone who likes to exercise a bit while traveling, I find most hotel gyms are either too small or offer very little useful equipment. The Prince Gallery gym was about as bad as I’d expect from a hotel gym. It has a a lot treadmills and standard machines. Like most hotel gyms, there is no free weight squat rack and bench press, and the dumbbells maxed out around 24 kg as I recall. There is a smith machine-which is a poor substitute for a genuine free bar.
Aside from the gym, I loved my stay at the Prince Gallery. Customer service was excellent, the room was beautiful, and the lounge was terrific. The hotel is also ideally situated in Tokyo. The train station is just a five minute walk away and taxi’s are available on demand.
How to Pay
- Chase Sapphire Reserve-Earn 3X Ultimate Rewards points per $1 on travel.
- Citi Prestige-Book three nights and get the fourth night free while earning 3X Citi points per $1 on airfare & hotels.
- Starwood Preferred Guest American Express-Earn 2X SPG points per $1 on Starwood hotels.