This is one of Tokyo's oldest hotels, with a prime location near subway stations, Ginza, Hibiya Park, and Imperial Palace. It first opened in 1890 at the request of the Imperial family to accommodate the influx of foreigners pouring into the capital as Japan opened up to international trade and tourism. It was rebuilt by Frank Lloyd Wright and survived the horrific 1923 earthquake, only to succumb in 1970 to developers in a complete makeover. Today you'll have to travel to Museum Meiji Mura outside Nagoya to see Wright's original facade and lobby, though the architect's influence can still be detected in the hotel's Old Imperial Bar and in the design and furnishings in some public spaces. Rooms are spread in the main building, popular with Japanese because of showers located outside of tubs (which allows them to bathe in traditional fashion), and in a 31-story tower added in 1983, preferred by foreigners. Although access to the tower is a bit cumbersome, via a second-floor passageway, and rooms are smaller, foreign guests tend to like rooms here because views are better (with a choice of either the Ginza with its sparkling neon or Hibiya Park and Imperial Palace) and this is where the pool and gym are located. Tip: Join Imperial Club International—membership is free—and you can use the pool and gym for free and get other hotel discounts.