Capitol Hotel Tokyu reopens after 4 years

Padang Ekspres.net-TOKYO —A Tokyu hotel, which has accommodated many celebrities and politicians including the Beatles, reopened Friday in a newly built 29-story commercial complex in Tokyo, the same place where its 43-year history came to a close in 2006.

Run by Tokyu Hotels Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of railway operator Tokyu Corp, the old Capitol Tokyu Hotel has been renamed The Capitol Hotel Tokyu because of its new start in Tokyo’s Nagatacho government district.

At an opening ceremony, Susumu Togashi, the general manager of the hotel, received a ‘‘memorial key’’ from Tokyu Chairman Kiyofumi Kamijo, whose firm developed the complex.

The hotel’s 251 rooms are mostly on the top 12 floors, while the entrance, lobby, banquet halls and restaurants are on the first three floors.

On the penthouse, there is a 218-square-meter suite with a full view of the Diet Building at a rate of 650,000 yen a night. The smallest rooms are 45 square meters and cost from 65,000 yen a night.

Started as the Tokyo Hilton Hotel in 1963, the hotel has drawn attention as Japan’s first foreign-affiliated hotel. It adopted the name Capitol Tokyu Hotel in 1984 when its licensing contract with Hilton Hotels expired.

Many international celebrities, such as the Beatles during their Japan tour in 1966, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Jackson and Eric Clapton have stayed at the hotel before it closed down in 2006 due to Tokyu’s plan to build the commercial complex.

As it is located close to Japan’s political center, many Japanese politicians have also used the Capitol Tokyu. Former Prime Ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Shinzo Abe were regular customers of a barber in the hotel.[jtd]

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