Hands down, this is my favorite hotel in my favorite city. If you want to have your socks blown off by views, service, design and décor, this is where you stay. Housed on the top floors of the 52-story Toranomon Hills skyscraper, the Andaz's 164 rooms (including eight suites) reflect elements of Japan’s culture; from the natural woods, materials, and snacks in the mini-bar, to the beautifully printed yukata robes in each room, you will feel at home even when millions of miles away from reality.
The hotel is located between the Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace, offering easy access to key locations, including the Ginza shopping district, Tokyo Station and various cultural attractions. And, with a few metro lines nearby, it’s a quick and easy trip to all the major Tokyo sites. But, considering the epic views found back at the hotel, you may never want to leave- and I would hardly blame you.
Staying closer to home, the lobby lounge rivals that of the bar scenes from Lost in Translation. Beautiful carved wood, live music and some of the best bourbons in the world; the lobby bar is at once cozy and intimate, yet completely chic. The hotel’s sushi chef is one of the best and his private tasting menu is worth the price tag. And, when the weather starts to warm, the open air rooftop bar is worth a visit for al fresco drinks and more views. Finally, the infinity pool is so distractingly beautiful it will make you actually want to visit the gym!
The overall décor is warm, zen, and understated luxe.
These are the beds you want to recover from a late night out, in.
Minato-ku 1-23-4 Toranomon
All photos courtesy of the hotel and Japan Tourism Board.
So next time you're in the area, head in and make your debut to see what you discover!
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