Between boutique rooftop bars and world-class spas, Tokyo’s second tallest skyscraper has it all
Poised to host the 2020 Olympics, the Toranomon district is a dynamic mix of old and new. As restaurants and leisure destinations are built, the grandeur of the Tokyo Imperial Palace is just around the corner, set among 17th century shrines, 14th century temples and green, moated grounds. Polished Ginza, the heart of Tokyo fashion; Marunouchi’s financial hub and Roppongi’s entertainment district are all within easy reach. Closer by, Toranomon Hills – the hotel’s skyscraper host – features a range of shops, restaurants and an excellent spa and club.
Andaz, in spite of its 164 rooms, has a certain boutique intimacy about it. Guests are seated and offered coffee on checking in and the hotel’s name translates to ‘personal style’ from Hindi. However, the rooms are decidedly Japanese with walls that mimic paper screens and Hokkaido walnut wood accents; even the deep soaking tubs are inspired by the country’s bath culture. All non-alcoholic minibar drinks and snacks, along with internet access are complimentary. However, the real highlight is the view from the king size beds, through floor-to-ceiling windows out over the Tokyo lights.
In Andaz, diners are spoilt for choice. The hotel’s signature Tavern combines provincial classics with big city flair while the rooftop bar comes as a fitting crown, complete with an intimate, eight-seater sushi counter. Serving expertly mixed cocktails, fine vintages and premium spirits, it’s the perfect place to pick out a cigar and snack to enjoy with more of those gorgeous views. Back on terra firma the ground floor BeBu Café and Bar focuses on Western classics as its neighbouring Pastry Shop dishes up the sweet, European delicacies that have taken Japan by storm.
Overlooking the Imperial Palace, the hotel’s 37th floor spa and fitness facility is its 1,350 square metre centre. Treatments combine traditional Japanese specialities with international favourites; the jet lag revival collection is particularly rewarding. From swimming and carbonated to floating and whirlpool, there’s also a pool or sauna for everyone. There’s also a state of the art gym, fully stocked with weight and cardio equipment. The hotel’s artwork galleries are a delight while it’s a crime worthy of the Yakuza to miss out on the rooftop bar.
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