The Andaz? In Tokyo? We tried to fault the place, we really did…
High rise, skyline defining hotels with elevated prices create very lofty guest expectations. It’s only natural. So when entering the Andaz Tokyo, perched high above the city of Tokyo, with Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower views- expectations are quite literally throughout the very 52 floor roof.
With impeccable service, captivating design and views not soon forgotten, the hotel soars through expectations, while creating a remarkable sense of place.
Upon arrival at the 52 story Toranomon Tower building, guests can’t help but feel instantly awe inspired, in a neighborhood free of the busyness often portrayed in Tokyo. Ground floor clerks welcome guests with a distinct politeness only found in Japan, before dispersing with bags and directing patrons to the 51st floor for check in.
The hotel breaths Japanese character and a remarkable sense of place. It’s not “just’ a Hyatt- it’s a hotel where you instantly feel as if you can be nowhere else in the world- you’re undoubtedly in Japan.
We were promptly offered a welcome drink while standard formalities were carried out across the hall. Our check in agent was far from standard, taking personal pride in offering an informative run down on the services and amenities on offer, such as the complimentary wine and sake hours from 6-8pm. Good to know.
Seating areas by the windows, comfortable desk tops, showers out of the greatest “don’t wake me up” dreams and televisions on a swivel make the place feel more like a studio apartment you’d like to rent than a hotel room for an undefined stay. Throw in the complimentary non alcoholic mini bar and the Nespresso machine and it’s quite a cozy place to stay all day, not that you’d want to in Tokyo.
Plus- the gym and pool offer floor to ceiling views high above the Tokyo skyline. An inspiring way to work out. For those in search of a healthy dose of pampering, the spa is no exception- with private massage rooms also featuring panoramic views, some even with a balcony.
But you’ll struggle in the best and most spoiled of ways after breakfast. Breakfast is an international feast of made to order omelettes, delicacies from the sea, fresh juices, fruits and truly the best pastries we’ve had anywhere- including Paris.
Which leads us to the ultimate tip at the Andaz Tokyo. You must, and we do mean MUST- eat at least one meal or snack from the hotels ground floor Patisserie. In a group of four well traveled souls, we’ve never had better eclair.
Throw in the creature comforts of a world class gym, outstanding complimentary evening food and wine offerings for all guests, robust concierge services and it’s a place we’d happily call home.
Off to Tokyo, and to the Andaz you go. And here’s what you need to know before visiting Japan.