Service is sensational. When you arrive at the ground floor level, the staff in the 38th floor reception area are immediately on alert to welcome you to the hotel. There was a genuine warmth and empathy emanating from the young woman who welcomed me at the entrance and literally whisked me up to the top floor. And the panoramic view of Tokyo from behind the back of the check-in area is "sharp intake of breath" inducing, it is so eye-catching and spectacular.
I booked a Grand King Room on the 35th floor. It was one of the most serene habitats I have ever experienced. Apart from the panoramic view from the floor to ceiling windows, the bamboo floors coupled with the comfortable floor mats and the capacious extra-large bed put me in a "Japanese state-of-mind". I felt like I was a shogun (at least for two days!). The hotel also has a number of Michelin-starred establishments, two of which will serve food (at not too exorbitant prices) directly to your room. There's also a Japanese-style bathroom to die for, divided into separate compartments encapsulating a sunken bath, a wet room with a shower, a separate wc and sink area (with all the usual high end toiletries).
For social interaction, it's difficult to beat the bar of the hotel on a weekend night. If you sit at the bar, you can watch the bar tenders mix taste-filled cocktails with great style and brio. Or, if you are in a romantic mood, you can adjourn to the banquettes at the back of the bar, where you can sit with your loved one/hot date and take in the amazing panoramic view of Tokyo, buzzing with life, hundreds of feet below you.
Admittedly, this hotel set me back about Euro 1,200 for two nights there. But it was worth every single cent of my expenditure. An outstanding place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo's visionary design and award-winning service has been recognised as the epitome of sophisticated luxury in the city. Superbly located in the prestigious financial district within the historical and cultural centre of Tokyo, the first Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group property in Japan embodies the best of contemporary and time-honoured architectural splendour. The hotel features 178 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, ten restaurants and bars and an award-winning spa situated within the soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower. The site offers spectacular views of the city skyline while providing access to stately banquet and conference facilities within the adjacent Mitsui Main Building, a Japanese cultural-heritage property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Hotel Chuo
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo
- Mandarin Oriental Chuo
- Mandarin Tokyo
- Chuo Mandarin Oriental
- Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Japan