After staying at the Mandarin Oriental and Park Hyatt, and believe that the Peninsula is by far the best five star hotel in Tokyo. Full disclosure however is that this review is based on us upgrading to suite, which is absolutely amazing if you can afford it. Originally we had booked the the Grand Deluxe room with supposedly an amazing view of the Imperial Palace. However upon arriving we asked for the cost of an upgrade and were told that we would get a special rate of half the price it normally would be to upgrade. The one nit that I would have (which the front desk also made very clear to us) is that the suite we upgraded to has city view in the corner of the hotel facing the railway. There was also construction going on so from certain angles the was not the best. I would recommend that if you were to upgrade to a suite to make sure you are not facing the railway. On to the good stuff!
Absolutely beautiful and smartly arranged room. Peninsula had a nice balance of comfortable dark woods everywhere without coming across as too business-y which was the issue I had with Mandarin Oriental. You walk into to an expansive living room with a dining table, sofa and TV. The room controls at the Peninsula were far superior than any hotel I have ever been in. Usually figuring out how to turn on the lights, close the curtains, change the temperature can be slightly confusing even at the nicest hotels. The Peninsula has clear and easy to understand labels in every room. Th curtains had double blackout blinds so when closed, absolutely no light gets in. The controls also include displays of the outside temperature including humidity and wind speed! The phones and electronics were all motion sensitive so will light up when you approach it. Everything like the coffee machine, TV in the bedroom were tucked away behind wooden shutters. When you turn left from the hallway you enter a large closet with a enormous bench for placing your luggage on top and below combined with a dressing room with a vanity table. This room leads to the larger bathroom and bedroom.
One of the most comfortable beds I've had on my entire trip. You have the option to change pillows if the ones you have are unsatisfactory. As mentioned before, the TV is tucked behind a wooden screen along with the DVD player. The windows also have double curtains keeping out all light.
There were two! One toilet in the hallway upon entering the room and one full bathroom past the dressing room. The full bathroom was wonderful with a large tub that had s stone faucet and large window overlooking the city. A separate shower had wonderful water pressure and easy to figure out and use. Plenty of towels and plenty of places to hang your towels (usually an issue at most hotels). A full drawer of amenities (sewing kit, comb, etc) all packaged in Peninsula boxes.
Great location. Right in the backyard is Yakitori alley with tons of great Yakitori places. Being a night owl, it was great to find out that some of these places stay open on weekends 24x7. Further down you get into the major shopping area of Ginza.
Housekeeping was great. Turn down service every day unless you have your privacy light on. They will come in and close the curtains etc. Concierge was much better than the Mandarin Oriental. I used concierge at both extensively to get restaurant reservations because many restaurants in Tokyo do not take reservations from overseas. The Peninsula concierge was efficient and presented your requests in a very clear manner versus the Mandarin Oriental sent very confusing and unclear messages.
One of the best city pools I have ever been in. The pool was Olympic sized and they provide you with towels, water, and slippers upon arrival. Huge floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city with lounge chairs set up facing the window. Large hot tub is set up right next to a window so you can watch the sunset while you relax in the hot tub.
Did not try the room service or the restaurants but did go upstairs to the bar which was very beautifully decorated. If you want to throw away some cash there is a watch store, Graff, and various high end clothing stores downstairs in the hotel.
Overall a wonderful stay. I'd recommend this hotel to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Peninsula Tokyo offers 314 spacious guestrooms, including 47 suites, five restaurants, a modern lounge bar, two ballrooms, six elegantly designed function rooms, a wedding chapel, a Japanese ceremony room, a fitness centre, The Peninsula Spa, a fleet of Rolls-Royces, Mini-Coopers, and BMWs, and two jewellery shops. Guestrooms are among the largest and most technologically advanced in Tokyo and offer stunning views of the city, the Imperial Palace Gardens and Hibiya Park. Interior designer Yukio Hashimoto, an alumnus of renowned Japanese interior design firm Super Potato, intertwines rich earth tone colours, woods, lacquer, marble and stone with design and functionality to create a luxurious living environment described as "international in design, but Japanese by inspiration." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Chiyoda
- Peninsula Hotel Tokyo
- Peninsula Hotel Chiyoda
- Peninsula Tokyo
- Chiyoda Peninsula
- The Peninsula Tokyo Japan