Step inside the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, a den of decadence with its walls of glass overlooking the city from up high, and the finest interiors that bring together modern sophistication and local cultural heritage.
Light-filled spaces are tastefully styled with framed kimonos, bamboo wood and flowers or bonsai trees, while gracious staff diligently tend to your every whim; whether that’s in the vaulted lobby at check-in, one of the many restaurants or during a heavenly wellness treatment.
The spa is wonderfully equipped too, with suites overlooking Tokyo, steam rooms, a beauty salon and saunas, the latter also coming with captivating skyline views. You might want to work out in the gym while admiring the panorama, go for a Pilates class or try some personal training, that is, when you’re not out making the most of Tokyo’s many nearby delights. Before heading out, pick up some essentials from the artisan food store on site, then simply head down to the basement where there’s a convenient subway stop connecting you to the city; genius.
What’s more, while Tokyo is bursting at the seams with incredible places to eat and drink, several of those options are found in the Mandarin Oriental itself. On top of sensory dining experiences at the Tapas Molecular Bar, Italian fare at K’shiki, and Mediterranean buffets at Veraglio, there are two Michelin-starred restaurants at the hotel: Sense, serving Cantonese cuisine, and French specialities at Signature. This is before even mentioning the bars and lounges, tea rooms and pizza joints; you can find it all here under one glamorous Mandarin Oriental roof.
The 179 rooms and suites at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo are delightfully spacious, with a floorplan of no less than 50sq m – truly indulgent for a city centre hotel. They are housed on the 30th to 36th floors of the building, an elevated position that grants them sweeping views of the city, Tokyo Bay, Skytree Tower and, on clear days, Mount Fuji in the distance (in-room binoculars are provided to help you survey your surroundings). Expect total pampering with Toto toilets, a box of luxury toiletries, bathtubs and separate showers in the sleek en suites; nods to nature with surfaces hewn from timber, stone, bamboo and granite; and a framed isegata in each guestroom, an ode to the site’s former life as a kimono boutique. Large TVs, daybeds, air-conditioning and floor-to-ceiling windows come as standard.
Sample Michelin-starred, haute French cuisine in the skies at the hotel’s Signature restaurant, where the panoramic views of Tokyo make for a stunning complement to the upscale menu here.
Also Michelin-starred, Sense is a sumptuous eatery serving Cantonese fare in a mood-lit dining room overlooking the Tokyo skyline. At the weekend, the restaurant offers a special Dim Sum menu between 11am and 3pm.
An extraordinary experience awaits at this sushi bar, where you are treated to molecular cuisine which seeks to illuminate cutting-edge textures and tastes in the most creative of ways – which you can admire as the chefs prepare plates right before you. Be sure to book a seat at the eight-person table in advance, as this is a most popular dining haunt.
Choose from 20 types of delicate leaves and accompany it with a delicious pastry at this high-end tea room, found next to Sense restaurant.
Feast on a buffet spread for breakfast, loaded with both Japanese and international favourites, or sit down for an a la carte, Italian lunch/dinner later in the day.
As its name gives away, this is a chic pizza joint on the 38th floor of the hotel where some of the best pizzas this side of Italy are presented, straight to you from the brick oven.
A more relaxed restaurant – though still utterly tasteful – Ventaglio specialises in Mediterranean fare, served buffet-style for lunch and dinner in a space awash with greenery.
Opt for a private French or Cantonese meal in the Cellar, surrounded by hundreds of wine bottles in the most atmospheric of spaces.
Live Jazz, polished interiors and drinks mixed to perfection; the Mandarin Bar is not to be missed.
Unwind with your favourite tipple in the Oriental Lounge, on the lobby of the 38th floor. Come by for a Japanese or American breakfast, delectable afternoon tea, or drinks at any time of day.
Activities and Entertainment
Being such a well-placed Tokyo hotel, staying at the Mandarin Oriental means that you have so much on your doorstep to enjoy: from shops and restaurant to entertainment and leisure. Be sure to explore the Imperial Palace, and immerse yourself in Japanese culture by learning the art of bushido (the Samurai’s code of honour), taking sushi-making classes, watching a Geisha performance, creating origami or preparing tea the traditional way.
The spa at Mandarin Oriental Tokyo invites you to relax and restore with the spellbinding skyline as a backdrop, particularly if in one of the luxury spa suites which benefit from wraparound windows. Any treatment you select begins with a foot therapy to lull you into a blissful state, and there’s also a beauty salon, spa boutique, separate relaxation lounges for men and women, as well as a crystal steam room, sauna with city views and rain showers (all also separated for men and women). On top of the fabulous spa there’s a fitness centre offering yoga and Pilates, extensive gym equipment and personal training.
Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. The Mandarin Oriental hotel enjoys a rather privileged position in the attractive Nihonbashi district, close to Ginza and many of the city’s best shopping highlights just a ten-minute taxi ride to the Imperial Palace. Conveniently, there’s a subway station in the basement of the hotel building, Mitsukoshi-mae, while Tokyo Station is just 8 minutes away for connections to destinations outside of the capital by bullet train. Narita International Airport is an hour’s drive.
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