Contemporary urban design and an intimate boutique ambience set a chic tone at the Andaz Tokyo – an addition to Hyatt’s design-led group – which is in the revitalised Toranomon district.
The hotel is the crowning jewel of the latest development to pop up on Tokyo’s ever-changing skyline – Toranomon Hills, a shiny new complex of offices, shops and residences. Andaz Tokyo occupies the top seven floors of the 52-storey tower (the city’s second tallest). Despite being famed for its heritage and shrines, Toranomon may feel a little businesslike for some but is earmarked for a major renaissance in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Address: Minato-ku, Toranomon 1-23-4 Tokyo, 105-0001, Japan.
Style & character
Clean, contemporary design rooted in natural Japanese aesthetics. On entering via the 51st-floor Andaz Lounge, you find high ceilings with washi paper partitions, lanterns, latticed panels and abstract sculptures. Splashes of burnt red leather, oversized bonsai trees and floating wooden sculptures (by Charlie Whinney, a British artist) are dotted throughout the Andaz Tavern restaurant, while a rooftop bar – created by the designer Shinichiro Ogata – crowns the building. The AO Spa, in an airy 37th-floor space, sees therapists designing innovative treatments – cue concoctions of pure herbs, oils and fruit for muscle-melting massages, scrubs and facials.
Service & facilities
Forget conventional lobbies: guests are greeted by stylishly dressed “hosts”, armed with hi-tech mini tablets so check-in can take place wherever is convenient, from the lounge to the guest rooms. The overall ambience is more boutique hotel than five-star chain, with relaxed and modern service.
The 164 rooms are chic and contemporary. Among the expanses of Hokkaido walnut wood and white walls, there are carpets the colour of matcha green tea, plus tomato red leather chairs and headboards. The bathrooms are wooden enclaves, but there’s a nod to Japan’s love of bathing in the circular baths. And centre stage? The views. Pick a room on the south for vistas of toylike Tokyo Tower, or the north for Tokyo Skytree, the city’s tallest structure.
Food & drink
Andaz Tavern’s menu is mainly European-inspired (the chef is, after all, from Austria) but is infused with seasonal Japanese flavours. A favourite? The wonderfully homely Yamanashi herb chicken, roasted in a clay pot with a squeeze of sudachi (a Japanese citrus fruit). Lunch box sets are also available with ox tongue salads, summer truffles and fresh figs. Food is served against a backdrop of Tokyo’s skyscraper views. The Rooftop Bar, located beneath a clear vaulted ceiling, offers Japanese-inspired cocktails. For an intimate nightcap, sip hot sake from a copper pot.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Despite the grown up design, decor and ambiance, the hotel insists that children of all ages are welcome to stay or dine at the restaurant. (Worth noting children under four are not allowed in the swimming pool and no children in the rooftop bar).
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