With its chic carpeted interiors and warm lighting plus cosy corners and alcoves rather than vast open spaces, the hotel at times resembles more a luxury members’ club than five-star hotel — a refreshingly intimate anomaly among Tokyo’s normally more expansive luxury properties.
There are few more central locations than in the heart of Marunouchi, with its shiny new skycrapers, salaryman crowds, office buildings and upmarket shopping malls. It’s also a Nirvana for trainspotters: the hotel looks over the non-stop bustle of Tokyo Station (bag a corner seat in Motif for prime seats to witness rows of iconic white-nosed bullet trains pulling out of the station). A tip for those arriving via Tokyo Station: book the complimentary platform pick-up service to avoid getting lost while laden down with luggage in the famously labyrinthine station.
Address: Chiyoda-ku Pacific Century Place Marunouchi 1-11-1 Marunouchi Tokyo, 100-6277, Japan.
Style & character
Interiors strike a clever balance between being chic, modern and resolutely luxurious while remaining warm and intimate. Cue lots of dark woods, metallic-hued furnishings, glowing lighting, abstract modern paintings and, of course, walls of floor-to-ceiling windows framing Tokyo views.
Service & facilities
The service is as warm as the space. As is often the case in top Japanese hotels, the service is bend-over-backwards helpful. The spa is an intimate aromatic space, with two calming treatment rooms and muscle-melting massages. There may not be a swimming pool, but visitors should not miss the small onsen-style stone bath in the spa. Perfect for a meditative Japanese-style soak.
Each of the 57 rooms (and nine suites) are spacious and light with clean-lined contemporary design in chic neutral tones — from the light wood panelling and luxurious carpets with Japanese-inspired motifs to the high-quality white cotton bedding. Unlike some other skyscraper hotels, the guestrooms are not so far off the ground – which means gazing at the traffic and rushing salaryman crowds through the floor-to-ceiling windows can be as entertaining as watching the large-screen TV (but don’t forget to draw the curtains after dark for privacy). Light sleepers would also do well to book a south-facing room on the opposite side of Tokyo station. The bathrooms are luxuriously spacious white affairs, complete with obligatory Japanese multi-buttoned techno loos and stylish Etro toiletries.
Food & drink
The heart of the hotel is seventh floor Motif, a newly-revamped restaurant which opened April 2015. The Andre Fu-designed space, which curves around the building showcasing views over Tokyo Station, is elegant, complete with custom-designed furnishings, hanging lamps and Art Deco-inspired hand-crafted bronze screens in warm neutral hues. The Social Salon serves food masterminded by culinary advisor Hiroshi Nakamichi, who has put together a “creative French” menu with seasonal farm-to-table Japanese ingredients, many from his native Hokkaido in northern Japan (seared scallops and sea urchin in jellied broth with okra coulis are highlights). The restaurant loosely gives way to the Living Room, the main bar area where relaxed buffet lunches and afternoon tea complete with mini wagyu burgers and truffle popcorn are served. Breakfast is a relaxed affair in the main restaurant space, with both Western and Japanese breakfasts à la carte or buffet style, plus mouth-melting pastries.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Wheelchair-accessible rooms available.
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