A shiny lipstick-red lacquer sculpture sets a playful modern tone in the ground-floor entrance lobby. A combination of clean-lined contemporary design, Michelin-starred cuisine and five-star service has ensured it is a consistent favourite among business travellers and families.
A glance out of the wall of windows while lunching in Japanese restaurant Kazahana enables me to spy countless big-name power players in neighbouring skyscrapers (Dentsu, Panasonic, Nippon TV to name a few). But it’s not just about business: the hotel also overlooks the Tokyo Bay and green oasis Hamarikyu Garden (complete with tea house). The glitzy shops of upmarket Ginza are also a short walk away, while the Imperial Palace is a taxi hop.
Address: Minato-ku, Higashi-Shinbashi 1-9-1, Tokyo, 105-7337, Japan.
Style & character
Its sleek contemporary design is peppered with bold sculptures and paintings created by 23 Japanese artists (don’t miss the exquisitely abstract painting by art doyenne Toko Shinoda — now aged over 100 — hovering above the lobby concierge). A deluxe five-star interpretation of Japanese minimalism is reflected in the décor of the 290 guestrooms, four restaurants and lounge, all of which are contemporary yet comfortable.
Service & facilities
Excellent service is not confined to the bilingual staff who are helpful and well-versed in terms of helping new visitors navigate the city. Organised guests can experience it before their trip by tapping into the Conrad Concierge app — and pre-ordering wake-up calls or choosing toiletry products. Mizuki Spa and Fitness is home to an elegant swimming pool plus a serene spa with a menu ranging from jetlag-zapping aromatherapy massages and restorative bamboo body treatments to soaks in a Japanese cypress wood bathtub.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
Rooms are spacious and modern, with a clean palette of neutrals, woods and white plus echoes of traditional Japan (in the sumi-e painting style cherry blossom motifs, plus small birds on the panels above the bed and the traditional lantern-inspired lighting). In true Tokyo style, city views steal the show through floor-to-ceiling windows. Bathrooms are particularly refreshing, with bright white modern fixtures, circular mirrors and glass partitions for enjoying an Aromatherapy Associates-infused soak-with-a-view in the free-standing bathtub.
Food & drink
In Michelin-starred Collage (formerly Gordon Ramsay, relaunched under chef Shinya Maeda in 2013), diners are spoilt with contemporary Japanese interpretations of modern French cuisine alongside skyscraper views. Next door, staff serve up the avant-garde Chinese cuisine (also Michelin-starred) in China Blue, against a dramatic décor of tiered blue lamps. Nearby is minimal Kazuhana, (again with epic views) where kimono-clad staff serve exquisitely presented Japanese-style banquets. Meanwhile, Cerise is perfect for lighter meals and comfortable breakfast buffets while TwentyEight Bar & Lounge is popular for afternoon tea and after-dark cocktails.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes. Room 3012 is disabled accessible.
Despite the grown-up décor, proliferation of artworks and proliferation of business travellers, yes. Staff are helpful, even when dealing with unruly toddlers in restaurants, plus special baby-friendly toiletries in the rooms.
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