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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan

Mandarin Oriental

Location

At the center of Nihonbashi, historically the core of the capital, also now a bustling business area. Tokyo station is nearby, as is the Marunouchi district, with its own sleek retail stores and restaurants. It is well worth researching the historic Nihonbashi stores and amateurs (from knives and fans to lacquerware and washi paper) that still live in the shadows of the contemporary industry towers.

Style & personality

A complete combination of modern-meets-traditional. Like a lot of Tokyo’s luxury resorts, it occupies the top heights of a skyscraper — in this example, that the Cesar Pelli-designed Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower. Walls of glass at the 37th-floor lobby framework spectacular vistas throughout the funding (you may see so much as Mount Fuji on a transparent day) — a fitting introduction to a resort whose modern Japanese design was motivated by the idea of a “living tree”. The spa — using its epic viewpoints – is just another highlight.

Service & amenities

Mandarin Oriental employees are unimpeachably beneficial. Concierge services are especially imaginative, tapping into Nihonbashi’s legacy of old Tokyo craftsmanship and culture, such as visits to sumo stables and kimono-making studios.

Bar
Exercise center
Laundry
Parking
Restaurant
Room support
Sauna
Spa

Rooms

Japanese nature-inspired design motifs prevail from the bedrooms, together with delicate leaf-motif cloths generated by the fabric designer Reiko Sudo complemented by paper lanterns and bamboo walls — all packed inside the polished veneer of a five-star resort. Views in the 178 chambers are just another scene-stealer, with big windows framing grand vistas throughout the sprawling capital, such as Tokyo Skytree.

Food & beverage

Guests are spoilt for choice by a bunch of Michelin-starred restaurants. There is fine French dining table with a perspective in Signature, beautiful fresh fish at Sushi Sora, Cantonese food in Sense and the Tapas Molecular Tavern — home to a dazzling show of culinary alchemy involving about 20 bite-sized creations. Be ready to breathe dragon fumes and suck on tastebud-tampering “magic” beans.

Value for cash

It’s not affordable. However, with its always high-quality design, food, service — and perspectives — it is possibly worthwhile. Deluxe comes out of Y55,418 (#329) space only, such as charges.

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