A hidden urban sanctuary in Tokyo
Hidden in Tokyo’s business district on top of a 40-story glass office tower, you’ll find an urban sanctuary in Aman Tokyo. Aman is the Sanskrit word for peace, and that is exactly what this hotel delivers: tranquil, exclusive relaxation. Escape from the madness of the megapolis in the hotel’s patch of trees and greenery or in the minimalist, modern rooms.
The Tokyo hotel marks the first city property for Aman, a company that specializes in slick, distinctive design in far-flung locales.
Designed by architect Kerry Hill, Aman Tokyo’s interior is built in traditional Japanese style using natural, locally sourced materials: basalt stone, cypress wood and washi paper. The forest has been brought to the city — 186 Japanese trees planted at the entrance are a welcome break from the skyscrapers and concrete towers of the city.
An urban retreat on the top of the Otemachi Tower, Aman differs from the usual business hotels. A library in the lobby is equipped with chess sets and books focused on Japanese art and culture.
The breathtaking Aman Spa on the 33rd and 34th floors is the biggest in Tokyo. Japanese wood paneling and a terrace with a view of the city make it a one-of-a-kind experience. The spa uses its own brand of exquisite chemical-free products made in Australia. A gym, a yoga studio, onsens (or hot baths) and a striking black basalt swimming pool are within the expansive spa.
The Aman Lounge is a chic spot just off the lobby. Dimly lit with washi paper lanterns, the bar is directly in front of windows offering a vista of the city. Afternoon tea is served daily in the lounge, or if you prefer, try Fumoir, the cigar lounge next to the bar is a place to relax with a glass of port and a Habanera after dark.
Although designed with a Japanese aesthetic in mind, the Tokyo hotel offers predominately international cuisine. With an abundance of local food in the area surrounding the hotel, the dining outlets at Aman Tokyo opt for something different.
The Restaurant serves fine Italian meals featuring Yamagata wagyu beef and housemade cannoli desserts in a dining room that overlooks Mount Fuji. The menu changes three times a year to ensure that you don’t get bored.
Set in the swatch of forest outside the hotel’s main tower, The Café by Aman is a fabulous French-style café dishing out fresh crepes, salads and pâté along with outstanding desserts and chocolates made on the premises. There’s nothing like a glass of champagne outside in the shade of the trees of Central Tokyo.
Breakfast at Aman Tokyo is fast gaining a solid reputation, with Japanese and continental options available.
The 84 rooms and suites of the luxury hotel are arranged in Japanese residential style — simple and luxurious. The granite baths with heated stone flooring are separated from the rooms by sliding shoji screen doors. Cypress paneling and chestnut wood flooring give the spaces an earthy, warm atmosphere. Each room is a nod to Japanese culture with local artwork, traditional ceramics and paper lanterns.
Remote control blackout shades and state-of-the-art entertainment add comfortable touches to a stay at Aman Tokyo. Perhaps the best perk is that each room has a magical view over the Imperial Palace, Mount Fuji or Tokyo Skytree.