Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

A stylish Tokyo hot spot
VERIFIED LUXURY
Zip up to the wood-filled 38th-floor lobby of Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo to discover a stylish hot spot.

Walk past the long black stone table topped with an oversized sea-urchin-like sculpture and the floor lanterns with shaggy white shades to descend the stairs to the 37th floor, where a trio of stacked fireplaces at Sense Tea Corner lights up a dramatic wall of fire. It counters a dim, sexy plum and gray lounge area across the way that rests above a black shallow pool with a spiraling water feature.

It will be hard to pry your eyes from the chic décor, but you won’t want to miss the views of the city skyline — on clear days you can even see Mount Fuji — out of the floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the hotel. You’ll even get to take in the view at the many fantastic restaurants and the must-visit spa.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• Sleek and chic décor fills the hotel. The property used to be a kimono shop owned by next-door neighbor Mitsukoshi department store, and that spawned the idea of filling everything from the rooms to the elevators banks with fabric.

• The Tokyo hotel knows how to do fantastic food — after all, it did devise having legendary Copenhagen restaurant Noma do a pop-up there. The popular dining destination entices with dim sum at Sense, avant-garde cuisine at Tapas Molecular Bar and super-fresh nigiri and rolls at Sushi Sora.

• Spacious guest rooms have a modern Japanese aesthetic that’s soothing and inviting. Couches in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows let you take in the impressive views.

• The spa wows with treatment rooms that overlook the city. For the most luxurious experience, upgrade to the Matsukaze Suite, which lets you soak in an infinity bath while peering out of two walls of windows. It’s a heavenly view.

• Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo offers exclusive activities. Learn from a samurai master, make sushi at the renowned Tsukiji Fish Market or enjoy a fine kaiseki meal and see a geisha performance.
Things to Know
• The luxury hotel offers a basement entrance to the Mitsukoshi-mae subway station.

• It can be hard to get a room December 31 through New Year’s and during Golden Week (April 29-May 5).
The Rooms
• Perched on the 30th to 36th floors of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, the guest rooms look out over Odaiba island, the Sumida River, Tokyo Bay and Tokyo Skytree to the east, and the Imperial Palace, Ginza and Tokyo Station to the west. Grab the provided binoculars to gaze at the scene outside.

• Every guest room bears a unique framed isegata, a rare forming sheet used for dyeing kimonos, and has oblong fabric lanterns made with handcrafted washi paper.

• The spaces are infused with touches of nature — the stone-and-timber rooms come with bamboo flooring, light wood squares make up a headboard and a gathered tan fabric resembling tree bark covers the walls and ceiling.

• The gray granite bathroom is another standout with a roomy shower equipped with both a regular and rain-shower fixtures, a standalone sunken tub with a TV and an electronic Toto toilet.

• Peek inside the bathroom’s big black lacquer box, a treasure chest filled razors, hair bands, toothbrushes, emery boards, a brush, lotion, chapstick bath salts in scents like lavender and juniper and more.
The Restaurants
• French fine dining at Signature takes a detour to Asia, thanks to Japanese ingredients.

• Fresh fish fans line Sushi Sora’s 350-year-old Japanese cypress counter to watch chef Yuji Imaizumi craft traditional Edo-mae sushi, a style dating back to the Edo period that stresses simple, measured but elegant preparation.

• Locals book up to three weeks in advance to score dim sum reservations at authentic Cantonese restaurant Sense.

• Those with adventurous palates try to snag one of the eight counter seats at innovative Tapas Molecular Bar for a culinary journey through a seasonal mash-up of modernist and Japanese cuisines.

• In a city whose bars typically cater to men, Mandarin Bar stands apart with its team of all-female bartenders. The bar sought to create an ambience that makes solo women guests feel welcome to sit and enjoy a Mandarin Sunset (Japanese pear sake, sparkling sake, fresh passion fruit, lemon juice, green apple and housemade grenadine).
Getting There
2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan 103-8328
TEL81-3-3270-8800
NEARBY AIRPORT(S)
NRT (20-26 min)   HND  
Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
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