The progressive, multiuse business and lifestyle building Toranomon Hills is the setting for this one-year-old property with no front desk, no bell desk, and no concierge. Designed following a collaboration between New York’s Tony Chi and Tokyo-based Shinichiro Ogata, the hotel uses natural materials like washi paper and walnut wood throughout each space. Rooms come with skyline views, deep soaking tubs, and black-and-white closets and cabinets that recall the sketches of Piet Mondrian; all nonalcoholic minibar drinks, locally inspired snacks, and local telephone calls are complimentary.
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The Toranomon Hills complex teems with shops and restaurants, while intriguing contemporary art punctuates a number of public spaces. Located almost slap-bang in the middle of Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace, the hotel offers easy access to sites like the Ginza shopping district a few minutes northeast of the property. Nearby cultural attractions include the Imperial Palace, while the finance areas of Chiyoda are easily reachable by foot.
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Rooms: 156 rooms, 6 suites. From $400. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Andaz Tavern features European provincial cuisine prepared with seasonal Japanese ingredients and is enlivened by 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and wood sculptures by UK artist Charlie Whinney that hang from the ceiling. The Rooftop Bar is part of a modern take on Kyoto’s Katsura Imperial Palace. The drink menu includes cocktails infused with teas and fresh seasonal fruits, domestic draft beers, sparkling wines, and sakes. The space also offers an outside open-air roof-protected terrace overlooking Tokyo Bay. The casual, street-level BeBu doles out burgers and local draught beers. Spa and gym details: The 14,500 square feet of facilities on the 37th floor includes paper-lantern-lit AO Spa & Club with its 20-meter pool, a carbonated bath, floating jet bath, full range of TechnoGym Artis fitness training equipment, and five treatment rooms.
Who's it for: Moneyed millennials, advertising executives, media buyers. Our favorite rooms: The Rooftop Studio has a theatrical show kitchen, and the open-air terrace makes a fine venue for entertaining. Good to know: The spare, 52nd-floor stand-alone chapel—the highest in Tokyo—has the same copper roofing and shingling found in a traditional Shinto shrine and temple.