The global Andaz hotel chain has a thing for design, and its first location in Japan more than lives up to that reputation. It opened this summer in the new Toranomon Hills skyscraper, which is filled with large-scale art and eclectic restaurants.
The hotel replaces the typical front desk with a relaxing natural-wood-filled lounge. Chill here with a drink and snack while a staff member brings the hotel keys to you.
The rooms are large by Tokyo standards and have great views of either Tokyo Bay or the Tokyo Tower and Imperial Palace grounds. The flawless design continues through the rooms with baths reminiscent of wooden onsen tubs, natural wood desks and yukata robes. All snacks and non-alcoholic drinks in the mini fridge are free, which more hotels should do.
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Breakfast among the bonsai
Andaz Tokyo's main Tavern restaurant does an excellent breakfast buffet with all the fixings to please Asian and Western palates. There's beautiful fruit, flaky pastries, pungent cheeses, rice porridge, fish, meats, omelets and quiches. Did I mention the Nutella-filled French toast? Swoon.
Breakfast is served 6:30-10:30 a.m. Some of the hotel rates include breakfast.