Unlike most luxury hotels in Tokyo
built inside mixed-use towers, the Peninsula is freestanding. In fact, it was the only stand-alone high-end hotel to be built in Tokyo for a decade, opening in 2007. The 24-story hotel is situated in the Marunouchi financial district, opposite the moat of the Imperial Palace. Its exterior emulates a Japanese lantern, amber Namibian granite contrasting with the surrounding gray stone and glass buildings. The forecourt features a landscaped garden of classical pine, cherry, and maple trees, reflecting the Japanese bond with nature and the changing seasons. Inside, the two-story lobby has ivory-colored walls with wooden lattices that echo the lattice windows of old Kyoto. The 1,300 crystal LED lightbulbs of the lobby chandelier resemble a cloud of fireworks or fireflies. More than 1,000 pieces of art, mostly Japanese, further embellish interiors. Guest floor corridors reference the streets of old Kyoto, with floor lights and granite and mirror panels set into the walls resembling water, while the carpets feature a woven kimono thread pattern. Rooms and suites continue the wooden lattice theme, and have headboards and TV cabinets of cherry wood, and red lacquer work desks.