The Hong Kong–based hotel company’s only property in Japan opened in 2009, occupying the top 11 floors of the Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building. It offers direct access to Tokyo Station, the terminus of the Shinkansen bullet train network, and also looks onto the Marunouchi business district, the Imperial Palace, Shinjuku’s skyscrapers, Tokyo Skytree, and, on a clear day, Mount Fuji. The U.S. outfit Hirsch Bedner Associates designed the hotel’s interior, while Andre Fu designed the Horizon Club Lounge and two of the restaurants. Highlights include the Lobby Lounge chandelier, handmade in the Czech Republic, with each glass piece shaped like a gingko leaf, a symbolic Japanese plant. Elsewhere throughout the hotel, flower arrangements by Nicolai Bergmann, one of the most lauded flower artists in Japan, add vibrancy to public spaces and guest rooms.
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The immediate vicinity is populated with gray and glass buildings and towers. Within walking distance of the property are more colorful sights. These include the renowned shopping district of Ginza, the Imperial Palace Gardens, the business and retail zone of Marunouchi, and Tokyo’s historical and cultural epicenter Nihonbashi.
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Rooms: 184 rooms, 16 suites. From $720. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Signature restaurant Piacere (it means “to please”) serves contemporary Italian and faces the Imperial Palace. Interiors include Venetian glass chandeliers and colors of the Mediterranean. Ceramic tiles with a cherry blossom motif and wood partitions characterize the space at Nadaman, where the menu focuses on Japanese. Spa and gym details: Chi spa features six suites and uses seasonal ingredients like sake pulp, rice bran, and yuzu in its treatments. The health club has a full gym and heated indoor pool.
Who's it for: Business travelers, couples. Our favorite rooms: The 10 new Executive Suites, unveiled in March 2015, are situated on a corner of the building, giving guests panoramic skyline views, and access to the club lounge. Special perk: Arrive by train and ask for the complimentary meet-and-greet service at Tokyo Station.