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.