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The Peninsula Tokyo, Japan
November 1, 2016
Sitting amid the sleek skyscrapers of commercial district Marunouchi, The Peninsula Tokyo has an enviable location overlooking the sprawling Imperial Palace Gardens and Hibiya Park, just moments from the high-end shopping district Ginza. Within its 24 storeys, the rooms naturally command spectacular views across the skyline, but what’s inside the hotel is no less impressive. Here, the experience of staying within the hotel’s sumptuous rooms, with the five-star service Peninsula takes such pride in, is heightened by the addition of the hotel’s contemporary artworks and thoughtful design, as well as the chance to dine and imbibe in a convivial space 24 floors above the streets of Tokyo.
On entering the grandiose Lobby, it’s clear The Peninsula Tokyo is going to live up to expectations cast by the iconic brand; from first being greeted by the white uniformed concierge, the hotel leaves quite an impression. Within the high-ceilinged, marble-floored Lobby, a firework-inspired chandelier hangs above guests having afternoon tea, with a striking Keisen Hama bamboo sculpture that your eye is immediately led to. But it’s not just about sheer grandeur here; interiors incorporate the harmony and natural materials of traditional Japanese design.
From the lobby, a spiral staircase leads down to the Peninsula Tokyo’s own flower shop, boutique, and decadent café where glass-fronted confectionary kitchens emanate the aroma of baked treats, while up on the sixth floor, guests can escape to the tranquillity of the warmly lit Peninsula Spa, where the sun-lounger and banana tree-lined pool affords views over the Imperial Palace Gardens.
The expansive rooms and suites here combine the plush comfort of deep carpets, plump sofas to sink into, and a colour scheme of warm earthy tones, with the decadence of walk in wardrobes, huge stone and marble bathrooms, and technological features that mean everything is at the touch of a button. Then of course there are those floor-to-ceiling windows, which command views across the vast metropolis.
Situated on the top floor, affording unparalleled views of Tokyo after dark, it’s no wonder Peter is considered the jewel in The Peninsula Tokyo’s crown. Here, it’s Japan’s legendary seafood and premium meat – such as Gunma Joshu Wagyu – that takes centre stage; expect skilfully crafted dishes like succulent grilled lobster with sweet red onion marmalade, and tender grilled beef topped with sweet sea urchin and the chef’s signature sauce, which I’m told he takes particular pride in. Within Peter’s striking interior, chrome trees and sleek black furnishings meet subtle purple lighting, while the restaurant exudes a buzzy ambience – in part due to the lively cocktail bar it sits alongside – and its popularity with Tokyoites, as well as hotel guests, is testament to its success.
This isn’t the only dining option though; for a Japanese fine dining experience, guests can book a table at Kyoto Tsuruya kaiseki restaurant, which follows on from the three Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name in Kyoto. And for traditional Cantonese cuisine, which reflects The Peninsula’s Hong Kong roots, take a seat at Hei Fung Terrace on the second floor.
It’s not often you come across a city hotel that endeavours to give guests an immersion into the local destination and its culture, but this is the idea behind Peninsula Academy, a series of exclusive local experiences, from a guided tour of Tokyo’s contemporary art scene with a local curator, to a sake experience at Izumibashi Shuzo brewery. And with Tokyo stretching out before you, days are easily filled exploring the vibrant surroundings.
In a Nutshell
Combining astounding views at every turn with stylish interiors and celebrated cuisine, a stay at The Peninsula Tokyo is one that enhances any trip to this city.
Room rates start at £339 for a superior room.
Words by Lauren Hill