tokyo: andaz tokyo hotel opening

© andaz - sweeping city views from the new andaz tokyo

with a unique hospitality formula that blends in design and creativity, andaz hotels have quite logically popped up in some of the leading creative hubs across the planet, and it was only a matter of time that the andaz tokyo would open its doors. the first andaz property in japan, it occupies the top floors of toranomon hills, a new 52-storey mixed-use highrise in the heart of tokyo. similarly to other andaz hotels, great attention has been given to the interior design of the andaz tokyo to create a unique hospitality experience. renowned interior designers tony chi from new york city and tokyo-based shinichiro ogata were enlisted to do the job.

they succeeded in creating a contemporary design distinct setting that emphasizes japanese cultural sensibilities, using a range of natural materials, such as washi paper and walnut. mind you, the japanese penchant for authenticity of material and textures has been translated to sophisticated and modern interiors. the andaz tokyo features 164 spacious guestrooms and suites, all with sweeping views of the city. the bathroom is a key feature of the room design, equipped with deep soaking tubs inspired by japanese bath culture. obviously, the rooms feature all the modern comfort and amenities today's travellers expect from a five-star properties.

and in true andaz fashion, all non-alcoholic mini-bar drinks and locally-inspired snacks are complimentary, as are local telephone calls and wireless internet access. andaz tokyo features a string of facilities that further entice with exquisite settings and offerings. the andaz tavern on the 51st floor is the hotel's main dining venue. soaring floor-to-ceiling windows form the backdrop for suspended undulating wood sculptures by british artist charlie whinney. the menu here features refined european provincial cuisine prepared with seasonal japanese ingredients, offering uncomplicated and wholesome dishes with simple flavours.

on floor up the rooftop bar is situated and here the decor morphs into a modern take on a katsura imperial villa, the quintessential example of japanese architecture. the main area of the bar is separated into three different spaces with a variation of ceiling heights, providing the right ambience for each guest’s personal choice. the drink menu features crafted cocktails infused with delicate teas and fresh seasonal fruits, domestic draft beers, bubbles and fine sakes. interestingly, there's an open-air roof-protected terrace overlooking tokyo bay. last but not least, there's the ao spa + club with special treatments and exclusive products which help you to unwind or rejuvenate in a state-of-the-art environment. this area comes with a full-fledged fitness center and swimming pool. location: toranomon hills, 1-23-4 toranomon, floors 47-52 [toranomon].

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