Where to stay in Tokyo, Japan: Andaz Tokyo Hotel
Andaz Tokyo is 5 Star Luxury Boutique Hotel owned by Hyatt, located in the top 6 floors of the Toranomon Hills skyscraper. When we first read about the hotel, the New York Times described it as ‘hitting every mark with ease”, so with an upcoming trip to Tokyo, what better opportunity for us to put that to the test over the course of our 3 day stay.
We arrived at Haneda International Airport and took the Airport Limousine Shuttle to Andaz Tokyo. After a short 20min ride we were dropped off right at the doorstep of the Toranomon Hills skyscraper and took the lift to the 51st floor where the hotel lobby is located.
Right away, the check-in process was unique to most hotels we’ve visited. We were seated in the Andaz Lounge where we could help ourselves to drinks, refreshments, snacks (…and a donut wall with matcha flavoured donuts!) while our check-in was taking place.
Once our room was ready, we were taken to our Andaz Tower View King Room. Overall, from getting there to checking-in, it was a smooth, easy and enjoyable process.
The Tokyo Metro Toranomon is a 7 minute walk from the hotel and 10 minutes from the JR Shimbashi and Tokyo Metro Kamiyacho stations.
Although the location is quite central and easily accessible, the hotel is situated in a quiet business district which makes it perfect for those looking for a quiet place to unwind after a long day.
When you’re ready for the nightlife, simply take the Metro or JR to the entertainment areas of Shimbashi, Akasaka, Roppongi or Ginza shopping area which are all close to the hotel.
This hotel is the design birth-child of New York–based designer Toni Chi and Japanese designer Shinichiro Ogata – making it an artful blend of modern minimalism meets Japanese ryokan. This definitely ticks the box for an Instagram-worthy hotel on the interior, but it doesn’t stop there.
There are four different types of rooms you can choose from: 1) Standard Room, 2) Bay View Rooms (overlooking Tokyo Bay), 3) Tower View Room (overlooking the Tokyo Tower) and 4) Bay View Suites (overlooking Tokyo Bay with separate meeting and living areas).
Our Andaz Tower View King Room gave us the most incredible view of the Tokyo Tower and cityscape with the bedroom strategically positioned to take full advantage of the view.
The bedroom was beautifully designed with plenty of space for us to comfortably store our luggage, hang our clothes and lounge around in the hotel’s yukata and slippers.
The bed itself is extremely comfortable with all the master switches and blind controls right beside the bedhead (note to self: have this in my future house).
..And can we just take a quick moment to appreciate the futuristic toilet seat that was always perfectly heated with automatic open, flush and beyond? It makes going home to our regular toilet a very sad reality.
The minibar also had complementary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages and we were ADDICTED to the wasabi rice crackers!
Staff & Service
The staff here are extremely attentive and helpful. At check-in we were given a run-down of the closest sights and and transport options and every request was resolved or answered almost immediately. The hotel prides itself on service and we can definitely see why.
Breakfast at Andaz Tokyo is truly one of a kind! Not only does the breakfast dining area occupy a panoramic view floor of the building, the mix between Japanese and Continental options really well-exceeded what we were hoping for.
On the ground level of the hotel there is also the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills Pastry Shop and the fresh pastries are brought up to the breakfast buffet so you basically have a bakery at your fingertips each morning!
It’s also quite difficult to find vegetarian options in Japan but with an extravagant buffet spread and diverse ready-to-order menu, there were plenty of vegetarian friendly dishes to order. Souffle pancakes. Need I say more.
Swimming Pool & Spa
A 20-meter indoor swimming pool overlooks the city below and located right next to the AO Spa & Club. The spa is best known for creating entirely unique and personalized spa experiences and you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to book an experience.
Overall, our stay at Andaz Tokyo was true luxury and we definitely felt very well looked after, well fed and well rested in a great location.