This article is the hotel review for Andaz Hotel Tokyo.
During my most recent trip to Tokyo, I stayed at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and I would say that is the best place to stay in Tokyo! Growing up in Japan, I visited Tokyo multiple times and stayed at a variety of hotels, but I think I may have found my favorite. This iconic, 5-star luxury lifestyle hotel is located between Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace. From their 52 story skyscraper, they offer such an amazing view overlooking Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay. They also offer easy access to key locations, such as Ginza shopping district, Tokyo Station, and multiple temples including one I visited below, Zojo-ji.
The room is spacious and very well laid out with amazing views, especially at night. When the city started illuminating the atmosphere became so romantic. Unique wood decor also made us feel at home, and the bed and linen were extremely high quality. The bathroom had both a deep circular tub and a separate shower, and it was much more spacious than other 5-star quality hotels in Tokyo. One of my favorite parts of the room was that Andaz Hotel Tokyo offers snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for free in the room (YAY)!!! They also provide unlimited Wi-Fi with unlimited local calls, and they even provide a Handy smart phone equipped with internet that you can take with you while exploring the city. Nice isn’t it?
There are 10 different kinds of rooms and 3 different kinds of suites. We stayed at the room “2 Twin Beds with Tower View”. The room offered wide windows with a view of the iconic Tokyo Tower. Our beds were two double beds, and it was spacious and comfy to sleep in. If you want a bigger bed for yourself, there are multiple king room available. Standards rate for Andaz Tokyo is $546 per night, but it varies based on which room you choose.
If you want to experience a luxurious morning with delicious food and a gorgeous view, Andaz Hotel Tokyo is definitely the best place to be. The breakfast is served at the 51st floor, The Tavern, and the view is breathtaking. The breakfast buffet provides remarkable selections of Western and Asian cuisine. They offer a vast fruit selection, eggs cooked to order, and even a variety of pastries. You can also choose 2 items from the a la Carte menu. I tried the eggs Benedict on a croissant, and my friend chose blueberry pancakes. Both were delicious and cooked to perfection (and we can be food snobs at times, hehe).
Breakfast is open from 6:30am to 11am. During the evening, Andaz Tavern offers an exciting dining experience featuring local flavors and seasonal ingredients. Their specialty is Japanese Snow Aged Beef, and it’s a must to try!
Every evening between 6-8pm, there are complimentary wines, sake, and small snacks available in Andaz lounge. The atmosphere is quite relaxing, and it was rather soothing after a long day of walking and sightseeing.
Pool facilities are large with additional amenities including a jacuzzi, hot tub, and even a cold pool! The pool has a beautiful city view, and there’s a fitness center with excellent cardio equipment adjacent to it. Andaz also houses a Rooftop Bar with amazing views overseeing the city. They provide an extensive selection of cocktails, sake, champagne and premium spirits. Specializing in cocktails crafted with teas and seasonal fruit, the cocktail they made was one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had! It was a must try!
I went to Zojo-ji temple, Shimbashi, and Atago shrine. They were all fun to explore! Although your travel schedule may be jam-packed with sights, Shimbashi is a must see if you want to experience true Japanese night life. It is relatively close to Andaz Tokyo and within walking distance.
Standing next to Tokyo Tower, the temple grounds consist of some impressive structures. Zojoji Temple may not be as well known compared to other temples and shrines, however it is worth a visit! It is a special experience to see the contrast between skyscrapers and wooden ancient building in one scene. Just allow yourself some time to explore around the gardens. It is very peaceful and you may forget that you are in Tokyo! Zojo-ji Temple is about 15 minutes away from Andaz Tokyo.
Atago Shrine is a historical shrine, established over 400 years ago. In order to get to the shrine, you will have to climb up a steep flight of 86 stairs, which is known as “stone steps to success.” It is such a beautiful and peaceful shrine that visitors can relax, reflect, and meditate. There is also a small teahouse next to the shrine, and it is very inviting. It was late summer when we visited, so we had a shaved ice at the teahouse. It was delicious!
Shimbashi is one of our favorite places to drink in Tokyo. There are hundreds of traditional pubs and restaurants, both Japanese and Western, and their price tends to be very reasonable. It is a popular place to drink so it gets always crowded during night. In fact, Shimbashi is known as the salarymen (office workers) capital of Tokyo. The atmosphere is also unique and interesting. Even if you don’t drink or dine, it it fun to just walk around and take some photos!
Our favorite part of our stay was the amazing customer service – the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to offer recommendations and directions to various points of interest. I have stayed in luxury hotels all over Japan, and I can honestly say that Andaz Hotel Tokyo is one of the most luxurious and beautiful properties I have ever stayed at. If you are looking for the best place to stay in Tokyo, you should definitely pay them a visit!
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