I confess: I have a longstanding love affair with Japan.
Ten years ago, as a student, I bought insanely discounted tickets and hopped onto a Tokyo-bound plane less than a week later. Ever since then, I've somehow found myself returning to the Land of the Rising Sun—whether for work or play—year after year.
The Japanese are known for their impeccable hospitality, but one common gripe is that the hotel rooms in Tokyo are usually so tiny. This time around, there was no such complaint from me, as I had the chance to stay at the beautiful Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills.
Opened in 2014, the 164-room hotel takes up the top six floors of 52-story Toranomon Hills. Though I usually stay in the Shibuya or Shinjuku district, it was a treat to explore a different side of the city, especially with the nearest metro station (Toranomon station on the Ginza line) just a mere five-minute walk away.
1. First Impressions
Unlike the neon lights that signal your welcome to the Golden Gai district in Shibuya, the hotel is located in the business district between Shimbashi and Roppongi, and is an oasis of calm and quiet.
The moment I got off the taxi, my luggage was quickly whisked away as I was directed to the main lobby on level 51. Washi-paper, lattice panels and sculptures lend a chic, grown-up feel to the place, and the expansive space featuring large communal wooden tables, known as the Andaz Lounge, was where I enjoyed a cup of Japanese green tea as staff quickly and efficiently checked me in.