Hyatt's boutique Andaz brand has finally come to Tokyo as part of the new Toranomon Hills complex, Japanese real estate powerhouse Mori Building's latest iconic addition to the Tokyo skyline. The hotel occupies floors 47 through 52, giving it excellent views in all directions, but particularly from the popular Rooftop Bar on the top floor.
Andaz hotels are intended to be smaller and more intimate, drawing on local food, art and culture to create an authentic atmosphere. Andaz Tokyo succeeds at this spectacularly with a design by Tony Chi and Shinichiro Ogata that softens traditional Japanese elements like sliding shoji doors and natural building materials with more modern, organic lines. The hotel also showcases some fine examples of Japanese art, including Shigemitsu Kotaka's exquisite kumiko wood mosaic in the lounge and Tetsuya Nagata's washi paper fish in the elevators.
All 164 guestrooms, including eight suites, offer views of Tokyo, as well as surprisingly deep baths as a nod to Japanese bathing culture. For even more relaxation, try their AO Spa, where the customisation of treatment ingredients recalls a visit to the apothecaries of old. The spa, as well as the attached fitness centre and pool, overlook the Imperial Palace, so visit during the day for the best view.
For dining options, the main restaurant, Andaz Tavern, offers the interesting combination of provincial European cuisine made with locally sourced Japanese ingredients, whilst the tiny, eight-seat ‘the SUSHI’ provides an authentic and luxurious sushi counter experience. BeBu Café & Bar has casual burgers and other grilled items, plus an all-day lounge. There are also a bevy of non-affiliated restaurants to choose from in Toranomon Hills.
Toranomon, literally Tiger's Gate in Japanese, is the ideal location for anyone doing business in Tokyo, as it is just a short cab ride away from all major commercial neighbourhoods, but with the Kamiyacho and Toranomon subway stations both about five minute's walk away, Andaz is also well-placed for the leisure traveller as well.