So over the past few days in Tokyo, living a Travelife, I reminisced about the past and caught up with what's happening in this metropolis, perhaps the most exciting in the world.
The big news is that so many major hotel players are coming into Japan big-time, now that Japan is back on track and it's hosting the Olympics in 2020 and the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
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AMAN RESORTS IS OPENING IN TOKYO
Aman Resorts is finally opening its outpost in Tokyo, and it'll be in a very brand-new building right in the business district.
The building is already finished, and Aman will reportedly occupy the top floors.
THE LARGEST ROOMS IN TOKYO
An industry insider told me a few days ago that the rooms of Aman Tokyo are going to be the largest in the city. He said to me: "We're talking 70 to 80 square meters here."
That's gigantic by the typical standards of Tokyo.
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After all, it wasn't very long ago that the average apartment for four people measured about 58 square meters and cost a fortune.
Even standard rooms at luxury hotels here average only about 20 to 25 square meters.
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Things have improved slightly since then, because of deflation, but space is still very much a premium in this overcrowded metropolis.
A ZEN FEEL FOR AMAN TOKYO?
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The insider said: "Very modern and minimalist. I've seen photos of the plans, and I have a feeling it's going to be very Zen."
It's probably also going to be more of an apartment feel, at 70 to 80 square meters, to give guests the feeling of "living in Tokyo."
ANDAZ OPENING IN TOKYO ALSO
Then there's Andaz, a new brand under the Hyatt Hotels group, that is opening also in Tokyo in a few months.
Andaz is a luxury brand of Hyatt, higher up the food chain than the Hyatt Regency and the Grand Hyatt, but not as fancy as the Park Hyatt line. Incidentally, the Park Hyatt hotels are among my favorite hotels in the world.
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But back to Andaz. Again the industry insider said, of Andaz: "It's hip and luxurious. I like to think of it as the businessman's W Hotel."
So many new hotels to try in Tokyo in the coming months, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.