Toranomon is a bustling and prosperous business district of Tokyo and central amidst it is the well-designed skyscraper that houses the Andaz Hotel. This Hyatt brand is relatively new and it’s geared to younger and fashionable travelers seeking a hotel that is luxurious and hip at the same time.
This combination can be hard to get right in Japan’s capital, as luxury usually equals stodgy here. However, it seems that Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills has perfected this combination. The hotel is a hit among its target market, and this particular Andaz is generally considered by the hotel industry to be the best Andaz property in the world.
LIFE AT ANDAZ TOKYO TORANOMON HILLS
We checked in on a winter weekday amidst COVID-19, expecting the hotel to be quiet. There was a pandemic raging after all. Instead, it seemed that many people had the same idea as us : to escape the uneasiness of the world, to the comfort and safety of the Andaz Tokyo.
We took the elevator up to the lobby and walked into modern wood-paneled space full of people either checking in or checking out. This is a lifestyle hotel, however, so guests usually do not line up at the front desk. Instead, we sat in a nice lounge with other guests, observing proper social distancing and sipping acerola drinks while check-in formalities were undertaken.
TOKYO AT OUR FEET
“How civilized,” my companion said, as we sat in one of the booth tables observing everyone coming and going. When registration was done, we were shown our room on the 51st floor, which is the non-smoking floor. We had a corner deluxe room which was so spacious that other hotels would have called this a suite. The walk-in bathroom had a large bathtub in a separate room, and this was already the size of the room itself.
The bedroom itself was the kind of hotel room you can stay in all day. Rectangular in size, it had floor-to-ceiling windows offering the most incredible views of a different side of Tokyo from the usual. Even the view of Tokyo Tower was from a new and refreshing angle for me altogether.
Yes, we had a view of Tokyo Tower, so you now probably understand why we felt we had the city in front of us and never needed to go out. There are so many wonderful restaurants and food shops in this neighborhood as the Toranomon district has a food culture of its own, known mostly to locals only. But nothing could tempt us to head out. We had the kind of room to order every meal in, and especially breakfast which allows you to watch the city wake up over yoghurt and eggs Benedict.
The interiors too are simple, hip and stylish. A long banquette set against a mirrored wall partners with an equally long wooden table so that you can sit and work or read here while enjoying the views. This replaces the typical hotel seating furniture of other hotels.
Perhaps the best part about the room — which already has way too many great things about it — is the massive bed which is perfectly made. Housekeeping is definitely on its toes here as the sheets are wonderful and there is not a single crease in sight. The effects of this wonderful bed were immediate. I had some of my most restful nights here at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills.