After an amazing foodie adventure exploring some of Japan’s less-visited cities, I spent a few days in the country’s capital, Tokyo. My home there was the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, located in the Marunouchi area, in the heart of the city. I’m a big fan of Shangri-La luxury hotels and try to stay there whenever possible. I love the luxury, the warm personal service and the consistency I find at every location. I’ve probably stayed at 10 of their more than 100 hotels around the world and always have an excellent experience.
I had one of the Shangri-La Tokyo’s Horizon Club rooms with endless views across the city skyline. The view was just spectacular both during the day and at night. Some of the rooms, like mine, have a city and bay view, while others face the other direction, over Tokyo Station.
The room was modern and stylish with a nice luxe feel. Lots of brown, tan and gold colors used with the usual Shangri-La Asian touches. I loved the huge bathtub and bathroom and how one wall of the bathroom slid open to create an open space. With the large glass shower, you could bathe while admiring the skyline view.
My room was a Horizon Club room, giving me access to the Shangri-La Tokyo’s Horizon Club. This is their club lounge and it provides a range of added amenities. You can check in and check out there, use the meeting space and of course enjoy breakfast there every morning. There are also snacks and food served during the day as well as an evening cocktail hour with hot food.
Location, Location, Location
The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo offers both luxury and convenience as it’s adjacent to Tokyo Station, the city’s main train station. The station has connections to the majority of the city’s (and country’s) subway and train systems making it quite simple to get around. It’s also hard to get lost as you can just ask someone how to get to Tokyo Station. For your convenience, the hotel has a meet and greet service right at the train. They will meet guests on the platform, assist with luggage and escort them up the escalator to the hotel entrance. Overall, it’s an excellent location for exploring the city. I did an epic five-hour walk through Tokyo starting at the hotel.
It’s All About the Details
Another thing I love about Shangri-La hotels are the consistent features you find at every property. Every Shangri-La (except for one or two) has a Shang Palace Chinese restaurant. Each one uses a specific, Shangri-La jasmine flower scent in the public areas and has the same music playing in the public areas and on the guest room TVs. This offers a feeling of famililarity, you recognize it when visiting multiple hotels. It’s like coming home to the smell of mom’s cooking, it just gives you a warm feeling.