1. Fusuma / Shōji: Starting with a strong Japanese element, our room had a number of sliding / pocket doors that created clear separation – if desired – between the various spaces. The double doors on the left take you into the bedroom, the door a little further down into the bathroom. Within the bathroom, another sliding door separated the cubicle for the toilet. That’s a total of three solid doors (not partial, not transparent, not frosted) between the bed / sitting area and the toilet. Well done, Andaz.
2. The bed: King size, dressed in nothing but soft, crisp, white sheets. So comfortable, and facing the windows, it took full advantage of point 5 below.
3. Simple controls: We love us some good in-room technology, but we’ve been in too many hotel rooms recently where it’s taken twenty minutes to figure out how to turn off the lights. Not here, with groovy metal switches that do not require a degree in metaphysics to operate controlling lighting, do-not-disturb, drapes, and some heavy-duty blackout shades.
4. Amenities, amenities, amenities: The room came with a boatload of amenities that we liked. We’ve been fans of Japanese-style bathrooms for a while now, and here it included a massive rain shower and circular bathtub. Toiletries change according to the season, incorporating different elements to respond to the changes in heat and humidity outside. The toilet is the famous Toto kind with heated seat and all sorts of wizzy (ahem) features. WiFi is free and worked reliably throughout our stay on multiple devices. Non-alcoholic drinks from the minibar are free too, and there was a box of chocolates from the pastry shop downstairs on the huge wooden table when we arrived. Kimonos and slippers are provided as well.
5. Night-time views: Views are stellar no matter what time of day, but they are particularly impressive at night. Sitting in the window with all the lights off (easy thanks to the master switch in the panel) looking out was pretty mesmerizing, further enhanced by a perfectly full moon in the night sky.
As much as we loved these five things, there is a number 6 that’s the flip-side, and it’s a biggie: Japan in general, and Tokyo specifically, are not easy on the wallet. With two drinks at the rooftop bar and a room service breakfast (baked scrambled eggs with goat’s cheese and sundried tomatoes, which was delicious), our bill shot through the 50,000JPY barrier (just shy of $500 – current exchange rate means taking two zeroes off as a rough rule of thumb).
Once opening offers are done, this looks to go easily up to $675 a night for an Andaz King, racing through to $900+ for an Andaz Large corner room and well over $1,000 for a suite. If you can stomach those rates and are looking for a stylish place to stay with a lot of the Andaz vibe we like (the hotel was buzzing one night in), then it’s an easy choice. For a closer look, head to the photo gallery.