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Tool Around Tokyo in a Peninsula Rolls-Royce or Audi R8

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  Site Where: 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 100-0006
April 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve been to Tokyo, you know it’s possible to go from historic serenity in one of its temples to futuristic frenzy among its skyscrapers in a split-second. That proximity of the traditional and modern comes through at the Peninsula Tokyo as well; pick the right aspect and you can gaze out from your technology-filled room over the Imperial Palace, and when it’s time for a ride in the house car, your options range from a restored 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II to a very 21st century Audi R8 sports car.

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Andaz Tokyo to Open on June 11th, Here's What to Expect

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  Site Where: Tokyo, Japan
March 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not much longer to wait!

The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills will officially open its doors on June 11, making it the first Andaz in Japan and the 12th Andaz hotel overall. Here are a few words from the hotel's general manager:

“We are thrilled to introduce the Andaz brand to this exciting city to become a bridge between Tokyo’s fascinating past and dynamic future,” said Arnaud de Saint-Exupéry, General Manager of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. “We look forward to offering the boutique lifestyle hotel concept to both guests and locals, which is something quite new for the Japanese hotel market. The Andaz brand is deeply rooted in local culture, and we are committed to providing an unscripted, Japanese-inspired experience to guests that will help them feel truly connected to the heart and soul of Tokyo.”

We couldn't find a room online for June 11th (it said the hotel was sold-out) but we did find a special opening offer for June 16th for about $375 a night for an Andaz King. Remember, this is Andaz, so complimentary WiFi, minibar snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are included.

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Funky Friday: The Room With the Dragon Tattoo at the Park Hotel Tokyo

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  Site Where: Shiodome Media Tower 1 -7-1, Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku 105-7227, Tokyo, Japan
March 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Tokyo’s Park Hotel is kicking up its artwork a notch while integrating Japanese culture into the guest experience--one room at a time. Their new program, “Artist in Hotel,” aims to transform 31 guest rooms over the next three years, all designed by Japanese artists. Ultimately, all the new rooms will encompass one full floor of the hotel with each featuring original wall paintings or other decorative art that inspired an artist while staying at the hotel. Rent the entire floor and you can have your own artist-inspired block party.

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Your Next Andazm Will Be In These Tokyo Rooms

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  Site Where: 1-23-4, Toranomon, Minato-ku , Tokyo, Japan, 105-0001
February 19, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

The list of places present and future to have an Andazm is growing rapidly (hello Munich), but nearest on the horizon is Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, opening this summer. Most of the visuals we’ve seen so far of the 52-story tower have been renderings, but now we have what looks like actual photography of the rooms.

There will be 164 of them on the tower’s top six floors, which means stupendous views of both Tokyo’s urban maze and, if on the right side of the building, the Imperial Palace in the distance – giving local cousin Park Hyatt some serious killer view competition. A ten-minute walk from Andaz takes you to Shinbashi station, connecting you to the Yamanote line, which loops through central Tokyo and is sure to be one of your main modes of transport when exploring the city.

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Who Was Caught in a Compromising Position at the Conrad Hotel In Tokyo?

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  Site Where: 1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Tokyo, Japan, 105-7337
November 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that hotel rooms are used for trysting but we were in for quite a shock when we saw this happening at the Conrad Hotel in Tokyo. Yes, that's right. We're talking about the two teddy bears getting too close in a cup inside one of the guest rooms.

All joking aside, the snapshot from Ken E. Lee in the HotelChatter Flickr Pool gives us an up close and personal look at the sweet teddy bears, which are only available to guests. (The hotel also gives guests a Conrad duckie too.) You can purchase these directly from the hotel but you know, you have to go to Tokyo to get it. Otherwise, eBay it.

Rates start at around $400 a night for a King City room with seriously stunning views of the skyscrapers in Ginza and Shiodome. Check out more of Photo: Ken E. Lee/Flickr]

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Ace Hotels is Looking East for Their Next Hotel, Far East

October 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that Ace Hotels have crossed international waters to London and Panama, there's no stopping them. While they've still got Los Angeles and Pittsburgh as well as two new NYC hotels on tap, the hipster hotel brand is also thinking about expanding to the Far East.

A super secret hotel spy has given us the lowdown on the Ace's Asia hotel expansion plans but was reluctant to divulge the exact city. So now we're left to speculate. We actually think Beijing would be the perfect spot for an Ace Hotel, perhaps in the 798 Art Zone where art galleries and shops have sprung from former military factory buildings. But the Ace Hotel brand could also do well in Shanghai and Hong Kong too. Then again, maybe Ace will surprise us by opening in another one of China's big cities like Guangzhou, Chongqing, or Chengdu.

And it may not even be China. Maybe Tokyo is at the top of their list, especially now that the Summer Olympics are coming there. You never really know with Ace. But you can expect it to be in a historic building in a pre-revitalized area with a fascinating, if quirky, history. That's just the Ace way.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Our Eyes Are Now On Tokyo's Hotel Scene

Where: Tokyo, Japan
September 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

It looks like Andaz Hotels made a very good decision in adding Tokyo to their list of new cities, now that Tokyo has been selected as the site of the 2020 Summer Olympics. (The Andaz is set to open sometime next year, giving it plenty of time to get things in order before the crowds arrive. )

As with all host cities of massive events like the Olympics, we can expect many more new hotels to pop up as the date approaches, as well as lots of renovations by existing hotels. Remember London last summer? Insanity.

Of course, we need to contain our excitement as these Olympics are still a good SEVEN YEARS AWAY. Nevertheless, according to the Wall Street Journal, Tokyo plans on having 87,000 hotel rooms available within a 10 kilometer radius, and 140,000 rooms in a 50 kilometer radius. And Forbes.com believes the rates and prices will remain "fair" especially compared to other cities (cough, NYC, cough.)

We just wonder if more hotels will break out special Hello Kitty suites , perhaps with an Olympics theme?

[Photo: Tokyo2020/Facebook]

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Tokyo Prince Hotel Brings All the Kawaii with a Hello Kitty Suite

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  Site Where: 3-3-1 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 105-8560
August 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nowhere does cute quite like Japan does cute, so we're not all that surprised to hear that the Tokyo Prince Hotel is currently offering a Hello Kitty-themed suite.

While it's not the first Hello Kitty themed room we've come across in Japan, it is rather more family friendly than our previous find; the Hello Kitty S&M Room at Hotel Adonis, Osaka

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Andaz Will Be Tokyo-bound in 2014 (And Other News)

December 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (2)

There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Andaz Tokyo Will Aim High: If you thought Andaz Amsterdam and Andaz Savannah and Andaz Maui were the last scraps of Andaz news for a while, think again. Hyatt has just announced a brand new Andaz property opening in Tokyo's Toranomon business district in summer of 2014. The 164-room hotel will occupy the top six floors of a 52-story tower currently under construction, and, yes, there will be a rooftop bar. The hotel will also take over the 37th floor, which will be dedicated to an infinity pool, spa and fitness center. Though this location will be a first for Andaz, it will be Hyatt's fourth in Tokyo, and its ninth in Japan.

For the rest of today's hotel news, read on!

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Tanzania, Tokyo, And Turkey: The Latest Four Seasons Hotels News

December 10, 2012 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

When Four Seasons opened its Beijing hotel last month, we mentioned there was lots more to come from the Canadian hotel group, with talk of new properties on all continents being in the pipeline.

Given all the news that’s flying around, it’s time for another update today, including the first sub-Saharan opening, departures and arrivals in Japan, and the fresh announcement of a future resort in Turkey.

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Step Inside Design Hotels' Newest Addition: The Gate Hotel In Tokyo

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  Site Where: 2-16-11 Kaminarimon, Taito, Tokyo, Japan, 111-0034
November 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Design Hotels opened their second member hotel in Tokyo (the first is the Park Hotel Tokyo) in August: The Gate Hotel Kaminarimon. We’re excited about this. Why, you may ask? Well, it’s a given that it's a sleek and 'purty' hotel with some great design features, but also because it's located on the edge of one of the city’s oldest heritage districts known as Asakusa, and the thriving, dizzying modern metropolis.

On one side you have the Kaminarimon entrance gate (Thunder Gate), which stands approximately 38 feet high by 38 feet wide, and, on the opposite end of the scale, there’s the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest freestanding broadcast tower in the world at 2,080 feet.

To make the most of this amazing view, the hotel has its minimalist lobby on the 13th floor (we hope none of you are toooo superstitious). There is also a 14th-floor terrace that’s open 24/7 to take in the scene.

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Skip Yoga for the Park Hyatt Tokyo's 'Good Night Sleep Stretch'

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  Site Where: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
August 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Final stop after the stretch

Sunrise yoga. Noontime meditation. Rush hour water aerobics. Really, we thought we'd heard of everything when it comes to lower impact fitness classes offered at hotels. That is, we thought we'd heard of everything until we got wind of the "Good Night Sleep Stretch" at the Park Hyatt Tokyo.

Sure, the hotel may be more famous for its cloud-high New York Bar where pivotal scenes of Lost in Translation were filmed, but unlike the bar with its evening cover charge, the Sleep Stretch is a free amenity for guests.

So what happens? Every Wednesday and Saturday night at 9pm in the Aerobics Studio of the hotel's Club On The Park, guests come together with an instructor to "relax and stretch [their] entire body before bed to promote a restful sleep." Simple and relaxing. And did we mention it was free?

[Photo: s.yume/Flickr]