Occupying the top nine floors of the glistening Nihombashi Mitsui Tower, this hotel is a blend of harmony and outright modernity. The Mandarin's amazing rooms, tastefully decorated in dark and light browns, are crowned with large picture windows displaying an exquisite panorama of city lights. Luxurious touches like the down bedding, superb linens, and in-room newspaper delivery insure a cozy haven. Corner rooms have sunken marble tubs that allow you to gaze out windows while soaking. Signature body scrubs and massages can be enjoyed in one of the spa's nine rooms. The gym and award-winning restaurants (both modern and traditional cuisines) are top of the line, but guests suffering extravagance overload (and the accompanying prices) can take a short stroll toward Tokyo Station, with its variety of tiny watering holes and izakaya (Japanese pubs).
Apr 21, 2014
Recently (~ 26 March - 4 April, 2014) experienced the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo for an extended business trip, combined with lovely sakura viewing with the loved one - and some cherished Kyoto-based Japanese friends our respective families have known and hosted since the late 1940s. One of my more memorable business/holiday stays. Tokyo arrival was via Thai Airways flight 660 First, Bangkok to Haneda. (And this flight concluded one of my regular
BKK business trips; St. Regis, fine as ever.) Remain partial to my primary business travel carrier of Singapore Airlines, but will say TG F service into and out of BKK remains one of my sentimental favourites. The TG660 F flight allowed adequate and civilized timing for pre-flight massage at the ever-fine TG spa. (And will note this particular TG F working flight was 'free' via miles; thank you, Star Alliance.) Seamless and most personal Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo check-in, and no surprise that. (As noted on other MO reviews on my Fodor's profile page, have been staying at various MO properties for work/occasional holiday for quite some time; in the case of the MO Bangkok, back ~ half-century, when I was "youth", travelling with my wondrous family. And, this Tokyo MO stay is/was part of an ongoing business travel endeavour involving certain Mandarin Oriental properties; class operation.) My corporate MO Tokyo booking entailed an upgrade to a serene Deluxe Corner Room on her 36th floor. More than adequate for this business traveller; love that MO "DNA". Completely sufficient exercise options for this daily exertion addicted corporate guest. Dining at the MO Tokyo was a particular pleasure, owing to the weekend (28-30 March) presence of the aforementioned Kyoto family friends and the loved one. Signature (French) and Sense (Cantonese) were the preferred MO restaurant choices of our beloved Kyoto friends, and I gladly treated. (Suspect they were desirous of a break from their normal Japanese intake.) Eventual MO Tokyo check-out was 4 April, travelling to Kyoto for, well, more sakura weekend viewing with the loved one and the cherished Kyoto family. (And will confess it was great fun being back in Kyoto with family & friends for sakura; had been ~ two decades.) And, eventual Japan departure, 7 April, for meetings in Shanghai; that bustling city - and Kyoto - can wait for future reviews. I truly appreciated my extended business travel stay at the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo. Special time of year, with special family, friends - and that ever expanding circle of gracious MO friends, management and staff. Savour your MO Tokyo times in a cherished country.