From the staff in caps and sharp suits, often assisting guests from a Rolls-Royce shuttling to and from Narita, to the shimmering gold glow emitting from the top floors, the 24-floor Peninsula Tokyo exudes elegance and grace. The rooms include all sorts of glamorous touches like red-lacquered elm desks, cell phones for use during your visit, flat-screen TVs in the bathroom, and separate soaking tubs. Bedside panels with remote controls allow you to tweak the room's ambience from the comfort of your bed. Tall windows afford pleasant views of the downtown financial district. Another amazing view can be found from the top-floor lounge and Peter, which offers European cuisine. For those seeking a kaiseki-style tasting menu, there's Kyoto Tsuruya, which serves dishes that change with the seasons. The Seven Seas Pacific Aviation Lounge offers fantastic night views and exhibits certain to entertain airplane buffs, and access to Hibiya Park, one of Tokyo's nicest green spaces, is a snap by foot.
Apr 9, 2015
Recently (late March - early April, '15), truly enjoyed a most efficient and pleasurable five night Tokyo business travel stay at this familiar and cherished property. It had been awhile since my (our) last stay at the Peninsula, Tokyo. Special as ever. My corporate rate package included a gratefully accepted upgrade to a corner Deluxe Suite lodging. (Upgrade perhaps partially due to an advance corporate booking made during an earlier working stay
this year at the Peninsula, Hong Kong, soon followed by a holiday Valentine's Day weekend at the Pen, Bangkok. Yes, we are long-time fans of the Peninsula group for work and holiday; wondrous friends, management and staff.) The Deluxe Suite at the Pen, Tokyo was put to good use during my days of meetings, as the loved one was also in attendance; she enjoyed spending time with some Kyoto-based friends who were in Tokyo (and staying at the Okura Tokyo; another property we love). Seamless service at the Pen, Tokyo from check-in to check-out. (And will add check-out entailed an immediate Easter weekend stay at the sublime Aman, Tokyo; more later on that serene sanctuary.) Only downside to this recent Peninsula stay: my current Tokyo business travel is all of every ~ six months. Love Tokyo for work and holiday; savour your Peninsula times.
Jan 27, 2011
The Peninsula group was very fortunate to have found a location so central, but it's the shape of a wedge of cheese and only the front side, the smallest, has palace or parkside views, and these rooms appear to be larger suites. The hotel entrance is small, unpretentious and understated and it looks like you're walking into a tearoom (kissaten)somewhere quite nondescript, especially after the doormen in their whites have opened the doors for you.
It looks slightly confused as the walkway runs in the middle of the tearoom, and there is but one avante garde bamboo artwork serving as decor. The Chinese restaurant was frequently empty but it's very pretty, if shockingly costly - the menu is displayed at the entrance. The view from Peter on the top floor, overlooking the green patches of a vast park near the palace, is wonderful; alas, the food is disappointing and bland. Japanese guests are rather few - we were told that Japanese with means don't care for the Asian/Bali/spa ambiance of the guestrooms. (They prefer the upscale western look at the Ritz Carlton, in a chic pocket of Roppongi, a sleazy part of town.) But there were lots of Hong Kong Chinese around and a few westerners. The service is very attentive and gracious - but irregular and off beat. The rooms have all kinds of electrical gadgets and twiddly bits and will entertain you for hours. For shopping in the swank Ginza stores, this hotel is perfectly located.