The Andaz is Hyatt’s lifestyle branded hotel that typically incorporates local culture into its aesthetic – and this incarnation does not disappoint. The high-end property is chic and cool without a hint of stuffiness as the laid-back staff dons fashionable duds eschewing the typical suits you find at most other five-star properties. Throughout the hotel, you’ll discover an acute attention to service, eclectic art, and a fresh young vibe that’s unique to this city.
All rooms come equipped with Handy devices – these helpful Wi-Fi gadgets will give you free internet access anywhere in the city as well as free international phone calls.
Minimalist-styled rooms have mustard carpet, low-to-the-ground gray couches, white walls, and a bed that faces the window like it’s a front row seat to the city. Views are incredible from the 47-50th floor accommodations and the entire proceedings are distinctly Japanese with shoji sliding doors. All rooms are equipped with Nespresso coffee makers and come with free tea and water.
You know what else is free? The mini-bar! Well, everything except alcohol. It’s replenished daily, so have at it!
Impressive bathrooms are awash in purplish marble, have giant soaking tubs, and separate showers. Andaz branded products are standard.
Check out the slippers. They come in two styles with fun patterns and are by far the best quality take home slips in town.
There’s no front desk – instead you’re met by hosts who will grab you a drink and ease your way into the hotel. Off to one side you’ll find a large communal wooden table that inspires mingling with other guests along with snacks and drinks that are available all day for free.
Every evening from 6-8pm there is free wine, sake, and canapes at the lounge.
A stylish 20-meter indoor lap pool is great for a workout or inspiration for architecture buffs. Here you’ll also find a carbonated hot tub that is supposed to be good for something that we’re not quite sure of. It is different though!
Five spa treatment rooms are available for an array of massages, facials, and more. The locker rooms have saunas, steam rooms, hot soaking baths, and massage chairs that vibrate!
There is also a blend bar with all-natural ingredients to help personalize your treatments.
Open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., the gym is equipped with TechnoGym equipment and free weights and has trainers on staff to help you with personalized workouts.
If you forgot your workout gear at home, the hotel can lend you some of theirs for free.
There’s a bevy of great restaurants inside the hotel. The best is probably the eight-seat sushi spot where chefs prepare amazing fish omakase style. If you want something a little less refined, check out Bebu, their beer and burger joint on the ground floor. Of course, there’s also all-day dining and a pastry shop that will blow you away.
The lobby lounge is great for afternoon tea... but don't forget about Evening Omotenashi - the free two-hour sake/wine tasting. There’s also live music here every night. The true drinking den of the hotel though is at the Rooftop Bar. This design-lovers dream space is both indoor and out and offers signature cocktails and small bites. During summer months they have DJs spinning smooth beats.
If there’s a downside to this incredible hotel, it’s that the closest subway is at least a 10-minute walk away. The good news is that the area, like most of Tokyo, is very walkable and you’ll find excellent restaurants and bars nearby.
It’s worth exploring Tokyo’s insanely good culinary scene, which is why you should try Ginza Adachi Naoto (6-minute drive), an inventive Japanese restaurant with one Michelin star and with seasonal ingredients and an ever-changing menu. For fans of the international chain, there’s a Nobu Tokyo (11-minute walk) serving unique sushi dishes close by.
There aren’t a ton of standout bars in the immediate area, but one exception is Craft Beer Market Toranomon (5-minute walk) that has a great selection of ice cold brews on tap. A little further way, check out The Society Bar (14-minute walk) inside the Park Hotel which has more than 100 single malts on the menu.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Eschewing the stuffiness of many five-star spots, the Andaz is a chic lifestyle hotel that encourages guests to mix, mingle, and let loose inside their very well-designed walls. From the exquisite spa to the savory restaurants to the bevy of complimentary amenities, there’s little here not to love. If there is a drawback, it would be the limited access to the subway. Fortunately, most great bars, restaurants, and attractions are a short cab ride away.