Andaz is a Hyatt luxury lifestyle brand which first opened in London in 2007 and now has over seventeen hotels around the world.
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
During our explorations through Japan, we had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Andaz Tokyo Hotel in Toranomon Hills. Upon arriving at the hotel, we were warmly greeted by the staff who ushered us into the elevator up to the 51st floor of the Toronamon Hills Tower. The elevator opened into the relaxed Andaz Lounge which is the heart of the hotel and replaces the traditional lobby for a much more intimate and "personal" experience. It's a communal space where guests can work and where Andaz' hosts help them with check in/out or other queries. It was a very welcoming experience with beverages, snacks, and canapés. Not only for checking in but throughout our entire stay.
The Andaz Lounge
Andaz means "personal style" in Hindi which was immediately apparent when stepping off the elevator. The hotel has seamlessly woven Japanese local culture into the design of every space in the hotel with very large art pieces and more subtle details like the warm wood furnishings in the Andaz Lounge or the mochi pounding rabbits that welcome you to the rooftop elevators.
One of the most striking pieces is the large Kumiko art piece called Infinite Universe created by Shigemitsu Kotaka. This magnificent art piece is created from thinly slit wooden pieces that are assembled together by hand.
Kumiko is a delicate Japanese art technique of assembling wooden pieces without nails.
The hotel has 164 guest rooms each with a breathtaking view of the Tokyo skyline. Our room was an Andaz King (50 sq meters) with an unparalleled view of Tokyo Tower (the Japanese version of the Eiffel Tower).
The Andaz King Room
The spacious size of the room was a real surprise as Japanese hotel rooms had been terribly tiny throughout our trip. So small there was no room to open our suitcases (unless we put it on the bed). There was no trouble with that in the Andaz as we had a beautiful walk-in closet and a very large bathroom with a bath that bordered on a jacuzzi.
Who doesn't want to wake up like this?
Restaurants and Bars
One of the absolute showstoppers was the Rooftop Bar found on the 52nd floor. The bar is a cozy semi-open air terrace overlooking the spectacular nighttime Tokyo skyline. It is the perfect place to sip a specialty cocktail (some of them are award-winning like the Personal Collins) as the live DJ spins some hip tunes. Just be careful bringing a date as you might be gazing more at the mesmerizing twinkling lights of Tokyo than at them.
The Rooftop Bar
The Andaz offers five excellent restaurants and unfortunately, we only had time to eat dinner at one, which was also found on the roof. The Sushi which brings you a delicious (you guessed it) sushi experience in a very intimate tea-room like setting. The sushi chefs at work are fascinating to watch as they create true sushi art right in front of your eyes.
When we made the reservation, I had told them that I'm vegetarian and upon our arrival, they prepared some amazing tasty ideas for fish-less sushi. For all you fish lovers, David attested that his tuna sashimi was some of the best he had in Japan, which is a big claim! With two sushi chefs for only eight people, the experience feels like you have your very own chef. With such limited seating of eight people maximum, I would recommend to book in advance.
AO Spa & Club
Entrance to AO Spa & Club
One of the most beautiful spaces in the hotel was undoubtedly The AO Spa & Club which is a massive 14,500 square feet of leisure and recreational facilities. The 65-foot swimming pool and the floating jet baths were a highlight as, here too, the view at night makes it feel like you're swimming underneath the stars. The spa also has five spa treatment rooms and a full range of advanced Artis fitness training machines for those of us that want to stay fit while traveling.
David mesmerised by the beautiful Tokyo skyline
A Haven of Tranquility
There is a lot that Andaz Tokyo got right when they envisioned making of this hotel. The natural influences and cultural homage to Japan's heritage compliment the modern hotel vibe that is emphasized with their live music, DJ's, and other fun events.
The Tavern Lounge
One of the best times I had at the hotel was after a long, manic day of sightseeing the various temples in Tokyo. It was such a pleasure to step off the elevator into the tranquil Andaz Lounge with the live band filling the space with smooth jazz music. I sat down at The Tavern Lounge and had myself a Suntori Whiskey on the rocks to cool down from the outside heat. Watching the beautiful Tokyo night skyline I phased out into space and just absorbed everything that I did that day. If "Lost in Translation" would have been filmed today it would have chosen Andaz Tokyo as their backdrop, and honestly, so should you.
Photos courtesy of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills.