Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Opens
Wednesday June 11th, 2014 - 10:16AM PB
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TOKYO—Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, the first Andaz hotel in Japan and the 12th Andaz hotel globally.
“We are witnessing a re-emergence in Japan and we believe that this vibrant market will continue to prosper,” said Larry Tchou, group president, Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “We know that simple and attentive personalized service is key for our guests, and the opening of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills allows us to fulfill this desire by creating an unscripted community feel, complete with Hyatt’s authentic hospitality at its core.”
Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is located in the 52-story Toranomon Hills tower from floors 47-52, a progressive multi-use high-rise. Located between the Tokyo Tower and Imperial Palace, the hotel offers access to key locations and sites, including the Ginza shopping district, cultural attractions and the city’s central financial area.
“Opening this hotel has been quite an exciting journey for us, and we feel that we are helping to redefine hospitality in Tokyo by introducing the Andaz brand—a lifestyle-boutique brand that is a very new concept for this city,” said Arnaud de Saint-Exupéry, general manager of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. “The Andaz brand is deeply rooted in local culture, and we are committed to providing a truly Japanese-inspired experience to both guests and locals that will help them feel deeply connected to the heart and soul of Tokyo.”
Designed by interior designers Tony Chi of New York and the Tokyo-based Shinichiro Ogata, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills uses natural materials such as washi paper and walnut throughout each space. The Japanese penchant for authenticity of material and textures translates to simple, yet sophisticated, interiors.
The hotel features 164 guestrooms, including eight suites, averaged at 540 sq. ft. for standard rooms, with views of the Tokyo skyline. The bathroom is a key feature of the room design, equipped with deep soaking tubs inspired by Japanese bath culture.
On the 51st floor is the main dining venue, Andaz Tavern, with 16-ft. floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the city. Striking wood sculptures by UK artist Charlie Whinney hang from the ceiling, punctuating this stylish, contemporary space with energetic vibes. The menu features refined European provincial cuisine prepared with seasonal Japanese ingredients, offering uncomplicated and wholesome dishes with simple flavors. Crowning the hotel on the rooftop of the 52nd floor, the Rooftop Bar is part of a modern take on a Katsura Rikyu villa.
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