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Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is a luxury lifestyle hotel located on the top of the 52-story Toranomon Hills Mori Tower. I had the pleasure of staying there during my last trip to Tokyo, and I was amazed by everything this upscale hotel offers.

When I first arrived in front of the Andaz hotel a couple of years ago, I was stunned, and I knew this would be the place that I wanted to stay in eventually. That time I only came here for their excellent sushi omakase dinner. This time, however, I was here to stay.

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Luxury Lifestyle Hotel in Tokyo

I arrived at the hotel in a taxi which dropped me off at the front of the hotel, where staff members were ready to accept my luggage and take it up to the hotel on the top of the tower.

I walked around the lower floor of the tower, exploring a bit all the exciting restaurants and shops that you can find there before I headed to the main elevator. It took me straight from the bottom floor all the way to the 51st floor, where the lobby was located.

You can immediately notice the great interior design of this place in the elevators that have intricate Washi paper artwork depicting many different kinds of fish.

When I exited the elevator, I found myself in the wonderful lobby of the hotel. I was blown away by the look and feel of the lobby. It had a tall ceiling, basically two floors tall, and it gave such a good feeling of space. Many beautiful artworks decorated the lobby. I especially enjoyed the one above the lobby desk. Also, the sun’s rays were bursting through the windows on the opposite side of the floor, and it really felt like I was in a special place.

The hotel staff helped me with my check-in procedure and offered me some refreshments while it was completed. They were very quick, and soon I was on my way to my room, where my luggage was already awaiting me. You see, the hotel encompasses several top floors of the tower and has over 150 rooms. As I was walking through the hotel, I could really feel its focus on class, innovative design, and lifestyle. It was a true luxury lifestyle hotel.

My Amazing Room

When I entered my room, I was blown away. Not only was it spacious and luxurious and had a large bathroom, but the view was second to none. I found myself overlooking a large part of Tokyo and the Tokyo Tower itself.

Yeah, you heard it right. The famous Tokyo Tower was below me. It felt surreal to be there. Almost flying above the city. It took me a while to come to my senses after getting engulfed by the view. Then I noticed how great the rest of the room was.

Not only did I have two large beds that were extremely comfortable, but there was also an impressive large wooden desk. I have to say this desk was the best one I ever saw during my trip to Japan. It had an irregular natural shape and felt like it was just cut off from a tree without much additional work, which was truly great.

I had so much room to sit and work. It’s no surprise that working there with the spectacular view in front of me made the whole job much easier.

Another great thing about the room was its impressive bathroom, as I said before. It had a huge bathroom counter with many top-class toiletries laid out there. The closets were also full of additional amenities and toiletries. I even got some nightwear.

Of course, there was a high-tech Japanese toilet located in a separate small room attached to the bathroom, which is always convenient. These Japanese toilets are probably one of the things I missed the most when I got back!

Additionally, there was a large closet there so I could lay out my clothes easily. Overall, the room was spectacular and truly one of the best rooms I stayed in during my trip to Japan. It had everything I would expect from an upscale lifestyle hotel, and I’m sure you will not be disappointed with it.

Stunning Lobby Above The City

After resting a bit in the room, I made my way to the lobby floor again. You see, I decided that I will not be sightseeing anything while I’m in this amazing hotel and that I will just enjoy my time here as much as possible. I took my laptop to the lobby to work there because I like the lobby’s atmosphere and its high ceiling, which gives me a sense of freedom. And I could always hop to the window to enjoy the view as well.

Additionally, the lobby has refreshments there all day long, such as snacks, drinks, coffee, tea, etc. The staff members are always happy to serve you and provide you with anything you need. I spent a good part of the afternoon there working and then headed back to my room to refresh enough and prepare for dinner.

Omakase Experience at the SUSHI

Similar to last time, I had arranged a dinner at the SUSHI, an intimate omakase restaurant located on the top floor of the hotel. This place is truly exclusive.

It only has eight seating places and two chefs, so one chef per four guests at most. And, of course, it’s an omakase experience which means that the chef will pick what sort of food will be served, and it’s up to you only to enjoy it. And depending on your feedback, he picks further dishes.

You get to speak to the chef as well as you watch him explain and prepare the food from beginning to end. I got to try many different fish and appetizers, from ginkgo nuts to the finest tuna sashimi. It’s truly an experience that I’ll never forget, and that is definitely worth it.

Eating such healthy and tasty food made by skilled and experienced chefs is something everyone should experience at least once. While there, I tried some of the hotel’s original “52” sake, and it was really nice. I spent about an hour and a half during dinner, and it was one of the best ones I had during this trip across Japan.

Cocktails at the Rooftop Bar

After dinner, I went straight to the rooftop bar, which is located right next to a sushi restaurant. This rooftop bar has been declared one of the top 15 rooftop bars in the world. It is also the best and tallest rooftop bar in Tokyo.

If the view in my room was great, here it was even better. Not only was I a couple of floors higher, but also I was sitting right next to these huge windows. The sun was about to set, so I got to witness this incredible sunset and, later, a stunning view of the Tokyo night skyline. I could see everything from the airplanes landing at Haneda Airport to cars crossing the iconic Rainbow bridge across Tokyo Bay. It was truly a sight to remember.

The bartender was fun and helpful. He told me all the interesting things about the rooftop bar and showed me around so I could take nice photos everywhere. The bar itself also has a really high ceiling and great interior design. Pleasant music is always playing in the background while you enjoy all sorts of drinks.

My recommendation is to try some of their own homebrew cocktails. You see, they have an expert cocktail master who has won international rewards. I had the pleasure of meeting him and watching him prepare his cocktails which are all works of art, in my opinion.

I had a great time at both the SUSHI and the Rooftop Bar, so I made my way back to the room to rest for the day.

Breakfast at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

There are many great breakfast options at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. Early in the morning, I made my way down to the lobby into the restaurant, where a spectacular buffet breakfast was served. After I was seated next to the window and enjoyed the view a bit, I slowly started checking out what was offered.

There were so many great things to try, from Japanese food such as miso soup, salmon, rice, Japanese omelets, and many appetizers to all sorts of Western food like sausages, ham, cheese, and omelets. There are many desserts as well, such as pancakes and French toast, as well as many types of danishes and croissants.

Also, there were many different kinds of fruits and vegetables to try. And of course, you could also have coffee, tea, or many types of freshly squeezed juice. All in all, I had so much to eat there that I just skipped lunch that day.

The next day, I ordered breakfast in my room because Andaz has the option of providing it to you as room service. So I did just that. I had a Japanese set and the Western breakfast set, and again, it was so delicious, and there was so much of it that I was completely full once again. As an added bonus, I was eating it on my huge wooden table with a view of the Tokyo Tower. So that was a big plus.

Fitness Center With a Pool

To offset all the food I’d eaten at breakfast, later in the afternoon, I visited the hotel’s exquisite fitness center located on the 37th floor. Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills has a really good gym there.

I was very satisfied with the equipment it had to offer, and I was able to complete all of my strength exercises and do some running and cycling as well. And to tell you the truth, this was the best-located gym I have ever visited.

After all, it’s hard to beat exercising on the 37th floor of a luxury hotel in the middle of the world’s most exciting city. If my regular gym was located here, I’m sure I would be a pro athlete by now!

Of course, there was a beautiful pool there as well. But I, unfortunately, did not have the time to try it myself.

Location and Access

The hotel is easily accessible thanks to the Toranomon station and the Toranomon Hills station located nearby. So you can access the Hibiya and Ginza lines easily, which can take you to many parts of the city.

On foot, you can reach some interesting places in 15 to 20 minutes, like Roppongi or Shimbashi. If you are excited about Tokyo’s nightlife, that’s a good plus as well since it’s not that far from these two iconic nightlife locations.

As for the immediate surrounding of the hotel, there are a couple of more exciting places to see there, such as the Atago Jinja Shrine having the Stairway to Success. The iconic Tokyo Tower is located just a bit further away.

Conclusion

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills is truly one of the best places you can stay in Tokyo. If you are looking for that feeling of luxury and modern lifestyle high up above the city, this place is a must for you.

I enjoyed every minute of my stay here, and I simply could not decide what I liked more, the rooms, the view, the food, or the vibe. You simply have to experience this yourself. If you are interested, check out their website!

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