Lost in Tokyo

I am always searching for the perfect basecamp for my travels, especially when I am in big cities. I love to stay away from main stream hotels and I am always drawn to unique hotels, with a view. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect when I booked Andaz Toyko, and my expectations were high but I never in a million years would have expected what I experienced. As soon as we walked in the doors, I was blown away by the jaw dropping architecture, the exceptional customer service and the birds eye view of the city.

Here’s a brief overview of my stay, if you have any questions, I’d love to answer them!

Check-in Experience: You know that feeling when you get off a trans-pacific flight, onto a train with your heavy bags and then walk to your hotel, and thennn find yourself standing in line to check into your room? Don’t you just love that feeling.

This is usually what happens when checking in anywhere, but not at Andaz Tokyo, no way! As soon as we walked into the non-traditional lobby, we were whisked away to sit comfortably in a private room, where we were served fresh, much needed, cappuccinos. The concierge then reviewed our stay with us, and then walked us to our room, provided with a tour and made sure we were comfortable.

It was heavenly.

Let’s get down to details. The room.

I was expecting a nice room, but I was not prepared for what I was about to see. The Tokyo skyline. The king-sized bed. The bathroom every girl dreams of. Not to mention, a closet much bigger than my own apartment back in Canada, and don’t forget this is right in the middle of Tokyo, space is not necessarily in abundance. I bounced around for about 15 – 20 mins in sheer excitement and then FaceTimed my parents, then my boyfriend’s parents and then my sister. The view is REALLY that good.

10 minutes into my Andaz experience, I stated: “I will never, not stay at an Andaz again”.

And this was only 10 minutes in.

We gazed in awe at the view for 20-30 more minutes and then we set off to explore the city. Andaz Tokyo is located just a short 3 minute walk to the nearest train station, taking us to see all of the sites we had planned for our time in Tokyo. The area the hotel is in, Toranomon Hills, is great as well, with countless restaurants, bars and an easy walk to the Tokyo Tower, Ginza, Roppongi and more.

However, if you don’t want to go far, you don’t have too.

My suggestion would be to just go a few floors up! To the 52nd floor to be exact.

I personally refer to myself as a rooftop bar connoisseur, just ask anyone that I have traveled with. 2-3 rooftop bars a day is usually my minimum…

I’ve been to some of the “world’s best rooftop bars” in New York, Paris, Los Angeles and London.

And… all I can say is “Rooftop Bar” at Andaz Tokyo really takes the cake. We went twice in one night, it was that good.

See for yourself.

The spacious, yet cozy, semi-open air terrace offers a jaw dropping view of the city. So once I was done snapping a million photos and took a look at the drink menu, I knew that I had found my happy place. The drinks were beautifully prepared and thought out, with a seasonal drink menu featuring Botanical Garden Cocktails all inspired from around the globe. We happily drank our way “around the world”, sampling cocktails such as Japanese Fizz, British Fizz, Italian Fizz, etc. The drinks were not your typical “rooftop bar” cocktails, instead they were light, fun and not overly priced.

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After seeing the view at 6PM, we immediately called our friend who was in town and insisted that he come meet us there for drinks later in the evening. This view is a must-see. I would say, no trip to Tokyo would be complete without a visit to this rooftop!

After a night on the town, including fresh burgers at the hotel’s more casual restaurant BeBu, which is located on the main floor of Toranomon Hills, we headed to the pool and spa (AO Spa & Club) first thing in the morning to freshen up and get ready for a day of exploring.

Notably, AO Spa & Club offers a 65-foot swimming pool AND A CARBONATED BATH! For me, this was a highlight of.. my life basically. Carbonated water is great for your skin and it was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. Luxury doesn’t even begin to explain this. I was blown away by every detail in the change rooms and in the spa experience itself.

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Overall, from the rooms, the rooftop bar, the spa, and the common area, I am truly in love with my Andaz Tokyo experience. The whole experience was luxurious yet comfortable, extremely inviting, modern, innovative, the list could go on.  I also loved the open concept of the lobby, the lobby was anything but stuffy, it was open concept with a common area to sit, read, charge your phone and help yourself to delicious snacks and drinks.

But… I almost forgot, the breakfast and pastries. I am still dreaming about this Sakura Cake.

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Thanks for reading and I hope your travels find you at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. In the meantime, keep an eye out for my Tokyo City Guide, coming soon.

Xo

-        Jenna