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Short stay: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan

Located in the heart of the city’s Nihonbashi business district and consistently rated one of the finest hotels in Asia, the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo can be found a short walk from the ‘Bridge of Japan’ from which Nihonbashi takes its name. Situated on the upper floors of the Cesar Pelli-designed Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, where there are 178 rooms including 21 suites, most of which face east towards the Tokyo Skytree, the hotel offers contemporary luxury in the city’s prestigious financial district. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo The welcome In advance of my stay, the hotel had kindly arranged to store my bag from the morning, as I was going to be out and about in the city during the day and didn’t want to be traipsing it around with me. When I arrived at the end of the day, I was shown to my room by Takashi, the Head Butler, and it was there that all the formalities of check-in were taken care of, and my bag was already waiting. This made the whole process of my arrival seamless and efficient. The room I stayed in Room 3114, an Executive Suite on the corner of the building, with a bedroom and bathroom that faced south towards Tokyo Bay. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo bedroom Mandarin Oriental Tokyo bed Mandarin Oriental Tokyo bedroom In the corner of the bedroom was a chaise longue where you could relax and take in the view, day or night. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo chaise longue Mandarin Oriental Tokyo view Mandarin Oriental Tokyo view at night There was also a lounge which – along with the other side of the bedroom, looked west towards Mount Fuji. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo lounge Mandarin Oriental Tokyo lounge2 The accommodation is 90 square metres in size and full of details that you might not expect – a huge closet, a Pilates mat, an umbrella, a back scratcher and even a pair of binoculars so you could make the most of the view.  It was as if everything had been thought of, with no stone left unturned. The bathroom The bathoom consisted of huge twin basins, a bath with TV and separate shower, lavatory (another WC could be found elsewhere in the suite) and Bottega Veneta toiletries. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo bathroom Mandarin Oriental Tokyo bath The facilities The hotel has all the facilities you would expect from a world class city hotel. A spa, fitness and wellness centre, and around a dozen different dining options, including some with Michelin stars. During my stay, I dined at the Sushi Sora Restaurant on the 38th floor and, like my previous hotel stay in Tokyo, dinner proved to be one of the highlights. Sushi Sora Restaurant At my place setting, the napkin was wrapped as the Japanese would wrap a kimono, and placed on a wood counter made from a 350-year-old cypress tree. Sushi Sora Restaurant place setting Dining here was not only a treat for the tastebuds but also a fascinating experience since, being so small and intimate (there is seating for a maximum of 10 people only), we were able to watch Head Chef Yuji Imaizumi at work, chat to him and learn a little about his craft. Sushi chef at the Mandarin Oriental Here are some of the highlights from my dinner at the restaurant: Radish flavoured with yuzu and miso. Sushi Sora Restaurant radish with yuzu and miso Ice fish, lily root and seaweed dashi with bonito and soy sauce. Sushi Sora Restaurant ice fish and lily root The prawn sushi was one of my favourites. Sushi Sora Restaurant marinated prawn This had been marinated for three days in tiny egg balls and vinegar. Sushi Sora Restaurant marinated prawn Also good was the gizzard shad (kohada in Japanese) which had been marinated with salt and vinegar. Sushi Sora Restaurant gizzard shad Perhaps the best of the bunch, though, was the sea eel – surpisingly tender and succulent. Sushi Sora Restaurant sea eel Other nice touches Service was excellent in all areas of the hotel that I experienced. An umbrella was offered to me at the door when I went out for the day. The butler took my coat on arrival and hung it up for me. Premium strawberries were delivered to my room shortly after I’d settled in. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo strawberries A closet in the room connected to the ‘outside’ – this means that when you finish with something like room service dishes, you can leave them in the closet rather than in your room or in the corridor outside, press a service light, and they will be taken away without any need to disturb you. Cost Entry level Deluxe Rooms start from 61,000 yen per night whilst the Executive Suite that I stayed in starts from 140,000 yen per night. (These figures do not include taxes and fees.) The best bit The hotel is worth a visit for the views alone but it was actually dinner at the Sushi Sora Restaurant that was the highlight for me – not just for the extraordinary quality of the food, but also for the experience. The final verdict The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo doesn’t fail to disappoint – it is what you might expect from a respected, global brand that prides itself on the very highest levels of excellence. Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with ANA – All Nippon Airways. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of ANA.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. nice article, i liked all these photos and this hotel looks amazing. thanks for the info.

    1. Thanks, John… yes, it is superb hotel with a wonderful attention to detail. I particularly enjoyed the sushi experience – very personal and intimate with just a handful of diners.

  2. Gorgeous hotel – is it just me though or does the bedroom look a little small/cramped, considering it’s a suite?

  3. Having recently visited Dubai I’ve become rather addicted to city views and this hotel sounds great. But, as you found, the food really steals the show, both while you were there and right here in your post.

  4. Very stylish but in a very local way – they’ve used the culture well. I love the idea of hotels at the top of skyscrapers, a great idea to get away from the city and work below!

  5. I have always wanted to stay in a Mandarin Oriental hotel, the one in London looks amazing. Or even just go for dinner there, that would be an experience in itself. The food at the Tokyo hotel looks lovely.

  6. I do like a chaise longue by a window on something like the 39th floor. Some of my most pleasurable hours of life have been spent watching the world go by on a chaise longue. In Delhi I spent ages fascinated by the chaotic traffic navigating a roundabout way down below. I’ve done the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore and I would certainly appreciate the one in Tokyo.

  7. My husband’s started muttering about how he “has to” do the Rugby World Cup so I thought I’d do some preliminary research on hotels. If I’m going to have to travel all that way to watch 30 men rolling round in mud I am going to stay in luxurious comfort.

    I like the format of these Short Stay reviews. You always provide loads of photos and you carefully go through all the important categories.

    After reading this one I think the Mandarin Oriental definitely makes it on to my short-list.

    1. Thanks, Jenny! Glad you like it!! If you are thinking of going for the Rugby World Cup, I would get in touch with them asap. They are likely to get very booked up (if they’re not already…) Good luck!!!

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