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It’s All About Luxury in Shangri-La Hotel TokyoMonday 4 March 2019
It’s All About Luxury in Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo ⇒ Inspired by the legendary land featured in James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon, published in 1933, the name Shangri-La encapsulates the serenity and service for which Shangri-La is renowned worldwide. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo reflects the refined mystique of the fabled Shangri-La, with facilities and amenities of the finest quality and Shangri-La’s acclaimed Asian hospitality combine to create a sanctuary in the heart of Japan’s capital. Let CovetED guide you in this luxury trip through one of the most incredible hotels in the world!
The hotel occupies the top 11 floors of the 37-floor, mixed-use Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building. It offers direct access to the Tokyo Station, which serves as the terminus of the Shinkansen bullet train network that extends nationwide and to the city’s railway hub that connects local train and subway lines with regional services. The hotel offers views overlooking the whole Tokyo Station, the Marunouchi business area, the Imperial Palace, Shinjuku’s skyscrapers and Mount Fuji if the weather permits. From one side of the hotel, one can view the soaring Tokyo Sky Tree tower, Tokyo’s newest landmark, and Tokyo Bay in the distance.
Within walking distance to the hotel is the renowned shopping district of Ginza, the Imperial Gardens, the redeveloped business and retail zone of Marunouchi and Tokyo’s historical and cultural epicentre, Nihonbashi. Simply put, Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo is situated in the city’s most strategic location for both business and leisure. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a complimentary “Meet and Greet” service at the train platforms of Narita Express and Shinkansen (Bullet Train) in Tokyo Station, which is escort service for a short walk to the hotel.
The uppermost floors of one of Tokyo’s newest skyscrapers offer guests of Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo dynamic cityscape views from one of Tokyo’s prime locations. Every room has a minimum space of 50 square metres and are among the largest in the city. The 200 luxury rooms reflect Japanese influence and modernity with luxurious appointments and the latest audio-visual and communication facilities for the convenience of both leisure and business travellers. From the spacious 269-square-metre Presidential Suite on the 36th floor that extends two floors in height, guests can see Mount Fuji, the symbol of Japan, on a clear day.
Hirsch Bedner Associates were the responsibles for designing the hotel’s interior, while Andre Fu of AFSO designed the Horizon Club Lounge, Piacere, the signature Italian restaurant, and Nadaman, the authentic Japanese kaiseki restaurant. Shangri-La’s unique brand DNA is exemplified through the hotel’s grand staircase, elegant chandeliers and bold carpets, complemented with a distinct touch of Japanese influence. The chandelier illuminating The Lobby Lounge bar is exclusively handmade in the Czech Republic, with each glass piece intricately formed into the shape of a gingko leaf, the symbol plant of Tokyo. In addition, flower arrangements by Nicolai Bergmann, one of the most celebrated flower artists in Japan for his contemporary floral designs, feature prominently within the hotel. Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo is the first hotel in the world to feature Bergmann’s works in all areas of the hotel – from public areas and guestrooms to wedding facilities.
Besides that, over 2,000 examples of artwork decorate the various rooms, halls and facilities at Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo. The collection of art draws its inspiration from the works of poetry by Bai Juyi, a Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. The poetry is believed to portray Bai’s experience of being spiritually healed by the melodious sounds of a Chinese lute (pipa). The horizontal and vertical lines prevalent in the various examples of artwork symbolize the delicate strings of the pipa, evoking the image of a spiritual oasis that welcomes all guests at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo.
Dining at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
The hotel offers two restaurants, Piacere and Nadaman, and The Lobby Lounge. Andre Fu of Hong Kong-based AFSO, an up-and-coming interior designer, designed Piacere, the hotel’s signature Italian restaurant, and Nadaman, an authentic Japanese kaiseki restaurant.
Piacere – Italian Restaurant
Piacere is Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo’s signature restaurant serving contemporary Italian cuisine. Piacere faces the Imperial Palace and offers a metropolitan city view set around Tokyo Station. The interior design has a dynamic and bold feel while being sophisticated, and features a double void ceiling, cosy furniture, Venetian glass chandeliers and the warm colour of the Mediterranean Sea to represent the homage to grand dining salons in Italy and the image of la dolce vita.
Executive Chef Andrea Ferrero’s cuisine reflects his desire to serve contemporary Italian cuisine focusing on the natural simplicity of his chosen ingredients which are the freshest the seasons have to offer. The result is an elegant combination of flavours and textures delivered by the use of the highest quality of Japanese and Italian produces.
Breakfast is a boutique style breakfast based on the concept of “Farm Fresh”, locally sourced, and seasonally harvested produces. Freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers in prefectures across Japan, available to both staying guests and visitors alike. There is a selection of speciality a la carte dishes such as Eggs Benedict, pancakes or a traditional Japanese breakfast and an elegant breakfast buffet with carefully selected items and products, sourced whenever possible from local farms within Japan. The food is provided by farmers who demonstrate real passion and ownership for their product that is well known for its high quality and freshness.
With the close relationships to the local farmers, not only does Ferrero bring high-quality products and ingredients to your table, but he also provides guests the opportunity to contribute to the environment by reducing their carbon footprint. “L’Aperitivo Bar” is a new addition to Piacere from the summer of 2018. L’Aperitivo Bar, a chic new space in Piacere restaurant featuring the latest, most original and avant-garde cocktails and antipasti inspired by Italy and the Italians.
The cocktail collection includes “MELO-NI,” which features our signature melon juice at Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo. This is dolce vita at its most elegant complete with an Italian setting and classic fare including Sicilian arancini and genuine Italian meatballs, the very best Parma ham, home-made sardines and marinated eggplant. The restaurant’s two wine cellars have 300 selections of wine. The main cellar has a ceiling height of 4.8 metres and stores a wide range of wines from France, Italy and the New World, while the other cellar has only premier and vintage wines in beautiful wooden drawers.
Nadaman – Japanese Restaurant
Nadaman, the well-known restaurant group that has served fine kaiseki cuisine to royalty, world leaders and discerning diners in Japan since 1830, offers authentic Japanese cuisine skilfully prepared by a group of seasoned Japanese chefs. There are several Nadaman restaurants in Tokyo and even outside Japan, but Nadaman at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo has the most modern and chic atmosphere thanks to Andre Fu’s designs. One finds ceramic tiles with a cherry blossom motif in the approach, gingko leaves dramatically scattered in the wind at the entrance and a wooden objet expressing a puddle or deformed bamboo-shaped partition to divide the space inside the restaurant. Each one is a masterpiece, but all are blended and harmonised to depict Japanese nature as interpreted by Andre Fu. The restaurant features a main dining area, two teppanyaki rooms, a sushi counter and two private rooms.
The Lobby Lounge
The Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo is elegant and has a refined atmosphere. It serves a host of international fare, from Asian specialities such as sautéed chicken and spring rolls to more sumptuous oriental as well as orthodox continental breakfasts. The Lobby Lounge also offers an extensive selection of fine teas and coffees to accompany a delectable range of light snacks and signature afternoon tea sets. Suspended from the ceiling above the bar counter is a chandelier made from 890 pieces of crystal gingko leaves. These leaves have been individually strung on highly polished stainless steel rods, creating a graceful and glorious atmosphere together with the flower arrangement by Nicolai Bergman. Guests sitting around the counter are made to feel that they are enjoying ohanami (the Japanese flower viewing tradition in spring). The venue is perfect for enjoying before and after dinner cocktails and late night drinks with live music.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La features ancient Asian and Japanese healing therapies introduced in Japan for the first time. Its six treatment rooms are the largest self-contained spa suites in Tokyo. Adjacent to the spa is the Health Club and a 20-metre-long swimming pool that overlook the Imperial Palace.
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La made its Japan debut on with the opening of Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo. The spa features five spacious and tranquil spa suites, including a treatment suite for two, and an extensive spa menu consisting of signature CHI therapies available at all CHI facilities and exclusive therapies only available in Tokyo. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La draws its inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a solace of personal peace and enchantment. We use a holistic approach to rejuvenate the soul with its therapeutic treatments, providing one’s complete Physical, Emotional and Spiritual well-being. CHI in Tokyo offers guests a tranquil, exclusive atmosphere far removed from the reaches of the city. The spa features an extensive spa menu offering approximately 30 specialised facials, body works, body therapies, body wraps and water therapies. The products used for treatments include ila and SISLEY. In addition, our nail salon “LUXITA” offers a full service, new concept nail parlour that brings nail art and design to the next level. Interiors at CHI all incorporate local architecture and materials while featuring Asian art and decor, creating the distinctive CHI expression.
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