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Cathay Pa­cific 777 Busi­ness Class Los An­ge­les – Hong Kong Shangri La Tokyo

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BACK­GROUND: Opened in 2009, the Shangri-La Ho­tel, Tokyo is the Hong Kong-based ho­tel brand’s first prop­erty in Ja­pan. The ho­tel takes up the 28th through 39th floors of the Marunouchi Trust Tower, di­rectly be­hind Tokyo Sta­tion. WHAT'S IT LIKE?

Beau­ti­ful Asian de­sign is en­hanced by a col­lec­tion of over 2,000 pieces of orig­i­nal art­work dis­played through­out the prop­erty. There’s a dis­creet, street-level en­trance with a mini-lobby; guests are then whisked to the main lobby on the 28th floor. The Marunouchi lo­ca­tion is per­fect for both leisure and busi­ness trav­el­ers. It’s in the core of the fi­nan­cial dis­trict but a short five minute walk from the Im­pe­rial Palace and other pop­u­lar tourist ar­eas like Ni­hon­bashi and Ak­i­habara.

The lo­ca­tion, di­rectly ad­ja­cent to Tokyo’s huge cen­tral sta­tion, is also good in­sur­ance against get­ting lost; when ex­plor­ing the city, it’s al­ways easy to get back to Tokyo Sta­tion. The ho­tel of­fers track­side“Meet and Greet” ser­vice, meet­ing guests at the train, han­dling their bag­gage and es­cort­ing them to the ho­tel lobby, do­ing the re­verse on de­par­ture. Over­all, I found the ser­vice at the Shangri-La deeply per­sonal with staff mem­bers al­ways ref­er­enc­ing me by name. ROOMS:

Room de­sign is what I would call“Con­tem­po­rary Asian”and matches what you find at other Shangri-La prop­er­ties, which is a good thing. My Deluxe Room had beau­ti­ful, sweep­ing views across Tokyo’s vast for­est of build­ings, with a view of the iconic Tokyo Tower to one side and Tokyo Bay on the other.

The bath­room, fin­ished in dif­fer­ent tones of mar­ble fea­tured a huge soak­ing tub and glass-en­closed rain shower in a‘wet room’with

a full glass wall sep­a­rat­ing it from the sleep­ing area. There is a pri­vacy cur­tain, but the con­fig­u­ra­tion al­lowed spec­tac­u­lar views of the Tokyo sky­line from the tub and from the shower.

As a Hori­zon Club-level room guest, I en­joyed the Hori­zon Club lounge and its en­hanced fea­tures in­clud­ing check-in/out in the lounge, ac­cess to con­fer­ence room fa­cil­i­ties and a ded­i­cated concierge. The lounge serves a won­der­ful break­fast each morn­ing, drinks and snacks through­out the day, af­ter­noon tea and an even­ing cock­tail hour with hot food. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS:

The Shangri-La shines here with two stand­out op­tions, in ad­di­tion to a lobby lounge. Pi­acere serves au­then­tic Ital­ian food with beau­ti­ful views across Tokyo. As part of a pro­gram called “Go­ing to the Source,”ex­ec­u­tive chef An­drea Fer­rero trav­els through­out Ja­pan to per­son­ally source prod­ucts and meet with providers. The prop­erty also boasts a branch of Nadaman, a tra­di­tional Ja­panese restau­rant first opened in Osaka in 1830 and serv­ing a multi-course din­ner ex­pe­ri­ence. MEET­ING AND FIT­NESS FA­CIL­I­TIES:

The ho­tel is pop­u­lar for groups and meet­ings and has ex­ten­sive fa­cil­i­ties to sup­port them. A large ball­room and mul­ti­ple meet­ing rooms are avail­able, along with the prop­erty’s restau­rants and some pub­lic spaces.

Fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties are part of the ho­tel’s CHI spa fea­tur­ing a 24-hour health club with a large heated in­door pool. A Jacuzzi, sauna and spa treat­ments, and mas­sages are also avail­able dur­ing busi­ness hours.

VER­DICT:

The Shangri-La Ho­tel Tokyo de­liv­ers a solid lux­ury ex­pe­ri­ence in the heart of this en­er­getic city. With rooms and suites that live up to the brand’s rep­u­ta­tion for lux­ury, great din­ing op­tions and a nice range of ameni­ties, the ho­tel of­fers a more per­sonal guest ex­pe­ri­ence that the city’s other cor­po­rate lux­ury ho­tel op­tions.

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