At Home in Tokyo

Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Luxe Stays -

The Penin­sula Tokyo gives trav­ellers a lux­u­ri­ous and chic home while in the Land of the Ris­ing Sun

he bustling city of Tokyo of­fers a sheer va­ri­ety of world fa­mous at­trac­tions—beau­ti­ful tem­ples, tow­er­ing sky­scrapers and de­lec­ta­ble cui­sine. These, along with the cre­ativ­ity and rich cul­ture of the Ja­panese peo­ple, are all en­cap­su­lated in The Penin­sula Tokyo, a 24-storey free­stand­ing lux­ury ho­tel right op­po­site the Im­pe­rial Palace and amidst the pres­ti­gious fi­nan­cial dis­trict of Marunouchi.

The Penin­sula Ho­tels, which op­er­ates in key cities of Asia, the USA and Europe, opened its doors to Ja­pan 10 years ago, with a goal of be­com­ing one of Tokyo’s land­marks that of­fers panoramic city views, luxe com­fort, so­phis­ti­cated fa­cil­i­ties, su­perb din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and the legendary ser­vice the ho­tel brand is known for. This year, as it cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary, The Penin­sula Tokyo launches the “Pen10Tokyo” cam­paign, which in­cludes the in­tro­duc­tion of a new an­niver­sary logo in­spired by tra­di­tional Ja­panese mizuhiki cords that are used in Ja­pan to ex­press grat­i­tude, good wishes and trea­sured con­nec­tions; as well as a se­ries of ex­cit­ing food and bev­er­age pro­mo­tions; and re­gional city events. “Our 10th an­niver­sary sym­bol shows our com­mit­ment to hon­our­ing such en­dur­ing Ja­panese tra­di­tions, and re­flects our strong com­mu­nity re­la­tions that are shown through our many char­ity and other com­mu­nity out­reach ini­tia­tives. The de­sign stands for the heart­felt ser­vice, grat­i­tude and good­will that have shaped our first decade, while its ap­pli­ca­tions show­case Ja­panese craft and love of de­tail. These same qual­i­ties will keep on de­light­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of guests and staff, too,” says The Penin­sula Tokyo's Gen­eral Man­ager Sonja Vo­dusek.

De­signed by the cel­e­brated ar­chi­tect Kazukiyo Sato, the ho­tel shines like a tra­di­tional Ja­panese lantern at the en­trance of Marunouchi and Ginza. The in­te­ri­ors by the renowned Ja­panese in­te­rior de­signer Yukio Hashimoto high­light rich earth tones, woods, lac­quer, mar­ble and stone, in keep­ing with the con­cept “in­ter­na­tional in de­sign but Ja­panese by in­spi­ra­tion.”

As one walks into the wel­com­ing lobby, one's at­ten­tion is drawn to the Ly­ing Dragon Gate, an art in­stal­la­tion made of bam­boo by Keisen Hama. This is one piece in the ho­tel’s art col­lec­tion that in­cludes ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 works cre­ated by nearly 85 artists, 90 per cent of them Ja­panese.

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The ho­tel’s 314 con­tem­po­rary gue­strooms are said to be among the largest and most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced in the city. The Penin­sula’s legendary fo­cus on tech­nol­ogy can be seen through­out the gue­strooms—from the per­sonal nail dryer in the dress­ing room, to the bath­room, which turns into a re­lax­ing spa en­vi­ron­ment at the touch of a but­ton.

Gour­mands will def­i­nitely en­joy din­ing at any of the ho­tel’s five out­lets, each with a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to of­fer. Oc­cu­py­ing the en­tire 24th floor and com­mand­ing breath­tak­ing 180-de­gree views of Tokyo cityscape is Peter, which serves prime-cut meats, seafood and home-style side dishes. Din­ers can in­dulge in the melt-in-your-mouth Gifu “Hidagyu” A5* Ten­der­loin paired with a pour from the restau­rant's well-cu­rated wine list, and a side of the flavour­ful roasted Oita Ya­manami shi­itake mush­rooms. Other restau­rants in­clude Peter: The Bar, which of­fers highly cov­eted cham­pagnes, whiskies, sig­na­ture cock­tails, cigars and com­fort cui­sine; the Hei Fung Ter­race for au­then­tic Can­tonese fare; Ky­oto Tsu­ruya, which high­lights fine Ja­panese cui­sine; and The Lobby, an all-day din­ing out­let that, like in any other Penin­sula Ho­tel in the world, serves the cel­e­brated af­ter­noon tea, as well as other in­ter­na­tional favourites.

As The Penin­sula Tokyo gears to­wards the 2020 Sum­mer Olympics, Vo­dusek, who used to head The Penin­sula Manila for four years, shares, “We will con­tinue to hire staff from around the world, in­clud­ing the Philip­pines." Filipinos would be happy to know that some of the amaz­ing staff from The Penin­sula Manila, in­clud­ing Stephanie Chong (who used to be the ho­tel's Di­rec­tor of Events), has joined The Penin­sula Tokyo, along with Is­abel Cang and Carlo Fornier who are now Penin­sula Tokyo's Di­rec­tor of Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing and As­sis­tant Chief Concierge, re­spec­tively. "Filipinos are known for their warm hos­pi­tal­ity and stay­ing at The Penin­sula Tokyo makes Filipino guests in­stantly at home,” she adds.

The Penin­sula Tokyo is also the only ho­tel in Ja­pan with a cus­tomised car fleet. Guests can en­joy a ride in bespoke Rolls-Royces (in­clud­ing a 1934 Phan­tom II), BMW Se­ries 7 sedans, MINI Cooper Club­man hard­tops and a Tesla Model S, all avail­able for air­port trans­fers and other des­ti­na­tions around the city.

The pro­gres­sive and busy city of Tokyo re­mains to be one of the favourite des­ti­na­tions in Asia. And whether you are trav­el­ling for busi­ness or leisure, The Penin­sula Tokyo is sure to give you the feel of be­ing not too far away from home.

The Penin­sula Tokyo is con­ve­niently lo­cated near com­mer­cial cen­tres and the Im­pe­rial Palace Gar­dens; vin­tage Rolls-Royce cars are avail­able to take guests around the city; the Deluxe Suite com­mands un­ham­pered views of Tokyo cityscape FROM TOP:

The sakura-in­spired lobby of The Penin­sula Tokyo OP­PO­SITE:

CLOCK­WISE: The Ly­ing Dragon Gate art in­stal­la­tion by Keisen Hama; the ho­tel's Gen­eral Man­ager Sonja Vo­dusek

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