MOD­ERN TRAN­QUIL­ITY IN T OKYO

Tra­di­tion meets lux­ury in the heart of the city.

ELLE (Canada) - - Lifestyle -

DUR­ING A HEC­TIC ROUND

of 2018 Re­sort-show hop­ping (look­ing at you, L.A., Ky­oto, etc.), fash­ion ed­i­tors soon find that the jet-lag haze causes all air­ports, cities and ho­tels to blur to­gether—if you’ve seen one soft-beige car­pet, you’ve seen them all—that is, un­til you dis­cover the Hoshi­noya Tokyo.

Un­like typ­i­cal high-end ho­tels, which fo­cus on lav­ish­ness at the ex­pense of au­then­tic­ity, the Hoshi­noya is a qui­etly sooth­ing in­tro­duc­tion to Ja­panese cul­ture and tra­di­tion. It was en­vi­sioned as a lux­ury take on the ryokan (a ru­ral Ja­panese inn), and de­spite its lo­ca­tion in Tokyo’s buzzing fi­nan­cial dis­trict, in­side it is library lev­els of quiet, with nary a clack of a stiletto to be heard. (That’s in part be­cause guests wear slip­pers or go bare­foot in­doors. Your shoes are placed in gold bam­boo lock­ers in the lobby when you ar­rive.)

The min­i­mal­ist suites are de­signed in clas­sic Ja­panese style and ar­chi­tec­ture—from the bam­boo clos­ets and shoji slid­ing doors to the cozy ki­monos that we’d take over clas­sic ho­tel robes any­time. Floors are lined with pil­low­like tatami (typ­i­cally made from rice straw), and guests sleep on fu­tons that we can as­sure you are as com­fort­able as any four-poster bed. The Hoshi­noya of­fers the most in­dul­gent of ac­tiv­i­ties, which we took ad­van­tage of when we did man­age to tear our­selves away from our room: an on­sen (nat­u­ral­hot-spring bath lo­cated on the roof), com­pli­men­tary sake happy hour and deep-breath­ing ex­er­cises in the 17thfloor spa. Din­ner at the Hoshi­noya Tokyo restau­rant, lo­cated in a re­gal base­ment set­ting, is a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Chef Noriyuki Ha­mada com­bines French tech­niques with tra­di­tional Ja­panese cui­sine. Kan­pai... or should we say santé?

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