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The Peninsula Tokyo, Tokyo 

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1-8-1 Yurakucho
Tel: 81 3 6270 2288
Metro: Hibiya
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The Peninsula is Tokyo's newest brand-name hotel, and the first freestanding one to be built here in at least a decade (the others are all perched on top of office towers or part of multiuse complexes). The big draw is its location across the street from the Imperial Palace and a short stroll from the center of Ginza. There are 314 guest rooms going up to the 24th floor, but be sure to nab a high one and be specific about a palace view, or you could end up staring at office buildings. The lovely guest rooms, in muted beiges and browns with understated Asian touches, are also Tokyo high-tech—there are buttons and gauges everywhere to control the lights, curtains, temperature, and humidity. And in what is fast becoming a world culinary capital, there's the Hei Fung Terrace—sister to the Peninsula's elegant Hong Kong Spring Moon Chinese restaurant, and the top floor's Peter restaurant, a French-influenced eatery (chef Patrice Martineau is a veteran of both London's Savoy Hotel and New York's Daniel)—in a multitiered space that curves and sails above the city's lights like the dining room on a great ocean liner. The spa and swimming-pool-with-a-view are terrific. The hotel's only obvious flaw is the lobby restaurant, where hotel guests must compete with hordes of lady shoppers for the Peninsula's legendary high tea.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This "exceptional facility" has a perfect-scoring location opposite the Imperial Palace. Perfect-scoring design translates to "tasteful yet cutting-edge decor," with nearly 1,000 Japanese artworks and a chandelier with 1,300 lightbulbs in the lobby. Perfect-scoring rooms have lattice motifs and are "designed for the ultimate in comfort"; "to-die-for bathrooms" have large soaking tubs and stone faucets. "Staff greet you with genuine warmth." Order roasted blue lobster with pea pancake at Peter restaurant.

(314 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 97.5
  • Design: 100.0
  • Food: 89.7
  • Location: 100.0
  • Rooms: 100.0
  • Service: 96.9

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

The Peninsula Tokyo made news even before it opened: Not only would it be the city's first freestanding hotel built from the ground up in more than a decade, but it would also forgo the de rigueur hotel-in-the-sky design (made famous by the Park Hyatt) for a more conventional approach with a ground-level lobby. Curiously, these features (along with some of the more outlandish ones, such as the nail-drying machine installed in all of the 314 rooms) are among the least memorable elements: The building itself is an uninspired tower, and the lobby, despite its dramatic two-story ceiling, feels small. The earthy palette is far more successful in the generous rooms, whose interplay of textures—a rough-edged wooden-slab pocket door between bedroom and bathroom; a ceiling inset with a lovely woven cedar mat; a slatted wooden headboard above the comfortable bed; dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows—suggests an elegant masculinity. The service throughout is swift and discreet. Best of all is the Peninsula's location, near the heart of the Ginza (and directly above a subway stop where four lines converge). For those little motivated for even that five-minute stroll, there are five on-site eateries, including the excellent Tsuruya, an outpost of the famous Kyoto-based kaiseki restaurant.

—2008 Hot List

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Peninsula vs. Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, my thoughts

I stayed at both the Mandarin Oriental (MO) and the Peninsula (P) in Nov2010, and both were great. If I had to choose I'd probably pick the MO if they were the... more