Barron Hanson

Ritz Carlton, Tokyo

  • Where:Tokyo
  • Why:Tokyo stopover and shopping.
  • When:Feb, 2016
  • Who:Just me.
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In awe over the never ending urban sprawl. Capped off by a sunset over Mt. Fuji.

Bed fit for a sumo, check.

Attention to detail and edible arrangements. A lovely surprise upon arrival.

The 43rd floor hotel lounge bar is the perfect place to relax and drink in the surroundings.

Fine dining is a cornerstone of the hotel. This was from Hinokizaka and my favorite plate - Kuroge wagyu filet, abalone and grilled vegetables.

The pool and spa on the 46th floor is the highest in Tokyo, come in the afternoon for sunset swims.

Buy a bottle of Whiskey and they will keep it for you until next time. Coolest loyalty program going around.

A Roppongi landmark.

Ritz touches.

Room + view. Spend hours examining the cityscape and architecture from the comfort of your hotel.

Highs & Lows

  • The elevation of the hotel gives you a real perspective on how vast Tokyo is. I loved watching the city transform from afternoon haze to city nightscape.

  • Attention to detail. From the service staff to the art and decoration every detail has been carefully planned and curated. A highlight was the heavy stone feature with hand-carved watermarks made by Chinese artist Shen Lie Yi.

  • The food is a cornerstone of the hotel and very popular with Tokyo high rollers. I tried Hinokizaka and sampled the Sushi menu. 10 courses later and 14 different seafood selections I pretty much rolled into bed.

  • The hotel amenities are so good you'll never want to leave. Alas there is so much to do in Tokyo you'll be torn.

  • The 45th floor bar is expensive. Stay for one drink and the view then head down to Roppongi for cheaper drinks and vibe.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Japanese modern luxury hotel.

  • Vibe

    Fancy...but no one is judging.

  • Location

    Tokyo midtown, right in the heart of Roppongi only minutes walk to the heaving main strip.

  • Rooms

    247

  • Music

    Live piano in the afternoon and a jazz band in the evenings.

  • Year Opened

    2007, but recently renovated.

  • Designed By

    Interior by Design Studio Spin (Japan).

  • Pool/Gym

    The highest pool in Tokyo with sweeping views across the city. Also includes a fitness studio, hot baths, cold baths, steam rooms, saunas and relaxation suite.

  • Restaurant

    Cornerstone of the hotel with three amazing offerings: Azure 45 contemporary French (Michelin star); Towers modern bistro and Hinokizaka Japanese (I strongly recommend the sushi).

  • Bar

    The 45th floor bar.

  • Minibar

    Yes

  • Children

    Sure, just make sure they aren't the type to knock expensive art over.

  • Price

    It's expensive but worth it for the amenities.

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