Magic at The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
6:00 a.m. and I was already at the spa. No, I wasn’t some overzealous diva who had to be first in the plunge pool. I was a bride, about to be married, suffering from jet lag and unable to sleep. Looking out over the fog-covered skyscrapers from the indoor heated pool on the 37th floor, I was mesmerized by the magic of the moment. I was in Tokyo, at The Mandarin, en route to my wedding and watching the sun rise from one of the most peaceful spas in the whole city…and I had it all to myself.
There’re many things to say about the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo but I have to start with the moment that stole my heart and that was obviously my time spent reflecting at their perfect spa. Actual treatments don’t begin until 9:00 but here’s a little secret: the common areas open at 6 for hotel guests (use is complimentary) so if you’re jet lagged or just an early riser, grab a water bottle from the cooler and take advantage of the peace and quiet. While we didn’t experience any spa treatments at The Mandarin Oriental, we didn’t need to because we got the royal treatment everywhere else at this chic Tokyo hotspot.
The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo floats above the hustle and bustle of the Nihonbashi business district. The hotel itself has 157 rooms and 21 suites and is the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel in Japan, which means it’s not just good for brides, it’s great for business travelers too. And business is the name of the game here—everything runs like a well-oiled clock from the staff to the sumptuous breakfast buffet to the elevators. If you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to contact the front desk. They’re able to do everything from exchange money to lend you workout shoes if you forgot to pack them.
In a unique twist I’ve never experienced before, the lobby of The Mandarin Oriental is located on the 38th floor. The entire building is comprised of both the hotel and other offices/companies so to even get to the lobby, first you must go up. The Mandarin sits above the Mitsukoshi-mae subway station, making everything within easy reach via Tokyo’s efficient and clean subway system. The basement level floors contain multitudes of restaurants and gourmet shops—a must-not-miss—especially if this is your first time in Tokyo.
For being this high up in the sky, the rooms were exactly what they should be—heavenly. At the foot of the bed were two Japanese robes and a tea set. The window shades and curtains were both operated via remote control.The mattress was like a cloud. There was a honeymoon cake in the fridge, colorful luxury bath salts near the tub, and every kind of toiletry you might have forgotten for your trip, in neat packages near the sink. Far and away, the favorite part of the room was the Toto toilet. If you haven’t tried one yet, let’s just say America has no idea what we’re doing when it comes to the bathroom.
The numerous (read: 8) dining options at The Mandarin mean you can have whatever you want whenever you want it and if nothing’s sounding good, there’s also all the restaurants located in the basement subway. Our personal favorite was the breakfast buffet–you’ll NEVER hear me say that anywhere else–at K’Shiki. The usual suspects of an American breakfast were present in addition to colorful, delectable displays of Japanese favorites like steamed buns, congee, tea cakes and a myriad of items I couldn’t discern but were delicious. It’s the only buffet I’d gladly pay to play at. Every day breakfast was an adventure and every night cocktails at the Mandarin Oriental Bar drew a loud and lively crowd.
Luxitality tip: The Chocolate Martini is INSANE.
As expected, The Mandarin Oriental delivered the same Japanese beauty, serenity and class that travelers come to Tokyo to discover. If you find yourself in Tokyo, we highly recommend you find yourself at The Mandarin Oriental, perhaps at the spa for sunrise. We’ll see you there.
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