Peninsula Hotel “International by design, Japanese by inspiration”
By Lizzy Prosser
Correspondent, Connoisseur Magazine
It appears that all of Tokyo’s roads lead straight down to The Peninsula Hotel, situated slap-bang on the crossroads of a cluster of Tokyo’s most exciting neighbourhoods. Its Japanese lantern shaped exterior warmly welcomes guests inside, providing an elegant, calm oasis. With a considered design sense that reflects the past in its appreciation of the nation’s former capital and cultural centre Kyoto, The Peninsula still maintains a contemporary ambience and plush finish.
The Peninsula’s situation couldn’t be more perfect for guests on business or pleasure-seekers alike. It’s only a stones-throw away from the majestic Imperial Palace and its beautiful gardens, upmarket shopping area of Ginza and financial district. It’s also only a 5-minute taxi ride from the worlds largest fish market, Tsukjii, and a 10-minute ride from the pumping nightlife of Roppongi. On top of that, it has the luxury of housing a below ground exit into Tokyo’s flawlessly efficient metro system, so you can shoot off to any part of the city you desire and arrive in record time.
Within the walls of The Peninsula, there is a great deal to offer the discerning guest with its 267 rooms, 47 suites, 2 ballrooms, 5 restaurants, spa and fitness centre, not to mention its very own wedding chapel and traditional Japanese ceremony room. It also houses an extensive art collection consisting of over 1000 pieces created by 90 artists – 90% of them Japanese.
“It’s evident on arrival that the Peninsula’s impressive Lobby is the place to experience Tokyo meeting the world; a glamorous and buzzing people-watching haven, it’s perfect for lingering over a legendary Peninsula Afternoon Tea and perhaps spotting an international A-lister leaving in a flurry for a premiere, or simply to take some time to reflect and gaze upon the hypnotic “fire-flies” chandelier consisting of 1,313 crystal LED light bulbs.”
Each guest on arrival is presented with his or hers mini-concierge service “This Way Tokyo” a pocket/handbag size guide which is crammed full of helpful tips and ideas for places to visit, eat, drink and get the most out of all Tokyo has to offer.
For a city that is famous for confined living, each bedroom is extremely generous on space. In fact, these rooms are among the largest in Tokyo – and we’re not just talking about hotel rooms – a Peninsula bedroom can be larger than the average Tokyo apartment – so it may come as no great surprise that it’s a favourite haunt for city locals too. At weekends, those seeking the opportunity to stretch out within its vast walls, take advantage of the many facilities on offer.
Apart from the usual amenities one expects from a 5* hotel room, you can also enjoy a private dressing room and state of the art technology with hand held wireless controls, bathroom mood-light settings and an all-round favourite feature for the ladies, nail polish dryers!
Of course it’s not all about the rooms. Its restaurants include the curiously named “Peter Bar and Restaurant” – the owner has an affection for naming his restaurants after loyal employees – and is one of Tokyo’s coolest hangouts.
In contrast to the rest of the hotel, Peter is an international frivolous playground occupying the entire 24th floor, with 360-degree sweeping city views and outside terrace. Peter serves international cuisine and is a fun and theatrical space in which to enjoy it, transporting its visitors into a fairy-tale forest of polished chrome trees, which reflect light across the deep sensuous colours of lavender and aubergine running throughout. Open just for drinks too, sip your perfectly shaken cocktail at sunset overlooking the Imperial Palace to bring out your inner emperor. A great introduction to Tokyo nightlife!
By Lizzy Prosser