Shangri-La Tokyo. The 202 rooms and suites of this hotel, located in the financial district, occupy the top 11 floors of the Marunouchi Trust Tower Main building. The result: Guests enjoy electrifying views of the city’s best attractions, including the Imperial Gardens, Tokyo Bay, and even Mount Fuji on a clear day.
If you’re not flying into Haneda, and are arriving instead from Narita International Airport (American Airlines partner JAL flies daily into Narita) via the Shinkansen Bullet train (certainly an experience), disembark at Tokyo Station, adjacent to the hotel, and take advantage of the complimentary “Meet and Greet” service, where a hotel representative will meet you on the platform and escort you to the property. Here, you will be greeted warmly by the attractive hotel staff, who will continue to address you by name through the duration of your stay.
Walking through the lobby, your eyes will involuntarily gravitate to finds from the property’s exquisite 2,000-piece art collection and the Herculean chandelier cascading from the lobby ceiling (imagine a shower of handmade crystals in the shape of ginkgo biloba leaves—the symbol of Tokyo—falling from above). A miniature museum of sorts, the hotel offers a guided tour of its works, and everyone in guest relations is qualified to conduct an art tour.
Rooms here range from the modern Deluxe to Premier City View (corner appointment). Then there are the gorgeous Executive, Shangri-La, and Presidential suites, which come with access to the Horizon Club, including amenities such as complimentary breakfast, evening cocktails, and even shopping service at Takashimaya Department Store with an interpreter.
As you would expect from Shangri-La, the food provides its own experience. Piacere offers an Italian menu complemented by the stunning views from its 28th-floor location (enjoy the Lobster Cake Benedict for breakfast while ogling at the gorgeous view of the city sprawl). Nadaman is the hotel’s signature Japanese restaurant. With fare bought fresh daily from Tokyo’s world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market, enjoy delicious traditional sushi, as well as specialty dishes such as Kano eggplant wrapped in Wagyu beef. Also, do yourself a favor and order the Shizuoka melon for dessert—it’s the most delicious melon you will ever taste in your life. Pinky swear.
*WHERE TO STAY: A celebrated, international city like Tokyo has plenty of tony hotels, but most will fall short of the skyscraping glamour of the Shangri-La. shangri-la.com/tokyo