Marriott to open Edition hotel in Tokyo

18 Oct 2020 by Seher Asaf
The Tokyo Edition

Edition Hotels, a luxury lifestyle brand created by American entrepreneur Ian Schrager in partnership with Marriott International, will open a new hotel in Tokyo on October 20.

Centrally located near the metro stations of Kamiyacho, Roppongi-Itchome and Toranomon, The Tokyo Edition Toranomon is housed within Tokyo World Gate, a new 591ft (180m), 38-story mixed-use skyscraper.

The hotel occupies floors 31-36 and offers “unobstructed” views of the Tokyo skyline, as well as views of the landmark Tokyo Tower. Marriott says “guests feel as though they can reach out and touch the 1,000ft (305m) tower”.

“Nothing makes me more excited than seeing the Edition Hotel open in Tokyo, a favourite destination of mine and the place I was born,” said Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson in a statement published on the hotel company’s website.

“Particularly in this time of complexity, the opening of The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon stands as proof that we will return – to travel, to togetherness and to joy,” he added.

Marriott says all 206 rooms, including 22 suites and several rooms with private terraces, offer unobstructed views of Tokyo Tower.

The restaurants, spearheaded by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, were inspired by “precious stones and extremely rare elements—sapphire, Japanese jade and gold”.

There are three restaurants and bars at the new property. The Blue Room a “glamorous and romantic space” offers all day dining and views of the city. Meanwhile, The Jade Room offers a  bespoke menu giving a sense of the local flavours of Japan. As is customary in Japan, both restaurants offer private dining rooms. Finally, The Gold Bar at Edition has a “first-floor space with street access” that “transitions seamlessly from a relaxed lounge during the day, with an afternoon traditional Japanese tea ceremony, with a twist, and an all-day food menu, to a sophisticated cocktail bar in the evenings”.

Outside The Jade Room, there is a ‘Sky Garden’ floating over 450ft (140m) above street level, says Marriott, with over 500 plants, trees and shrubs comprised of 25 different species including Asian Bamboo, Cherry Laurels and Birds of Paradise. Marriott says 140 tons (127,006kg) of fertile soil were brought all the way in from Saitama Prefecture just for the project. The outdoor restaurant will serve a small menu of sharing dishes, while the bar will offer a selection of specially curated cocktails.

The Lobby Bar at the heart of the hotel will be a place for visitors and those living in the city to “work, network and play in an open, yet intimate environment” overlooking Tokyo Bay and the Tokyo Tower, says Marriott.

There is also a spa offering “healing and beauty treatments” using products sourced and made in Japan, a 24-hour gym and a white-tiled lap swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

The hotel also has four meeting studios with “state-of-the-art technology” and projection screens “divided by acoustically treated sliding partition walls” which can be combined to create a large ballroom accommodating up to 250 guests.

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