Conrad counts down to Tokyo opening

27 Jan 2005 by business traveller

Conrad's next hotel opens in Tokyo and will be home to the first Gordon Ramsay restaurant in Japan.

The Conrad Tokyo, due to open in July, will have 290 rooms and is located near the exclusive Ginza district. It occupies the upper floors of the mixed-use Tokyo Shiodome building.

The Gordon Ramsay restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, will offer fine dining and more casual all-day dining. Regional specialities will be served in the hotel's Chinese and Japanese restaurants. Ramsay, the British celebrity chef with seven Michelin stars under his belt, will advise on the menu, ingredients and cooking methods and instruct the chefs.

In addition to the restaurants, the hotel will have a lobby bar and lounge where afternoon tea is served, and later on cocktails with a backdrop of live music.

As well as becoming famous for its Ramsay restaurant, the hotel's wedding chapel is sure to court publicity ? an ideal place to establish or renew vows, according to the website.

Guests who want to work off the excesses of Ramsay's cuisine can use the hotel's fitness centre and pool, or simply relax in the spa, which offers internationally-inspired treatments include grape seed aromatherapy from California and natural bio-cosmetics from Germany.

Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, some with views of the Hamarikyu gardens, a former Royal residence. They also feature all the mod cons ? 37-inch plasma television screens, DVD and video on demand, wired and wireless internet access and electronic safes.

Conrad is the luxury brand of the Hilton International chain. Openings planned over the next two years include properties in the US, Thailand and Dubai. Go to

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