BACKGROUND

Aman Resorts, Hotels and Residences operates 31 luxury hotels and resorts in 20 countries. Aman Tokyo is the group’s first urban concept hotel that opened in December 2014.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

Occupying the 33rd to 38th floors of the Otemachi Tower, the hotel’s lobby is an intimate space with expansive windows overlooking stunning views of the cityscape and Mt. Fuji. A colossal lantern made with washi (Japanese paper) occupies the top half of the lobby, filling the space with a soft light. Kerry Hill Architects have blended Japanese design aesthetics with modern sensibilities. Towering dark basalt stone walls contrast the bright washi paper beautifully. An engawa (a verandah-like strip in Japanese residences) around a large central potted plant and pond add a homely feel to the contemporary lobby.

WHERE IS IT?

In the Otemachi Tower in Otemachi business district in the Chiyoda ward, and walking distance from Tokyo Station.

ROOMS

I was staying in a Premier room (80 sqm) that echoed the same design feel of the lobby. It is decorated as a modern ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) with tatami mats, a low bed and sliding screens made with washi paper. Bedroom slippers are placed at the entrance as it is considered impolite to wear shoes inside a Japanese home. Ceiling-to-floor windows encompass the entire space including the exceptionally large washroom. A dark basalt square-shaped tub is by a window that allows for some scenic traditional baths with salts. The room divides into a lounging space beside the window, and facing it, above a step is the bed and wardrobe. Lights are controlled with a remote, the television rises from the cabinet on pressing a button, there is a Bose sound system, and the sliding doors and lamps are made with washi paper. Wifi is free.

FOOD AND DRINK

The Restaurant by Aman is its Italian fine-dining restaurant that’s known for its usage of simple ingredients and inventive cooking techniques. It is the brain child of executive chefs Stefano Artosin and Andrea Torre who have created interesting dishes that are anything but run-of-the-mill Italian. There is also The Lounge that offers all-day dining and The Black Bar that serves savouries and drinks themed around the colour “black”. All its F&B outlets overlook stunning views of the city and Mt. Fuji in the distance.

MEETINGS

Being a boutique hotel, its meeting spaces aren’t expansive but intimate for private events. There is a boardroom that fits 16 people and a meeting room that can accommodate six delegates. Its restaurant also serves as a meeting space.

LEISURE

I quite enjoyed taking a dip in its indoor dark basalt swimming pool that overlooks vistas of the city. Aman Spa has Japanese-style hot baths and steam rooms, a fitness centre and a yoga and Pilates studio. I opted for the 120-minute Winter Aman Tokyo Seasonal Journey that uses ingredients such as ginger, yuzu and kuyuzu tea.   

VERDICT

An intimate and luxurious boutique hotel that offers a refined experience in the heart of Tokyo.

BEST FOR

Its Japanese-styled rooms and spa treatments.

DON’T MISS

Views from the lobby.

PRICE

Upwards of JP90,000/₹54,958.

CONTACT

Chiyoda, Otemachi, 1 Chome−5−6; +81 3 5224 3333; aman.com