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Tried & Tested

The Peninsula, Tokyo

Gabriella Finney finds attention to detail makes all the difference to a Tokyo hotel stay


We stumble upon the Peninsula Hotel while strolling through the tree-lined streets of Tokyo’s Marunouchi district, to be greeted by an immaculately dressed concierge. The location is perfect, with the Imperial Palace, Yurakucho eateries and the Ginza shopping area all within a five minute walk.

Our deluxe room has an entry corridor leading to a spacious open-plan bedroom and seating area decorated in rich, earthy tones, with plush textiles and luxuriously soft linens, all which have been sourced locally. The marble bathroom comes complete with Oscar de la Renta toiletries and different bathing settings (music and lighting), controlled from panels that run throughout the suite. These allow me to make complimentary long-distance calls, control the lighting, humidity and even dry my nails at ease in the separate walk-in dressing room.

I’m not in need of the last feature as I’ve booked myself a Bastien Gonzalez pedicure treatment at the hotel’s famed spa. After enjoying the sauna and steam room, as well as trepidatiously testing out the shower ‘experiences’, I’m welcomed and talked through the treatment.

Later on, I go for a swim in the 20m heated swimming pool, with views of Hibiya Park. As with other Peninsula hotels, the brand relishes in its location, commissioning local artists for installations throughout the hotel. I find myself staring into the abyss of ‘The Void’, a 70m high glass sculpture floating in a space in the centre of the hotel.

There’s also a shopping arcade and three restaurants with varied dining experiences. The Peninsula Tokyo considers all the finer details, leaving us feeling truly looked after and immersed in the culture: a relaxing end to our stay in Tokyo.

1 Chome-8-1 Yurakucho, Tokyo 100-0006, Japan
Superior rooms start from £297

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