We had the immense pleasure of staying at one of the Tokyo’s premier luxury hotels, The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo.
Located in the Marunouchi district of Tokyo, you could not really ask for a better location. The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo is in easy walking distance to the Imperial Palace, Hibiya Park, and best of all… the fantastic (and my favourite) shopping area – Ginza.
As you enter the hotel you are immediately treated with excellent care and service by the staff. Walking through the lobby, you are captivated by the restaurant that surrounds you in the lobby as you walk to the reception are, the dining are is aptly named “The Lobby”.
Our room was exactly what you would anticipate in a lavish Tokyo Hotel, with a few additional bonuses that give this property a distinction all it’s own. The size of our room was large and well configured, giving us the feel that we were in a suite as the sleeping area and living area were casually separated to give the illusion of two different and distinct areas.
The large walk-in closet has plenty of room for your luggage to be stored out of the way once you have unpacked your clothes into the ample amount of drawers and hanging areas. To top it off, the closet has a built-in vanity and sitting area. However, it is the spacious bathroom and features that really catch your attention.
What was special about this bathroom, was the control panel. Although we have had many experiences with the automated systems that Japanese luxury hotels have in their bathrooms, such as automated toilets that open and close as you require, the Spa feature on the panel below was a welcome addition after a long day of sightseeing and shopping:
This button automatically transformed our bathroom in our own private spa. It dimmed the lights and started to play relaxing music that instantly placed us in a peaceful and calming atmosphere. It was a real treat.
The Peninsula also boasts some great views of Tokyo. I particularly liked the night view from our room as I could watch, and not hear, the Shinkansen trains moving through Tokyo with their cars completely lit up.
We enjoyed our breakfast in “The Lobby” which provided great views of guests arriving and leaving the from the hotel, yet we were separated enough that we could enjoy a quiet conversation as we enjoyed our breakfasts. My wife opted for Japanese style, while I chose the western breakfast.
After breakfast, we took a short walk to the Ginza district to do some last minute shopping before returning to Canada. Since Ginza is not that far, we did not opt to take advantage of the restored 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II which is complimentary for guests to use in a 2 km radius of the hotel.