The InterContinental chain of hotels need no introduction. Hugely popular with the business and leisure tourist, there is always a promise of the known and seamless service that an InterContinental will provide, no matter where you are in the world.
On our recent trip to Tokyo, we decided to stay at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo – a Japanese hotel with the international feel one often craves in a new country.
Having recently won the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016 in the ‘Luxury Business Hotel’ category amongst several other awards, the winning aspect of the hotel strikes you the moment you realize how well connected it is. If you are coming in from either Narita or Haneda airports, the airport limousine service will pick up and drop you right from the entrance of the hotel. This is an often-overlooked great convenience, that is not part of the offering at many hotels within the city. Reaching the hotel by train is easy too as it’s linked to 5 different lines on the Tokyo metro.
As you enter the hotel, the vast lobby and its welcoming staff are reminiscent of most large scale, international luxury hotels. 70% of their customers are international travellers, coming from Singapore, Asia as well as on the red eye from the United States. Several business suits suggest that this is primarily a business hotel with a fair share of tourists working their way through maps at the Concierge desk.
As we had access to the Club Lounge, we proceeded for check in to the 35th floor. The Club Lounge at ANA InterContinental offers sweeping views of the city; you may even see the elusive Mt Fuji on a clear day! The check in was seamless as was the tea service we were offered, while waiting at the lounge.
A 37 storey hotel, the building has over 800 rooms that are connected through a network of lobbies. Our Deluxe double room was airy, well-lit and with great views of the city. A generously large King sized bed, luxurious bedding and sheets and a comfortable sofa to unwind; welcomed us. There is also a large desk and chair for those looking to get some work done.
The bathroom, as with most Japanese bathrooms is equipped with an electric toilet, a massage shower head and luxury toiletries. Overall the room is cosy, yet complete with every necessary amenity that you would need during your stay.
The real star of the show though, is the Club Lounge. This is the largest and most luxurious Club Lounge in the island of Japan. Divided into six different zones, it works as a perfect retreat where guests can enjoy an impressive line-up of facilities and services. Gourmet breakfast, an afternoon tea and evening cocktails are served here daily. If the idea of a lounge brings you memories of cold canape type food, don’t worry. This Club Lounge is above it all. Hot, made to order food from an extensive menu is available through all the meal serving times; along with the easy to grab small bites on their buffet table. The cocktail hour from 5:30 – 7:30pm every day, is the best way to unwind after a long day of work or sightseeing. Bespoke cocktails are made to order by their resident mixologist and you also have an array of top class Sake, Single malts and other beverages on the offering.
We tried the breakfast made to order service at the lounge one morning and found it to be a great way to start the day. Whilst there is a vast ready buffet featuring dishes from the East and the West on display across several tables, take our advise and save your appetite for the a-la-carte menu. Breakfast options beyond the regular and presented beautifully, with the choicest cuisine from Asia and the West, there is little more you would expect from a breakfast this grand. Not to forget the world class service - that you almost take for granted with the hotel’s brand. Service and staff were always welcoming and ready to help with anything you needed sorting out.
With 11 other restaurants and bars, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to dining (or drinking) at the hotel. It is also home to Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s only restaurant in Japan. Awarded two Michelin stars since 2010, the restaurant serves contemporary French cuisine in a stunning setting with the Tokyo metropolis and Tokyo Tower as a backdrop. For those of you looking to grab a quick drink, the MIXX bar and Lounge has a tapas menu with a wide range of innovative cocktails and liquors.
Discovering the city from the ANA InterContinental Tokyo is easy as it is ideally located, moments away from Roppongi, Ginza and the busy Shibuya (great for shopping!).
Overall, the hotel is comfortable, service impeccable and feels just like home; perhaps like most InterContinental’s around the world. Only this time there is the added benefit of astute Japanese service, a spectacular view from above and a location that is hard to come by, in this beautiful city of Tokyo. For more information or to make a booking visit www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/en.