Once it was a fictitious utopia immortalized in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon. But fast forward to the 21st century, and the hotel incarnation of Shangri-La has arrived in Tokyo. The latest jewel in the capital’s sparkling luxury hotel crown, the hotel is conveniently located in the upper 11 floors of a 37-storey glass tower a nudge away from labyrinthine Tokyo Station – and it is as opulent as it is brand shining new.
From the jewelry-box style elevators dripping in mirrors and crystal chandeliers and the wide, sweeping staircases to the lusciously thick carpets and 2,000 artworks peppering the hotel, high style is order of the day. The 202 big-enough-to-get-lost-in guestrooms happily defy Tokyo’s reputation as a city lacking in space while candlelit holistic Chi spa provides perfect inter-meeting relaxation.
Piacere, its sleek modern Italian restaurant, serves food as eye-catching as the decor, Japanese food fixes are served in the zen Nadaman restaurant and a 37th floor executive lounge provides a discretely luxurious haven for visiting business travelers.