The Peninsula Tokyo
Its towering rose-tinted façade may glow like a traditional Japanese lantern. But the interior of The Peninsula is unabashedly modern. Conveniently located in the Yurakucho business district and opposite the Imperial Palace, the Peninsula became the first new build hotel in a decade when its glass doors swung open in 2007.
With 314 guestrooms, two ballrooms, five restaurants, a wedding chapel and a Japanese ceremony room, the 24-storey hotel – designed by Kazukiyo Sato – is as vast as it is opulent. The atmosphere is one of subdued elegance: more than 1,000 artworks scatter the hotel’s wide corridors alongside sweeping marble staircases and natural palate guestrooms.
In contrast, inhibitions are let loose at the apex of the building: the bar and restaurant Peter, named after a Peninsula executive. With its chrome polished trees, circular dining pods and night views of Tokyo, it is as futuristic as it is recession-defyingly extravagant.