Luxe Beat Magazine MAY 2015 - Page 20

The Luxe Side of Japan Exploring The Palace Hotel Tokyo By Kimberly Fisher T okyo is one of the most elegant, refined cities in the world, and the appreciation of true luxury is shown throughout the city in its cuisine, architecture and fashion. Know for its natural beauty, history, entertainment and expansive food and drink options, Tokyo is a must for any world traveler. I had the pleasure of living in Tokyo for 3 months in 2013, and gained valuable insight to the city of many delights. Upon exploring, I discovered one of the most notable accommodations in the city, The Palace Hotel Tokyo. Formerly an iconic 60’s hotel, the historic property has since been transformed by a three-year restoration into a majestic architectural masterpiece. It was officially reopened in 2012, and the award-winning hotel has since been frequented by notable guests from around the world. 20 The hotel features 290 stunning rooms & suites, 10 luxe restaurants & bars, Japan’s only evian SPA and incomparable views of the city’s most rarified green space - the Imperial Palace gardens. Located right in the heart of the Marunouchi business district and a short walk from the Tokyo station and the Imperial Palace, the hotel in the perfect location for sightseeing and getting around Tokyo. Art aficionados will enjoy the surprising collection of art curated by local Art Front Gallery featured around the hotel. Valued at over 1 million dollars, over 1,000 different pieces add an elegance and individuality to the hotel decor not seen in most properties. With 10 different dining options, variety is the spice of The P alace. From elegantly sophisticated one Michelin star French food at Crown to authentic Japanese with a view at Wadakura to Old World Chinese at Amber Palace, diners will have a multitude of exotic choices. The Grand Kitchen offers all day dining options with an eclectic mix of American, French, Italian and Spanish. Hotel guests can also indulge in 24 hour room service. The hotel rooms feature contemporary interiors, and the design is sleek, yet comfortable, with understated luxury features such as 300-thread count Imabari bed linens, Imabari towels and Anne Semonin toiletries. The soft, airy color palette of the rooms are ultra-inviting, with white and light greens framing a pristine wall of glass. Guests staying in Club Rooms or suites will enjoy access to a private Club Lounge. Most balcony suites have amazing views of the city, and is a great way to start or end your day with the exquisite sunrise or sunset views. The bathroom has a two entrances, View from the lobby of The Palace Hotel one from the hallway and one from the bedroom. No luxury has been left out with a separate soaking tub, in-mirror TV, separate rain shower and Toto heated-seat toilet. The hotel also keeps in mind its most discerning travelers with the creation of amenities such as the Quintessentially Tokyo package. Combining the best of arts, gastronomy, culture and the natural wonders of Japan, the package combines a unique collection of activities over a five-night, six-day stay for easy travel options. The tour starts of on day 1 with a full-day art excursion lead by a local expert from the Tokyo bureau of Blouin ARTINFO, the world’s leading art and culture curators. Next up, guests get to explore a one-on-one foodie tour with a local culinary aficionado. Tour options can be catered to individual needs and