Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo
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|Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo|
|Address||Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, 1-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan|
|Opening||March 2, 2009|
|Owner||Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts|
|Management||Shangri-La Hotels Japan|
|Design and construction|
|Number of rooms||200|
The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, was opened on March 2, 2009. It was the first property in Japan from Hong Kong based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. The group opened its first property in 1971 in Singapore and currently[when?] operates 78 hotels.
The hotel has 200 guestrooms and suites spread over 11 floors of the Mori-built Marunouchi Trust Tower Main. CNN Travel praised the hotel in its pick of "Tokyo's top hotels" for its location close to the Tokyo Imperial Palace and for having elevators that are "the poshest in town, featuring full-on chandeliers and black-mirrored ceilings." According to the guide, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo has contributed to "this once slightly dull financial district [being] redeveloped over the past decade into an international visitor-friendly shopping and dining hotspot."
The hotel offers a "Meet & Great" service whereby special staff escort guests to and from Tokyo Station's platforms, including the shinkansen. It is also offers excursions to other luxury hotels and resorts around the country, such as in Kyoto and Hakone.
Design and construction
The hotel's interior was designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, based in Santa Monica, California, while Andre Fu of Hong Kong-based AFSO designed the Presidential Suite, Horizon Club Lounge, Piacere, the signature Italian restaurant, and Nadaman, the Japanese kaiseki restaurant.
Notable works include Jinli Shen's Qing ming shang he tu (Along the river during the Qingming Festival) and images of a Qing Dynasty landscape in eggshell ceramic by Chen Jun, an award-winning artist and professor of art at Wuhan University.
Rooms and suites
The hotel has 200 rooms of which six are luxurious suites. The rooms are divided on either side of the hotel, facing either Tokyo Bay and Tokyo Sky Tree (the world's tallest tower), or towards the city and Tokyo Imperial Palace overlooking Tokyo Station. The rooms located in the corners of the hotel are titled Premier Bay View and Premier City View accordingly. The Horizon Club floor rooms follow the same pattern, but also include personal concierge service and access to the Horizon Club Lounge.
Restaurants and lounge
- Piacere - Italian
The hotel's Italian restaurant is led by Chef Paolo Pelosi, and sometimes welcomes chefs from the world's leading Michelin Star restaurants, such as Chef Marco Stabile of Ora d'Aria in Florence, for collaboration dinners like 'Modern Tuscan Cuisine'. Piacere was decorated with the Best Award of Excellence at the Wine Spectator Grand Awards 2012.
- Nadaman - Japanese
Originally established in 1830, Nadaman originated in Osaka and has served royalty and world leaders. The restaurant 29th floor of Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, was designed by Hong Kong architect Andre Fu, drawing from nature with bamboo-shaped partitions and ceramic tiles with cherry-blossom motifs. Head chef Takahiko Yoshida follows the kaiseki (multi course) tradition.
- The Lobby Lounge
With 104 seats on the 28th floor, The Lobby Lounge offers a wide range of food from Asian specialities to continental breakfasts, snacks and coffees and afternoon tea sets. It is centred on a bar counter with a "cascading chandelier".
CHI, The Spa
CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, offers spa services, including the Kisetsu Ritual and Samurai Treatment. The six spa rooms are entirely private and the largest self-contained spa suites in Tokyo, containing their own showers, bathtub, saunas, surrounded by Tibetan artifacts, writings and furniture.
In 2009, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo was listed for the "Best New Business Hotel Award" by Wallpaper magazine 
The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo was voted the number one luxury hotel in the world in TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award 2012. 3,943 properties globally were recognized, based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers around the world. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo was the first hotel in Japan to win a Traveler's Choice Award, in the award's tenth year.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo hosts events in its ballroom, including visiting performers such as the Leipzig String Quartet (with proceeds going to the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami), and hosting the Jacksons, Macy Gray and A.I. for an after-party live event for the Michael Jackson Tribute Show in December 2011.
The New York Times described the hotel as "lavish" with a "discreet entrance" that whisks visitors to a lobby "dotted with fresh orchids, cascading chandeliers and plush sofas - to recreate a resortlike feel, high above the city’s chaos."
Hemispheres, the onboard magazine of United Airlines selected the hotel for its "Three Perfect Days: Tokyo" article. The hotel was described as having an "ultramodern exterior" but a "gentleman’s-club opulence," with a view over Tokyo Station of "toylike bullet trains."
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