Conrad Tokyo – Hotel Review

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ROAD WARRIOR SUPPORT

A round wooden desk (I knew it was a desk, not just a table, because it had drawers) was in one corner, paired with a very comfortable desk chair that was placed just right for looking out at the city.  A power converter was thoughtfully plugged into the electrical outlet.  Internet service was fast but expensive.

The beautiful Mizuki Spa is on the 29th floor.  A few hours after my arrival, I had a Recharge Body Massage, which was a wonderful way to adjust to the time change and get a restful night’s sleep.  In addition to the spa, there’s a fully-equipped gym and indoor pool.

Another convenience for the business traveler is the monorail station located immediately adjacent to the hotel.  Since I was attending the Tokyo Motor Show at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center, instead of taking an expensive taxi over, I took the monorail, which cost roughly ¥700 ($6.50) and I was able to enjoy a tour of the city as it runs along an elevated track that follows the coast of  Tokyo Bay.  (You can take the monorail to Haneda Airport as well; it stops at all three terminals there.)

I left the best for last, the lounge.  The Conrad’s Executive Lounge (see the Virtual Tour on page 3)  is a sea of calm in a very hectic city.  The range of services, which include private check-in and check-out, concierge and business services, as well as breakfast, afternoon tea (my personal favorite), snacks, and cocktails, may sound similar to what some other leading hotels offer but the difference is threefold, namely the lounge itself, which is designed for people to be able to spend hours here, the staff, who always seemed to know what a guest needed or wanted, sometimes before the guest knew, and the food, which alone was worth the 13-hour flight.

Despite all that the city of Tokyo has to offer, during my stay I found myself looking for excuses to host guests in the lounge or dine in one of the restaurants.

DINING

There are four restaurants including the eponymously-named Gordon Ramsay, the chef’s first restaurant in Asia; Cerise by Gordon Ramsay, a brasserie; Kazahana, a Japanese restaurant; and China Blue, with its panoramic views (to be reviewed separately).  There’s also Twenty-Eight, not surprisingly located on the 28th floor, which capitalizes on the views one gets with a double-height ceiling.

Breakfast is served in Cerise and I enjoyed a sumptuous buffet that included Japanese and Continental specialties.

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