Picture yourself, on the 35th floor of the Shangri-La in Tokyo, overlooking the picturesque Imperial Palace, just blocks away.
The stunning skyline is just the beginning. Your arrival at the Tokyo Station is greeted personally by a hotel staff in red uniform. You are escorted back to the hotel, and whisked to the 28th floor, the main lobby. Original pieces of art line the lobby walls, all unique to this property and there are over 2,000 pieces throughout the property.
Just off the lobby sits the lobby lounge, with live music, a lovely and very popular afternoon tea and cocktails in the evening.
We were taken up to our room on the 35th floor and I was immediately in love with the serenity of the spacious and modern room. There was an assortment of Japanese snacks awaiting us, dim lighting and plush bedding. The pajamas on the bed were a warm welcome as was the komono in a drawer.
The bathroom was an experience in and of itself. A huge bathroom with a walk-in rain shower and soaking tub were only a part of it. The Toto toilet did wonders and had me never wanting to get off it, with a heating and cleaning system (apologies if that is too much information!).
The first night, we decided to try Nadaman, located on the 29th floors, offering fine traditional Japanese cuisine and stunning city views.
Order the Omakase and experience a true exquisite dining experience. Highlights of the evening were the sushi, the foie gras custard and the wagu steak, which melted in your mouth. The dishes were beautiful presented, with each ingredient being simply prepared so that the quality could shine through.
The dessert looked rather boring at first, but the plate of fruit turned out to be exquisite. The best honeydue melon I had ever had in my entire life. Service was warm and friendly and the sleek but peaceful atmosphere was perfect after a day of travel.
After retiring to my room in my comfy pajamas, I slept perfectly with the blackout blinds and quiet rooms.
The next morning started with breakfast in Piacere with their farm fresh, locally sourced dishes. The buffet was filled with an assortment of western and asian dishes. The cupcakes were too good to resist as was the fruit and dim sum.
In addition to the buffet, you order a main dish a la carte. They have a wide selection of asian and western breakfast items. The egg omlet was nothing sort of perfection! I requested cheese, tomotoes and fine herbs and it was divine with a side of chicken sausage.
Aside from the excellent food, the view was so spectacular, you could sit there all day...
But, I wanted to burn off breakfast and dinner from last night. So we hit the gym. The gym is full of the newest equipment and looks over their beautiful pool and the imperial garden.
That afternoon we visited the lobby lounge for a tea and a few sweets. Live music was lovely and their extensive tea selection made it hard to choose. Paired with a green tea macaroon and chestnut cookies, we were in heaven.
The staff of the hotel was courteous and helpful. From the moment we arrived at the airport, to when they dropped us off, they wanted to make sure our every need was met. I would love to stay at the Shangri-La again. This was my first experience with this hotel chain and staying I am impressed is an understatement. The Tokyo property is nothing short of extraordinary.