The global hospitality chain Aman may be synonymous with laid-back five-star luxury resorts but the group’s latest foray into city hotels is a success for executive travellers.
Aman Tokyo is situated on the top six floors of the impressive Otemachi tower in the heart of the Japanese capital. Otemachi, a popular spot for businesses, is a stone’s throw from Tokyo Station.
The hotel itself is a calm oasis away from the busy streets below – a large impressive stone-clad foyer with a ceiling six storeys high is lined in traditional Japanese washi paper. The foyer also houses an Italian fine dining restaurant, complete with private dining rooms for those more intimate business meetings.
There is also a long bar that serves all-day afternoon teas with views out to Mount Fuji (on a clear day) and the Imperial Palace Gardens, and a cigar lounge with built-in humidor and library.
The hotel also has two business venues for hire – a boardroom that comfortably accommodates 18 with all the technological connectivity you would expect, and a smaller functional meeting room, that can accommodate up to six.
There is no business centre as such but computers are available in the library and faxing or copying requests can be handled by reception.
The 84 ultra-modern rooms and suites, all with panoramic views of the city, sit above the hotel’s main facilities. They draw inspiration from the Japanese aesthetic, such as a large furo (a deep soaking tub and a core part of the Japanese ritual of bathing) in the bathroom.
Even the entry level rooms are spacious, at 71 square metres, and the suites range between 141 and 157 sq m. All rooms are equipped with a writing desk, free and fast Wi-Fi and numerous international plug sockets and connections to connect computer to the TV.
There are also large seating areas in each room, beside expansive picture windows.
One downside though – it’s a five to 10-minute walk to the vibrant Nihonbashi district, where many of the shops and restaurants are located.
But while it’s primarily a business hotel, there are still hints of the Aman signature resort service here such as being welcomed with a cold towel and drink during check-in.
Plus the check-in is completed in the room, which speeds the process up.
How much for a night?
It’s on the pricey side – a deluxe room will set you back 142,580 Japanese Yen (Dh4,995) including taxes and fees, while the most basic suite will cost 203,600 yen per night.
How far is the hotel from the airport?
Aman Tokyo is 20 kilometres from Tokyo’s central Haneda Airport, and 60km from Narita International Airport. Both offer excellent public transport links to the nearby Tokyo Station. Aman Tokyo also has a house limousine that is available on request.
How much for room service?
A club sandwich will set you back 2,600 yen, while a Japanese Burger costs 2,900 yen. A fresh orange and grapefruit juice costs 1,200 yen.
What other in-room services are there?
There is tea and coffee making facilities in the room along with Aman-branded toiletries and toothbrushes. A laundry service is available and while there is no in-room trouser press you can request this service along with ironing and shoe shining.
Is the gym any good? The hotel gym is part of the spa and well equipped with fantastic views of the city. It features state-of-the-art cardio and weight training machines as well as a yoga and pilates studios. The spa can be found on the floor above the hotel’s main lobby and there is also a pool with impressive views.
So, what’s the story behind Aman?
Aman resorts was founded in 1988, and has hotels in 20 countries including the US and a large presence in Asia Pacific. In multiple languages Aman means “peace”.
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