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“A Great Hotel For Shopaholics”

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The Peninsula Tokyo
Ranked #6 of 74 Hotels / Ryokan in Chiyoda
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“A Great Hotel For Shopaholics”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

Anyone who loves shopping in Tokyo must stay at The Peninsula, which is by far, the best located hotel for convenient shopping.

Granted, Shibuya has hotels too, but they are not as nice as the Pen. Rooms are luxurious, with well-thought-out amenities, and comfortable beds. Even standard rooms have a sofa and coffee-table facing a large flat-screen TV, and a roomy walk-in wardrobe with dressing table.

Service is professional and friendly, and food is great, although pricey. I particularly like their Chinese restaurant, Hei Fung Terrace, and its Cantonese food and courtyard-style decor.
The lobby cafe is modeled on the one in their flagship Hong Kong hotel, and has excellent live jazz music in the late afternoon.

But the shopping! The hotel is located at the start of Ginza, which has been renewed and re-invigorated as a stylish shopping district. The main road is even closed to traffic on Sundays.
International luxury brands are well-represented here, as well as local stores like Uniqlo (largest in the world), a new Barney's New York, which is next to Comme des Garcons' first Dover Street Market outside London.

Fuddy-duddy Mitsukoshi department store has been stylishly made-over, as well as the stunning Hankyu mens store. There is a new Marui store with m10 floors of fashion and food. Top Tokyo labels like Beams, United Arrows, Estnation and Tomorrowland, all have outposts within the sidestreets that branch off the main road, and everything is within walking distance of the Peninsula, so watch your wallet!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

The best thing about the Peninsula is the convenient location, and that the staff are generally pretty accomodating. For my taste, I found that there was too much furniture in the rooms- (I had a suite room) and the asthetics of the decor is not pleasing, generally-speaking.

Peter Restaurant has nice city views- but is also not worth the price. Service was very slow. I would have a drink in Peter Bar (which is cheerfully decorated) and enjoy some bar food, then go out somewhere fun for dinner, such as to a local sushi bar in Tsukiji, or Two Rooms (Restaurant) in Aoyama if you'd like to enjoy Western-style (continental) fare.

The spa is shockingly tiny and cramped, the gym not worth the effort. Massage treatments were average for a Peninsula Hotel (Los Angeles Penainsula is SO MUCH BETTER) and the treatments are way too expensive- even for Tokyo. I would go for an outside massage service such as Alyssa: http:massagebyalyssa.wordpress.com/ Her massage is less expensive, plus she will come to your room- allowing you to relax and fall asleep when your session is over.

The bottom line is that in a city like Tokyo, the Peninsula Tokyo cannot compare to Grand Dame Hotels such as The Imperial Hotel or The Okura. Although both of those hotels have seen better days, they have excellent staff who pay atttention to every detail.

I would say the only (newer ) 5-Star hotel which comes close to the service I require is the Mandarin Oriental. Lovely rooms, well-trained staff, fabulous bar with live entertainment, but the restuarants and spa are also very over-priced-- even for Tokyo.
That's my two cents!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

Great hotel (though pricy) and its location can't be faulted because of proximity to Imperial Palace, but also to the subway and the JR lines at Yurakucho. Great pool and hot tub as well, much needed after a day spent walking the city. Also try the iPod walking tour of Hibiya Park and the Imperial Palace, available from the concierge. Didn't try Peter or the other restaurants upstairs, but the lobby restaurant is very good (but expensive). Instead we ate at one of the excellent little hole-in-the-wall eateries in "Corridor Street" alongside the Shinkansen tracks nearby . Locals only (but there's an English menu), great food and very reasonable indeed. (Go down Harumi Dori street alongside the hotel, then under the railway bridge, turn right at Game! store). Also, there are loads of little restaurants in the basements of office buildings behind the hotel towards Yurakucho station. Japanese food, and also Japanese versions of Italian and Spanish food. One warning: check-in is 3pm at the Peninsula, so if you arrive early off an international flight they will try to offer you an upgrade for an immediate room. Can be an expensive extra, but worth it if the price is right.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

Stayed there three nights in early July. I can only echo the raves in other reviews about the staff, location and service, but I can point out some tiny blemishes as well. Think of them as tiny spots on a million-dollar gemstone, please...

* I am a big gadget fan and I still believe this room went overboard on the control panels, having more than 20 that I could count. Some consolidation via touchscreens [akin to Las Vegas CityCenter] would help.
* Not sure why there was no numerical temperature setting, just a few levels of warm & cold.
* The lobby area lacks a private feel. Walking out the front of the hotel feels like walking straight through a busy restaurant. I think some more dividers could help.
* The pool/spa hours for families [9-6pm I was told] are not ideal. I would prefer a mixed weekly schedule so we could at least have 1 evening to swim without disrupting our sightseeing.
* Elevators and some common areas were freezing cold!
* Breakfast is exorbitantly expensive [at least 4000 yen a person]. We did it one morning and it was extremely good, but it is just painful to spend that much money.

Even given these points, however, this is truly an amazing place to stay. Rooms feel comfortable and have an extremely well-thought-out design. You're right above Tokyo Metro and a block from the Yamanote line. Also, the pool/spa areas are stunning. We will absolutely be back.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Dothan, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2012

5 star perfection. High end, plush- best accomodation we have ever stayed in. Greeted by bellman, escorted from front desk to room, given overview of room- from unique operation of coffee maker to use of blinds on windows. Staff was at our beck and call entire week. I cannot compliment this property too much!!!

Room Tip: We enjoyed high floor, with great view of Tokyo lights at night.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

Stood there 3 Months on a business trip.
Service is excellent. More than excellent. The best I ever had.
The room is perfect for business: printer, desk, dressing room is roomy and well-organised. The bathroom is spatious enough and has a tub and a shower. Toilets are Japanese-style.
Bed: Amazinginly comfortable.
Food: A bit expensive but very good. (especially the Chinese restaurant)
Breakfast: Exepnsive here too but great variety of choices and options.
Location: Metro very near. Near to Tokyo Station. Many restaurants nearby (and rather expensive shops)
Concierge: Anways helpful. Can do anything for you.
Gym and pool: gym is small but well-equipped. If you forgot your trainers, they give you some... Pool is amazing (large enough for training)
Bar: OK. Nothing too fancy (Hyatt bar better). It's a smoking area.
Laundry: Impeccable. They even mend your clothes for free (small holes or lost buttons...).
Haven't been to the spa.

To sum it up: If you can afford it, definitely go. It's beyond expectations.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

A wonderful place to stay, with amazing staff who really can't do enough to make you feel welcome. Our room was stylish and comfortable and very well thought out. Everything is where you would expect it to be and we really couldn't fault anything. Pricey but worth it and we will be back.

Room Tip: Splash out and book a suite overlooking the Imperial Palace, lovely!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Peninsula Tokyo
Address: 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda 100-0006, Tokyo Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Chiyoda > Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Chiyoda
#5 Romantic Hotel in Chiyoda
#6 Business Hotel in Chiyoda
#6 Luxury Hotel in Chiyoda
#6 Family Hotel in Chiyoda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Peninsula Tokyo 5*
Number of rooms: 314
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Peninsula Tokyo offers 314 spacious guestrooms, including 47 suites, five restaurants, a modern lounge bar, two ballrooms, six elegantly designed function rooms, a wedding chapel, a Japanese ceremony room, a fitness centre, The Peninsula Spa, a fleet of Rolls-Royces, Mini-Coopers, and BMWs, and two jewellery shops. Guestrooms are among the largest and most technologically advanced in Tokyo and offer stunning views of the city, the Imperial Palace Gardens and Hibiya Park. Interior designer Yukio Hashimoto, an alumnus of renowned Japanese interior design firm Super Potato, intertwines rich earth tone colours, woods, lacquer, marble and stone with design and functionality to create a luxurious living environment described as "international in design, but Japanese by inspiration." ... more   less 
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