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The Peninsula Tokyo is a five star hotel near the Imperial Palace in the Marunouchi business district with great views across the Tokyo cityscape.
The spacious 267 guest rooms and 47 suites are decorated in neutral and earthy tones with a tasteful use of wood paneling - a smooth combination of Peninsula sophistication and Japanese inspired influences. Many of the rooms also have stunning vistas of the Imperial Palace Gardens beyond. This being Tokyo, the ultra-modern rooms also come with all the latest technology to ensure that guests feel not just at home, but utterly spoilt, with mod cons that even extend to nail polish driers.
The hotel's five restaurants and bars offer a feat for foodies. The Lobby serves lunches, light dinners and best of all, a splash of afternoon tea. Then there's authentic Cantonese cuisine served among bamboo baskets in a traditional Chinese garden setting at Hei Fung. No one should visit Tokyo without sampling kaiseki, a 500 year-old multi-course cuisine considered a culinary art in Japan. For this, sit at the Tempura bar at the Kyoto Tsuruya restaurant, which gives you a front row seat to the action of dishes that are as much about presentation as taste. Peter is an almost futuristic take on a grill bar, set on the 24th floor that allows you to take in the sparkling lights of Tokyo by night while enjoying succulent seafood and the best cuts of prime beef. Finally, to satisfy your sweet tooth or simply gawp at the colourful creations of the in-house executive pastry chef, then head to the Peninsula Boutique and Café.
The Peninsula also features a fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool and ESPA spa offering a wide range of treatments, almost obligatory after a hard day of exploring. For a more unusual activity, book onto one of the many introductory courses into Japanese culture that the Peninsula Academy has to offer, whether it's history, cooking or flower arranging that grabs you.
The location of the Peninsula, opposite Hibiya Park, means guests are within easy reach of many priorities on the Tokyo bucket list: the famous Tsukiji Fish Market; the shopping capital, Ginza; the pulsating nightlife of Rappongi; and even numerous venues to cheer on your favourite sumo wrestler.
Petrolheads should note that Peninsula Hotels are synonymous with original transportation options, leaving you to simply decide whether it's the 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II or the Mini Cooper Clubman - in Peninsula Brewster Green livery, naturally - that works best for your transfer.
Frances, Original Traveller