Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills — Minato-Ku, Japan
Anticipation for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo has resulted in a surge of new hotel plans. Hyatt is betting on the offbeat Toranomon business district - currently undergoing tremendous redevelopment - where it is launching Japan’s first Andaz hotel. The boutique occupies the top six floors of the 247m tall, mixed-use Toranomon Hills complex. The interiors were created by Hyatt regular Tony Chi and Tokyo native Shinichiro Ogata, known for his simple, sophisticated design aesthetic. Each of the 164 rooms is fitted with a large round bathtub and Hokkaido walnut finishes and provides a panoramic city vista. Striking artworks by local and international artists punctuate the public spaces, while the rooftop bar, inspired by Katsura Riky? (the most beautiful of Japan’s imperial villas), has classic touches like the sunken irori hearth, where water is boiled in the way of the traditional teahouse. The hotel offers easy access to the city’s fabled Ginza, Marunouchi and Roppongi districts.