Tokyo Marriott Hotel is a feast for the sight and senses, writes Hanna Hussein
ALL I need when I arrive at Narita International Airport after a seven-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur is a comfy bed to rest, especially as Tokyo will only be a short stopover before I head south to begin my Japan tour.
Thankfully, I’m booked in at Tokyo Marriott Hotel for the night. If you arrive from Haneda, it would be just half an hour to the hotel but since I am arriving from Narita, it takes more than an hour’s journey.
The hotel is strategically located in the Shinagawa area which is home to embassies, upscale residences, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, and the soothing green of Gotenyama Garden.
Tokyo Marriott Hotel is a short distance from the luxury shops of Ginza, the nightlife of Roppongi, the futuristic bay area, and the main hub of Tokyo Station, and is a popular choice among first-time visitors as well as repeat travellers.
Even though it looks like a hotel for business travellers, it is an ideal choice for leisure travellers. Shinagawa station is 10 minutes’ walking distance, and shuttle services are provided for guests to the station.
But unlike a typical hotel, the reception is not located near the main entrance. I get lost while searching for the reception but a friendly staff is quick to assist me to the check-in counter located further inside. Check-in is very easy too as most of the staff can speak and understand English.
My deluxe room is located on one of the highest levels so I get a stunning view of the city, especially in the evening when the city lights up. It is quite spacious with two twin beds. Although most Japanese hotels offer twin bed rooms, guests can request for a king size bed.
The best part about the hotel is its lovely garden called Gotenyama Garden. During autumn, the garden blooms with bright red and orange leaves. I don’t have to go far for my first glimpse of autumn!
Taking a morning stroll in the garden gives me a fresh start, but I wish that I could stay a bit longer to really enjoy the hotel. Also in the garden are the Forest Chapel and the Ujian Tea House designed by architect Arata Isozaki. It is refreshing to see extraordinary architecture surrounded by the colourful garden.
If you book an executive room and suites, you will be able to get access to the new Executive Lounge located on the 26th floor. Its interior is designed in the signature purple and gold accent colours of the Tokyo Marriott Hotel. Here, you can enjoy an unbroken view of Tokyo Bay from the sofa or while seated at the solid wood table from daybreak to twilight, if you so please. On a clear day, you can even make out Mount Fuji from up here!
TOKYO MARRIOTT HOTEL
4-7-36 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0001 Japan
TEL +81 (0) 3-5488-3911
STAY There are 249 guest rooms with emphasis on comfort and connectivity.
EAT The Lounge & Dining G, is an all-day venue for morning coffee, evening cocktails, and contemporary grill and rotisserie specialties.
DO Walk in Gotenyama Garden in the morning, especially during autumn.
GO Sightseeing in Odaiba, an artificial island 15 minutes from the hotel, and watch Rainbow Bridge glow in the evening. There are also many museums located nearby including Nikon Museum, Museum of Science Maritime and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art. It takes 25 minutes to the hotel via Airport Limousine Bus from Haneda International Airport and 85 minutes to Narita International Airport.
HIGHS Luxury in the city.
LOWS The nearest station, Shinagawa Station is 10 minutes on foot but there are complimentary shuttle buses provided. Really convenient.