Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo
Located near Tokyo Station in the Mitsui Tower, the Mandarin Oriental rises above the historical merchant district of Nihonbashi—and enjoys unprecedented city views. Inside lies a sophisticated and modern oasis of calm. Hushed public areas complement its 179 understated rooms (including 22 suites), which feature the latest and greatest technology amenities—massive television screens will make you feel like you have your own private theater. The hotel’s exceptional restaurants include authentic Cantonese at Sense and French-inspired food at Signature. But for a unique dining experience, reserve one of the seven seats at the intimate, Michelin-starred Tapas Molecular Bar, headed by Jeff Ramsey. In additional to standard treatments, the award-winning on-site spa, with its sauna, steam room, and pools, offers more unusual rituals, including Japanese kiatsu—a technique involving acupressure and energy work, performed in rooms with outstanding vistas. Plan extra spa time for a soak in the power-jet “vitality and tonic” pools after your treatment.
Insider Tip: Stroll through Sembikiya, one of Japan’s most treasured fruit shops, located on the first floor of the Mitsui Tower.
Room to Book: The Mandarin Corner room has two full glass walls (with views from the 36th floor), one of which runs right through a glorious bathroom with sunken bath and “rainforest” mist shower.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.