The Robb Report 100 Hotels: Tokyo The Ritz-Carlton

  • Margie Goldsmith

Ricco Deblank,general manager of the new Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, likes to tell the story of a couple who spent an evening sipping Diamond Is Forever cocktails in the hotel’s 45th-floor sky lobby. After ordering one of the $15,000 libations—which include a one-carat diamond at the bottom of the glass—the gentleman ordered a second for his companion so that, he said, "she can have a set of earrings."

At the Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, where a jeweler is on standby to make custom gem settings for all guests, this would not appear to be an unusual request. Tokyo is the global capital of luxury consumerism, and the Ritz is well-positioned for those who want to experience the city’s extravagances. Set in Tokyo’s tallest skyscraper—a 53-story, glass-and-chrome tower in the newly built Roppongi development in Midtown—the hotel is connected on the ground floor to a mall with more than 100 high-end boutiques and restaurants. Upstairs, on the 53rd floor, is Japan’s most expensive guest room, a 3,000-square-foot-plus suite that, for approximately $17,500 per night, includes the use of a chauffeur-driven 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

All guest rooms at the Ritz, which opened this spring, come with sets of Egyptian cotton pajamas and a feather bed to ensure a good night’s sleep. A spa on the 46th floor promises further rest and relaxation with a hot tub that affords views of the Imperial Palace and cityscape through a glass wall. The 21,500-square-foot facility is open to nonguests who pay a membership fee of more than $60,000, plus annual dues.

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, +81.3.3423.8000, www.ritzcarlton.com

Location
In Tokyo’s tallest skyscraper, part of the newly built Roppongi development in Midtown.

Accommodations
Each of the 212 guest rooms and 36 suites comes with Bulgari bath products and a 40-inch plasma TV.

Facilities
Set on the 46th floor, the 21,500-square-foot spa and fitness center includes a lounge, indoor swimming pool, steam room, dry sauna, and hot tub. The hotel also houses a 6,030-square-foot ballroom, a wedding chapel, a beauty salon, and a photo studio.

Dining
Three restaurants and two bars, four of which are on the 45th floor. Choices range from contemporary Japanese at Hinokizaka to formal, continental-style cuisine at Forty Five.

Concierge Recommends
An early-morning excursion to the Tsukiji fish market, where you can witness the world’s largest tuna auction before dining on sushi for breakfast.

Rates
From about $600 for a deluxe room to $17,350 for the Ritz-Carlton Suite.

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