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Urban Zen: The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo Hotel

On my most recent trip to Tokyo I was fortunate enough to get to stay at The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. I wrote about my amazing meal at Tapas Molecular Bar for Tablet Talk. While the luxury dining options at the Mandarin Tokyo are impressive, there is quite a bit more about this sublime property that makes it unlike the others.  You enter the hotel’s lobby on the 38th floor.


The view of Tokyo from the 38th floor is impressive.

It’s so peaceful and calm and quiet above the city that the So the entire property feels like staying at a 5 star cloud high above Tokyo.

Even the standard hotel rooms are some of the largest in Tokyo.  They have large spa like bathrooms that are difficult to leave.

Even the standard rooms at the Mandarin Tokyo are spacious

Bedroom in a suite at the Mandarin Oriental

Even the standard rooms and bedrooms at the Mandarin Tokyo are spacious

Seating area in a suite at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo.

Sauna with a view

          I dare you to find a sauna with a better view.

The spa can only be described as Amazeballs. No shocker that it is considered to be the best spa in Tokyo. he spa has large glass windows that make you feel like you’re at a spa in the sky. The facilities are definitely most impressive I’ve ever seen.  The sauna has an epic view of the city. The water treatment area has a vitality pool that overlooks the city and an ice fountain.

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The spa at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

The hotel’s design is sublime. It combines modern clean lines and natural local materials. It feels timeless yet classic. It is very relaxing but not at all stuffy. It has a zen luxury vibe that feels really nice but isn’t overly fancy.

One thing that stands out at Mandarin Oriental properties is the unbelievable attention to detail and amazing service. Photographs and video can’t capture the thing the truly sets the Mandarin Oriental apart: the amazing yet unobtrusive service. When I returned to my room, I noticed every one of my suitcases (and camera case) were put on stands. I didn’t request this service- it just happened. And I noticed. Mandarin Oriental is known for being an expensive brand and you just have to stay there to truly understand that the service is exceptional. Did I mention they had Krug in the mini-bar?



The lovely yukata robes and pleated fans (the signature icon of the Mandarin Oriental brand) made me an instant fan.

Restaurant in Mandarin Oriental


The Fine Dining restaurant and the stunning flower arrangements scattered throughout the hotel.

The glamorous bar at the Mandarin Tokyo

The bar is also glorious. They have an impressive collection of cocktails, whisky, wine, and champagne.

The breakfast buffet featured everything from green tea waffles to dim sum and then some. Including beautiful perfectly prepared eggs with distinctive reddish yolks red eggs, which come from chickens who are fed a diet of rosehips and chili.

Japanese food

Japanese food

Japanese food




Tea with my breakfast was delightful. And the cocktails at the bar were sublime.

Mandarin Oriental SPA

Mandarin Oriental SPA

Mandarin Oriental SPA


The spa- with a sauna and vitality pool with views of Tokyo. And an ice fountain.

Check out the views of Tokyo from the spa suites. It’s no wonder why I’m now officially a fan of the Mandarin Oriental.