FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

The Peninsula Tokyo

by Francis X. Gallagher

Jun 1, 2012
2012

Arrival/Check-In: I was pleased to arrive at The Peninsula Tokyo from Narita Airport in record time. It was nice to pull in and see I was across the street from the Imperial Palace. The front door attendants welcomed me, took my luggage and walked me to reception at the back of the lobby. Kaori, guest relations supervisor, promptly greeted me and escorted me to my room.

Guest Quarters: The room was expansive, and at the touch of a button, the curtains opened to reveal a spectacular view of the Imperial Palace and gardens below. The space was divided into three parts. The first was the entrance hallway, which had a large dressing area on the right (with his and hers closets) and an expansive bathroom on the left. The bathroom had a large soaking tub and a separate shower with a rainfall showerhead; matching sinks flanked the left and right sides of the room. In true Peninsula fashion, there was a great supply of bath and personal care items. I left my brush at the previous hotel, and The Peninsula came to my rescue with a decent replacement, which I took with me. Some people come to Japan for the high-tech commodes, and The Peninsula’s does not disappoint: The lid opens as you approach, and there are buttons for every desire — the seat is so warm, you don’t want to get up!

The main room was separated into two areas, with the sleeping section to the right and the entertainment area to the left. A large, built-in console housed the flat-screen TV, entertainment system, a desk with easy-to-reach power outlets and a minibar and coffee and tea station. A LavAzza coffeemaker was in the closet, disproving the misconception that 5-star properties don’t have in-room coffeemakers. The room included a comfortable sofa and seating for two by the large window. High-thread-count sheets and a luxurious duvet outfitted the comfortable king-sized bed.

Services/Amenities: The lobby lounge serves a wonderful breakfast, and I had a power meeting there. On the weekend, the lobby was a bustle at lunch and brunch. Peter, the bar and restaurant, is staffed with wonderful, friendly people. I had a meeting at the bar, and the hostess kindly held a table for me even though it is against policy. I secured an appointment at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA for an hour-and-50-minute massage.

The Experience: The Peninsula Tokyo is a wonderful experience and a destination in itself. The concierge helped me find a local sushi restaurant, which was a lot of fun. The hotel has a great location for business or pleasure, as it is steps from the train station, making it easy to explore beyond Tokyo.

GT Checklist

  • Doorman/valet
  • Reasonable arrival-to-room time
  • Separate tub and shower
  • Large vanity
  • High-quality towels
  • Large, flat-screen television
  • Large desk with convenient outlets
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Ample lighting
  • Quality bed linens
  • Choice of pillows
  • Powerful, unattached hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Easy-to-set alarm clock
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffeemaker in room
  • Large, complimentary laptop safe

The Peninsula Tokyo

1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, 100-0006, Japan
tel 81 3 6270 2888

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Sep 30, 2022

Where to Go in 2023: International

It’s never too early to plan that next big trip. Look ahead to 2023 with travel inspiration from these international destinations.

TAP Air Portugal: 77 Years Young

TAP Air Portugal, or rather Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, was founded 77 years ago, March 14, 1945, and flew its first commercial flight September 19, 1946, inaugurating service from Lisbon to Madrid, Spain, aboard a Douglas DC-3.

Daily
Sep 30, 2022

10th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival

Tickets are now available for the 10th annual South Beach Seafood Festival, taking place this fall, Oct. 19–22. The region’s best seafood and South Florida’s top chefs and restaurants will be the focal point.

Daily
Sep 30, 2022

New Luxury Glamping Accommodations and More from Lovango Resort

Lovango Resort + Beach Club is the first newly built resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands in more than 30 years and prepares to return for its second season. Welcoming guests back Dec. 20, the resort will sport some new accommodations and guest experiences.

Discover Egypt in Total Luxury with World’s Most Eminent Archaeologists

THE MOST EXCLUSIVE TOURS OF EGYPT EVER OFFERED

Daily
Sep 29, 2022

Michelin-Star Da Vittorio Launches Reverie Saigon in Vietnam

The world-renowned Italian fine-dining group with eight Michelin stars to its name, Da Vittorio debuts its new two-story restaurant, Da Vittorio Saigon in the hotel Reverie Saigon. The new restaurant reshapes Vietnam’s high-end culinary industry through its blending of contemporary and sophisticated design with traditional Italian food.

eFlyer News
Sep 28, 2022

More than 20 New Hyatt Hotels Coming to Latin America, Caribbean in 2024

Hyatt recently announced plans to open more than 20 luxury and lifestyle hotels and resorts in Latin America and the Caribbean through 2024. Some of these new openings include expansion of Hyatt brands into new markets.

6,000 Reasons and More to Celebrate!

IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.

eFlyer News
Sep 28, 2022

Ulysses, a New Hotel by Ash, Opens in Baltimore

Hotelier Ash welcomes its fourth hotel, Ulysses, to its collection. Situated in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, the 116-room hotel features an all-day café and late-night drinking parlor. The new hotel lies within the historic, nine-story Latrobe Building, a former 1912 apartment building with an early Italian Renaissance design. The hotel earns its name, Ulysses, from a ship that brought Bavarian immigrants to Baltimore at the turn of the century. The name also pays homage to James Joyce’s legendary and revolutionary novel and to the Greek hero, Odysseus.