Opening at the tail end of 2020 would have been unfortunate timing for any hotel. When the hotel in question is the latest in the global collection of EDITION hotels – renowned for attracting globetrotters and cultural tastemakers – it might have been particularly bad luck. Fortunately, times have moved on and this, EDITION’s first property in Japan (a second opens later this year in Ginza), is finally open for business.
Timing is a lot better this time around, with the world now rushing back to Japan, which was closed off for almost three years. And the buzz is most definitely back: on our stay the lush, 31st-floor lobby area (filled with more than 500 plants and a towering latticework ceiling) was full day and night, with guests from the Blue Room all day-dining restaurant mingling with lounge partiers and new hotel arrivals.
Since its inception, the EDITION brand has sought to separate itself from the pack by making its properties as appealing to local residents as out-of-towners. A collaboration between Marriott and esteemed hotelier (and former Studio 54 guru) Ian Schrager, the brand describes itself as “hotels that feel different because they make you feel something”. There are now more than a dozen worldwide, with others opening in Singapore, Rome and elsewhere this year.
Almost hidden away at the foot of a corporate tower, the dark, marble-clad tunnel leading to the lift is the first clue something special is in store. And as you emerge from the elevators on the 31st floor into a two-story lobby hung with more than 500 plants, you feel like you’ve entered another world. Apparently Schrager himself arranged the greenery via Zoom during the pandemic, and as you explore amid the foliage you’ll enjoy incredible views out over Tokyo.
Across 206 rooms, modern design and natural aesthetics (courtesy of acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma) come together to create spacious, airy environments (lots of high windows), including private terraces in 15 of the 22 suites. It’s calm and elegant throughout, with plush bedding and neutral colours and the subtle scent of the hotel’s signature Le Labo fragrance.