Friday, 4 September 2015

The Conrad, Tokyo

I have recently returned from four wonderful nights at The Conrad, Tokyo. This hotel is located in the Shiodome area of Tokyo and can be reached from Haneda airport by using the monorail to Hamamatsu-cho and changing to reach Daimon (easily signposted and a few mins walk) and then one stop to Shiodome or taking the metro to Shimbashi station and a ten minutes walk. Both options will cost around £5 per person and take 20-30 minutes. From Narita you can take the limousine bus from directly outside the hotel to the airport for 3,100 JPY per person, which takes 60-80 minutes or take the metro to Tokyo station and then up to Narita.

Taxi's in Tokyo are notoriously expensive so public transport or the limousine bus will definitely be your best options. You will not be disappointed on arrival at this hotel. Your bags will be whisked away whilst you shoot up to the 28th floor for the impressive views at reception. We were given a king size room overlooking the bay, which was simply beautiful. The products included everything you could imagine, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hair bands, shower cap, shaving gear, mouthwash, toothbrush and paste, sewing kit, cotton pads and even a rubber duck for bath time. There were dressing gowns, slippers and seriously fluffy towels as well as Conrad PJs, which came with a teddy bear each at turn down.

The blinds are all controlled by an electric switch next to the bed and the toilet has a heated seat, plays whooshing noises and has jets for after your business is complete! There is a long window seat to lie and look at the view. Everything in the hotel and the rooms looks clean, feels clean and is spotlessly clean as well as smells luxurious and fresh. The rooms have mineral water after the morning spruce up and also at the evening turn down. The mini bar is extensive and isn't horrifically priced.

Room service is available and is expensive but does have everything from pasta to sandwiches, make your own salads, steaks and Japanese options. Between two room service meals, one of a chicken caser salad with french fries, a steak, which comes with a potato side, a veg side and a sauce as well as a glass of red and a glass of white. The other meal was a Conrad burger and a make your own flat bread sandwich with a coke and a glass of white wine as well as a round of drinks in the lobby bar, two glasses of white wine, a G&T and a beer we managed to spend over £200.

The spa here is lovely, it has a two lane heated swimming pool with towels and sun loungers as well as a fully equipped gym overlooking the city. Each changing room has drinks, towels, gowns and slippers provided as well as toilets and showers. There are single sex steam rooms and saunas as well as individual hot tubs to use. However, you must use these Japanese style, which means naked!

Breakfast is amazing. The buffet has all different types of pastries such as croissants, pan au chocolat, pancakes, waffles, English muffins, sweet muffins, french breads, toast as well as a variety of fruits and juices. There are eggs, sausages, bacon, hash browns etc etc and Japanese options. There is also an a la carte breakfast menu to order from, which included French Toast and Eggs Benedict. Make sure you get a rate, which includes breakfast as it will be pricey to pay per day!

The Conrad is an amazing hotel and you can even pay using Hilton points. I would thoroughly recommend anyone coming to Tokyo to splash out, it's so so worth it! The staff are friendly and cannot do enough to help you. All rooms are on the 30th floor and above so you can imagine how incredible the views are. The hotel is close to a couple of metro stations as well as plenty of shops and restaurants and a beautiful park. The hotel has a luxurious, calm and serene atmosphere compared to the craziness of Tokyo. It's a perfect city retreat for a romantic weekend, a business trip or to spend time with friends.

P.S make sure you also use the lobby toilets as these have even more functions including playing music and a drying option!