Hotel Review: The Peninsula Tokyo

Hotel Review: The Peninsula Tokyo

 

This The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Review is from my recent stay at the hotel, which is a client favorite among Tokyo luxury hotels. A significant advantage when reserving it as a TravelSort Client is the flexible check-in and check-out PenClub benefit, which enables you to be guaranteed a room no matter how early you arrive the day of your check-in. After a red eye flight, it's wonderful to be able to go straight up to your room to catch up on sleep or shower and refresh. If your reserved room or suite isn't quite ready, you'll be provided another room to enjoy until your room or suite is ready. 

Similarly, if you have an evening departure from Tokyo, as is common for many clients returning to the U.S., you'll either have use of your room or suite or another room until you depart the hotel. This unique PenClub benefit is in addition to Virtuoso benefits.

The Peninsula Tokyo Peninsula PenClub and Virtuoso Benefits 

  • Upgrade on arrival to next room category, subject to availability
  • Enhanced welcome amenities (PenClub benefit)
  • Full breakfast daily (PenClub benefit), for up to two in room guests 
  • Complimentary soft drink mini bar
  • A $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit or Spa credit (not combinable)
  • “Peninsula Time”: flexible check-in and check-out (PenClub benefit)
  • Complimentary 30-minute extension on any 50-minute body or facial spa treatment reserved in advance of your stay (PenClub benefit)

The Peninsula Tokyo Location, Check-in and Lobby

The Peninsula Tokyo is located at 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku in central Tokyo, and is directly connected to Hibiya subway station, and about a 15 minute walk from Tokyo Station. It's across from Hibiya Park and also close to the Imperial Palace Gardens and Ginza shopping.

The lobby of the hotel featured some lovely cherry blossoms, and there's a striking fireworks-inspired crystal chandelier. You bear to the left for the reception desk. Our evening check-in went smoothly, and we were escorted up to our Premier Room.

Cherry Blossoms by The Peninsula Tokyo Entrance

 

The Peninsula Tokyo Premier Room

The Peninsula Tokyo offers the largest entry level guest rooms in Tokyo, apart from the new Aman Tokyo. Deluxe Rooms, Premier Rooms and Grand Premier Garden Rooms are all 579 square feet, and this meant that even with our son's extra bed in the room, it still felt spacious.

What's more, you also have plenty of room to unpack and hang your clothes, since the large walk-in closet offers both his and hers closet space and benches to open your suitcase on. There's also a vanity to sit at, and even a nail dryer. I'd admired this design at The Peninsula Paris, which also features this large walk in closet space.

Walk In Closet, The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Review 2017

 

The Peninsula Tokyo also features a Valet closet, through which you can leave your shoes and laundry for cleaning, and pick up your newspaper. Simply put your items for pick up, call to let the valet know, and press the “Valet Service” button.

Valet Service Box, The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Review

 

Opposite the walk in closet is a spacious bathroom that likewise reminded me of the well-designed bathroom at The Peninsula Paris, with double vanities, a TV positioned so you can watch it while soaking in the bath, a rain shower, and a separate toilet chamber with a Toto washlet.

Premier Bathroom, The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Review 2017

Premier Bathroom with Dual Vanities and TV, Peninsula Tokyo Review

His and Hers Sinks, The Peninsula Tokyo Review 2017

Toto Washlet, The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Review 2017

Rain Shower, The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Review 2017

 

The only aspect I didn't particularly care for where the Oscar de la Renta bath products. I'd much prefer either L'Occitane or Aesops bath products.

Oscar de la Renta Bath Products, The Peninsula Tokyo Review 2017

 

The room itself is nicely divided into a sleeping area and a living area, by the sofa. On the coffee table were fresh flowers, which I always appreciate, as these have become very scarce in U.S. luxury hotels.

Fresh Flowers, The Peninsula Tokyo Premier Room Review

 

We appreciated all the lovely welcome amenities, especially the delicious fresh juices, peach and mango. They were extremely high quality and locally produced by Tanii Farm.

Kiyomi and Mango Juice: Delicious!

 

As we weren't hungry enough for a full meal but wanted a little snack, the creative Japanese castle tower of treats, including arare rice crackers, potato chips and chocolates, together with fresh fruit, really hit the spot.

Fresh Fruit Welcome Amenity, The Peninsula Tokyo Review

Arare Rice Crackers Welcome Amenity, The Peninsula Tokyo Review

Chocolate Welcome Amenities, The Peninsula Tokyo Review

 

There were kids' welcome treats as well for our son:

Kids' Welcome Treats, The Peninsula Tokyo Review

 

Our king bed was fairly comfortable, although the mattress was still a bit too firm for our taste. The linens were extremely fine and soft, however.

Premier Room, The Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Review 2017

 

The room is very handsome and still very fresh and meticulously maintained, given that the hotel is 10 years old. We especially loved the wooden door that separates the room from the entrance hallway, and the woven design on the ceiling. The Japanese influence is palpable but subtle.

Handsome Wood Door, The Peninsula Tokyo Review 2017

 

Here's a short video of our Premier Room:

 

The Peninsula Tokyo Swimming Pool and Fitness Center

The Peninsula Tokyo has an indoor heated swimming pool that is 20 meters (65 feet) long that is open 6am-10pm, with children's hours (kids must be age 4 and older) 9am-6pm. I think this is a reasonable compromise between enabling adults to swim laps in the early morning and evening or otherwise enjoy the pool without little kids, and accommodating families who may have chosen the hotel mainly for its pool, since kids need some downtime, especially in a very urban environment such as Tokyo.

Swimming Pool, The Peninsulat Tokyo Hotel Review 2017

 

While we didn't use it, there's also a fitness center.

Fitness Center, The Peninsula Tokyo Review

 

Dining

We only ate breakfast at The Peninsula Tokyo's Lobby Lounge, which I'll cover in a separate post.

The Verdict

We greatly enjoyed our brief Peninsula Tokyo stay, particularly its convenient central location; the spacious room, with its beautiful bathroom and walk in closet; lovely welcome amenities, especially the fresh fruit juices, fresh fruit, and thoughtful touches for our son (a Pikachu notebook, juice, cup, paper robot kit, cookies); large and light-filled pool area; and delicious banana bread french toast for breakfast. The main thing I'd love to see developed is a customized mattress pad so that guests such as us that want a plusher mattress for sleeping can be accommodated.

If you've stayed recently at The Peninsula Tokyo what was your experience?

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Disclosure: We were guests of The Peninsula Tokyo and enjoyed a hosted stay; however the opinions express are mine.

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