It List 2008
Courtesy of The Peninsula
Business Hotel. Great Value It’s no easy feat to raise the bar in a city like Tokyo, where upscale hotels seem to populate every corner. Which is why Peninsula pulled out all the stops for its first outpost in the city. The group spent 15 years looking for the perfect piece of land, and finally found a lot surrounded by parks, virtually across the street from the Imperial Palace and blocks from the Ginza. And unlike other hotels in its category, which are typically in preexisting office buildings, the 24-story tower is the first freestanding luxury hotel to be built in a decade. The incredible palace views—the best of any Tokyo hotel—won us over, but Peninsula didn’t stop there. The rooms are among the city’s largest, starting at 544 square feet, and—appropriately—its most high-tech. Gizmos range from the convenient (bedside consoles that control drapes, panels that display outside temperature and humidity) to the luxe (Lavazza espresso machines) to the incredibly useful. We never realized how handy a personal nail dryer could be.