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Andaz to open in Tokyo

Hyatt Hotels Corporation is set to open a hip Andaz hotel in Tokyo.

When it opens in the summer of 2014, Andaz Tokyo will join the brand’s growing portfolio of boutique-style hotels in gateway cities and resort destinations around the globe.

Strengthening the Andaz presence in Asia, the new hotel will unite the brand’s creative community focus and refined yet casual atmosphere with the seamless and personalized service for which Japan is known.

Andaz Tokyo will be the fourth Hyatt-branded hotel to open in Tokyo and the ninth to be established in Japan. Hyatt and owners Mori Building affiliates have collaborated on two other five-star properties in Asia: Park Hyatt Shanghai, which opened in September 2008, and Grand Hyatt Tokyo, which will mark its tenth anniversary in April 2013.

With the Japanese launch of the Andaz brand in Toranomon, the birthplace of Mori Building, the two companies affirm their shared commitment to bringing gracious, unscripted service to an urban revitalization project that is focused on providing inventive programs and venues for inspired interactions between residents and visitors alike.

“Currently, nine Andaz hotels are in operation in four countries, with others continually being added to our development pipeline,” said Larry Tchou, executive vice president, group president – Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“True to its destination, Andaz Tokyo will convey the well-tailored, refined sensibility of Japan, as well as the vibrant, internationally eclectic spirit of its capital city.”

Andaz Tokyo will occupy eight floors, including the top six, of a 52-story tower in a multi-use complex now under construction in Toranomon, a business and embassy district located in the capital’s prestigious Minato Ward and one of several areas in the city now designated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as a Special Zone for Asian Headquarters.

The building will be the second tallest in the city, housing offices, residences, shops, and conference venues, in addition to Andaz Tokyo with its spa, dynamic restaurant facilities, and 164 guestrooms and suites.

The core landmark of a major urban development plan spearheaded by the metropolitan government and stretching between Shinbashi and Toranomon, the tower will boast as its crowning feature Andaz Tokyo’s open-air bar and dynamic event space with outdoor seating on the penthouse level, literally bringing alfresco dining and entertainment to new heights in the city.

“With its central location between the high-rise district of Shiodome and the Akasaka and Roppongi areas where many multinational corporations are located, Toranomon is a vital hub for Tokyo’s further development as a global business center,” said Kazuhiko Yamamoto, vice president of urban development for Mori Building.

“Andaz Tokyo will both heighten Toranomon’s appeal and serve the needs of international firms here, promising the area’s fast growth as a gateway destination.”

A tree-lined boulevard, on the scale of Omotesando’s promenade, will run along the tower’s east-west axis. The building is equidistant to two of the city’s major parks: Hibiya Koen and Shiba Koen, which are both just eight minutes on foot to the north and south respectively. The gardens of Hamarikyu-teien to the east and the Imperial Palace to the north are each a 20-minute walk.

At its pinnacle on the 52nd floor, Andaz Tokyo will feature two facilities that will introduce rooftop flair to the city’s dining scene: an open-air bar and the Andaz Studio, a flexible event and meeting space with terrace seating.

Also a first for a high-rise Tokyo hotel, there will be a 65-feet (20-meter) indoor infinity pool. Located on the building’s 37th floor, the infinity pool, spa, and fitness center will be accessible by tower residents, as well as overnight guests of the hotel.

Andaz Tokyo’s 164 guestrooms, which will include 16 suites, will be situated on the 47th through 50th floors, affording views of the Tokyo skyline in all directions. Standard rooms will average 549 square feet (51 square meters), among the most spacious in Tokyo. The largest suite will be 2,368 square feet (220 square meters) in size.

Check-in will be conducted seamlessly upon arrival via handheld tablet devices carried by welcoming hosts. Those guests who prefer a leisurely check-in will be ushered to the Andaz Lounge, a convivial space located on the 51st floor, for complimentary coffee or a glass of wine. An all-day dining restaurant, also located on this floor, will offer fresh, seasonal, and organic fare reflecting the brand’s market-to-table philosophy. The 52nd floor will house a chapel in addition to the open-air bar and Andaz Studio, where a show kitchen will offer made-to-order menus for weddings and special gatherings of all kinds. A pastry shop and café will be situated at street level.

Overseeing the interior design of Andaz Tokyo are Tony Chi of the New York-based Tony Chi & Associates, and Shinichiro Ogata, of Simplicity Co., Ltd. in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward. Chi was born in Taiwan and raised on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and he is a graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. He has an impressive portfolio of sophisticated global hospitality design projects, including Andaz 5th Avenue in New York and Park Hyatt Shanghai. Ogata, a Nagasaki native, is known for his elegant architectural, interior, and product designs—such as the Higashiya and Higashi-yama teahouses and sweet shops in Tokyo and the ‘SSS’ line of upscale furniture and tableware in porcelain, ceramic, iron, lacquer, pewter, glass, bronze, and wood—all of which celebrate traditional Japanese industrial arts. Together the two designers will draw on Japan’s rich body of aesthetic arts to create spaces that, in keeping with the Andaz mission, stimulate the creative senses of guests in refreshing ways.

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