Tokyo is one of my favorite cities in the whole world and I am so lucky to have visited Tokyo a few times in the past. This past July, I took baby G and embarked on a short 2-day trip to Tokyo, mostly for food as little G has since acquired a palate for all kinds of Japanese foods, especially sushi.
Traveling with an active 6-year old isn’t easy so I made sure that we stayed in a nice hotel with amazing service. My choice was The Westin Tokyo. First of all, I have always been a fan of The Westin as I am a gold member of the Starwood Hotels, which owns and manages the hotel brand. Secondly, we would need the Westin Heavenly® Bed to get over the jetlag once we arrived from Los Angeles to Tokyo. Last but not least, I was eager to explore the quiet upscale area of Yebisu, where many traditional Japanese izakaya can be found.
On arrival, I immediately fell in love with the neighborhood. Centrally located in Yebisu, shops, restaurants, and subway stations are just minutes of walks away, without the hubbub of other locations in Tokyo. There are many shops in the neighborhood, small Japanese restaurants, cafes and mom-and-pop eateries in the area, which are very nice. There are also lots of trees.
As soon as we checked into our room, we immediately hopped onto the bed and took a brief rest. The biggest surprise lied behind the curtain as I was overcome by the view of Tokyo right in front of my very eyes. It was absolutely breathtaking to be able to see the metropolis from our room at the 19th floor.
The first night, I was hosted to a traditional Japanese meal at Mai, the Japanese restaurant in the hotel. Mai serves impeccable Japanese cuisine and I sampled the legendary Washoku set (US$100 per person), which has a great value for money considering the amount of foods served and the premium quality. I learned about Japanese table manner, the different kinds of fresh fish served in sashimi, the correct way of eating sushi and the proper way to place the chopsticks on the table. I would come back to stay at The Westin Tokyo just to eat at Mai again, I am serious. The food was absolutely refined and scrumptious. Next time, I will definitely try out the Kaiseki dinner course.
Another highlight of The Westin Tokyo is the Westin Garden, which little G had so much fun exploring during our two-day stay. The Westin Garden has a tiny creek and pond where small fish swim and fireflies dance in early summer. Be renewed in The Westin Garden, the exquisite green oasis of the heart of city, designed by Kazuyuki Ishihara, a renowned international landscape artist. The green façade and the central waterfall is the highlight of the garden. Over 300 different kinds of flowers and plants can be found any time of the year. When the Garden is lit after sunset, the picturesque scene transforms into a night time wonderland.
If you love desserts, you’re in a treat as The Westin Tokyo offers one of the most delectable Cheese Dessert Buffets in town at its restaurant The Terrace. The buffet features an extensive array of Japanese cheese desserts and confectionaries using cheeses from around the world, such as cheesecakes and glass-contained desserts. You don’t want to miss this as Japanese desserts are truly spectacular in presentation and utterly scrumptious in taste. This buffet is booked solid one month in advance, so make your reservation as soon as you book the hotel.
All in all, The Westin Tokyo is a great hotel for your stay in Tokyo. I have made plans to visit Tokyo again next summer and I will be certain to check into The Westin Tokyo again!
The Westin Tokyo
1 Chome-4-1 Mita,
Meguro, Tokyo 153-8580,
Phone: +81 3-5423-7000
Disclaimer: The Westin Tokyo hosted us during our July visit. The text and opinions are all mine.