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Japan TR: Aman Tokyo - Amanemu - St. Regis Osaka

Japan TR: Aman Tokyo - Amanemu - St. Regis Osaka

Old Nov 14, 18, 11:48 pm
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Japan TR: Aman Tokyo - Amanemu - St. Regis Osaka

This is a short TR of our 10 days in Japan, with stops at Aman Tokyo (4N), Amanemu (4N) and St. Regis Osaka (3N)

Aman Tokyo (photos below, more pictures in the Flickr link)

A very smooth arrival experience certainly set the mood, with a bellman meeting us off the NEX train at Tokyo station to escort us to the hotel, where we were greeted by the GM Tomoko Y and FO manager Kozan H, and shown to our room, where the formalities were completed.

Of course, by it’s design Aman Tokyo certainly welcomes one with a wow-effect. The soaring lobby, the minimalistic design, the sweeping views all around. We were in a Deluxe Palace Garden View Room (as booked, no upgrade given), on the highest floor, with great views. The room layout is very smart and efficient, large for Tokyo standards, but probably the smallest Aman room I’ve ever stayed at.

In terms of facilities, we did not experience much as we spent most of our time exploring Tokyo. We had breakfast in the hotel (at Arva restaurant) every day. Interestingly, we had breakfast included and only got a little sheet of paper on the first day, listing just the 2 options of either Japanese Breakfast or American Breakfast. Only by inquiring we found out that there also is a large a-la-carte selection.

We did not experience the new Musashi restaurant or Arva for dinner, but both look very nice. Musashi does a course menu only.

Our “Secrets of Japan” package included a one hour rickshaw ride in the local area, which was quite nice, maybe a little to showy for my personal taste.

While we did enjoy Aman Tokyo, and the hard product is certainly impressive, the service was not better than any solid 5* city property. Comparing Aman Tokyo to recent stays at FS Seoul or St. Regis Osaka, where even the bell staff remembers our names, shows that there is still lots of room for improvement. Aman Tokyo was nice, but failed to leave lasting impression. On a future stay in Tokyo, we would probably stay elsewhere.

Observations/minor issues
  • The most annoying one: the constant asking for the room number: every day at breakfast, in the bar, at reception, and twice even on the phone (while in the room!).
  • No welcome drink offered, not even a cold/hot towel
  • No turndown gift except once
  • No housekeeping touch-ups during the day. Morning and evening service only.
  • Missing turndown service: On our arrival evening, we got in around 7.30pm and left for dinner at around 8.30pm. Coming back around 11pm, we found the room in the same condition, dirty towels and no turndown service had been done. Upon complaining, they said turndown service had already “been done before our arrival”. Seriously? This is Aman after all, and they were fully aware of our schedule. And btw, there was no service recovery of any kind.
  • Friday evening we went for drinks after dinner in the bar, meeting with friends who were also staying there; we arrived after them, and they were asked to order the “last round” shortly after 11pm. We arrived at 11.30pm and where ignored until we managed to attract attention and place a drink order after all, but they seemed rather unwilling.
  • Again, they had no information about our previous Aman stays, preferences or background; no address on file means there is no CRM system in place (or it does not work). Therefore, no Amanjunkie extras of any kind.
  • At checkout, we were handed one (1) luggage tag as a farewell gift. It would have been nice to give at least 2, one for each guest. We got a second one for my wife upon asking. I liked the old way of just attaching them better.
  • Upon departure, the FO manager asked us if we were about to return home now. Maybe it's just high expectations, but I would expect an Aman FO manager to know that we're headed to another Aman property.









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Old Nov 15, 18, 12:04 am
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Amanemu

Amanemu
(photos below; more pictures in the Flickr profile)

Very efficient and typical Aman arrival: At Kashikojima station, the last stop on the Kintetsu line, we were met at the train track by an Amanemu driver, who helped us with our luggage to the Lexus SUV waiting right outside the tiny station. The car dropped us at the arrival pavilion, where we were greeted by Yoshi, the hotel manager. We never met the new GM during our stay. This was followed by a short tour of the main building (with reception, lounge and restaurant) and then straight to the room for the formalities. A nice bottle of Gosset champagne was already waiting in the room.

The rooms in the 3 categories (Mori, Sora, Nagi) are all identical in layout, with just the views varying between them. The Sora suite have partial ocean views, we were very happy with the beautiful views of the bay and the changing fall foliage. Every single building houses 2 suites, which might create a noise issue if there is a baby or housekeeping is working next door. The suites are spacious, airy and timelessly elegant. Space is ample, and the highlight is the bathtub which can be supplied with natural thermal spring water from the local onsen.

In terms of facilities, there is a main building with a lap pool and sunbeds, a reception area, a lounge/bar pavilion where complimentary afternoon tea is served, and a restaurant pavilion, which is the only restaurant on property and used for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food was perfect throughout, from ample Western breakfast, beautiful Bento box lunches to excellent, interesting Japanese dinner specialties like Shabu-Shabu.

The bar/lounge pavilion felt more like a living room than a bar, so we did not use it for pre-dinner drinks like we would normally do.

We frequently used the spa with it’s multiple, different temperature onsen baths, steam room and sauna. Treatments were excellent. Beware of the lack of an indoor relaxation area though (see observations below).

All in all, we loved Amanemu, but it seemed that the once fabled Aman standards are falling here as well, and we are getting to a point where it is hard to justify the high room rates. See below for some observations and judge by yourself.

Observations/minor issues
  • The public areas seem to be designed for a much warmer climate; during our visit, we had warm days and chilly evenings, with temperatures dropping to around 12° celsius. In winter, daytime temperatures apparently drop to around 0° celsius. Nevertheless, the corridors in the main building are open-air, requiring the need to put on a jacket when going from the lounge or restaurant to the bathroom. Same in the spa - there are tons of outdoor daybeds, but no indoor relaxation area; after a bath in the onsen at night when it was too cool to stay outside, we headed straight back to our room - and this was just autumn.
  • Housekeeping was very loud - they clean the rooms in teams of 4, and chat and laugh loudly while doing so, completely disregarding the possibility that guests in the room next door might be disturbed.
  • Along the pathway to our room, a housekeeping station was completely open and visible, providing views of garbage containers and dirty laundry bins when walking by - not very Zen, and not understandable why they wouldn’t hide this better.
  • They have bicycles available for guests' use, but these are in awful conditions - rusty, gear shift broken, bad brakes, low tire pressure. We complained and they changed the bikes, which were marginally better, but still with broken gear shifts.
  • Gone are they days of the multiple housekeeping touchups, not even when you’re out for a spa appointment or excursion; now it’s just a morning and evening service.
  • Cleaning and maintenance: the carpet in the restaurant was stained all over, and really not a pretty sight; whatever motivated Kerry Hill to install beige carpeting in a restaurant is beyond me, but it clearly wasn’t a smart idea. In the room, the wall in the toilet had some unsightly stains (most likely from a cleaning product applied in the wrong way) which were there throughout our stay.
  • Staff members use gasoline-powered try-wheel mopeds to move around the property; these vehicles are not only unnecessarily loud, staff members are also using them much too fast, zipping around the curves and not slowing down when passing guests
  • Unlike at previous stays at other Amans, some things that were offered complimentary IRRC are now charged, like the yukata robes and flip-flops in the room, a sandwich to take on the train upon departure,
  • Amanemu was the 20th Aman we visited, but there was no “Amanjunkie” recognition whatsoever; as I’ve said before, their CRM is non-existent, and the questions from senior staff whether we had been to other Amans felt a bit ridiculous.
  • Management presence at previous Aman stays was much higher, usually checking-in on us proactively during a stay. At Amanmu, other than briefly meeting Yoshi, and the FO manager bidding us farewell, we had no management interaction, and nobody asked how our stay had been.

And here the not so nice ones:

Housekeeping station (entrance to suite on the right hand side)

Carpet in the restaurant (this is not limited to a certain area - looked like this all over)

Table outside:

Bathroom wall:

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St. Regis Osaka

St. Regis Osaka (photos below)

We arrived by taking a Taxi from Osaka Namba station to the hotel, merely 5 minutes away. The entrance and concierge/bell desk are on street level, the lobby is located on the 12th floor, rooms on floors 14-30. The lobby was quite busy, with a lot of check-ins happing at the same time. The hotel was at almost 100% occupancy, everybody coming to see the fall foliage in and around Osaka.

The location of the St. Regis could not be better: it’s right along tree-lined (and currently Christmas-lit) Midosuji Avenue, an upscale shopping boulevard. Parallel to that runs Shinsaibashi-suji, a covered pedestrian-only street featuring hundreds of stores, shops and restaurant. The Osaka castle lies to the East, and is reachable on foot in less than 30 minutes. The Hommachi metro station is right underneath the hotel with direct access.

Check-in was smooth nonetheless, we were in the room in no time, and had a welcome tea served by the butler. We stayed in a Skyline Grand Deluxe King room (as booked, no upgrade given), which was perfectly adequate in size, with a nice view over the Osaka city center towards the East.

Opened in 2010, the style of the room is quite classic St. Regis, maybe a bit generic and already a little dated, but the room was in very good condition and well maintained. The air-condition is able to create arctic temperatures, as tested for bhrubin

There are 3 restaurants: an Italian restaurant and a Teppanyaki restaurant on the 12th floor, and a French brasserie on the ground floor. We had our dinners outside the hotel, but did try the St. Regis Bar on the 12th floor, which served excellent cocktails and features a buy-1-get-1-free promo for hotel guests, after which I was drunk enough to eat anything for dinner.

The breakfast location has changed recently: Breakfast is now served in the French brasserie on the ground floor brasserie. The buffet offers all standard Western/Japanese items, but the ambiance is average. The space seems too small for 160 rooms, and it was quite loud and busy during breakfast hours.

Concierge team very good and eager to help with recommendations and directions around the city.

Observations:
  • Laundry prices are about half of what the Amans charge, so best to get some laundry done here.
  • All the public spaces seemed to be designed for a much smaller number of rooms; during the main check-in and check-out hours, the lobby was always far too crowded.
  • The lack of a pool and wellness area is strange for such a new hotel.
  • The butler service is a nice touch, and we appreciated the welcome drink of our choice.
  • For running at 100% occupancy, it’s remarkable how many staff members greeted us by name.








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A lot of what you said definitely doesn't sound like an Aman to me. I'm surprised there's not more reserve and guest consideration from the moped drivers or housekeeping teams.

The GM should make herself available to Junkies if she's on the property. That was an Aman brand standard.

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At an Aman with its price point such failures aren´t acceptable.
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Thank you, vienna-resident, for doing a trip report -- I am happy to see someone posting a TR again, more so from you as you have so much experience both in personal and professional capacity.

It seems aside from the hardware and management problems, they failed to make a lasting impression on you... most of the problems would be easy to fix, or best avoid altogether. Did your stay fall between the two GMs?

I think FlyerEC has the most 'nemu experience here and certainly in terms of AMAN in general, would be interesting if some details were apparent back then.

This doesn't sound too good to be honest, I am curious if Tokyo made some progress!
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Thank you, vienna-resident, for doing a trip report -- I am happy to see someone posting a TR again, more so from you as you have so much experience both in personal and professional capacity.

It seems aside from the hardware and management problems, they failed to make a lasting impression on you... most of the problems would be easy to fix, or best avoid altogether. Did your stay fall between the two GMs?

I think FlyerEC has the most 'nemu experience here and certainly in terms of AMAN in general, would be interesting if some details were apparent back then.

This doesn't sound too good to be honest, I am curious if Tokyo made some progress!
What Aman really, really would need is a quality management that has the right eye for detail, moving from resort to resort, observing and addressing those minor issues that the regular management fails to see - which I don't blame them for, as this happens to me in my business as well. Sometimes you need outside input to notice the obvious. I assume Zecha and his team did this in the past? Of course, I'd happily volunteer for this position in our winter break

FlyerEC is going on the same itinerary in a few days, will be interesting to hear her thoughts as well. Sadly we could not meet up this time.
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Originally Posted by Aventine View Post
A lot of what you said definitely doesn't sound like an Aman to me. I'm surprised there's not more reserve and guest consideration from the moped drivers or housekeeping teams.

The GM should make herself available to Junkies if she's on the property. That was an Aman brand standard.
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Thank you, vienna-resident, for doing a trip report -- I am happy to see someone posting a TR again, more so from you as you have so much experience both in personal and professional capacity.

It seems aside from the hardware and management problems, they failed to make a lasting impression on you... most of the problems would be easy to fix, or best avoid altogether. Did your stay fall between the two GMs?

I think FlyerEC has the most 'nemu experience here and certainly in terms of AMAN in general, would be interesting if some details were apparent back then.

This doesn't sound too good to be honest, I am curious if Tokyo made some progress!
Originally Posted by vienna-resident View Post
What Aman really, really would need is a quality management that has the right eye for detail, moving from resort to resort, observing and addressing those minor issues that the regular management fails to see - which I don't blame them for, as this happens to me in my business as well. Sometimes you need outside input to notice the obvious. I assume Zecha and his team did this in the past? Of course, I'd happily volunteer for this position in our winter break

FlyerEC is going on the same itinerary in a few days, will be interesting to hear her thoughts as well. Sadly we could not meet up this time.
At AmanTokyo now , got in this evening . Warm welcome & various ones greeted us by name .
viennaresident , think we have been sort of volunteering , haven’t we ? With AZ ‘ s team , think welcomed but now , well .. not sure if volunteering is good . Considering your experience too , we should be more than the consultants that have been around ..

You just missed Hisayo san & Noriko san was away at various meetings . Her team & ex colleagues at MOHK really miss her , met some couple of days ago .
Tomoko san isn’t around either and am not sure if we will see her on Monday .. ?

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It seems aside from the hardware and management problems, they failed to make a lasting impression on you... most of the problems would be easy to fix, or best avoid altogether. Did your stay fall between the two GMs?
The previous GM had left a few days before our arrival.
I think we saw the new GM at the reception, but she did not introduce herself or attempt to make conversation.
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The previous GM had left a few days before our arrival.
I think we saw the new GM at the reception, but she did not introduce herself or attempt to make conversation.
That's quite unfortunate. Not the expected behavior of an Aman GM.
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Doesn't sound like a great experience at all esp at Aman Tokyo. I think this property has failed to live up to the expectation of many, including yours. Won't be bothered to try. Esp at those inflated rates.
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Unfortunately both these stays seem quite disappointing.. thanks for taking one for the team for us!

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  • Again, they had no information about our previous Aman stays, preferences or background; no address on file means there is no CRM system in place (or it does not work). Therefore, no Amanjunkie extras of any kind.
I've noticed that this seems to be hit or miss.. some Aman's have this info on file, some don't it feels like. I'm not sure if it depends on my booking channel whether this gets linked up (direct vs virtuoso vs citi prestige)....

I had to send a form with CC info that I encrypted in once and told them the password was the last Aman I had stayed in... unfortunately the agent couldn't figure that information out....

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Agreed with some of the issues with Aman Tokyo, but it still remains our favorite hotel in the city. We also had to ask them where the turndown gifts were. Breakfast did get boring by the end of the week because you are limited to the same menu in the room and downstairs.

Had a pretty big disagreement with Kozan first day we were there and he explained to me he had only worked there for a few months (this was back in September). I’m hoping they’ll turn things around soon.

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I do need to give them credit for booking Jiro for us!
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AmanTokyo in autumn

Aman Tokyo

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Aman Tokyo

Check In

We arrived late at night , met at end of aero bridge HND by AMAN greeter & quickly to the AmanTokyo BMW 7 L . Smooth drive with wifi in car & no traffic so the usual half an hour drive took about 20 minutes .

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Corridors on our floor

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Room

 

 

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We were upgraded to the corner suite , after asking which room we should request with a view of the palace along with Mt Fuji ;)

The Suite is in divided into 2 sides with the living area having the better corner views .

This area has a pantry where the Nespresso machine , etcetera are along with bar sink , island counter with minibar , the dining area , a cubby hole with a desk  , rest room and living area . There is a closet next to the sink which is helpful for more than an overnight stay . If one has more luggage , there is ample room in the living area to place them .

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The restroom is to the left of the desk area which can be closed off by sliding the panel 

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The pantry area with counter space , in our case - for luggage . To the right of the closet is the entrance foyer which separates the living area from the bedroom side . Note the beautifully crafted tissue box by the faucet / sink .

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The bedroom side has a small coffee table facing the window with distant view of the Bay . A larger desk ..

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View at dawn

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Well , the photos will give you a better picture , pun intended , a better idea anyway  .

Bathroom

We really love our bath area with a view . Generous size , open & all in non slip basalt which is slightly heated underfoot .

The other part is functionally laid out but not expansive like some other Amans .

The wc is separate , set apart with a sliding door - feature in Japanese Amans . Thankfully , it was set to work automatically so we didn’t have to figure out what to do with the numerous options . Also , the seat was not “ toasty “ so they must have heard my scathing comments from Puri ; Nemu too from stays in previous year

2 steps down to bath area .

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Day view .

Just remember to put day or blackout blinds down when in the bath area when it gets dark !!

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Pool

Like the lap pool with a view , being high up enough the surrounding buildings are not an issue unlike COMO The Treasury , Perth . The pools are very similar;)

 

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Gym

Very comprehensive & generous for a city AMAN !

 

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There are a few of these beautiful camphor wood tables of varying degrees of ancient age , in the spa too .

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Preparation for Advent ? & CHRISTmas from Sunday , 18 November as all ikebana arrangements were now similar to here :)

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Spa

Was not too sure about the spa before arrival but the fears were rather unfounded , or perhaps they ensured an English speaking one to show us around the pool & gym which is a level below .

The therapist was competent & one of the better ones , comparing with other Amans .

Victor , the seasoned spa director , was also on hand to greet us at various times .

Spa reception area with another beautiful solid camphor trunk as a table , possibly 250 years old .

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Relaxation area outside each treatment room . Was served tea here , pre & post treatment and with refreahginger ice cream , some fruit after .

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Treatment room

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Dining

 

Due to our late arrival & meeting schedule , we had a fair bit of room service which we normally do not at Amans . What we had was pretty delicious considering the somewhat limited midnight menu . We also had breakfasts in our suite to enjoy the view .

We enjoyed a delightful al fresco lunch at  " Cafe by Aman " . It is in the area behind the rickshaw by the greenery in vienna-resident ‘ s photo in post above . We likely will not dine at Arva which is what Aman Restaurant is now called .. or simply the Italian previously and sadly , not at " Musashi by Aman " either as Chef cannot meet our dietary requirements ( a first by AMAN - I mean the “ no “ for something legitimate - is this why the Japanese Amans are the way they are service wise or more of the Amans these days ? Hmm .. )

What reports about the popularity of the F & B outlets with the locals are true , all seem full , possibly waiting lists for reservations , especially during weekends .

Concierge

Having posted that Amans do not have “ concierge “ , to our surprise we now find that there is in Tokyo ! Perhaps only in city Amans ? Am trying to recall for ASP . Their area is very discreet that unless someone brings you there , it likely will not be located . Took 3 days as there was really no need except that I was curious ..

The chief concierge is / was really on the ball . Seemingly popping up wherever we were to update us on our various requests ( requiring amendments as Tomoko san had been proactive in making reservations but was unaware of our tight schedule for meals , etcetera .

Due to Mumasshi ‘ s “ no go “ stand , he was able to make reservations at 2 other restaurants for dinners .

He also assisted with other requests . Was a relief too that he was competent in English unlike some others .

Service

I wonder if during the hiring process , the staff are tested on bowing during the interviews . They are very good at it , like perpendicular . That is when after a day , I figured that my attempt at bowing was disastrous so likely needed at least a spa visit !

Anyway , bowing aside , the service has been generally ok , from some it is / was spectacular .

The guy who delivered our room service is exemplary . We found out that he , Ken , was running it solo ! Answering the calls & delivering our orders . Plus additional requests when he arrived with our meals .

Tomoko san / they also arranged complimentary AMAN MPV for me / us to be dropped off twice at our meeting venue which is in a new building - only soft opened last week & not quite ready ..

The chauffeur was Aman standard we are accustomed to .

We too were asked our room number by staff including the FO / reception when we made some enquiries after returning ..

Not at the Cafe though as the chief concierge brought us there .

So we probably received hawkish attention by the manager throughout our meal . That it was going to be full again at tea time . It was full when we arrived .  

Then there was this request which I made for more ‘ cartons ‘ of milk to be placed in our mini bar for coffee & tea .. Well , I think room service , Housekeeping & even concierge appeared within minutes & 2 of them actually arrived about the same time . We had a total of 8 being brought to us . They fit in the minibar along with the the milk we already had , bottles of water , .. Ample :)

But perhaps some further communication & coordination between departments will help .

The double doors are rather heavy . There are no ‘ knockers ‘ or door bell ..

They did pass muster with regards to AC :) They must have noted from our stays at other Amans , managed about 17 C in our suite . The swimming pool area was rather a sauna though , so fine as long as one is in the water.

Housekeeping

Well , the renowned stealth was a hit & miss ..

They did fairly well until the third day when we caught them twice . Perhaps it was miscommunication between departments when we were at the pool & lower lobby on our way out .

Also did some unrequested - removing some items which were placed for our use specifically , like extra cups & giving us decaf Nespresso capsules which we had told them was unnecessary - worked fine until that day ..

Turndown ‘ gifts ‘ were Japanese snacks - like sweets ? & “ cookies “ with no explanation unlike at say , Kila .

Will not comment further but that the suite was tidied up well as expected for Amans except for that hiccup Sunday .

Location

Surprisingly , liked the location near the Imperial Palace & Marunouchi area where my conference was plus being walking distance to historical Nihonbashi .

We did not have time to stroll the around the palace this visit . Our friend says it is about 5 km . We saw many joggers looking down from our suite .

Walking to & from AmanTokyo along Marunouchi especially in the evenings with CHRISTmas lights along window dressings / displays was rather delightful .

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Check out ; Au revoir

Assume check out was done efficiently as I was stalling departure up in our suite by triple checking if we had left anything behind in our spacious corner suite with the numerous sliding doors ( to conceal & keep the minimalist design ) . Had to have the bell come up again to help with some odds & ends .

By the time I got to the lobby lounge , the ever present Yasu was waiting for me . When I received a message from my better half , who was already at the driveway , that it was not our usual chauffeur as arranged and asked if I knew .

We rode down to the lower lobby together . The super efficient chief concierge managed to get our chauffeur on the line & find that the poor bloke was hospitalised after driving to Tokyo from Kyoto ( all is well now ) . The substitute was good but was not as proficient in English .

The AmanTokyo team was really calming at this last minute turn of events .

It will be au revoir . Farewell team included HM Kenji Y, with GM Tomoko Y still away , Yasu A & quite a few others .

Overall

 

What can I say , we did not want to leave , we could have stayed longer !!

Not something we imagined was possible before this stay .

Were we being treated better being AMANjunkies from the earlier days - about the start in the late ‘ 80s ?

Perhaps it was the numerous requests we made before arrival so they had to be a bit more attentive , actually a whole lot more . From what I gather , they probably received information from our Nemu stays too .

We emailed Hisayo san about the “Secrets of Japan” package , also Tomoko san a few times .. , but eventually figured that we didn’t have time for the rickshaw ride nor sure about loading the poor rickshaw puller who was going to be the unfortunate one to be assigned to have me as passen..

The stay had some hiccups but nothing major , mostly stemming from language issues ( this we encountered at various Amans including when No’i first opened & after , despite language lessons by the FLAKELARs who did them voluntarily ) . 

One must that this is after all a city hotel with locals patronising it as a place to be seen venue .

Expect weddings and other events , though small , in the public areas ..

 

With a reasonable rate & potential future upgrades , we definitely look forward to returning ;)

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