Hilton Conrad Tokyo, opened in 2006, is located on floors 28 through 37 in a high-rise building in the Shiodome area of Tokyo, the Conrad is a 290-room, premium-service hotel that caters to business travelers and tourists who want to be near downtown. The hotel is also a 10-minute walk from the very popular Tsukiji Fish Market.
When we entered their ground floor elevators up to the 28th-floor check-in lobby, we were welcomed to a double-height space that looks out onto Tokyo Bay. The interior illuminated by glowing lightboxes and floor-to-ceiling wood paneling, the décor of the hotel is decidedly modern but with warm and traditional touches.
On the other side of the lobby is TwentyEight, the hotel’s sophisticated bar and cafe where afternoon tea is served and one can get beautiful views of Tokyo Bay and Hamarikyu Gardens.
When we were escorted to our table, we ladies were given the adorable, floral printed Conrad Tokyo bears.
We ordered the Autumn Wellness Afternoon Tea Set (¥3950 per person). Our beverages were iced Earl Grey tea, sencha tea, Americano, and the hotel’s recommended tea called fitnesskraeutertee. The latter tea is a roobios tea blended with lemongrass and verbena. The sencha tea had to be requested since it’s not on their afternoon tea menu.
The sweet and savory bites that comes along with our beverages were delicious. The salmon and spinach quiche had a flaky crust and the filling was perfectly seasoned. The fig and walnut financier and flaxseed apricot scone were wonderfully buttery. Some unique items for tea (compared to the numerous afternoon teas), were the pomegranate and pear smoothie with chia seed (not too sweet and it had a thick texture) and amazake (a particular rice) bavaroise with wolfberry sauce. The foie gras petit puff with mushroom was luxurious and divine. The chestnut and cassis Mont Blanc was my favorite sweet of the bunch.
Overall, the food and beverages were good and some bordering very good. Service was courteous and professional but a little strange when it came to the drinks. When we received our first round of beverages and drank more than half of our glasses normally, a waiter would top off our cups. But nothing happened over ten minutes after we’re done drinking our drinks and I had to flag someone to ask for refills and/or my dining companion wanted another type of beverage then we did have our refill.
The hotel takes pride in their local art installations around the hotel that they even provide to guests an art tour that lasts for an hour. Take for example, the abstract birds that hung on the dark wood walls of the lobby.
There are two types of rooms in the hotel — Bay View Rooms and City Rooms — which face either Tokyo Bay and the Hamarikyu Gardens, or the city skyline of Tokyo. Inside, the rooms are flush with zebrawood — an elegant wood with a dense, pin-striped grain pattern — which covers most surfaces of the entrance hallway, closet doors and bathroom doors. Amenities such as a 37-inch plasma television and mechanized shades that control the spectacular views.
In our King Executive Suite Bay View, the grand space of a seating area, outfitted with sofas to lounge on with views of the garden. There’s a small office space in case we needed to do work. The bedroom is large and cozy, painted in neutral colors and print of budding tree branches.
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