AMAN | Otemachi
If there was only one place you should visit during your time in Tokyo, our number one choice - and absolutely no hesitations here - would be the Aman. Part of a luxury hotel group of the same name, which has created some of the world’s most striking and breathtaking hotels, the Aman is not just an oasis, but also a refuge, a sanctuary and a place full of inspiration, which celebrates Japanese traditional design and takes it into the 21st century.
When you enter the Aman on the 33rd floor of Otemachi Tower, you’ll be stunned by the sheer size and height of the 30m-tall lobby and inner garden, making it easy forget that you find yourself near the top of one of Tokyo’s tallest buildings. The right-handside of this floor boasts “The Lounge by Aman”, a must-see and must-visit café, bar, lounge, boutique and fumoir with almost unrivaled city views during any time of the day. The very lovely bartenders also serve up some of the city’s best cocktails, fusing traditional Japanese flavors into modern cocktails at a price tag that will make even luxury travelers’ credit cards smoulder. The Aman is also a popular spot for Tokyo’s more affluent crowd to indulge in the hotel’s signature Black Afternoon Tea, although we recommend to skip this experience altogether and go for one of the heavenly desserts, a two-layered original bento box or signature wagyu cheese burger instead.
On the same floor as The Lounge, Aman also has its very own Italian restaurant named “Arva”, which brings Italian high-end cuisine to the Japanese capital. Our experience at Arva has been mixed, with some dishes being delicious, some just average and the size of the dishes generally being rather small. Opened at the end of 2018, the Aman now also boasts its very own Edomae sushi restaurant named “Musashi by Aman” which cateres high-grade sushi delicacies created by master Hiroyuki Musashi to the ever-hungry sushi crowd of Tokyo.
If you are in the area, don’t forget to also visit The Café by Aman which is located on the ground floor/ garden side of Otemachi Tower.
Amazing seasonal cocktails at The Lounge starting from ¥2,500
Main courses at The Lounge starting from ¥2,300
Desserts at The Lounge starting from ¥1,700
Images courtesy of Aman