Here are a few thoughts about a recent stay at the Westin Tokyo. I had booked six nights at a quite reasonable price under the Z6H (Pay for four, stay six nights) promotion. My booking was for a standard level room and as a SPG platinum was upgraded to an executive level room. Room The room was quite large, with a good size desk, couch & coffee table, and of course the heavenly bed. I haven’t stayed at any other hotels in Tokyo but I’d classify the room large by any city standard, let alone Tokyo. The bathroom was also a good size with separate bath, walkin shower and typical hi tech toto Japanese toilet. Although the toiletries were the standard Westin Brand – the amount of items included was extremely comprehensive. The highlight of the room was the view – basically stretching from Roppongi hill & the Tokyo Tower across to the Rainbow Bridge. At night it was truly spectacular. The windows also slightly opened which I find to be a big plus. The room & hotel décor is an “old world” type style, very heavy on marble, which is starting to look a bit dated. I am not a fan of the style of the décor but this is purely subjective. My stay was just prior to Christmas and the hotel looked quite – dare I say – pretty with the seasonal decorations. As expected for Japan the room & public areas of the hotel were spotlessly clean. Executive Lounge As a platinum member I was also given access to the executive lounge. The lounge appeared to have three food presentations. Breakfast, Afternoon Tea & Happy Hour. Non alcoholic drinks were also available all day. Afternoon tea consisted of a selection of very nice cakes. Happy hour had complimentary alcoholic drinks as well as a limited selection of hot food – nothing of any note. The lounge it self was a good size but got very crowded on the weekends – during happy hour on a Saturday night I was unable to get a seat. The staff was friendly and effective but I did find them lacking initiative. Platinum Benefits As mentioned I was upgraded to an executive level room and given access to the executive lounge. I was also given a late check out. A big benefit given to Platinum members is the ability to have breakfast in the lounge or at the buffet downstairs. The buffet breakfast is excellent in both range and standard and is a very nice perk for platinum members. Location I find the location to be excellent, however this is very subjective. This is not a hotel where you walk out the front and are automatically in the heart of things. Although attached to a shopping centre the hotel is largely in a residential area. The nearest train station is about a 10 to 20 minute walk away. However I found the yebisu garden area to be a pleasant spot to get away from the madding hordes. Ebisu is also home to some pretty interesting bars and restaurants. Finally a supermarket and food court is very close by which is handy for stocking up on supplies. Conclusion I have to get really petty to come up with the following slight negatives of the stay : · I got a different random newspaper delivered each day · Evening Turndown is by request only – something I wasn’t told at checkin. In fact the entire check in experience was slightly poor · On weekends queuing can be required for the breakfast buffet · My laundry came back in boxes rather than the hanger choice I ticked (very petty I know!) In two weeks I have another ten day stay booked for this hotel – so that pretty much says it all – highly recommended.