Shortlisted Best Urban Hotels for 2014 by Wallpaper
Andaz Tokyo has been shortlisted as one of the Best Urban Hotels for 2014 by Wallpaper*.
Every year the magazine that focuses on architecture, design, fashion, art and lifestyle, selects the most inspiring new city hotels in the world.
“More and more urban hotels are creating supersized suites that incorporate rooftop terraces, libraries and private spas. A subtler dimension involves customising the needs of individual guests directly to a chef, replacing the quaint notion of ordering from an in-room dining menu. ‘No one wants to be just a number, especially if they are repeat guests within the same brand,’ says Maria Kuhn, vice president of public relations at Kempinski. ‘Using available technology to properly manage guest history and special requests is becoming increasingly important.’ Cheng adds that technological advancements in hotels must be rooted in common sense. ‘You would be surprised what a difference the arrangement of an electric socket makes to a guest.’
Hoteliers also recognise that the new generation of urban traveller, whether travelling for business or leisure, is looking to the hotel as a portal to discovering and experiencing the destination in all its authenticity. Here, design plays an important role. Kuhn feels that community engagement is important, especially for lone business travellers who ‘want to feel included and prefer large, open public spaces – like the lobby, which allows them to meet fellow travellers.’ In a similar vein, Carrie Wicks, operations director at London-based Firmdale Hotels, insists: ‘Design is about creating highly individualised spaces, rather than cookie-cutter knock-offs.'"