by dailykongfidence

As soon as you enter through the automatic glass doors of the Shangri-la Hotel, Tokyo, you are entranced by the gorgeous chandelier that hangs overhead. You are greeted with reverent smiles and deep bows from the welcoming staff and quickly whisked up to the 28th floor where the lobby resides. The lobby is equally as grand as the main entrance with plush sofas, rich artwork, and the most spectacular cascading chandelier and marble staircase. The peaceful, almost too quiet lobby shows signs of laughter as you pass by The Lobby Lounge where businessmen and hotel guests grab light refreshments and drinks as they chat about their day and catch up with old friends.

Cascading chandelier from the Lobby

Chandelier spirals down to banquet floor

Grand Marble Staircase

The Lobby Lounge

Console Table in the Lobby Lounge

The Lobby Lounge Bar

After checking in, we were quickly escorted to our rooms on the 33rd floor (3307 and 3308 to be exact). As a family of five, we got two adjoining rooms (a request that had to be made in advance due to the limited availability of these types of rooms). I was surprised to see how large the rooms were considering we were in Japan where everything is compact and space is efficiently used. The large windows and vast views of the sprawling palace gardens and Tokyo Station also helps to create the illusion of more space. The rooms are rich with wood interiors, large mirrors, mustard and burgundy accented pillows, a plush window chaise and writing desk. Modern light switches control the many layers of window shades to expansive lighting options in the room.

Checking in close to midnight, I was tired and a bit hungry but was overjoyed to be greeted by not only one dessert, but several desserts waiting for us upon arrival. A train shaped pastry complete with chocolate pokey sticks and fresh chocolate chip cookies satisfied my sweet tooth and made my belly full as I comfortably slept in the firm, but plush Sterns & Foster beds. Despite my traveling fatigue, I personally was excited to see each bed carefully laid with children’s Japanese pajamas, Shangri-la teddy bears, plush bedroom slippers, and yukatas (Japanese kimono).

The bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a glass wall where a light switch lowers the blinds for privacy. The tub is inside the shower (which I personally like for ease of bathing my kids). The waterfall showerhead and handheld shower had such great water pressure it felt like I was getting a soothing massage whenever I was in the shower. Complete with L’Occitane toiletries (including a drawer filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and combs) and the futuristic Toto toilet with all the bells and whistles, I could have been just as happy living in the bathroom as in the room. For more details on each of the rooms click here.

Deluxe Imperial Garden View Room (city view)

Deluxe Imperial Garden View Room (bathroom view)

Plush bathrobes and Japanese tea set are available in the rooms

Yukata (Japanese kimono)

Part of our hotel stay package included the buffet breakfast at one of the two hotel restaurants, Piacere, which means “pleasure” in Italian (and it 100% lived up to its name). Naturally because this breakfast was part of our hotel package we spent every morning there, but to be honest, whether it was included or not, I would have chosen to spend my first waking hours at Piacere anyway. The level of service, friendliness, variety, and experience at Piacere is one that I will always remember about my travels to Tokyo. The breakfast buffet was always meticulously displayed, filled with all different types of cuisines to satiate every appetite. And if that wasn’t enough, we could also order off the menu from pancakes to eggs benedicts as part of the breakfast package. The restaurant itself was also breathtaking in elegant décor and welcoming ambiance.

Piacere booth seating

Plush, velvet chairs inside Piacere

Comfortable elegance and ambiance at Piacere

Piacere pastry selection

Piacere fruit display

Piacere oatmeal bar and toppings

Piacere menu offerings including eggs benedict, pancakes, traditional Japanese breakfast, etc.

Piacere, evening view

The staff at the hotel was plentiful, very courteous, and their English was quite fluent. We sought out advice from the concierge for the best subway routes to most popular tourist sites and they were extremely helpful. While we didn’t use this assistance, one of the best services The Shangri-la Hotel Tokyo offers is their meet and greet service at the platform of Tokyo Station which would be extremely valuable for tourists arriving to Toyko for the first time. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout their hotel, however, it was especially beneficial that they also had pocket Wi-Fis available to rent at only 1,000 JPY a day. For a full list of all of their services, click here.

Overall the hotel itself is stunning and five stars all the way. The location is ideal being a mere block from Tokyo Station, making it easy to go anywhere taking the train. It is also walking distance to the Imperial Palace, Ginza shopping district, Marunouchi Financial District, and Nihonbashi district. Despite the proximity to Tokyo Station and the bustle of the city, the lavish interior of the hotel and the peaceful environment it creates definitely makes you forget you are perched right above the one of the busiest terminals in the city. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to explore all the luxuries The Shangri-La Tokyo had to offer such as their other restaurant, Nadaman, the spa Chi, or the gym and heated indoor pool, however, this gives us more reason to go back and visit again.

Indoor heated pool

// Pros & Cons //
Pros | Location, Service, Piacere, Room size
Cons | Slightly older crowd (not many families with young children)
Would I Recommend | Yes
Would I Stay There Again | Yes

The Shangri-la Hotel, Tokyo
Marunouchi Trust Tower Main
1-8-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan
(81 3) 6739 7888

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Thomas Falkenstedt November 8, 2016 - 5:15 pm

Shangri La has some of the best hotels in the world in my opinion and as I’m planning a trip to Tokyo next year this is going to be on my list of options for sure! Everything looks great and by the way you describe the place it seems pretty awesome too!
So thanks for a great tip sweetie! 🙂

dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 7:59 pm

They have some really nice properties, don’t they? Yes, the location can’t be beat for sure!

Lisa Mao November 8, 2016 - 5:33 pm

Omg this sounds like THE most luxurious stay ever. The room just looks like royalty. I’m getting jealous just reading about it! Hehe
Hope you enjoyed your stay babe because honestly that seems like an experience of a life time. Absolutely breathtaking


dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Thanks Lisa! It was definitely an amazing hotel and I would love to stay there forever! Hehe.

gracie November 8, 2016 - 5:55 pm

I stayed in the Shangri La in Chiang Mai last summer and it was incredible but Wow, Shangri La Tokyo looks like it may be even nicer ! What a fabulous hotel. Looks like you are throughly enjoying every minute ! Beautiful post on a beautiful place 🙂
xx, gracie

dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Thanks Gracie! I need to go visit all the Shangri-la hotels! Starting with Paris then Vancouver and definitely Chiang Mai!

Jenn Hanft November 8, 2016 - 6:23 pm

Oh my goodness, all of these photos capture Shangri Li as such a breathtaking place to stay! I’m sure that even in person it’s ten times more beautiful. I actually haven’t been to Tokyo yet but it is at the top of my list of places to go. I really want to dedicated at least 2 weeks there to explore and take it all in! I’m definitely going to look into staying here 🙂

XO Jenn

dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:02 pm

Yes Tokyo is such an amazing city and the people are probably the nicest I have ever seen and met from any other country! There is so much to explore and you will love it Jenn! The location of this hotel is really the highlight but all the added luxuries and service are just bonus!

rachel vogt November 8, 2016 - 6:28 pm

OMG this place look so amazing. I want to go there.
xoxo, Rachel

dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:02 pm

It truly is a wonderful and beautiful hotel – I didn’t want to leave! But the location is key and the service was impeccable.

Atsuna Matsui November 8, 2016 - 6:37 pm

This room in Tokyo is stunning! How was your trip in Japan? There’s soo many cool spots to check out in Japan and I know so many people visiting there recently. Hope you enjoyed your trip.


dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:03 pm

Japan was amazing and I want to go back and see more. We were only there a week before heading to another country but the people were the nicest I have ever met. I definitely need to make another trip out there and stay here again too!

Deddeh Howard November 8, 2016 - 6:38 pm

Wow.. this is goal, so beautiful and comfortable. You look amazing as always.

dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:04 pm

Thank you Deddeh. Seriously I wish I could live here at the Shangri-la Tokyo!

Jo November 8, 2016 - 6:39 pm

Shangri La is one of my favorite hotels. I’ve stayed at one in Shanghai awhile back and loved every bit of experience I had during my stay. After seeing all these breathtaking pictures, it makes me wanting to visit Asia again soon. I miss the luxury hotels, great food and endless shopping there. Thank you so much for sharing all these Christine!


dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:05 pm

This is my first Shangri-la hotel stay and I really was impressed with their service and the experience we had here. I cannot say enough about Tokyo and the hotel itself. I can’t wait to visit more Shangri-la properties soon!

Ashley DTKAustin November 8, 2016 - 6:48 pm

Gorgeous photos! I have always wanted to visit and hopefully will get the chance next year!!

dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:06 pm

Thank you Ashley! Toyko is fabulous and The Shangri-la Tokyo is literally in the center of the city and Tokyo Station so you must check it out for possible accommodations!

Samantha Mariko November 8, 2016 - 7:16 pm

In love with these photos! I’ve been to this hotel for a couple of events and I could tell it was a lavish hotel. hope you enjoyed your stay! I’d love to meet you if you’re ever back in the city 🙂

dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:07 pm

Thank you Samantha! Yes it truly is a lavish hotel and my photos don’t do it justice at all. I would love to go back and visit and would love to meet you too!

Candace November 8, 2016 - 7:41 pm

Definitely looks like an amazing place to stay! I’m sure your pics don’t do it justice 🙂

dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:08 pm

You are completely right Candace, the photos don’t do it justice, but only gives a glimpse of how amazing and stunning the hotel is. You definitely have to go see it for yourself if you are ever in Tokyo.

Gina Diaz November 8, 2016 - 7:52 pm

This place is stunning babe, and the pictures are so beautiful! One day when I visit, for sure this will be my option to stay.

Xx, Gina

dailykongfidence November 8, 2016 - 8:08 pm

Thank you Gina! I highly recommend visiting Tokyo sometime in your life and if you do, this is the only hotel you should stay at! =)

diana November 8, 2016 - 9:08 pm

I would love to stay there!

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:01 am

You would love it here Diana!

Sharon Wu November 8, 2016 - 9:14 pm

This hotel literally sounds like heaven! And it definitely looked like heaven too, in both your photos here and on your IG stories which I totally stalked while you were on your vacay haha <3 xo, sharon

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:02 am

Thanks Sharon, it was definitely one of the highlights of my Tokyo trip!

francesca November 8, 2016 - 9:36 pm

ahh I am dying to visit here! This looks so luxurious. Amazing photos girl
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dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:03 am

You would slay in Toyko babe! The hotel is definitely luxe but also not stuffy. Fab location!

Devon Alana November 8, 2016 - 10:20 pm

Wow love this!!! Awesome photography. Thanks for sharing!

Devon Alana

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:03 am

Thank you Devon!

Jenelle November 8, 2016 - 11:16 pm

Such a lush hotel. It certainly looks and sounds like it lived up to the five star rating. How cool is that about the robes? What a nice touch.
I would have been going back for those breakfasts each morning too, they look incredible!
Hope the kids enjoyed!
xx Jenelle

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:04 am

Thanks Jenelle! The kids definitely enjoyed it and we had such an amazing time in Tokyo. I would totally go back and stay here again!

Shirley Doremi November 9, 2016 - 12:15 am

What a perfect place to stay! Need to plan my trip and stay here~

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:04 am

Hi Shirely! Yes, it is literally the best hotel to stay in if you’ll be in Tokyo!

Lily November 9, 2016 - 12:34 am

Oh how dreamy – I want to go!! PS – loving that dress SO much!!

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:05 am

Thanks Lily! It is such an amazing hotel indeed!

Raysa Garcia November 9, 2016 - 12:39 am

Wow! This place looks amazinggggg. You look stunning as always. Gorgeous photos!
Xx, Raysa

Charissa November 9, 2016 - 1:06 am

Woah… STOP IT! Such a gorgeous hotel. Everything looks so fab; the hotel itself, your room – which isn’t even a room anymore- and those delicious breakfasts. Great!
You perfectly fit in babe <3 XO Charissa

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Thank you Charissa! It truly is such a lovely hotel and these photos don’t do it justice!

Jennifer November 9, 2016 - 1:36 am

This hotel looks amazing! We are planning a trip to Tokyo next summer and after seeing this review will most definitely stay there. Thanks for the tips and insights. Looking forward to experiencing Shangri la Tokyo first hand.

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 4:57 pm

Hi Jennifer! Omg, I am so excited for you! Tokyo is so fun and there is lots to see. The people are so kind and the food is amazing and definitely, The Shangri-la Tokyo is the best location and hotel!

Miki November 9, 2016 - 1:49 am

I love all your photos of this gorgeous hotel. That room looks and sounds incredible. The breakfast and lobby are stunning. I lived in Japan for a year and travelled a whole lot. I spent almost a whole month in visits in Tokyo and ended up staying with friends or selecting ryokans when I travelled around the country, but the Shangri-La chain are so meticulous and always do it right. Thanks for sharing!


dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 4:57 pm

Thank you Miki! The hotel was amazing and I seriously want to go back now! How fun that you spent a month in Tokyo! That is truly a great experience babe!

Helen Chik November 9, 2016 - 2:29 am

I’ve always loved staying in the Shangri La and look at that amazing pool!! So pretty and you look amazing in that maxi girl!

Helen xx

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 4:58 pm

Thanks Helen! Sadly I didn’t get to go to the pool, but I definitely like that it is indoors (no sunscreen yay!).

Catarine November 9, 2016 - 4:27 am

I’ve never been to Japan, but i want to visit it as soon as i can.
Talking about the hotel, girl it’s awesome! The lobby is so pretty with that big sparkling chandelier, And the room is so so big. I get as impressed as you, due to the idea we have of Japan’s small places.
Also the breakfast caught my eye. So many different and delish food, displayed in such amazing ways.
I believe you had an amazing time there. Loved the pics.
Have a nice day, dear.

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 4:59 pm

Thank you Catarine. Japan has always been on my list and we finally went! The hotel speaks for itself and you truly get what you expect if not more from the Shangri-la properties.

Bernice November 9, 2016 - 5:03 am

This hotel looks like the most luxurious destination! The waterfall chandelier is a spectacular initial sight, followed by decadent interior decor until you finally relax in a soft Yukata

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 5:00 pm

Hi Bernice! Yes the chandelier is super fancy and it is gorgeous as it drops several floors. I love that they add the Yukata to make it more authentic. =)

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Noma November 9, 2016 - 8:23 am

Wow, it’s so stunning! I would love to visit one day for sure. 🙂

XoXo Noma

Kreshma November 9, 2016 - 8:53 am

Such a beautiful place this is 🙂

Jo November 9, 2016 - 9:26 am

Wow that hotel looks so beautiful! Tokyo is one place I definitely want to visit one day and now I know where I want to stay when I’m there 🙂 Thanks for the indepth review and beautiful photos!

xo, Jo

Stephanie November 9, 2016 - 12:59 pm

My current wish: to teleport myself into these photos and enjoy a stay at this luxurious and beautiful hotel! Oh my goodness gracious it just looks like every level of a satisfactory stay in a foreign city! Even the food looks beyond delicious. You have me dying to travel to Shangri-La, which was never on my bucket list before, just so I can visit this place! I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay!

Stephanie //

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 5:01 pm

You are too cute Stephanie! I wish I could teleport with you and experience it all over again! This was my first time at a Shangri-la property and I definitely will be staying at more of their properties in the future!

Kathryn November 9, 2016 - 1:33 pm

Wow, what a STUNNING hotel! Everything looks so glam and luxurious. That chandelier is just stunning! Loved all the informative details on this post.
Xx, K

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 5:02 pm

Thank you Kathryn! I wish I could write every detail but then I would ruin it for those who need to see the hotel for themselves! =)

Jen November 9, 2016 - 1:41 pm

We’re you a writing/English major? You wrote with such precision, detail, and fluency. I really enjoyed reading this. I have never been to Tokyo but I really want to go now! Were you there on vacation? I’m going to have to check this out if/when I go to Tokyo!!!

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 5:03 pm

Jen, you are so sweet, that is the nicest compliment! Yes, we went to Tokyo on vacation and it was a great experience. I definitely want to go back since we were only there for about a week.

Andreea Birsan November 9, 2016 - 2:42 pm

It looks and sounds like such a luxurious place! Loved everything about it, and the food seemed definitely delicious. Have a lovely day! <3


dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 5:05 pm

Hi Andreea, yes the food was delicious at Piacere and I truly looked forward to each morning and being at this hotel!

Jessi Malay November 9, 2016 - 2:55 pm

This hotel is absolutely stunning! I’ve been meaning to visit Tokyo someday, and this hotel looks like it would be the perfect place to stay. Pictures are stunning as always.. have an amazing week babe!

XO, Jessi

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 5:06 pm

You would love Tokyo Jessi! This is definitely the hotel for you babe!

Josie November 9, 2016 - 3:33 pm

Wow is this eveb real?! Such a gorgeous hotel! It’s good to know that they can accomodate families! I would so love to visit Tokyo one day!
You’ve taken amazing pictures! That chandelier at the beginning just wow!

Bisous, Josie

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 5:07 pm

I know, right? Such a lovely hotel and yes, it was nice that we could get the two adjoining rooms and how spacious each of the rooms were.

Maryam November 9, 2016 - 4:16 pm

Your pictures are amazing! I’ve never been but it sure looks great.

xo, Maryam

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 5:07 pm

Thank you Maryam! I hadn’t been to Tokyo before this trip too and now I want to go back and see and do more!

Jasmine K November 9, 2016 - 5:50 pm

This hotel is beautiful! Each part of the hotel is carefully designed and I love rooms with a view. Whenever I visit Tokyo, I will definitely be staying here. Thanks for sharing!

– Jasmine K

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:32 pm

Thanks Jasmine! The hotel definitely has amazing views of the city and nearby gardens.

Fe Samaia November 9, 2016 - 7:22 pm

Wow all of your photos look so amazing I definitely want to plan a trip there! It sounds like you had an amazing time 🙂

Thank you for sharing!

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:32 pm

The photos don’t do this hotel justice, but it was definitely a special place and Tokyo is an amazing city!

Gigi November 9, 2016 - 7:50 pm

This hotel looks so dreamy! And that pastry selection has got me so hungry right now!! 😉 I love all Shangri la properties, they are just the best!

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:35 pm

It truly is a dream and so is that pastry selection. =) I am a total dessert junkie myself so I stuffed my tummy every single morning!

Yasmin November 9, 2016 - 8:05 pm

Wow what gorgeous photos! This hotel is a total gem. I would check in and never check out haha! Love your outfit too, especially those lace up sandals and that high slit.

xx Yasmin

dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:35 pm

Thank you Yasmin! Trust me, I did not want to leave either!

Marcy November 9, 2016 - 10:02 pm

Wow babe looks like an amazing hotel!! Love the decoration! Very nice


dailykongfidence November 9, 2016 - 11:37 pm

Thanks Marcy! The interior decor is definitely comfort elegance all the way!

jasna November 10, 2016 - 6:26 am

this place is gorgeous babe. love everything 🙂 xx

dailykongfidence November 10, 2016 - 10:23 am

It truly is Jasna. Thank you!

Darlene November 10, 2016 - 9:42 am

I love Shangri La’s. Their service is amazing. LOve your shots here and you look so happy and relaxed.

dailykongfidence November 10, 2016 - 10:31 am

It was my first stay at a Shangri-la property and I will definitely be staying at their hotels more often now!

Linh Dao November 11, 2016 - 1:03 am

Wow your trip makes me want to visit and live there! Everything looks so amazing and elegant! I loveee the entrance and how clean the hotel looks! Such a great place to relax! Love the food you ate and your dress is stunning! Those gladiators shoes are the best! Can I come with you on your next vacation? Haha


Natalia K November 11, 2016 - 9:49 pm

Oh wow that hotel is amazing who wouldn’t want all those desserts and great service .
I love your post the photos are beautiful and it’s great too know that they cater to children as well.

Caprice bianca November 11, 2016 - 11:30 pm

Wow this looks heavenly. I would absolutely love to go to Tokyo. It looks like a trip of a lifetime. Your outfit styling is always right on point

Mandy Arisa November 12, 2016 - 11:13 pm

I always love the Shangri La hotels I hope to visit here when I am back in Tokyo! You look amazing in the dress Christine! 🙂

x Mandy

Michelle November 13, 2016 - 8:40 am

Wow! Looks amazing! I love those robes too! What a dream of a vacation!

Jessica November 13, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Your trip and travel experience at this hotel is simply amazing! So beautiful! xo, Jessica

samira November 13, 2016 - 11:44 pm

Thanks for sharing this Christine!! I’ve always wanted to go to Tokyo and would totally love to stay here, such great tips. Hope you had a great time!

xo, samira

Jordan Chapman November 16, 2016 - 5:42 pm

Holy crap you’re starting up my wanderlust again!! I would love to go there!
Jordan xx

dailykongfidence November 17, 2016 - 5:32 pm

Yes, Tokyo is definitely worth visiting for the food and all the fun culture. And The Shangri-la is the best hotel to stay at while visiting!

Tania November 17, 2016 - 5:03 pm

Wow, this hotel looks absolutely amazing! Would definitely want to stay here on a trip to Tokyo. I can’t get over the Japanese kimono and the little tea sets. Also, the pastries at the breakfast buffet. Even the oatmeal looks good, and I hate oatmeal! What a gorgeous venue. Sounds really fun for the kids too!

xx freshfizzle

dailykongfidence November 17, 2016 - 5:35 pm

Thank you Tania! It really is a spectacular hotel and all the little details like the kimono and tea makes it even more special.

Yuena November 24, 2016 - 1:08 am

Omgosh this hotel looks amazing. >.<

With Love,


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