This grand property is just minutes from the Tokyo train station. Designed with the business traveler in mind they have 8 multi purpose rooms, 1 formal boardroom that seats 28,and 2 meeting rooms. The main ballroom has wide windows overlooking the impressive Imperial Palace grounds. The Palace Hotel tailors each corporate event to the clients need and has hosted many high profile events.
The 10 restaurants and bars in the hotel are first class and there are many private dining rooms for business dinners. Michelin 2 star Chef Shinji Kanesaka operates the sushi outpost within Wadakura a quartet of Japanese dining options. From sushi, tempura, and teppanyaki.
Seven airlines fly the 11 hour direct flight from LAX into Tokyo including American, Delta and United. Arriving at the Narita Airport which is an hour from the city. Most visitors then jump on the comfortable
Narita Express train for the hour journey to Tokyo station with its hundreds of new restaurants and shops located under the heart of the city. A stay at the 5 Star Shangri-La Hotel which is adjacent to the train station is ideal. This property was named the Number 1 Hotel among top 100 world hotels 2013 by Institutional Investor.
Upon arrival the Shangri-La bell man or girl will meet you right on the train platform as you exit and take you and your bags to the Hotel. Again doing the same for your departure. This luxury 200 room Hotel opened in 2009 and is the first Shangri-La Hotel in Japan. They have 75 properties around the world.
This property catering to the international business traveler recently launched "Authentically Tokyo" a new 3 night 4 day package with extensive meeting rooms, facilities, lunches and dinners. Offering local dining experiences outside the Hotel and excursions to Hakone's hot springs, or bullet train to Kyoto for a memorable outing. Also shopping in Tokyo's world famous Ginza district, the vibrant restaurants of Marunouchi are all just a short ride from the Shangri-La Hotel which is located in the financial heart of Japan. The Hotel features two signature restaurants, Piacere serving authentic Italian cuisine, and Nadamen where I had a superb Japanese dinner. I had a soothing massage at their world class spa CHI, featuring ancient Chinese healing therapies. With it's 6 treatment rooms that are the largest self contained spa suites in Tokyo. Read more about this property at Tokyo Shangri-La
Around the corner from the hotel is Zakuro restaurant a great place for a Shabu-Shabu lunch or dinner with friends or clients. Here your kimono clad waitress will help you cook paper thin raw meat and chopped vegetables in a seasoned boiling broth, accompanied with dipping sauces. I thoroughly enjoyed my first Tokyo experience. They have 4 locations in Tokyo. To read more about them go to www.zakurorestaurant.com
Only American and Cathay Pacific fly the 14 hour direct flights from LAX to Hong Kong. HK if you have never been before is divided into two half's, Central Hong Kong on one side of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon Hong Kong on the other side. My first stay was at the spectacular 565 room Island Shangri-La located in Central HK..
Named best business Hotel in HK by Business Traveler for the 3rd straight year. Opening in 1991 Island Shangri-La stands a towering 56 floors above the picturesque Victoria Harbour. The lobby features the largest mural in the world stretching up all the way to the 56th floor. Catering to the business traveler this property boasts 34 suites with privileges at the opulent Horizon Club Lounge located on the 56 floor with sweeping views. A perfect place for a casual breakfast/business meeting or cocktails at night. The Hotel offers one ballroom, 6 function rooms and a special function space called The Atrium. They can customize your business meetings and events, now offering a program 'Experience it' with go green coffee breaks and lunches featuring sustainable seafood and locally source cuisine. Also a guided green walk to nearby Hong Kong Park which has a spectacular atrium with over 200 exotic colorful birds.
Honored by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best Hotels in the world for dining. Island Shangri-La's restaurant Petrus offers fine French Cuisine. I enjoyed an amazing traditional Cantonese dinner at their Michelin 2 Star Summer Palace. Both Summer Palace and their classy Japanese restaurant Nadamen offer private rooms as well for business lunches and dinners. To read more about this hotel go to Island Shangri-La
The best way to experience Hong Kong for the first time is to take a Gray Line Tour. I did the Deluxe Hong Kong Island 7 hour tour. Our guide arrived in a shuttle bus at my Hotel and a small group of a dozen of us were whisked off through the city streets to the Man Mo Temple built in 1847. Next stop was a ride aboard the scenic steep Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak. There you walk along the Sky Terrace the highest viewing platform in Hong Kong making for spectacular photos of entire city below.
Later we boarded a small boat where we weaved through the floating Aberdeen Fishing Village where hundreds of fishermen and families live on their boats full time partly because Hong Kong boasts some of the worlds most expensive real estate and rentals.
Our boat then docked at Jumbo Kingdom for a Dim Sum lunch., This huge floating restaurant has hosted the likes of Queen Elizabeth to Tom Cruise. Then it's off for shopping at Stanley Market and finishing at the Tse Sui Luen Jewelry Company. Gray Line offers many shorter tours as well. To see all their tours go to Grayline Tours
In the evening I enjoyed Aqua Luna, a 45 minute cruise around Victoria Harbour on a traditional Chinese Junk Boat. Here you have spectacular views of both sides of Hong Kong with buildings along the waters edge lit up and bathed in neon lights. Many visitors and locals line up along the waters edge to eat drink and stroll as they watch the nightly 15 minute lazer show with orchestration music known as The Symphony of Lights. Others enjoy taking photo with the Bruce Lee Statue. Your hotel concierge can arrange your Aqua Luna tickets. To learn more go to Aqualuna Cruise
The Shangri-La boasts a second wonderful HK Kowloon Property as well.
When entering the lobby of the Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong you are struck by the beauty of gleaming Statuario marble, glittering Viennese chandeliers, a two story marble fountain and two large murals. With 688 elegantly appointed rooms and 42 suites offering breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour below,
This Hotel is the winner of 'World Top Hotel Gold List' from 1997-2013 and ranked 3rd among all HK hotels 2011-2013 by Conde Nast Traveler. They have 3 floors of Club level rooms. Here you have access to the Horizon Club with private check in and late check out. The Horizon Club Lounge also provides an intimate complimentary breakfast and cocktail hour. But don't skip the main dining room buffet breakfast, it is simply one of the best I have ever been to. Enjoy the fresh squeeze juice station where you can choose from 15 or more exotic fruits to blend. they feature a full Chinese selection of amazing Dim Sum and cooked local dishes. In America we think of Dim Sum as lunch but in HK it is traditionally eaten for breakfast. Accompanied by a full western station to customize your eggs, omelette, and pancakes to your liking. They feature a vast selection of fresh baked breads, muffins, pastries and cakes. Like the Central Shangri-La everything about this sister property is big and classy, From their marble bathrooms, huge bay windows to see the spectacular Victoria Harbour below, to the 24 hour exquisite room service.
Just a 5 minute walk from the Hotel lobby is Nathan Street with its bustling shopping and restaurants. Here is a great place to get a custom tailored men's suite made to order. Just stroll down the busy street and the tailors will come out and approach you. Hong Kong is often called the New York of the east, and like NY it is a great walking city, so go out and explore.