Went there for some pre-dinner drinks. We have always been wanting to come to this hotel and bar since it was opened in 1994 as it’s one of the first top floor hotels in the world.
The entrance wasn’t very easy to find if you went to the lobby of the building first (it’s part of the office building) but we found it at the end (Servicewise I do think it’s much better at Mandarin Oriental because someone actually takes you to the elevator instead of just pointing it).
The bar has a very comprehensive wine list (lacks of the local sake and plum wines tho) shame I only drink cocktails. The view was great but the whole bar is smoking only so if you are a non-smoker you wouldn’t want to go there otherwise you will be soaked in second hand smoke.
I have to say when we first arrived (around 7pm) we were taken to the bar by the hostess, she asks if we were the guest of the hotel and we said no then she gave us a look and rolled her eyes. Well, I don’t know what’s the service like at the hotel side but if this is the service we get in the bar then I won’t be staying at the hotel for sure! Since we were not the guests of the hotel we “couldn’t” sit by the window side and that was a put off.
Also another thing was the cover charge. In my impression if you get into the bar before they start charging cover charges then you are exempt as you arrived earlier, but not in this bar. If you stay after 8pm a ¥2,200 per person cover charge will be added to your bill regardless what time you have arrived. It was an experience I wouldn’t want to go back to, the view from the bar might be nice but the service is bad enough to put us off.
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