Part of the ambitious Roppongi Hills complex completed in 2003, the Grand Hyatt is an unreservedly sophisticated and luxurious hotel. It is ideally located at the heart of the Roppongi art triangle with Mori tower gallery, the National art museum and the Suntory gallery all nearby. It pays homage to them with diverse and arresting artworks throughout the lobby, lounges and rooms. Its ten restaurants attract the fashionable Tokyo set as well as the hotel's own guests, with the French Kitchen and Gaucho-style Oak Door proving particularly popular. The 25m basement pool, giant jacuzzi and gym are first rate and the service is particularly suited to western visitors who make up a significant proportion of the guests. Rooms are spacious and uncluttered with clean lines and all the hi-tech features one could need to create the ideal conditions. It may not quite be the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku, and the Roppongi area is more raucous after dark, but the Grand Hyatt is nonetheless one of the city's most impressive hotels.
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