Marriott International has debuted its Westin brand in the Japanese port city of Yokohama.
Owned by Sekisui House Ltd., the 373-room hotel is located in Minato Mirai, the city’s new central business district and offers easy access to sightseeing spots including Japan’s largest Chinatown and the Sankeien Garden.
The hotel has been designed by GA Design of London and draws inspiration from biophilia (human connection to the natural world). The first floor arrival area features natural stone and timber with steel and metal, accompanied by the sounds of running water.
The 23rd floor is home to the lobby and features an indoor garden with lighting representing sunlight streaming through the trees, and views of Mount Fuji.
Rooms include the brand’s Heavenly Bed, leaf-shaped illuminations that cast nature-inspired shadows on the ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows, and bathrooms with rain showers, White Tea aloe amenities and plush bathrobes.
There are five dining venues, all of which abide by a “locally grown and consumed” concept. All-day restaurant Brasserie du Quai is inspired by French seaside towns and offers classic French dishes; Kissui-sen is a contemporary izakaya-style restaurant; and Iron Bay specialises in grilled meats, fresh seafood and farm-to-table vegetables and fruits, all sourced from Yokohama and its surrounding regions.
Elsewhere, Sugar Merchant offers coffee, tea and pastries in the lobby, and speakeasy Code Bar serves cocktails and mocktails inspired by different areas in Japan and named after their postal codes.
On the leisure side, there is a wellness floor, heated indoor swimming pool and fitness studio. Guests can take part in the Run Westin programme, which provides maps offering either a three or five-mile route around the Minatomirai waterfront area.
Business guests can make use of the 1,000-plus sqm of indoor and outdoor event space.
Tokyo Haneda airport is within a 25-minute drive, while Tokyo city is just over 30 minutes by train.
Jennifer Connell, global brand leader at Westin Hotels and Resorts and VP Distinctive Premium Brands, Marriott International, commented:
“We are thrilled to expand the brand’s footprint in Japan with the opening of The Westin Yokohama. As the global hospitality leader in well-being for more than a decade, Westin continues to evolve and delivers its signature wellness programs to adapt to the needs of the modern traveler. The Westin Yokohama debuts as a haven of renewal, offering guests and locals a distinct experience in Japan’s new central business district and seek-after leisure destination.”