Waldorf Astoria to Debut in Japan with Milestone Signing In Tokyo

By : Krishna Anindyo | Tuesday, October 27 2020 - 15:40 IWST

Hilton – Asia Pacific (Photo by Hilton Asia Pacific - Posts | Facebook)
Hilton – Asia Pacific (Photo by Hilton Asia Pacific - Posts | Facebook)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Tokyo and McLean, Va – Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) premier luxury brand of iconic hotels, today announced the signing of a management agreement for the first Waldorf Astoria in Japan with Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. Expected to open in 2026, Waldorf Astoria Tokyo Nihonbashi will be developed by Mitsui Fudosan and managed by Hilton.

Located within a planned mixed-use development that will include office and retail spaces as well as luxury apartments, Waldorf Astoria Tokyo Nihonbashi will span nine stories, from levels 39 to 47.

The hotel will feature a total of 197 guest rooms ranging from 60 square meters onwards, three distinctive restaurants, and Peacock Alley, the elegant lounge and bar synonymous with the Waldorf Astoria brand, offering guests a delightful destination to unwind at any time of the day.

Guests will have access to an indoor pool, spa and fitness center, while the hotel’s 583 square meters of meetings and events space includes a ballroom and chapel for special events.

Waldorf Astoria Tokyo Nihonbashi will be located close to Tokyo’s top shopping area of Ginza as well as Tokyo Station and the central business districts of Marunouchi, Yaesu and Otemachi.

Guests will also enjoy the convenient location near Haneda Airport, only 20 kilometers from the hotel, in addition to being directly connected to Nihombashi Station, the main commuter station in the area. Nihonbashi prospered during the Edo period as the center of culture, economy, and commerce, and, following development in recent years, it has emerged as a trend-setting area steeped in history and tradition popular with both domestic and international tourists.

“We are so pleased to partner with Mitsui Fudosan on the inaugural Waldorf Astoria hotel in Japan,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hilton.

“Tokyo is an iconic city that holds a special place in Hilton’s history, and Japan represents a key market for our business. This signing furthers our commitment to serving more travelers in more destinations around the globe. We look forward to extending our legendary True Waldorf Service to our guests in Tokyo, offering flawless experiences tailored to each guest.”

“We are thrilled to continue our luxury expansion in Japan by introducing Waldorf Astoria to one of the world's most sought-after destinations. This follows our announcement of the LXR Hotels & Resorts brand debut in Kyoto earlier this year. The continued growth of our luxury presence in Japan signals our commitment to bringing our renowned levels of hospitality and unparalleled service into the market to cater to discerning travelers both domestically and internationally,” said Matt Fry, senior vice president, development, Asia Pacific, Hilton.

“The Waldorf Astoria brand has a long-standing legacy of setting the standard for luxury and for providing highly anticipatory, personalized service along with exclusive experiences for our guests,” said Dino Michael, global head, Luxury Brands, Hilton.

“When Waldorf Astoria Tokyo Nihonbashi opens, we are confident that it will be a gem within the city and will be known the world over for the impeccable service it delivers, the sense of place it evokes, and the unforgettable moments guests experience throughout their stay.”

“Hilton was the first international brand to enter Japan and it has since established itself as an industry leader that understands the market inside and out. We are excited to partner with Hilton to sign the first Waldorf Astoria hotel in Japan and be a part of the luxury brand’s expansion in the country,” said Yutaka Kawamura, Managing Officer and Hotels & Resorts General Manager, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

“We are confident that as part of the upcoming large-scale mixed-use development in the historic Nihonbashi district, Waldorf Astoria Tokyo Nihonbashi will be a great addition to our growing hotel and resort business as we seek to partner with like-minded hotel companies to bring luxury hotel brands into Japan for both the domestic and international travel market.”

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts guests can access benefits of a Hilton Honors membership, the award- winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands.

Members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive Member discount, and free Standard WiFi. Members also have access to contactless technology exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app.

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