Magazine article Variety

Raise a Glass

Magazine article Variety

Raise a Glass

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Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

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A five-star luxury hotel is meant to be an experience, even if it's for a business trip, and the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, celebrating its 10th anniversary, ranks among the best in the world, and one of the chain's standout properties. Towering 38 stories above the city, with stunning views of Shinjuku and the Imperial Palace, the Cesar Pelli-designed hotel reflects themes of wood and water with 178 large guest rooms, impeccable spa and a unique collection of restaurants, including a pizza bar, branching out from the sky lobby like a living tree.

During Your Stay: Order Oriental Lounge's signature cocktail, the Nihonbashi ($17.35), named after the hotel's location on Tokyo's version of 5th Avenue. Reserve one of Tapas Molecular Bar's eight seats for a memorable 20-course dinner.

Mandarin Oriental Milan and San Francisco

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Mandarin Oriental is opening a new property in Europe as it shutters one in the U.S. Featuring Italian decor and signature Asian touches, the 104-room MO Milan, steps from the city's La Scala opera house, will feature restaurants by two Michelin-starred chef Antonio Guida, and a large spa inside its 19th century home. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the company is bidding farewell to the 11-floor, 158-room financial district high-rise it has owned for 27 years - sold to Loews in February.

During Your Stay: In Milan, shop the luxury stores on Via Montenapoleone; in San Francisco, stop by Brasserie S&P, which boasts the largest collection of gins in the city - and perhaps even the country - and sample a flight. …

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