Ambassador Hotel Review – The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

- Marc Newson, Designer

Marc Newson


Marc Newson is a successful industrial designer who works in aircraft, product and furniture design. A Royal Designer for Industry in the U.K. and Creative Director of Qantas Airways, he is known for his biomorphic design sensibility, perhaps best exemplified in his iconic Lockheed Lounge chair.


When in Tokyo, the Ritz Carlton Hotel is always my preferred choice. Whenever I stay there, I feel instantly welcome. The familiar surroundings always help me to relax after battling the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. The hotel is located in the Roppongi District, Tokyo’s entertainment, diplomatic and business hub. The Ritz sits above an extensive shopping center and is directly connected to the Tokyo subway system.

The service at the Ritz is exemplary as always. On this visit I stayed on the Club Level. Located on the top floor overlooking Mt. Fuji, the club level offers lots of little extras that I appreciate including a dedicated concierge as well as complimentary food and drinks. My spacious suite offered plenty of space to unwind.

The gym facilities are very good. However I should point out that the ‘extra’ cost of the gym is huge. Personally I don’t agree with the decision to charge extra to use the gym.

There are at least six restaurants at the Ritz and they are all very good. The traditional Japanese cuisine of the Michelin rated Hinokizaka, in particular, is fantastic.

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