Amid the world economic crisis, Shangri-La Hotel has finally entered the Japanese market. On March 2, following a lion dance ceremony, the doors opened to guests of honor and hotel employees. The 202-room hotel will occupy the top 11 floors of Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building and include Italian restaurant Piacere, Japanese restaurant Nadaman, lobby lounge and horizon club lounge.
The hotel is located right next to Tokyo Station; the latest addition to the Marunouchi area. The hotel will offer “Discover Shangri-La” until April 12, 2009. During this time, you can stay in a deluxe room for 110,000yen a night (tax and service charge not included). Rates usually begin at 56,000yen a night.
Within a few short years, the Tokyo Station area has added Marunouchi Building, Shin-Marunouchi Building, TOKIA, Four Seasons Hotel, etc. This is not to mention The Peninsula Hotel and Yurakucho ITOCiA nearby. If this economic situation continues, we may be looking at a ghost town.
On an interesting note, Shangri-La has suspended plans to open a hotel in Chicago, Tokyo’s rival city for hosting the 2016 Olympics. Good luck Shangri-La.