Calming interiors, sustainable dining, and views of Mount Fuji beckon at the latest Asian property of Marriott International’s wellness-centric brand.
Japan-bound travelers keen to explore Kanagawa Prefecture can look to a newly minted five-star hotel that opened just last week in Minato Mirai, Yokohama’s central business district. Promising easy access to sightseeing spots like the Chinatown district and Sankei-en, an 18-hectare garden dotted with historic structures from across Japan, The Westin Yokohama puts guests in the heart of a fascinating but often overlooked port city.
To create the hotel’s modern residential-style interiors, London-based firm G.A. Design drew inspiration from the concept of biophilia — an innate human instinct to connect with nature — while paying tribute to local culture and Yokohama’s history as an international port. Travelers stepping into the first-floor arrival area will be greeted with the sound of gently running water and walls of natural stone and timber with metal accents. From there, express lifts will whisk them to the 23rd-floor lobby, which affords sweeping views toward Mount Fuji. A lobby-level feature fireplace encourages guests to linger, as does an indoor garden whose lighting scheme recalls sunlight streaming through trees, evoking the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku (aka forest bathing).
The 373 rooms and suites feature the brand’s signature Heavenly Bed, a soothing color palette with natural materials, and illuminations that cast leaf-shaped shadows on the ceiling. Expect to see floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the Yokohama cityscape, and sleek bathrooms fitted with Heavenly Bath rain showers, The Westin’s white tea aloe bath amenities, extra-large towels, and plush bathrobes.
Five dining and drinking outlets focus on sustainable eating, and use locally grown ingredients as much as possible to reduce food miles. All-day restaurant Brasserie du Quai serves French classics such as pâté de campagne and rillettes, while Kissui-sen is an izakaya-style venue showcasing fine produce from Japan’s seas, rivers, fields, and forests. At signature restaurant Iron Bay, chefs grill succulent meats, fresh seafood, and farm-to-table vegetables and fruits — all sourced from the surrounding regions — over an open fire. Lobby café Sugar Merchant specializes in delicate pastries and an assortment of coffees and teas, including artisanal Kanagawa herbal infusions. Come evening, guests will want to visit the speakeasy-style Code Bar to sample a diverse range of craft cocktails and mocktails inspired by different parts of Japan and named according to their postal codes.
On a dedicated wellness floor of more than 900 square meters, travelers will find Japan’s first Heavenly Spa by Westin. Facilities here include four treatment rooms, men’s and women’s saunas, a heated indoor swimming pool, and a WestinWorkout fitness studio stocked with TRX training equipment. Guests wishing to exercise outdoors can rely on The Westin Yokohama’s jogging maps, which cover a four and six-kilometer scenic route around the Minato Mirai waterfront area. The property is just a 25-minute drive from Haneda Airport, and the journey from nearby Yokohama Station to downtown Tokyo takes less than 50 minutes on local trains.
Doubles from US$257; westinyokohama.com