Westin opens holistic hotel in the port city of Yokohama

by | 07 Jul 2022 | Hotel Openings, Projects

Imagery courtesy of Westin Hotels & Resorts.

Westin Hotels & Resorts has announced the debut of The Westin Yokohama in Japan where well-being experiences cater for the modern traveller.

Biophilia-inspired design meets the hotel brand’s six pillars of well-being in this property set in the new central business district of Yokohama, Minato Mirai.

An urban well-being haven

Westin Hotels & Resorts and the owner of this property, Sekisui House, Ltd., have collaborated on the creation of a 373-key hotel that aims to help guests be the best version of themselves.

The Westin Yokohama introduces guests to the important port city, located southwest of Tokyo, that is now one of Japan’s commercial powerhouses. The hotel places guests within a 25-minute drive of Tokyo Haneda Airport, a 36-minute train from the centre of Tokyo and close to local sites such as Japan’s largest Chinatown.

Commenting on the opening, Jennifer Connell, global brand leader of Westin Hotels & Resorts and vice president of Distinctive Premium Brands for Marriott International, said: “We are thrilled to expand the brand’s footprint in Japan with the opening of The Westin Yokohama.”

“As the global hospitality leader in well-being for more than a decade, Westin continues to evolve and deliver its signature wellness programs to adapt to the needs of the modern traveller. The Westin Yokohama debuts as a haven of renewal, offering guests and locals a distinct experience in Japan’s new central business district and sought-after leisure destination.”

Richard Suter, general manager of the hotel, added: “With its inspiring location, sustainable dining, and array of wellness amenities, The Westin Yokohama is an urban oasis perfectly suited to health-conscious business and leisure travellers visiting this wonderful city. We look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy the brand’s signature well-being experiences during their stay.”

Six pillars of well-being

The hotel was designed by G.A. Design of London around the idea that a connection to nature enhances well-being. Inspiration taken from the locale is paired with a modern residential feel.

The arrival area incorporates natural stone, timber and running water, while the 23rd-floor lobby with views out towards Mount Fuji features an indoor garden and fireplace.

The hospitality brand’s six well-being pillars – Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well – are incorporated throughout, from the design of the guest rooms, which feature Heavenly Beds, to the five restaurants and bars offering seasonal cuisine with the region’s produce.

Guests can dine at the French-seaside-inspired Brasserie du Quai all-day restaurant, contemporary izakaya-style Kissui-sen dining venue showcasing fine Japanese produce and signature restaurant Iron Bay for open-fire grilled dishes. Coffees, teas, Kanagawa herbal infusions and pastries are served in the lobby’s Sugar Merchant and cocktails are served in the speakeasy Code Bar.

The hotel comprises a dedicated wellness floor incorporating Japan’s first Heavenly Spa by Westin, which is joined by a heated indoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studio. Guests can also make use of the RunWESTIN programme providing jogging maps around the waterfront area.

Events will be hosted in over 11,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor event space including a Grand Ballroom and four meeting rooms, as well as The Westin Garden.

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