By Denis Sheehan MIH, Publisher, H&C News: Dorchester Collection adds Japan’s highest building to its brand portfolio.
Dorchester Collection has been selected to manage the hotel within, Torch Tower, Japan’s highest building, scheduled to open in 2028. Dorchester Collection, arguably the world’s most respected hotel brand, currently selectively comprises ‘only’ nine hotels in London, Paris, Milan, Rome, and Los Angeles.
Next year the company will open its first hotel in the Middle East, The Lana, Dubai, followed by the hotel in Torch Tower, the first Dorchester Collection hotel in Asia, offering gracious Japanese hospitality, combined with the brand’s elevated service and experiences.
TOKYO TORCH aims to become a core of urban tourism as the gateway to Tokyo and Japan, and the hotel is a key component of this redevelopment in the heart of Tokyo’s city centre. Located in the upper floors of Torch Tower, the hotel offers a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay, the city centre, as well as of Mt. Fuji.
Combining these aspects with Dorchester Collection, which has carved its name in the history and culture of many parts of the world, the aim will be to create the only worldview with TOKYO TORCH, and a true luxury area in Japan that can be experienced nowhere else.
Christopher Cowdray, chief executive officer, Dorchester Collection told us: “This new hotel will become a beacon for Japan’s ultra-luxury hotel landscape and set new benchmarks.
“World-class architects will inspire with their symbolic design torch concept, lighting up not only the future of Tokyo and Japan but also the world.
“Tokyo has long been an integral part of our growth strategy given it is a gateway to Asia and its global significance, and to be partnering with the highly esteemed Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd. and Tokyo Century Corporation is a true honour. Their core values are perfectly aligned with ours given the vision of ‘a love for people, a love for the city’ and our ‘We Care’ philosophy.”
Junichi Yoshida, president & chief executive officer, Mitsubishi Estate commented: “We are delighted to welcome the historic and traditional Dorchester Collection as our partner. We are confident that by infusing the culture and hospitality that Dorchester Collection has cultivated over the years, the hotel will provide a “one-of-a-kind experience” that is unique to this location.”
Yoichiro Nakai, deputy president and executive officer, Tokyo Century Corporation added: “It is a pleasure to have Dorchester Collection, which operates famous hotels around the world, become a part of TOKYO TORCH, a symbol of our partnership of more than a decade with Mitsubishi Estate. I believe the brand philosophy ‘one-of-a-kind experience’ woven by Torch Tower as Japan’s tallest building and Dorchester Collection will make Tokyo and Japan newly compelling.”