[Information Article] News from The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo




TOKYO, November 25, 2009 – The “stars” aligned once again for The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, as its Japanese restaurant, Hinokizaka, was awarded the coveted Michelin star rating for 2010.  Joining the ranks of an elite few, Hinokizaka was praised by the guide for “a presentation that is colorful and eye-catching and where care is taken to complement the food with the beautiful tableware.”

“This year, third time is a charm indeed and we are very pleased to have been awarded the Michelin Star for Hinokizaka for 2010,” said Troy Clarry, Executive Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage.  “Receiving this award for the third consecutive year validates the work that our talented culinary team produces on a daily basis, and also further enlivens our service value of continuously seeking opportunities to innovate and improve The Ritz-Carlton Experience.”

Hinokizaka offers contemporary Japanese cuisine that is deeply rooted in traditional sensitivities. With more than 60 years of experience between them, the restaurant’s four chefs accommodate extravagant haute kaiseki feasts as well as à la minute presentations at the restaurant’s sushi, teppanyaki and tempura counters.

Hinokizaka is open daily for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m.  Its 200-year old teahouse, Kokushoan, is especially popular for special affairs. Other private rooms, with both tatami mat and western-style seating, are also available.

Reservations and inquiries can be placed by dialing 0120-798-688 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. (toll-free in Japan), or calling +81-3-3423-8000, from overseas.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Located in the heart of Tokyo Midtown, in the city’s tallest building, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo sits at the core of Roppongi, the capital’s entertainment, diplomatic and design-related business hub.  Occupying the top nine floors of the 53-story building, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo offers 360-degree panoramic vistas of Tokyo including Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji.  Featuring 248 guest rooms, including 36 suites and Ritz-Carlton Club Level Rooms, the hotel delivers a guest experience like no other and accommodations that offer Frette linens and featherbeds, deep-soaking tubs, rain showers, two Sony BRAVIA televisions, complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, dual-line telephones with voicemail, CD and DVD player and complimentary water at turndown.  For pure luxury outside of its guest rooms, the hotel’s Spa and Fitness by ESPA offers guests the ultimate in pampering, while its two dining outlets – Hinokizaka, a Michelin star-rated Japanese restaurant, and  Restaurant Forty Five, offering modern French cuisine – provide pure satisfaction for the palate.  The hotel also offers state-of-the-art event facilities, including a dedicated Wedding Chapel.  The Ritz-Carlton is located Tokyo Midtown 9-7-1, Akasaka, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 107-6245 Japan.  For more information, or for reservations, please call +81-3-3423-8000, or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/tokyo.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 70 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Dubai International Financial Centre, United Arab Emirates; Dove Mountain, Tucson, Arizona; and Lake Tahoe, California. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.