The iconic Conrad Tokyo has once again been recognized as one of Tokyo’s finest hotels in the Michelin Guide Tokyo, Yokohama, Shonan 2013. Credit: Conrad Hotels & Resorts.

TOKYO - The iconic Conrad Tokyo has once again been recognized as one of Tokyo's finest hotels in the Michelin Guide Tokyo, Yokohama, Shonan 2013. Michelin's rigorous and independent evaluation system rates hotels in 'order of comfort' placing Conrad Tokyo in the highest category with five red 'pavilions,' an award bestowed on Conrad Tokyo every consecutive year since the inaugural Guide in 2007.

In recognizing it consistently as one of the very best in the capital, Michelin applauded the hotel's large spacious rooms offering guests a choice of garden or city views and featuring décor reflecting their respective urban or nature themes. Rooms overlooking Tokyo Bay with panoramic views of Rainbow Bridge and Hamarikyu Gardens were especially identified as noteworthy while those on the 37th floor were strongly recommended for their unusually high ceilings. The hotel was also noted as being "highly convenient" for both business and leisure travelers alike, and for its role at the cutting edge of setting trends in Tokyo.

The prestigious Guide also once again recognized the Conrad Tokyo as a multi-starred dining destination awarding a coveted Michelin star each to both China Blue and Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Tokyo for the sixth consecutive year. Conrad Tokyo is the only hotel in Tokyo to have two Michelin-starred restaurants.

The popular fine-dining Guide, which was released for sale on December 1, is based entirely on regular and anonymous visits to restaurants and hotels to assess the quality of products and services offered to all customers. "We are delighted to receive the distinction of being the only hotel in Tokyo with two Michelin-starred restaurants," says Conrad Tokyo General Manager Gregor Andréewitch. "The prestigious accolades are a true testament to the Conrad Tokyo team's consistent dedication to culinary and hospitality excellence."

China Blue: One Michelin Star
For China Blue, one out of only six Chinese restaurants selected in the 2013 Guide, the award of a Michelin star for the sixth year in a row reconfirms Chef Albert Tse's position as a pioneer of gourmet Chinese cuisine in Japan.

The Guide recognized the avant-garde Chinese restaurant's distinctive blue-lit interiors and stunning views of Hamarikyu Onshi Teien Garden and the Tokyo Bay area. It made particular note of the three private rooms, especially the glass corner, and that guests enjoy "not only traditional Cantonese cuisine but also contemporary creations accented with flavours of Asian countries."

China Blue also received three red fork-and-spoon symbols depicting an especially pleasant and "very comfortable restaurant" evaluated in terms of factors such as interiors and hospitality, and the symbol depicting an "interesting wine list". One MICHELIN star means "A very good restaurant in its category. A place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard." According to MICHELIN, a restaurant that receives one or more stars "is not only one of the best in its country but also one of the best in the world."

"I am extremely proud to receive this honour again," says Chef Albert Tse. "Winning our first Michelin star with the inaugural issue of the Michelin Guide in Tokyo six years ago was so exciting but to have been re-awarded it every year since is testament to our team's exceptional commitment to creating the very best modern Chinese cuisine in Japan."

Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Tokyo: One MICHELIN Star
MICHELIN again recognized Chef Shin Maeda's exceptional culinary achievements at Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Tokyo for the fifth year running. Maeda, who trained with Gordon Ramsay in several of his leading London dining establishments, was noted in the Guide for his creative and light culinary philosophy with a menu featuring a modern interpretation of classics such as handmade Tortellini pasta and fresh crab, and truffle scented consommé. The wine list was noted for its well-known labels from around the world and a wide range of prices. The modern French restaurant also received the symbol for "a very comfortable restaurant."

"The Michelin star is the ultimate accolade for any chef as it really does present the best hotels and restaurants in Tokyo," says Maeda. "It is also an inspiration for my team and I to continue to dedicate ourselves to culinary excellence in the future."

About the Michelin Guide
This year's Guide reaffirms Tokyo as the world's leading Michelin starred city: even with a reduction to 14 three star restaurants from the 16 last year, the capital still has more three-star restaurants than any other city, a distinction it won from Paris in the 2010 edition. The Guide 2013 introduces a total of 350 establishments of which 286 are restaurants, 52 hotels and 12 ryokans. A total of 214 restaurants in Tokyo, Yokohama and Shonan earned one star.

One of the oldest European hotel and restaurant guides, the MICHELIN guide began in 1908 as simple recommendations of food and accommodation throughout France. In 1926 the Guide introduced the star to note good cooking, two and three stars were added in the early 1930s. MICHELIN updates its guides every year. Its continued popularity is due to its rigorous and anonymous evaluation that gives a consistent guide to the best hotels and restaurants in each comfort and price category.

About Conrad Tokyo
Conrad Tokyo is a luxurious modern icon with breathtaking bay views just minutes from the shopping and entertainment centers of Ginza and Roppongi. Awarded the highest level of comfort for hotels in Tokyo in the Michelin Guide for six consecutive years and features two Michelin-starred restaurants - Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Tokyo and China Blue, Conrad Tokyo is the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers seeking a contemporary sanctuary in the heart of Tokyo. Conrad Tokyo was recently awarded the Connie Award, recognizing it as the best hotel within the Conrad luxury brand of hotels globally. Named after our late founder, Conrad Hilton, the award symbolizes the perfect balance of a great product and outstanding service."

For further information on Conrad Tokyo, please visit www.ConradTokyo.co.jp.

Contacts:
Kanna Iizuka
Marketing Communications Manager, Conrad Tokyo
+81 (0) 3 6388 8500
Kanna.Iizuka@conradhotels.com

About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
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