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Many attributes of this fine, contemporary hotel win me over, starting with the large sumi-e (Japanese brush painting) in the lobby by one of my favorite Japanese artists, Toko Shinoda, just one of 23 leading Japanese craftsmen with artwork gracing the hotel. It also has one of the city's largest spa and fitness centers, occupying the entire 29th floor with 10 treatment rooms, a 25m pool (with a sumi-e design on the bottom, naturally), and a gym offering aerobics, yoga, and other classes. But it's what's outside the hotel that makes this property special: fantastic views of Tokyo Bay and Odaiba over Hama Riku Garden. Because the cheapest rooms (sized at a very respectable 48 sq. m [516 sq. ft.]) face the city, I think it's worth splurging for bayside rooms, which take full advantage of those panoramic views with couches that extend the entire length of the wall-to-wall window and are great places to relax with the morning newspaper or evening drink. Located a short walk from Ginza and Shiodome, the hotel is surrounded by office buildings housing mostly TV and advertising conglomerates, which perhaps explains why half of Conrad's guests are international travelers, most of them American.