Style Meets Sustainability
by Alain Gayot
In Japanese, “miyako” is used to describe a flourishing center of business and entertainment, and as the name suggests, the Miyako Hybrid Hotel is just that—a hybrid of industry and recreation, eco-friendly practices and technology, as well as the traditional elegance of Japanese culture and the luxuries of modern hospitality.
The LEED Silver-certified hotel features the latest in “green” practices in its 208 rooms, plus six luxury suites and six hospitality suites. Visitors will find the use of environmentally-friendly construction materials, as well as natural and recycled materials throughout, a solar-powered electrical system and water efficient methods. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide maximum levels of natural light, while soft color palettes of creams, gold, charcoal, greens and browns and bathrooms designed with granite, stone and glass create a calming and natural atmosphere for guests.
The Miyako Hybrid’s modern luxuries are not only evident in the rooms—with heated water bidets and oversized televisions—but in the amenities, as well. The state-of-the-art fitness center includes two Wii consoles while the lobby features a 24-hour business center. The Relaken Day Spa incorporates a jet bath and sauna as well as a hot stone spa, ancient Balinese aroma treatments and Japanese rejuvenation techniques including Shiatsu.
Guests may opt to stay in and experience Gonpachi restaurant, offering delicious signature Japanese-American fusion cuisine. The menu combines authentic Japanese cooking with California’s unique culinary flavors and styles, and offers a variety of rare Japanese sake and shochu to accompany any meal. Dining options are abundant in Torrance, with most within walking distance of Miyako Hybrid, as are the quaint shops and stores of Old Torrance. There is also the Mitsuwa Market Center conveniently located next door.
Tourists looking to stay near Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Hollywood Walk of Fame or the beach may choose to make reservations elsewhere. But this off-the-beaten-path hotel offers a lot to busy executives, especially those fond of Japanese culture conducting business in the South Bay. With Honda and Toyota offices nearby, don’t be surprised if you wind up sharing a bar with top automotive administrators.
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