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I’ve already written about the flights to and from Tokyo, as well as the amazing experiences (and meals!) I had while I was there. Now it’s time to take you inside the Park Hyatt that I called home during my trip to Japan.
As soon as I got off my super chic Friendly Airport Limo Bus, I was greeted by a hostess who welcomed me and escorted me to the elevators. Since this was a planned trip coordinated by the hotel, she had my key with her so we went straight to my room on the 45th floor. I was given a standard Park King room, which had fantastic eastern views of Tokyo. In fact, I think every room at this hotel probably has great panoramic views thanks to its location on the building’s high floors (all 155 rooms and 23 suites are on the 41st floor and above) and its layout.
Here’s a gallery of shots I took of my room, the restaurant, a few of the suites, and the rooftop pool and gym. Scroll down further to find out what I liked and what I didn’t … and how you can use Hyatt points to stay here on your next trip to Tokyo.
After getting settled in, I headed to Girandole, which is the Italian restaurant where Hyatt Diamond members can get their free breakfast (they can also do this via room service). I went with the buffet and ended up making a unique version of smoked salmon and a bagel – instead it was on fresh bread and with a creamy olive spread, which was a nice complement. The fresh fruit was delicious and I went with some green tea to get me energized for my first day in Tokyo.
I ended up meeting up with the PR manager of the hotel for a tour and I specifically wanted to see the suites, because when I return I’m very tempted to use some of my Diamond Upgrade certificates to secure one. I also had the pleasure of touring one of the show-stopping Diplomat Suites – complete with baby grand piano and a bathtub overlooking the entire city.
Then we went to the rooftop pool and gym (which I probably should have visited more often on my trip), which was featured several times in Lost in Translation,
Overall, the hotel is stunning and the service was even more remarkable. The only complaint I could see guests having is that the location is secluded. It is a solid 10 minute walk to Shinjuku station (longer for slow walkers), but I had no problem with this. The hotel does have a free shuttle that runs every 20 minutes and frankly most people staying at the Park Hyatt can also afford a taxi. Every time I returned to the Park Hyatt, I felt like I was returning to a private sanctuary and I spent a lot of time just relaxing in the spacious, sunny room.
The other main Hyatt option is in Roppongi, which is a more touristy and crowded area. I personally liked the upscale Shinjuku location of the Park Hyatt, but I can see how people who want the hustle and bustle Tokyo experience would want to stay at the Grand Hyatt.
While my stay was comped, I will be returning and most likely using my points because the Park Hyatt Tokyo is not a cheap hotel (rates in July start at around $500 per night). However, I’ve always had success using Hyatt points for clients and friends/family and at 22,000 points a night, it’s one of the best redemption values for Hyatt points.
The Hyatt credit card has a sign-up bonus of two free nights (and those two nights are in a suite for Diamond members), so that’s a pretty good value for a $75 annual fee. Or even better, the Chase Sapphire Preferred currently has a 50,000 point bonus and the $85 fee waived the first year – those points can instantly be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to your (or anyone else’s) Hyatt account, so two nights at this hotel, essentially for free, with some points leftover.
Full disclosure: My flights and hotels were comped by Delta and Hyatt respectively but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.