Park Hyatt Tokyo
Service and attention to detail beyond compare. The rooms were ample in size; bathrooms were stunningly beautiful and provided every conceivable amenity, rooms were finished with a tasteful décor boasting original artworks throughout. I have read that some people felt this hotel was highly over priced; perhaps these people haven’t traveled extensively in Japan. The concierge was ever ready to take on your every task, for those of you who do not speak Japanese; some of the staff here speak better English than the western guests themselves! On clear days, rooms facing Mt. Fuji have an unobstructed view of the often obscure attraction.The view from the pool is unrivaled, you can even see the New York Bar and Grill from the pool, in the tower just below, which offers a similar view with the added bonus of being one of the hotels biggest draws. The food here is fantastic, and the service is impeccable. I wasn`t absolutely thrilled with a few items that I ordered from room service, but aside from that, without a doubt the most memorable hotel I have stayed at in Japan. The pool, the spas, the views, The New York Bar and Grill, Kozue, The Peak lounge, Restaurant Girandole, the Park Hyatt Deli, The Pastry Boutique
Raising the Bar on Luxury Hotels
My wife and I staggered off of the 12-hour flight, navigated byzantine Narita Airport, and shuffled onto an Airport Limousine Bus (3000 yen per person and available right in the arrival lobby outside customs) for a 90-minute ride to the Park Hyatt. The Park Hyatt was the last stop, so we wound through the neon of nighttime Shinjuku as the bus stopped at all of the major hotels. Finally we arrived, and by the time I stepped off of the bus, the bellman had already loaded my baggage onto his cart. He welcomed me in fluent English and took down my name before ushering me into the hotel. As we passed the bell desk, he spoke my name to another bellman which put the Hyatt’s choreographed check-in process into motion.
The Park Hyatt’s lobby is on the 43rd floor, so it entails a trip in their very decorative elevator. The elevator opens into The Peak Lounge, a large room with high ceilings that contains the swank bar from the movie "Lost in Translation". It's a short walk through the library to unique reception area. Where were invited to sit at a table opposite the front desk person. My signature card and some flowers for my wife were already neatly positioned in front of me when I sat down. After the brief paperwork, I was issued a metal key (I was expecting a card) and our bellman showed us to our Park Room where he explained the amenities and politely reminded me that tipping is not necessary in Japan.
After we played with the various gizmos in the room (automated window blinds, 50-inch plasma TV, free DSL hookup, electronic butt-washing toilet), we took a hot shower, poured a cold drink from the well-stocked minibar, and stared at the beautiful nighttime cityscape outside our window. Herein is the best part of the Park Hyatt: Coming from the US to Japan is pretty bumpy in terms of travel time, jet lag, and culture shock, even for a guy that's done it all his life. Staying at the Park Hyatt is a wonderful way to ease into a trip to Japan.
I'll let the pictures speak for the room, though the flash ruins the relaxed lighting and makes everything look much more stark than it is in real life.
As far as dining, I had breakfast at Girandole, their white tablecloth breakfast buffet. A little fancy for my taste, but my wife isn't down with fish and rice for breakfast, so it was a good resource in that regard. The Peak Bar serves expensive but worthy cocktails, and I had an excellent fish & chips dish worthy of a London pub. All of the restaurants emphasize the Hyatt's commanding view of Tokyo.
Off the beaten track, but if you're a car buff, take a stroll through the parking garage and check out stall after stall of Lamborghinis, Aston-Martins and Rolls-Royces.
The hotel is a few blocks from Shinjuku Station, the central crossroads of Tokyo. It's walkable but a bit brutal in the summer heat. There's a Citibank on the way if you need cash.
If you can swing it, try to stay at the Park Hyatt your first night at least. After that, you'll be restored and you can brave Tokyo to find that crazy hotel in Roppongi. ;)
Best in Tokyo
Stayed four nights on a work trip. Absolutely excellent in every respect: design, service, comfort, good food (but pricey) at the restaurants, view. Expensive but still the best in Tokyo.
Pretty Nice Place
The Tokyo Park Hyatt lives up to it's reputation.
Good sized rooms, plasmas TV, excellent service all
around. Great views from everywhere. Stayed there
for free using Hyatt points. At US$500 a night,
is probably quite overpriced unless you are very wealthy or on company expenses. (But Japan in general
is obscenely overpriced in dollar terms). Bars &
restaurants all first class. Excellent location.
Very sedate, without any of the verve in the public areas one finds in more heavily trafficed hotels.
One of best places I have stayed, and worth the
experience if money not an issue.