A fan of movie LOST IN TRANSLATION, I had high expectations of the Park Hyatt Tokyo - and I wasn't disappointed. Located in north/west Tokyo, its location is convenient to Shinjuku's Train Station (5min walk), making getting around the city both cheap and easy (avoid taxis, use the trains).
Arrival was warm and welcoming and check-in (despite a 8am arrival) was quick and professional. Service upon check-in was a delight after a long flight and shortly after we were in our luxurious Park Deluxe King Room on the 52nd floor, overlooking the city (and Mt Fuji on a clear day).
The room was generous in size with stylish furnishings inc. Desk & 2 chairs, 2 lounge chairs, CD/DVD player, large TV with mix of local & English channels, Coffee & Tea, good fridge with room for drinks brough in from outside (seriously, go to Family Mart and pick up some v.cheap beers & alcopops - partic. the large 8% vodka w/soda cans. Bliss!), large suitcase & dressing room and terrific bathroom (inc TV, multi-head shower, big bath and electro-toilet). In-room Wi-Fi also made the iPad a great way to stay in-touch. Only negative for me was that bed as a bit firm but my partner preferred this. In-room service was excellent with turn-down, discrete & quick make-up and, on an occasion that I couldn't turn on the TV once a technician was on-site and TV fixed in minutes. The huge pool is also worth a visit, with amazing views.
The NY Bar (famously in the aforementioned movie) is smaller than imagined (but still large) with amazing views of the city, with nighttime Shinjuku a highlight. The Girandole restaurant (Euro cuisine) was excellent, both food and service wise, but you're paying 5 star hotel prices. Food options are exhaustive in nearby Shinjuku (many less than 2 min walk) and this is recommended, as there was never a bad meal had in the area and prices are most affordable. Most restaurants have an English menu but those that don't usually have pictures and it's easy enough to get by with pointing and numbers, if you don't speak the language (we didn't).
Shopping is also good in the area and be sure to cross investigate the far side of Shinjuku Train Station (TopShop!) as well the western side of the main rd that the stations's South Exit is on for Takashimaya Dept Store and more. If you enjoy seeing a city on-foot, the Park Hyatt is also within (longer) walking distance of the Meiji shrine & gardens, Harajuku and Shibuya, but you'll want to take a train back to Shinjuku from the latter two places due to accumulated shopping.
Overall, a great hotel that I would quickly return to. As a side-note, we had LOST IN TRANSLATION on the iPad while staying and it was a delight to walk through rooms and halls that we'd only watched a short time earlier. All in all, a dream come true.
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- Also Known As:
- Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Shinjuku
- Hyatt Hotel Shinjuku
- Hyatt Tokyo
- Shinjuku Hyatt
- Park Hyatt Tokyo Shinjuku