It is one of the world’s most quintessential hotels – consistently rated in many Top Ten lists. It was made all the more famous for its central role in the Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson film, Lost in Translation. It is contemporary zen personified. And G and I were blessed to drop our hats here during our 10 day Tokyo visit.
We secured a Park Suite King on the 44th floor. The hotel actually has two lobbies – the first is on the ground floor which is more of a waiting room. There an elevator whisks you up to the 41st floor reception. The elevator is unique in that the lights brighten as you go up and dim as you descend.
The level of service at the Park Hyatt truly defies any attempt to put it into word so I shan’t even try save to say it is refined, reserved and discrete. It is hands-down the best hotel I have ever experienced – best hotel; best in-room check-in; fabulous lounge (the Peak Lounge on the 41st floor); best breakfast service; best bar (the iconic New York Bar & Grill); and best spa (the baths were amazing). Membership has its privileges here and as a Diamond member you’ll get:
- full-on free breakfast;
- in-room wireless;
- anytime access to the New York Grill (and no cover charge) – this was especially sweet as we waltzed in late one night when the place was packed and bopping and were instantly acknowledged and recognized and escorted to a posh booth by the maitre’d; and,
- free access to the spa and Japanese baths.
All this though does not come cheap, and, if you can’t manage a stay on your hotel points, you should factor in US$1700/night for a Suite … so save your pennies. It is worth every single moment.
6) our living room
7) the other side of the living room; 8) the – sigh – bed at night
9 & 10) the bathroom
11) Blee arrives on the 41st floor lobby; 12) the ‘library’
13) Tokyo at night from our room
14) looking down onto Shinjuku; 15) the hotel is right beside the Tokyo Municipal Government Building
16) Blee gets comfy with champagne; 17) the nearest subway line is Tochomae Station
19) the requisite Bill Murray shot; 20) Blee hams hers up
21) lunch at New York Grill – my pork chop and brussel sprouts; 22) G’s lamb shank
23) Blee enjoying lunch; 24) late at night we relax at the bar
25) looking down on to Shinjuku from the hotel
26) this was very late at New York Bar – I love this picture with the waiter busying himself laying tables for lunch the next day