Magic in Japan: Park Hyatt Tokyo Revisited

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Trip Index:

Introduction
Getting There – JAL First Class
Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
Guide to Tsukiji Fish Market
Room Service Review: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
Day in Tokyo
Taking the Shinkansen “Bullet” Train
Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
Day 1 in Kyoto
Day 2 in Kyoto
Room Service Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
Park Hyatt Tokyo: Revisited
Getting to Hiroshima
Hotel Review: Sheraton Hiroshima
Day trip to Miyajima
Day in Hiroshima
St. Regis Osaka
Day in Osaka

After Kyoto I couldn’t resist sneaking in a night at the famed Park Hyatt Tokyo before heading to Hiroshima. I’ve stayed there many times before as I figure many readers have, but it is a favorite of mine. The outstanding staff, suite and breakfast all blend together for a fantastic stay. To me it is one of the top aspirational chain properties in the world that is absolutely worth the stay, if only for one visit or night.

A standard Park King room regularly has a rate in the $400-$500 range, and the Park Suite is around $1100. If you’ve been itching to try out this property there are a couple other ways to do so without emptying your wallet.

If you have the Hyatt credit card, redeeming those 2 free night certificates for a stay at this property is a great choice.

Since the Park Hyatt Tokyo is a top Category 7 property, you can redeem 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night. It used to be an even better deal at 22,000 points but all prices eventually rise, right?

Do you have a Chase Freedom, Ink Plus Business Card, Ink Cash Business Card or the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card? If so, you’ve been earning Chase Ultimate Rewards points with your purchases, and you can transfer those points to Hyatt at a rate of 1:1.

You can also do the Cash & Points rate at 15,000 points and $300, but that usually is a little too high for my liking considering you can buy a room flat out for around $400-$500.

If you have Diamond status in Hyatt’s Gold Passport Program you can pay for a night in a Park King room and use one of your 4 annual Diamond Suite Upgrades. Something that not everyone knows is that you can also use your Diamond Suite upgrades when on a Cash & Points rate. The room you’ll upgrade into is the Park Suite, which is wonderfully large at just over 1000 square feet.

Daily full breakfast at the hotel’s French brasserie restaurant Girandole is also a benefit of being a Hyatt Diamond which you won’t want to skip if staying at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. The spread is amazing. If you’d prefer to eat breakfast in your room you can order it via room service at no cost either.

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Checking in on the 41st floor immediately put me at ease. I always get a feeling of reassurance that the staff really cares for their guests and isn’t just going through the motions.

Lobby

Lobby

Sometimes when I’ve arrived at a hotel and given my luggage to the bellman out front it takes a while to get to the room, and I stand around the room waiting for them to arrive so I can unpack.

That has never been the case at this hotel. It is either quickly brought up or already in the room. This time I went up to my room and the luggage had already been brought up and placed in the closet.

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Luggage

The Park Suite is designed in a long oval shape, decorated in earthy muted blue-greens and browns with natural and dark woods. It feels inviting and calm and the feeling is accentuated by Hokkaido water elm panelling, woven wall coverings and live plants.

View entryway

View entryway

I’ve reviewed this hotel before, which you can read by clicking here.

Bathroom

The bathroom was impeccably clean and had separate shower and deep soaking tub. The toilet was by Toto, and if you haven’t used one of those toilets before they are very entertaining. There are buttons with all kinds of spray options and the seat is heated.

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Living Room

Hand tufted carpeting and plenty of seating was in the living room, and everything was arranged so well that it was intuitive. The views were gorgeous, and there was a table for room service, couch with ottoman, even books to read and cd’s to listen to.

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Bedroom

The bed has little bedside lighting and temperature controls and a bottle of water had thoughtfully been left on each bedside table. There is a large TV and a desk, and the doors can be closed to both the bathroom and living room when it is time to sleep. The bed itself is a bit on the firm side which I found great but if you love a super soft bed it might be something to take note of. I noted that I’ve never heard any noise from nearby rooms at this hotel. It’s a silent cocoon that offers a restful sleep.

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When it was time to check out the next morning, I was disappointed to be leaving after such a quick stay but I knew I’d be back! Next up: Getting to Hiroshima

Have you stayed at the Park Hyatt Tokyo or are you planning to?

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Good To Go

+ Service is consistently outstanding, room is well-designed and large with wonderful views, breakfast has great buffet

Good To Know

- Consider transportation carefully, as Limo bus and Narita Express are less than 30 USD but taxi is 250+ USD

How many Magic Stars did this hotel stay earn?

 5/5 Magic Stars
  1. Scott
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    Heading there in Feb. Cant wait. Doing a very similar trip to yours so loving this report. Also is that a remora in the luggage pic? Thanks. Great job

    • Melinda
      Reply

      Scott you have a good eye, it is a Rimowa. I find the 21″ works perfectly for many trips and love it. Thanks for reading!

      • Scott
        Reply

        Thats good to hear. Thinking of getting one. is that the Cabin bag size yeh? Thanks

        • Melinda
          Reply

          Scott, it fits in most overhead bins and I definitely recommend it.

  2. Craig
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    Hi Melinda,

    We just got back to the US after staying at the Park Hyatt for four nights in a Park Suite identical to yours.

    Check in was great as they whisked us up to our room to do it there.

    We did have a problem. The non-smoking suite we received reeked of cigarette smoke and after a night in it, we had to be moved to another suite. They were very apologetic, but it was clear that a prior guest or guests smoked for an extended period of time and they could have prevented this.

    I disagree with the breakfast spread being “amazing.” It was perfectly quite nice, but compared to some other Asian hotels, it cannot be considered amazing. The Park Hyatt Seoul breakfast was amazing.

    We did have an added bonus at breakfast, though. Arnold Swarzenegger sat next to us on one day, and a few tables away on another day. He was in town for his Terminator movie Japan premiere.

    I agree the staff were all top notch.

    • Melinda
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      Craig, how disappointing to have a smoky-smelling room! They’re so on top of things there I’m surprised no one caught it before you got in the room. I loved my stay at the Park Hyatt Seoul to be sure, and I think that I speak highly of breakfast spreads in Asia in general (perhaps a bit much) since they are often excellent especially when compared to many properties in the US. That’s so cool you had a celebrity sighting right next to you at breakfast! I wonder if Arnold’s plate was filled with lots of protein to keep up his muscle mass. Thanks for reading!

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