It’s tough to find fault with the Park Hyatt Tokyo.
After a long 14 hour flight from New York followed by a late night traffic-free drive from Haneda with our 20 month old son, we finally pulled up to the entrance of this world famous hotel that visiting celebrities and discerning travelers have chosen as their Japanese home-away-from-home for a number of years now.
It was almost midnight. We rushed though check-in and raced up to our room to inhale the welcome chocolates, pop open a bottle of mini-bar sake and fill the massive jacuzzi tub for a post airplane soak before settling in and resting up for our first day in Tokyo.
Even with such rave reviews and high expectations, the hotel still managed to surprise us throughout our stay. Animal heads peer at you in the elevators (quirky!) letting you know it’s not all business; the Park Hyatt lets its hair down too sometimes. A row of freshly squeezed juices fill the already impressive mini-bar, and a second hidden cabinet is stocked with various Japanese single malts. Fantastic jazz plays in the background every time you enter your room, and tags along even as you step into the bathroom, introduced through another set of cleverly-placed speakers. Bathroom amenities go way beyond the usual stash of luxe soap and shampoos — a chic black toiletry box overflows with hairbrushes & combs, toothbrush kits, headbands and pre-packaged razors. Kimonos and slippers are provided in your top drawer, and complimentary bottled water is scattered around the room. The indoor pool is heated to the perfect temperature, and someone greets you with a fresh pair of sandals and a robe when you step out. Everything here is effortless, coordinated, discreet — and subtle.
Top-floor picture windows with stunning city panoramas come standard with every room, and views of Mt Fuji seemed to follow us everywhere — from the treadmill in the glass-roofed fitness room to the iconic 52nd floor New York Bar, frequented by its most famous patrons, Scarlett and Bill.
Traveling with our toddler in tow, we still managed to sneak up to the bar one night. The concierge arranged for the Royal Baby Salon of Ginza to send over one of their very best Japanese grandmas, who taught our sleepy son to make origami and tucked him into bed.
Just a few floors up, we sat against the floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping night time views of a twinkling Tokyo, enjoying the incredible live jazz band and a few rounds of tasty cocktails –a bright red Siciliana for me (champagne and blood orange juice), a Manhattan for my husband.
You Should Know: Some rooms are on the smaller side, but the over-sized bathrooms with enormous jacuzzi tubs and fabulous views of the city more than make up for it.
Family Friendly Rating: 10/10
Cribs available to borrow, babysitting can be arranged (though, at a premium.) Safety features that include furniture edge covers and sliding door stoppers. On arrival, we found a present left for our son in the bathroom — a cute Japanese bathtub toy set right next to Mom and Dad’s lavendar bath salts. The daytime concierge made a spot-on restaurant recommendation with our son in mind for a perfect last-night-in-Tokyo dinner at Robataya Roppongi.
Closest airport is Haneda (40 minutes by taxi)
Park Hyatt Tokyo
3-7-1 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku, Tokyo 163-1055, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5322-1234