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Park Hyatt Tokyo and what we did this summer vacation
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I’m writing this blog entry to remind me of tips when booking the next trip to Tokyo.
Last April, I booked our trip same time as the Diaz family, from April 12-18.
I should’ve checked the hotel rates first because I didn’t know it was cherry blossom season!
Hotels were bloody expensive!
Before booking your trip, check the cherry blossom calendar. All of Tokyo will have high hotel rates until it ends.

cherry blossom

Right after cherry blossom season is Golden Week, which marks the week of the Emperor’s birthday. That means everyone’s on holiday and hotel rates are up.

goldenweek

Hotel rates normally drop after May 5. So next time, book your trip after May 5 because hotel rates are down by half price. That means you can stay in Japan longer!
Unfortunately I forgot to check all of that. Since I excitedly booked 6 tickets on Delta that had expensive rebooking fees, we had no choice but take the trip and pay high hotel rates.

The trip going was super smooth. We took the 9 AM flight on the upper deck of Delta. They kept the shades down the whole time, so I got to sleep.

Delta Airlines

The kids loved it. Also on the upper deck were two pilots in uniform on the passenger’s seats. At first I thought they were backup pilots in case there was a scary incident but it turns out they were returning home from training military pilots in the Philippines.

One thing the kids look forward to is having meal at the airport after arrival. This ensures nobody is hungry on the shuttle bus or upon reaching the hotel, so we can relax more.

McDonald's Narita

Waiting for the shuttle bus to Tokyo. It’s Christian’s first time in Japan.

Narita

Cold.

Narita

Through my friend Char Vilchez of Agoda.com, I was able to book two connecting rooms at Park Hyatt in Shinjuku. Not bad.
The last time I stayed there was at a Gap event in 2009.
My first two choices were Peninsula Tokyo and Ritz-Carlton, but both were bloody expensive. I booked Park Hyatt because I remembered the bathroom.

Cecile van Straten

This is what will greet you at the entrance

Park Hyatt Tokyo

It looks like the head of Bacchus, god of wine. My kids found it creepy.

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt is well known for being the backdrop of Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation.

Lost-in-Translation-3

This is the upper lobby, daytime

Park Hyatt

and nighttime

Park Hyatt Tokyo
Park Hyatt Tokyo

This restaurant was mostly deserted

Park Hyatt Tokyo

This way to the reception area and the rooms

Park Hyatt Tokyo

This was Jeroen’s and my room

Park Hyatt Tokyo
Park Hyatt Tokyo

Welcome chocolate

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Mini bar

Park Hyatt Tokyo

There was a nice walk-in closet, that was hard to photograph.
And here’s the bathroom, starting with the perfect bathtub on one end

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Separate shower stall right next to it

Park Hyatt Tokyo

TV to keep you company

Park Hyatt Tokyo

The chuva-approved sink, with flat counter top and no protruding bowl

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Separate high-tech Japanese toilet stall

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Amenities

Park Hyatt Tokyo

and most important, a makeup counter!!

Park Hyatt Tokyo

The boys loved the super-fast internet.
Although the rooms were perfect, here’s why I will not go back to the Park Hyatt:
1) Location. There is nothing in Shinjuku for me. Nothing is walkable, unlike Ginza or Shibuya. There is a hotel shuttle to Shinkuju station, but nobody told us about it until the last day. Too bad because we could’ve saved some taxi fare!!
2) The nearest convenience stores are quite a walk away. That means if you’re really hungry, you have to settle for hotel food.
3) Hotel food is not good and so expensive. I would spend Php 4,000/meal for room service. No problem if the steak was even as good as Tsukiji‘s Php 4,000-peso steak, but it’s not.
There are food choices in the building’s basement but only Saboten was acceptable, which the kids got tired of on the second day.
P.S. There is a convenience store at the basement, but doesn’t have the takeaway dishes the kids like from the typical Japanese 7-11 or Family Mart.
So no more Park Hyatt for us. I think Shinjuku is best for business travelers, not families or shoppers.

(To be continued)

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cutedoc

the better area in shinjuku is on the other side, near kabukicho, 15 mins walk from park hyatt, another 15 min walk from park hyatt are malls near the shinjuku train station…

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