It had long been a dream of mine to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo since the moment I saw Lost in Translation, Sophia Coppolla's 2003 timeless masterpiece shot largely at the hotel. So when my wife and I got married and we decided to go to Japan for our honeymoon, I knew exactly where our first stop in the country would be.
So how did the Park Hyatt compare with my impossibly unrealistic expectations?
Very well, actually.
From the minute my wife and I stepped through the door it was everything we expected it to be. The views of Tokyo's endless urban sprawl from the 50-something floor were breathtaking. Attentive staff catered to our every need without being obsequious. Our room's design was subtle and elegant. We enjoyed sitting by the window drinking coffee from the espresso machine, staring at the cityscape around us so much we found it hard to leave its confines. When we did eventually venture outside we usually made a beeline to the lovely swimming pool. Not some two-lane pond some hotels try to pass as a pool, but a well proportioned one where you can swim laps without worrying about colliding with other swimmers. After we took a dip, we sat in bath robs and read from the generous selection of newspapers. Breakfast was perfect. Service impeccable. Oh, and the New York Bar on the top floor...what a place. It was easy imagining Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson's characters sitting at the table next to us.
Say what you will about the expense of staying at the Park Hyatt – indeed, I may not be able to send my unborn children to college having used their tuition money to pay the hefty bill – yet its palatial comfort, poetic tranquility and stunning vistas are memories my wife and I will cherish for the rest of our life.
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- Also Known As:
- Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Shinjuku
- Hyatt Hotel Shinjuku
- Hyatt Tokyo
- Shinjuku Hyatt
- Park Hyatt Tokyo Shinjuku