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Hotel Highlights

  • Central Shinjuku location
  • Dazzling high-rise views
  • The New York Grill & Bar

Overview

The Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel was the backdrop for Scarlett and Bill’s frustrated flirtation in Lost in Translation: play out your own kooky courtship here. To help you on the way to romance, this handsome high-rise has a light-filled bamboo garden, a sexy swimming pool and sleek rooms that eyeball the city skyline and white-capped Mount Fuji.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Park Hyatt Tokyo with us:

Full daily breakfast for up to two

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Park Hyatt Tokyo

Advance Purchase Offer 'Awaken at the Park' 'Park 360' 'Romance at the Park' 4 nights for the price of 3

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

177, including 23 suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible (late departures between noon and 6pm will be charged 50 per cent of the daily rate; any later and you’ll be charged a full night). Check-in, from 1pm on weekdays (3pm on weekends and public holidays).

Rates

Double rooms from $412.63 (JPY50,150), excluding tax at 24.2 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of JPY200.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast, but include use of the gym, indoor pool and aerobics studio, as well as WiFi and a shuttle-bus service to Shinjuku train station.

Also

Suffer from vertigo? Take a deep breath: the Park Hyatt Tokyo occupies floors 39–52 of the Shinjuku Park Tower, one of Tokyo's tallest buildings. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kenzo Tange and Hong Kong-based American interior designer John Morford joined forces to design the hotel, whose three towers dominate the city skyline.

At the hotel

Bamboo garden, spa, library, gym, fitness studio, stash of CDs and DVDs, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, bathrobes, slippers, desk, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

If you're here for winter, request a west-facing room for a breath-taking view of Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain. At any other time, the best rooms are the east-facing ones to get nocturnal views of Tokyo's bright lights. Deluxe and Park View rooms all survey the city or the mountain.

Poolside

Forget totting up laps – in the 20m swimming pool, you'll be too busy gawping at the skyline. Little Smiths aged 3–15 need to be supervised by a parent or guardian while they're splashing around.

Packing tips

Bikinis/beach shorts for a dip in the hotel pool; threads fit for a film director's gaze for dinners at the New York Grill & Bar.

Also

Request an in-room spa treatment, book a personal training session or request a pilates or yoga session.

Children

Welcome: cots are free and extra beds can be added to all but the Park Rooms, for JPY 8,000 a night (plus tax and service charge). The concierge can recommend family-friendly activities and provide extras such as bed guards, mats and milk frothers.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The New York Grill & Bar is the place to be seen in Tokyo. Situated at the very top of the building – on the 52nd floor – the bar and restaurant offers stunning night-time views. The menu reads like a roll call of the world's most extravagant ingredients: Oscietra caviar, foie gras, lobster, prime rib-eye, Hokkaido scallops, Japanese kasumi duck and the ilk. There is also a French brasserie, Girandole, in the hotel. Decorated with black-and-white photographs of faces taken in European cafes, Girandole provides more casual dining. Japanese restaurant Kozue boasts views of Mount Fuji from every window, and serves traditional Japanese dishes such as sashimi, blowfish and shabu shabu beef. You can also have light lunches and afternoon tea in the Peak Lounge, within the bamboo garden (return later for cocktails at the glass-roofed Peak Bar, lit by more than 50 washi paper lanterns and offering dazzling views from its floor-to-ceiling windows). 

 

Hotel Bar

It's pretty much obligatory to have drinks at the New York Bar, where Coppola had her unlikely couple courting. With 140 wines (1,800 bottles) on offer – some exclusive to the hotel – choosing your wine may be difficult (drinking it won’t be). If you're a die-hard Sofia Coppola fan, sip a LIT (Lost in Translation), which features sake, sakura liqueur, peachtree schnapps and cranberry juice.

 

Last orders

The bar keeps serving until midnight, Sunday to Wednesday; 1am, Thursday to Saturday.

Room service

24-hour room service is available, with meals prepared in Girandole.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons or another national design hero.

Top table

By the window at the New York Bar & Grill, but you’ll need to book your spot. If you’re more interested in each other than in Tokyo's skyline, book a booth.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Shinjuku is the place for shopping, shopping and then some shopping. Near the hotel at 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya, is Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square, a 16-floor department store that stocks everything from electronic goods, food, clothing and gifts. Modern Japanese culture is flaunted in the Harajuku and Aoyama shopping districts, providing an irresistible people-watching opportunity. Traditional Japanese shrines, theatres, gardens and markets are all easily accessible from the Park Hyatt Tokyo, and will effortlessly take up an entire day’s sight-seeing. Start with a trip to the Meiji Jingu Shrine at 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, which was built in the 1920s and dedicated to former Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken (www.meijijingu.or.jp). It's the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo, and is surrounded by 10,000 trees, donated from all over the world. Often wedding ceremonies take place in the shrine, with couples dressed in elaborate, traditional attire. Fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s films – such as My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away – will adore Ghibli Museum at 1-1-83 Simorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, dedicated to the masterpieces created by Studio Ghibli (www.ghibli-museum.jp). 

Local restaurants

The Mediterranean-influenced tapas at Cicada (+81 3 6434 1255; www.tyharborbrewing.co.jp) comes courtesy of David Chiddo, a talented former New Yorker. The Tokyo trend of craft beer is done justice at Cicada, where the brews are well-matched to what sits prettily on plates. You'll find this laidback, loungey eatery at 5-7-28 Minamiaoyama, Minato. Two Rooms (+81 3 3498 0002; www.tworooms.jp) at 3-11-7 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, in the fashionable Aoyama district, is a chic little restaurant and bar, serving clever international dishes and some of the best cocktails around. The 1,800-bottle cellar is also something of a draw-card.
 

 

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Chic Shinjuku

Park Hyatt Tokyo

3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Greater Tokyo Area, 163-1055

The hotel is in the heart of Tokyo, close to Shinjuku train station and the city’s main tourist draws.

Planes

Tokyo International Airport, also known as Haneda Airport (www.tokyo-airport-bldg.co.jp/en), is 25km away – a 45-minute drive. Haneda handles most of the domestic flights; Narita Airport is the main hub for international flights (www.narita-airport.jp).

Trains

Shinjuku train station is 1km away, with services run by JR (www.jreast.co.jp); get to and from it using the hotel’s free shuttle bus service.

Automobiles

There's plenty of onsite parking, and a valet service, but we reckon you're better off relying on public transport.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by , Hands-on hotel lover

Rating: 10/10 stars
I assure you, we tried to stay away from references to Sophia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. But it became clear early on that this was going to be unavoidable. After learning we were spending time in Tokyo, friends and travellers would always ask, ‘Ooh where are you staying?’ We’d reply; then would come the inevitable ‘Ohhhhhhh that’s the Lost in Translation ho…
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Park Hyatt Tokyo

Anonymous review by Larissa Wolf-Tasker , Hands-on hotel lover

I assure you, we tried to stay away from references to Sophia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. But it became clear early on that this was going to be unavoidable. After learning we were spending time in Tokyo, friends and travellers would always ask, ‘Ooh where are you staying?’ We’d reply; then would come the inevitable ‘Ohhhhhhh that’s the Lost in Translation hotel, right?’ Cue: ‘Hope you run into Bill Murray’. Or ‘Say hello to Scarlet’. There was the occasional ‘ahh Suntory time.’ (If you’ve never seen the movie, you’ll now be confused.) But that doesn’t matter, because the Park Hyatt Tokyo is much more than being a muse for movie folklore.

As is often the case in the larger hotels we’ve stayed in throughout Asia, the rooms and main hotel areas are halfway up a tall, impressive skyscraper. This doesn’t mean that the welcome at street level is anything less than warm and inviting. It simply means you’re getting a kick-ass view from the top! Stepping out of the elevator on the 42nd floor to see sprawling sparkling Tokyo its a very special experience.

Mr Smith and I have developed a wonderful pattern of travel behaviour that suits us perfectly. It’s a heavenly balance of adventure, food and living in awesome hotels. The daily rituals run as follows:

Sleep in. Sounds like a no brainer? A comfortable bed, complete silence and a room cloaked in still, peaceful inky darkness is essential. We slept soundly here (although that may have been the effects of the top-floor bar; more on that later).

Enjoy the view. When we decide to wake and we’re ready to face the day, a great lookout helps break through the sleepy haze… And when your king suite’s curtains part and your eyes take in over the Tokyo landscape all the way to the foot of Mount Fuji, it’s properly mesmerising. The room is well appointed and comfortable – as you would expect in a large luxurious city hotel, but not many lay on that kind of eye candy. Did we mention there’s a light-filled bamboo garden on the 41st floor too?

Coffee. This doesn’t really need to be explained does it? It’s essential; happily delivered and gratefully received at our breakfast table. (Breakfast is not automatically included in room rates so check the details before you arrive.) If you get a chance to dine there are a few options – a lavish buffet, à la carte or the Japanese breakfast. The latter is incredibly popular and sells out most mornings. My pick is to raid the excellent muesli selection with the superfood extras. Somehow I manage to convince myself that I’m being so healthy it’s my duty to also order poached eggs, smoked salmon and delicious smoothies.

Little tip: if you’re travelling with a hungry tourist such as Mr Smith, it's good to visit the Pastry Boutique near the entrance with its gorgeous selection of patisserie and praline dacquoise and yamato-cha chocolates. They come swaddled in tissue paper, boxed with ribbon – too pretty to open. (But we quickly got over that.) A bite of heaven, whether you’re on your way out or on your way up in the elevator.

As our rituals dictate, we’re out for most of the day (the Park Hyatt team is great at helping point you in the right direction to hidden gems). We appropriate their spoiled-for-choice hit list of galleries, museums, hotspots, shops and restaurants. As per our ritual this is usually five or six hours of powerwalking which means I’m well and truly ready for what tends to come next…

The 4pm running of the bath – in the case of Park Hyatt Tokyo, it’s in a truly luxurious deep marble tub enhanced with mineral salts and fragrant Aesop gels to soothe those over-shopped muscles. It’s the ultimate in indulgence. At this point tradition states that Mr Smith raids the minibar and/or calls room service. In this case the minibar is well within reach and truly satisfying with plenty of options including fine gins and plenty of scotch. Poured into a tall glass with plenty of ice (magically placed here in the room) it’s a heavenly way to spend the afternoon.

Mornings are a great time for a dip in that pool. There’s a well-equipped (and well-populated) fitness centre too. With awesome views over Tokyo’s intense skyline – it’s easy to get distracted as you try burn some of that saké but the speedy lap swimmers bring you down to earth pretty quick. There are some strict protocols for using the swimming areas so make sure you bring your own cap or one will be provided. No mermaid hair moments allowed here.

And finally: the bar. Mr Smith had been before and had great memories of the best (but most expensive) toasted sandwich he’d ever had. The breath-halting perspective and the live music make it worth the extra expense and it’s a satisfying feeling when you sink into leather chairs here with a dirty vodka martini or a neat scotch. Listening to great jazz, watching low-lying clouds drift past the windows to expose a multi-coloured Gameboy vision of Tokyo at night is hard to beat.

Like our brand new Onitsuka Tiger sneakers Park Hyatt is comfortable, stylish, and puts a little spring in your step. Just like Tokyo should be… it’s fun. Of course, you shouldn’t just look at what’s outside your window, you’ll need to go out and explore it. The hotel’s location is one its trump cards: Shinjuku will make your bank manager weep, thanks to its never-ending assortment of designer labels on display in the Shibuya shopping district; the Harajuku district is also close by if you want to admire the cosplay-clad cool kids. The Parky Hyatt Tokyo could feel like a bewildering behemoth of a hotel, but it doesn’t. Forget Bill and Scarlett; from the moment you arrive, you’ll feel like the star here.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members have to say about Park Hyatt Tokyo in the Guestbook below…

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved everything. The place, localisation, service and bars.

Don’t expect

The weather could've been better, for the stunning views!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Amazing in all ways. Highly recommended.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I honestly could not fault this hotel at all. We went there for the last three days of our honeymoon in Japan. We had spent the previous two weeks travelling all over the country and were pretty tired by then, but this was the perfect hotel to end our stay with.T hey were extremely kind to us. Upon arrival I was given a small bouquet of flowers, a sweet touch. We were also offered free drinks and canapés at their Peak Bar on the 41st floor on our first evening (their usual Twilight offer) which was a treat. They also gave us a bottle of champagne and offered to take a photo of us in the hotel and frame it! Although we declined the framed photo it was touching that they were so considerate and thoughtful. Our room was extremely spacious for Tokyo and just lovely. The views of the surrounding area and Mount Fuji were fantastic.The bathroom was a delight as were the Aesop toiletries. Definitely have lunch/dinner at the New York bar on the 52nd floor. The food is fantastic, the service impeccable and the views and ambience are wonderful, especially on a clear day when you can see Mount Fuji in all its glory. Also use the gym: the equipment rivals the view! The location is great. Having spent about a week exploring Tokyo in all, I would say that Shinjuku is a perfect area to be based especially if you are travelling around Japan as we were. Transport links are very convenient and you are never short of places to go, eat and shop.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a true luxury hotel with good dining and beverage options, amazing views and sensational service. One of the best hotels I have ever had the pleasure of staying in.

Don’t expect

The location is not ideal in terms of surrounding action as it is basically surrounded by a business district, but accessibility to Shinjuku station (a perfect hub) and cheap taxis mean this is not a huge issue.

Rating: 10/10 stars