Archive | April 2014

Our Park Hyatt Tokyo Stay

This is a continuation of the Japan Trip Report. You can read more here:
Booking Lufthansa First Class Using United Miles
Lufthansa First Class Denver to Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Frankfurt to Osaka
Japan Day 1: Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji
Westin Osaka Review

Japan Day 2 (Part 1) – Fushimi Inari and Nara
Japan Day 2 (Part 2) – Bullet Train/Nabana no Sato Illumination
Conrad Tokyo Review
Tokyo Day 1 – Tokyo Free Guide, Geisha Show and Meiji Shrine
Tokyo Day 2 – Imperial Palace Bike Ride, Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Cat Cafe!
Tokyo Day 3 – Odaiba, Toyota Mega Web Showroom and Akihabara
Tokyo Day 4 – Day Trip to Hakone and Lake Ashinoko
Tokyo Day 5 – Ueno Zoo and  Akihabara
Tokyo Day 6 – Tsukiji Fish Market and Alice’s Fantasy Dining

We had spent a majority of our time in Tokyo at the Conrad Tokyo – and ABSOLUTELY loved it. We were sad to leave, but excited to check out the Park Hyatt Tokyo. A few months before our trip American Airlines cancelled our flight home! We had to rebook on the following day. We were forced to spend an extra night in Tokyo. Worst problem ever, right? Right around this time I kept seeing reviews of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, and it seemed like everyone loved it. I realized I almost had enough Ultimate Rewards (22,000 Ultimate Rewards transferred to Hyatt – now 30,000 with the recent Hyatt category changes) to book our last night there.

I applied for Hyatt’s Diamond Challenge shortly before our trip – which gave me temporary Diamond status at Hyatt based on my Hilton Gold status. You can read more about applying for the Diamond Challenge here. With Hyatt Diamond status I had fairly high expectations for the Park Hyatt Tokyo.

We arrived and were warmly greeted and asked to wait a minute before being checked-in. They sat us down in the check-in area, and checked us in there. Based on other reviews I had read, I’d heard of Diamond members receiving an in-room check-in. That was not the case for us. We did however receive a two category upgrade to a Park View King room that was a corner room with a view of Mt. Fuji (as requested by email prior to the stay). We were escorted up to our room and shown around. Our luggage was brought up shortly after.

Park View King

Park View King

Our only complaint about the amazing room is that we heard a loud guy in the corner room next to ours for a decent portion of the night. It was surprising coming off of the tranquility of the Conrad Tokyo. Still a great room overall. As a Diamond member, we were given a bottle of wine to enjoy during our stay.

Diamond Welcome Amenity Park Hyatt Tokyo

Diamond Welcome Amenity Park Hyatt Tokyo

There was also a box of snacks from the bakery as well as flowers. We were celebrating our anniversary.

Snacks and flowers.

Snacks and flowers

If you notice the keys on the table, those were the actual room keys. The Park Hyatt Tokyo has actual keys on a Tiffany’s key rings. They were a nice touch. The Park Hyatt Tokyo did a great job in helping us celebrate our anniversary. They greeted us and told us happy anniversary immediately, and told us we would get a picture taken in the library entrance that would be provided to us upon check out.

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Tokyo Day 6 – Tsukiji Fish Market and Alice in Wonderland Fantasy Restaurant

This is a continuation of the Japan Trip Report. You can read more here:
Booking Lufthansa First Class Using United Miles
Lufthansa First Class Denver to Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Frankfurt to Osaka
Japan Day 1: Nijo Castle and Kinkaku-ji
Westin Osaka Review

Japan Day 2 (Part 1) – Fushimi Inari and Nara
Japan Day 2 (Part 2) – Bullet Train/Nabana no Sato Illumination
Conrad Tokyo Review
Tokyo Day 1 – Tokyo Free Guide, Geisha Show and Meiji Shrine
Tokyo Day 2 – Imperial Palace Bike Ride, Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Cat Cafe!
Tokyo Day 3 – Odaiba, Toyota Mega Web Showroom and Akihabara
Tokyo Day 4 – Day Trip to Hakone and Lake Ashinoko
Tokyo Day 5 – Ueno Zoo and  Akihabara

On day 6 in Tokyo we moved from the Conrad to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Since the Conrad Tokyo was located close to the Tsukiji Fish Market (at least when we were there – I believe it moved shortly after). Probably not applicable with the new location, but we had a little trouble actually finding where to enter the fish market. We finally asked a guard who was able to direct us. When we arrived we found signs warning visitors…

Tourist Warnings at Tsukiji Fish Market

Tourist Warnings at Tsukiji Fish Market

We tried to be very respectful and not get in anyone’s way and found it was very intimidating. We went later in the morning – the auctions are very early in the morning, but we chose to go later and just look around. It looked like many of the vendors were finishing up. The aisle ways were very narrow, so we spent a large portion of our time just trying to stay out of people’s way as carts whizzed past.

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

There were some incredible fish and sea creatures as we walked around. It was really neat to see. And while we were a little sad we missed the auctions – as crazy as it was as things were shutting down I have to imagine it was even more intense when it was crowded!

Sights of the Fish Market

Sights of the Fish Market

We enjoyed walking around, but it was slightly stressful trying so hard not to interfere in such a busy place.

Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market

After the fish market, we headed back to check out of the Conrad and head over to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. We found an interesting restaurant while exploring the areas around the Park Hyatt Tokyo that night. It was an Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant (Alice’s Fantasy Dining).

We were getting pretty hungry when we came across an interesting door…

Alice Restaurant Tokyo

Alice Restaurant Tokyo

I’m a sucker for cute things and the food on display was very cute. The entrance was also very cool, so we decided to give it a try!

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