After three nights at Conrad Tokyo, I spent the last two nights at Park Hyatt in Shinjuku. The hotel is contained in 14 floors of the three-tower Shinjuku Park Tower, which at 235 meters is the second-tallest building in the ward. The building was designed by a Pritzker-winning architect, but I did not favor it much. The entryway and cavernous corporate building lobby were more navigable than those of Conrad.
Park Hyatt Tokyo is most famous for being featured in Lost in Translation, which I would rate as one of the best films of 2003, along with The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Finding Nemo. The hotel is outrageously expensive. When I stayed on Monday and Tuesday nights, the rack rate was US$1250 per night! The Hyatt Card’s sign-up bonus is two nights at any Hyatt property in the world. Clearly, the strategy is to use these two black-check nights at the most expensive properties, such as the Park Hyatt hotels in Paris, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. Free is better.
I stayed in a Deluxe room, measuring in at 55 square meters. On a clear day, one could see Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, which lies 100 kilometers away. There were no clear days when I was there.
Park Hyatt Tokyo has seven distinct bar/restaurant spaces, several of which are huge. As can be expected, they are all rated highly and appropriately exorbitant. I went only to the famous New York Bar, which plays jazz every night. The cover charge of ¥2200 is waived for hotel guests.