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.

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The awkwardly intimate check-in desk

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.

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No electronic key cards but this old-fashioned key that looked suspiciously like the classic Tiffany model in sterling silver


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View of Shinjuku from Room 4423. The hotel occupies floors 39 to 52.

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.

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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.

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2015-05-18 19.42.46 Park Hyatt pool

The 8×20 meter pool on the 47th floor made me feel like I was swimming in a glass box in the sky. The pool at Conrad was similarly spectacular.

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View from the exercise floor. I do not favor running on a treadmill, but it is much easier when this sight is before me.

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The exercise room had a blood pressure monitor and this complex looking body analysis machine. Here are my results. Apparently, I need to gain more than 8 pounds of fat. SMM=skeletal muscle mass. PBF=percent body fat. WHR=waist-hip ratio.