Tokyo Journals

Accommodations In Tokyo

An August 2001 trip to Tokyo by ZenExplorer

Quote: Tokyo presents an almost infinite number of lodging choices, from the best found anywhere to microscopic "capsule hotels". But unlike most cities, differences in price reflect only relative luxury and amenities, NOT cleanliness or safety. The budget traveller can avoid worries often associated with low priced hotels elsewhere.

Accommodations In Tokyo


Finding a hotel in Tokyo can seem overwhelming, in part because the product components that drive rates are quite different than most places in the world. So-called "business hotels", for example, offer tiny rooms aimed at the business traveler, but also offer a superb alternative for the single leisure traveler. While the hotel's facilities may not be elaborate, these hotels are inevitably very clean, and each room has every necessary amenity shoehorned in with amazing efficiency. Rates often run -100 USD, even in prime locations. The tradeoff is room size and lack of elaborate public facilities.Quick Tips: Tokyo also offers a super budget option - the capsule hotel! These are general...Read More
At the high (very high) end, Tokyo offers what is perhaps the best city hotel in the world - the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Situated on the top 10 floors of a landmark skyscraper in Shinjuku, Tokyo''s "new downtown", the hotel offers incomparable views, a glass enclosed pool and spa on the 50th floor, and a renowned jazz club and steakhouse. Rather, it''s the "software", as the Japanese would say, that makes all the difference. Never have I seen such an attention to detail. As I sat down for breakfast on my first morning, a steaming cup of hot chocolate, with orange essence added, was placed before me, as if by magical intuition. In fact, I had made this request on my last visit a year earlier. It ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2001

Park Hyatt Tokyo
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku
Tokyo, Japan 163-1055