Accommodations In Tokyo

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

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by ZenExplorer on October 29, 2001

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 $80-100 USD, even in prime locations. The tradeoff is room size and lack of elaborate public facilities.${QuickSuggestions} Tokyo also offers a super budget option - the capsule hotel! These are generally available only to men, unfortunately, as most of these facilities are not co-ed. They are literally rooms of capsules, often three or four high, each of which has a bed, a TV, climate control, etc. Bathroom facilities are communal. They were designed for businessmen who missed the last train home (trains and subways in Tokyo stop around 1am). What they lack in luxury or privacy, they make up in economy. ${BestWay}


Park Hyatt Tokyo

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by ZenExplorer on October 29, 2001

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 had apparently been duly noted in the guest history system. Pretty amazing! This was reflective of the incredible attention to every nuance of service. The hotel has fewer than 200 rooms, rooms that are, incidentally, the largest in Tokyo. Each room offers a CD and DVD player, a small library of books, wonderfully comforting down comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets, etc. etc. etc. The design style is a unique synthesis of East and West that gives a sense of simplicity, timelessness, and peace. The Park Hyatt is a big splurge ($400/night), one inevitably feels that, as splurges go, this one was very well worth it, certainly when compared to similarly priced luxe properties in London, Paris or New York, for example.

Ask for a room with a view of Mount Fuji during the clear winter months!

Park Hyatt Tokyo
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku
Tokyo, Japan, 163-1055
81-3-5322-1234

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