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!