Redemption of the month: Park Hyatt Tokyo
Since Hyatt opened its luxurious Andaz Tokyo in 2014, it’s been one of my all-time favorite points redemptions for a couple of nights every year. The rooms are big, the pool is nice, and it’s in a great location for running.
But for my most recent trip this past November, I revisited Hyatt’s more famous hotel across town, the Park Hyatt. Wrapping up a solo business trip, I was looking for a bit more energy. While the Andaz is calm and understated, the Park Hyatt still has an iconic buzz about it 25 years in.
The room itself didn’t feel as special as it did on my first visit six years ago — a refresh is overdue. (The hotel also did a weird thing, seemingly as some sort of upgrade, where it smooshed two king beds together into a giant mass.) And its location, deep in the corporate-office-tower neighborhood of Shinjuku, is still a challenge if you aren’t being chauffeured around town.
But there’s still nothing like stepping out of the elevator into its tall, glass lobby high above Tokyo, washed in sunlight or glowing night sky, with piano keys tinkling and echoes of multi-lingual chitchat. The rooftop pool remains a delight. And the New York Bar, while a bit cheesy, played perfect companion over a Suntory Hakushu on the rocks.
Standard rooms cost 30,000 Hyatt points per night, which you can accumulate with the Chase World of Hyatt card (refer-a-friend link) or also transfer 1-to-1 from the Chase Sapphire. That’s a lot. But with cash rates often more than $600 per night, it can be a good deal, representing more than 2 cents per point in value.