Mrs. Selfish and I were originally planning on skipping Tokyo altogether, having gone there twice before. Unfortunately, I had some difficulty finding a business award flight from Tokyo to San Francisco. Availability was limited at the time I booked our tickets, so I opted to book economy, with the hopes that 2 business class awards would open up closer to our travel date.
After checking back every day for two months, I finally found 2 business class awards. Unfortunately, they were 4 days after our connecting flight from Okinawa. Fortunately, we love Tokyo.
Having had a wonderful 5 night stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo last May, I decided to book 3 nights at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. While I wasn’t surprised that the hotel was still amazing, I was surprised by who I ran into at the Park Hyatt’s gym – let me set the scene.
The Park Hyatt’s gym is small, especially the weight section, which can’t fit more than 6-8 people comfortably. Just check this puppy out:
So it didn’t take me very long to realize that the hulking man doing bicep curls to my left was none other than the Governator himself, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger. After a few awkward glances, I fell into my normal routine until the man left, without saying a word to him. After I told Mrs. Selfish what happened, she told me to wake up her up the following morning, should Arnold be at the gym a second time.
The second morning I woke up and bam!, there he was again. After a quick phone call, Mrs. Selfish arrived with camera in tow, so that we would have photographic evidence of our encounter with Mr. Schwarzenegger.
Mr. Schwarzenegger was in town promoting his new movie, Escape Plan, and was a guest at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Though he seemed like he had a packed day, he still took the time to pose for a picture with us, which was pretty cool. Though I never saw him outside of the gym itself, I did see his Japanese bodyguard on several more occasions.
Anyway, back to the hotel itself.
Check-in and Room
This time around I decided to opt for Hyatt’s diamond challenge myself, and requested an upgrade to a Mt. Fuji view room. When Mrs. Selfish and I stayed there back in May 2012, I had only asked for a deluxe room with a view of Mt. Fuji, but this time I researched the room types more thoroughly.
We were greeted by a very friendly hotel associate who escorted us up to the View Room to complete the check-in process.
The room is awesome. Though only 5 square meters larger than the deluxe room, it immediately felt larger. Plus the layout was much nicer.
The bathroom was perhaps the biggest difference. Whereas the deluxe room’s bathroom is located toward the inside of the bedroom, the bathroom in the view room is flush with the bedroom, so the bathtub is right up against the window.
Whereas last time, Mrs. Selfish and I ventured out to check out the restaurant, this time we opted to stay in and order room service every day, including our favorite, the Japanese breakfast.
Gin & Jazz: Hitting up the New York Bar
This time around we made sure to take full advantage of the PHT’s diamond Happy Hour at the NYC Bar, which goes from 5-7pm. For two hours we drank bottomless Asahi’s and wine. I also ordered the Japanese Beef Cheek Pastrami Sandwich, which was surprisingly tasty.
Another side benefit of diamond status, is free entry to the NYC Bar’s live jazz show, which plays every night at 8pm. For some reason I was expecting to see the same band we had listened to 6 months earlier, but the band apparently changes fairly regularly, so it was a completely different experience. Still excellent, however.
The Park Hyatt Tokyo is still my favorite city hotel, and especially nice as a diamond member. Although the price has gone up to 30,000 Hyatt points a night, I’d still strongly consider staying here at least once.
Especially since you might run into freakin’ Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Check back tomorrow, when Mrs. Selfish will go over our adventures in Roppongi.