I recently stayed with my partner at the Park Hyatt for 6 nights in a Park View King Room. The experience was pleasant but, ultimately, not very memorable. Make no mistake, this is an extremely well-run international 5-star hotel. It is chic and stylish and the staff are ultra-professional but it is also a little generic and strikingly disconnected from its environment and cultural milieu. Indeed, it's possibly no coincidence that the Park Hyatt is best known as the hotel featured in "Lost In Translation", Sophia Coppola's indie hit about two Americans striking up an unlikely relationship while sojourning in Tokyo, as the hotel somehow seems to enshrine the film's central themes of cultural dislocation and 'placelessness'. The decor and design is decidedly Euro-American with little attempt to incorporate anything remotely Japanese. Moreover, the whole hotel is curiously removed from its adjacent environment and streetscape: it's not easy to access and entry is via a rather circuitous range of raised driveways, lifts and hallways that is possibly designed to foster a sense of secrecy and exclusivity but quickly becomes tiresome when you just want to get in and out on a daily basis. Things aren't helped by the fact that the area in which the hotel is located is predominantly office space and government buildings so there's not a lot on offer in the immediate vicinity, especially on the weekend when the surrounding offices are closed and the area is deathly dull. Admittedly, it's only a 10-15 min walk to the heart of Shinjuku's commercial district but the blandness of the immediate neighbourhood does rather add to the overall sterility of the hotel. This is of course an entirely personal response and I repeat that one can't fault the quality of the premises or of the service, all of which is top notch and exactly what one would expect from a 5-star property of this calibre and price range. However, ultimately, for us, the Park Hyatt was a bit of a let-down and didn't offer the sort of memorable cultural experience we were hoping for.
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- Park Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Shinjuku
- Hyatt Hotel Shinjuku
- Hyatt Tokyo
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