One of the best hotels in Japan
On April 16, 2015, I checked in to the Park Hyatt Tokyo in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Currently ranked the #1 hotel in Shinjuku on TripAdvisor and #4 in all of Tokyo, the hotel was popularized as the scene of the 2003 movie Lost in Translation.
Japanese hospitality is renowned as the world’s best, and this Park Hyatt does not disappoint. Upon arrival at street level by car or foot, the doorman arranges for your bags to be delivered to your room and for a receptionist to prepare to meet with you in the hotel’s library. Reception reviews your reservation, goes over the hotel’s services, and asks for your choice of welcome drink (complimentary).
My room was on the 45th floor, facing south towards Yoyogi Park and Shibuya. My reservation included two double beds in a 45 square meter room, including a large bathroom with stand-up shower and soaking tub.
Booking the room for free
The Chase Hyatt card is one of the most valuable hotel credit cards during the first year. After spending $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, you earn 2 free night certificates that can be redeemed at any Hyatt property worldwide.
After each year of cardmembership, you also earn 1 free night at any category 1-4 Hyatt property, which is retained even if you choose to cancel the account after 1 year to avoid the $75 annual fee. The introductory annual fee is $0 (free) for the first year.
I had to call Hyatt reservations on the phone for availability, since the reward nights were not showing as available online. According to the reservation agent, I booked the last available award nights available for April 16 and 17.
Nights at the Park Hyatt Tokyo range from $600 to just over $1,000 USD per night. Based on the market rate for the room, I saved around $1,400 in 2015. In 2016 those two free nights are worth over $2,000:
The Chase Hyatt card is a great card to hold for 1 year, giving 2 free nights at the world’s best hotels and 1 additional free night at a decent hotel. I chose to close the card after 1 year and not pay the $75 annual fee, but more on that later…
If you want the card, act quick! Chase is implementing its 5/24 rule on co-branded cards sometime this month (April 2016).