Words, photos and video by Taylor Jackson.
I have a strange obsession with the Park Hyatt Tokyo. It is my 5th time in Tokyo, and I can't stay away from it. Last year I stayed at a hotel closer to Shinjuku Station, but found myself at the Park Hyatt for sunrise 4 of the 5 mornings I was in the city. It's an addicting and relaxing place.
Lost in Translation was the movie that inspired me to book my first flight to Tokyo, and the Park Hyatt Tokyo is where the characters all stay. (Bill Murray/Scarlett Johansson/Giovanni Ribisi/Anna Faris)
That's why I first visited, but not why I return --
It feels like another world, completely separated from reality. Going to sleep here feels like you accomplished more with your day.
The room views are out of this world. This is my room view from the penthouse floor.
As expected, everything here is world class. It is home to one of the coolest rooftop pools in the world. New York Bar (The one featured pretty heavily in Lost in Translation) is also one of the best spots to enjoy some music and a drink in the city.
All things considered, it is one of the best hotels in the world. The only downside is that the hotel is so great it's difficult to get motivated to go outside and actually experience Tokyo. It's worth the cost of the hotel just to experience the pool during sunrise.
This is a hotel to stay at at least once in your lifetime. You'll never forget it.