Tokyo – one of the world’s most populous and popular cities for travellers looking for the ultimate escape from the real world. While there’s a culture of overwork and stress amongst those who work in the city, often with long commutes and even longer hours, those who visit find it unique, strange and bewildering – in all the right ways. Tokyo’s always been one of my favourite cities to visit, what with the neon lights by night and the unique experiences of buying full meals from vending machines by day and the like. Tokyo is that place that has a little something for everyone, even if cities aren’t your thing. One thing it’s definitely known for is its vast array of impressive hotels to stay in – and Park Hotel Tokyo is probably my favourite.
If you’re looking for a hotel that’s in the thick of the action, Park Hotel Tokyo is the spot to beat. Located right in the heart of the city, only minutes walk to the Shiodome station with access to Yurikamome and Oedo lines, the location honestly couldn’t be better. The Yurikamome line in particular can connect you with the next station along the line from where you’re able to access the Tokaido Shinkansen line which takes you all the way to Kyoto if you want to do some travelling around Japan.
Major airports of Haneda and Narita are not far from Park Hotel Tokyo – with Narita being further at roughly 50 kilometers away. Haneda is much closer at only 13 kilometers away and is home to flights from around Asia as well as the world including Air Asia, Air Canada, Air China and more. This makes Park Hotel Tokyo a great place to stay if you’re arriving at either airport, but especially if you’re arriving from and departing to Haneda.
The hotel is likewise located a short walk from the impressive Hamarikyu Gardens, a huge swathe of green respite amid the concrete and neon jungle of Tokyo with its featured 300 year old pine tree as well as a small shrine and a teahouse, perfect for an afternoon stroll to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. There are also several interesting museums only 1-2 kilometers away by foot, making it the perfect spot to base yourself.
The rooms available in the hotel are much like those in other hotels with king, queen and twin rooms available, making this an ideal hotel for singles, friends or couples travelling together. I chose to have a city view room and I have to say that it was the best decision. Laying in bed relaxing with a glass of wine or a beer and watching the twinkling lights of a city as bustling and hectic as Tokyo was really something else and I enjoyed watching the colours of the city change as the sun rose and set each day.
The room had a coffee maker with different teas and coffee, a mini bar and a desk which was ideal as I had to do some work while I was on the road. It was enjoyable to watch the sunset over the skyline of the city while working on various projects from the desk, which had one fantastic view.
The bed was one of the most comfortable I’d experienced throughout my time in Asia and the pillows were nice and firm but had a lot of give and after a full day of exploring the busy city streets and unique attractions of Tokyo, it was nice to come home to a comfortable bed.
The Park Hotel Tokyo is home to a cafeteria which serves a different array of cuisine along with an impressive continental option for breakfasts with croissants, toast and delicious coffee. You can have breakfast served in your room and there’s also 24 hour room service which is ideal when you get caught up in those karaoke rooms until the wee hours of the morning. There’s a fabulous lounge on site with leather seating and stylish decor, perfect for winding down at the end of a busy day with a glass of wine or two. Try local Japanese beer, such as Kirin Ichiban – smooth, crisp and refreshing.
Watching the chefs carve meat and prepare breakfast right before your eyes is always a treat and the restaurant has exactly that. The buffet style breakfast was a welcome treat with many different western options available including sausage and eggs for those who want something a bit more filling.
Only steps from Shiodome station, the Park Hotel Tokyo is ideal for those who want to really get under the skin of the city. It’s also within a few minutes walk of impressive gardens and easy access to major Shinkansen stations to allow you to explore further afield. The hotel has a small business centre where people can work on computers that are provided if necessary. There’s also a well equipped gym on site for those who want to be able to keep up their workout schedule while on the road.
For those who are interested in exploring Japan’s stranger side, the well known district of Harajuku is only an hour’s walk from the hotel, making it a great day out for anyone who wants to experience cosplay and strange characters at their finest. This is where people dress up as anything from their favourite anime characters all the way up to animals and more. It’s definitely worth a visit to see some of the coolest costumes around.
The Park Hotel has a tour desk where you’re able to book different tours of Tokyo and beyond as well as ski packages and other types of activities. They also have a ski storage space for those who are bringing their own skis for the fantastic slopes of Japan.
In all I’d have to say I’d definitely stay at Park Hotel Tokyo again, without a doubt. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, they treat their guests incredibly well and you can truly relax in style and comfort knowing you’re in good hands. Plus you really just can’t beat the view from most rooms. It’s one of the things that stands out most from my time at Park Hotel Tokyo.