Our honeymoon series:
Part 1: United First Class from SFO-NRT
Part 2: How to Get to Hotel from NRT Airport
Part 3: Andaz Hotel Tokyo
Part 4: Tokyo Itinerary
Part 5: How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto
Part 6: Hyatt Regency – Kyoto
Part 7: Kyoto Itinerary
Part 8: Shinkansen Kyoto to Tokyo
Part 9: Conrad – Tokyo Part 1
Part 10: Conrad – Tokyo Part 2
Part 11: Singapore Business Class Tokyo to Singapore
Part 12: Conrad – Singapore
Part 13: Silk Air Business Class Singapore to Danang
Part 14: Intercontinental Danang Part 1
Part 15: Intercontinental Danang Part 2
Part 16: Turkish Business Class Hanoi to Istanbul
Part 17: Turkish Business Class Istanbul to Rome
Part 18: United First Class Rome to Chicago
How much did this cost?
25,000 Hyatt points x 2 nights = 50,000 UR Points transferred to Hyatt
Using a Chase Ink Business card to accumulate UR points, this amounted to $312.35, or $156.17 per night.
How much would it have cost if we paid cash for it?
This suite would have cost nearly $3,800 for two nights.
After our wonderful experience at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome , we originally planned to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo for the first two nights we were in town. In fact, we did book a room there at 30,000 points per night but changed our minds after reading some negative reviews about its dated look. Thus, we switched our stay to the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and boy, were we glad to make that decision.
Upon landing in Tokyo, we took the Limo Bus to the hotel. The trip took about an hour. It was a beautiful drive into the city. Considering I’ve spent most of my time in Asia in third world countries, it was pretty amazing to see how developed everything was from the endless hotels, massive power lines, to the well engineered bridges and ports as we got closer to the city.
We made three or four stops before arriving at the Andaz, which is the second to last stop on this bus route. Our luggage was unloaded, and the amazing service began. The attendant helped us with our luggage, leading us into the building and onto the elevator. The lobby of the hotel is on the 51st floor.
Upon arriving on 51, we walked into the “front desk” area and were greeted by an attendant. I say “front desk” because it’s not a traditional one that you’d think of in a hotel. There is no true desk. Rather it more resembled an Apple store display counter – it was a square wood table and the few Andaz employees there had Macbooks.
We were led to a massive, beautiful wooden table where we were offered a drink and asked for our passports to check in. The attendant disappeared for a few minutes and then came back to tell us check in was complete, return our passports, wish us a Happy Honeymoon, and confirm that she was able to upgrade us to a suite!
There is a cocktail hour hosted here each night from 6-7pm, but we unfortunately missed it both nights of our stay.
She led us back to the elevator because the rooms are located on the 47-50 floors. Our room was 4836. Upon entering, she gave us a quick tour, showed us the safe, and let us know that the mini bar was completely free of charge. She also showed us the beautiful honeymoon gift and card on the table from the hotel.
Below is a video walkthrough of our room. Apologies that it’s not in landscape mode.
The suite was fantastic. The entry opened to a large desk which was another beautiful large slab of wood. The living room area had a massive couch that two people could easily sleep on.
The mini bar was nicely stocked with whiskey, gin, vodka, plum liquor, mixers, beer, juice, and some local drinks. The nespresso machine was also nice, but we mostly enjoyed our morning cappuccinos outside of of the room.
The bedroom had a small seating area, a TV that looked small in relation to the windows and the room, and two king sized beds. It also had an amazing view of the city.
The bathroom fully wrapped around, and completed the loop from the living room, to the bedroom, and back. Walking from the bedroom, there was a small vanity and a big closet.
This led to a bath and shower area with a rainfall shower head and large bathtub. We really liked the traditional stool and mini bucket.
Someone was more than willing to provide a demonstration…
On the other side of the shower area was a large area with opposing his/her sinks and a fancy toilet with a large menu of options. This was our first time using one of these toilets, and they were pretty amazing. We expected similar toilets in Kyoto and at the Conrad, but neither hotel invested as much in their toilets!
Andaz has a beautiful amenity kit, which resembled puzzle pieces, and it fit perfectly into a box.
Continuing along, you encounter another closet and some shelving that holds the safe.
Andaz also provided us with very comfortable slippers and kimonos to wear around the room.
Closing the loop back to the living area was another toilet, this one with a sink inside the room.
After settling in, we decided to go find a place to have dinner and to see the Shibuya crossing.
We decided to try a Yakitori place my friend recommended called Bancho. After looking at the menu briefly, we went with a set course of 6 different skewers.
QL was so jetlagged she fell asleep at least twice at the counter.
The food was all right. I didn’t like that they eat chicken raw, and the ground meatball was also a little raw on the inside. It also was not worth the money. We paid a little less than $60 for just the food – I didn’t even have a beer or any sake.
QL got in a couple micro naps and still wanted to see Shibuya, so we took a $9 cab to take a few pictures of the crossing. From pictures, I thought the crossing would be much bigger, but it did get pretty chaotic when it was time to cross.
After this, we went back to the hotel to have an Asahi and call it a night.
The next morning, while QL slept, I decided to go for a run in the gym, which along with the pool and the spa, is located on the 37th floor. In my jetlagged rush, I forgot to take a picture of the gym, but it is a good size facility with both machine weights and free weights. The treadmills overlook the city, and you can go for a jog while looking out over the Imperial Palace grounds.
The spa/locker room area looked great, but since our room was so nice, we didn’t make use of the sauna here. Instead, we ended up swimming one afternoon in the beautiful pool and sat for a while in one of the two hot tubs. When you get to the locker rooms, note that you need to take your shoes off and use a pair of provided sandals to walk around.
We spent the rest of the day exploring Tokyo. The morning after, before we hopped a Shinkansen to Kyoto, we tried out the breakfast. Although we were not Platinum members, we decided to try it one of the days of our stay, and at ~¥4,000 per person, the pricing wasn’t bad for what was on offer. After tax and tip, it was a little shy of ¥10,000 (~$90).
There was an entire table dedicated to fruits and fruit juices, all freshly squeezed…
There were cereals, waffles, french toast, tomatoes, mushrooms, and potatoes…
There was an egg and omelette station…
There was a table of breads, yogurts, salad, cheeses, and smoked meats…
There was also some shrimp and avocado, which didn’t taste very good in my opinion
There was rice and miso soup with traditional Japanese toppings, grilled salmon, stewed pork, and sauteed veggies
All in all, this was a wonderful stay. The service here was good too, but not over the top. The room was fantastic, and from everything I’ve read online, even the standard rooms are nice and large for Tokyo standards.
Let us know if you have ever been here and what you thought.