Our honeymoon series:
Part 1: United First Class from SFO-NRT
Part 2: How to Get to Hotel from NRT Airportf
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?
95,000 x 2 nights = 190,000 Hilton points
We accrued these points from a combination of sign up bonuses and work stays. The bonuses came from the Hilton Surpass card* and the Hilton Honors card*. Currently if you sign up for these cards, you can get 175,000 Hilton points and a free weekend night on your first card anniversary. If redeemed at cheaper hotels, these 175,000 points could last a while. For example, we spent 27,000 points per night to book a room at a mid-tier property for my parents in California for my wedding weekend.
How much would this have cost if we paid cash?
Had we paid for these rooms, it would have cost us ~$1,960.
We spent our last two nights in Japan back in Tokyo. After Kyoto, we looked forward to pick up where we left off a couple days before.
We arrived at Tokyo Station around 2:00PM. The station was huge, and our strategy was just to get outside to look for a taxi. That worked out somewhat according to plan, and about 15 minutes and a ¥1,000 taxi ride later, we were dropped off at the Conrad.
The Conrad is located in the Shiodome area, and like the Andaz Tokyo, it occupies a handful of floors in a larger building. Upon getting out of the taxi, we were greeted by a pleasant attendant while another took our bags and asked us for the name on our reservation. We took the elevator to the main lobby, which is located on the 28th floor, along with the main bar. There is music in the bar at night, and it has a lovely view of the city.
With QL’s Hilton diamond status, we had the option to check in upstairs in the executive lounge on the 37th floor. The process took longer than expected, but luckily, we arrived at the end of afternoon tea service. While the wifey tried to use her charms to get us a suite upgrade, I helped myself to some ice cream and random sweets they were serving with coffee and tea.
The hotel was full the first night, so we checked into a King room overlooking the bay, but we were given the option to switch to a King suite overlooking the city the second night. It was kind of a hassle to move rooms, but we wanted to see what the suite was like so we agreed to it.
The young woman helping us check in offered to send us a chocolate cake for the honeymoon, but QL doesn’t like chocolate, so we politely declined. She then walked us to our room, and shortly after she left, there was a knock at the door. She had asked room service to bring us a plate of fresh fruit and madeleines instead of the cake.
The room was really nice. I like that it had a tiny tree in the entry.
There was a long daybed/couch along the window overlooking the Tokyo Bay.
There was a round desk and a large bed in the room, with a glass wall separating the bathroom.
The bathroom was well lit and had a double sink/vanity area.
It featured Aromatherapy amenities.
The mini bar was built into the table below the TV.
We relaxed for a little bit before venturing to Akhibara to pick some Naruto gifts for QL’s brother. Unfortunately, the store we wanted to go to was closed by the time we arrived. Thus, we settled on a ramen spot a friend recommended. At this point, QL was dragging from the jet lag, so we ate quickly and went back to the room.
The ramen was a bit porky for our taste. It was about ~$10 a bowl.
On the way back to the hotel, I used the bathroom in the train station while QL sat nearby and waited. The bathrooms were surprisingly clean. Chicago’s public bathrooms are filthy, and SF’s are filthy^100. I came out and found QL like this. I was gone for 5 minutes?
We gave some thought to waking up early the next day to see the Tsukiji Fish Market, but sadly found out that the market was closed on Sundays, so we slept in for our last full day in Tokyo.
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