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Tokyo for the New Year: Park Hyatt Zurich

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For my overnight layover in Zurich, I decided to spend the other free night certificate from my Chase Hyatt card at the Park Hyatt Zurich, which is now a category 7 hotel. The hotel was relatively easy to get to via train and tram.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Park Hyatt Zurich

Upon walking into the hotel, it definitely felt expensive and luxurious, but the service wasn’t quite as good as the service I experienced at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. There was nothing outwardly wrong with the service, but in general, things felt less polished, and the staff felt more inexperienced, so it’s not the same effortless magic that you can experience at other hotels.

Lobby

Lobby

I checked in at the front desk and was escorted to my room. The room was large for just myself, and there were multiple seating options and a large bathroom. There are sliding doors between the bathroom and the bedroom in addition to a normal door, so you can stare at someone taking a shower from the bedroom if you wish. I’m not sure why they do this?

Bed and view into bathroom

Bed and view into bathroom

Seating in room

Seating in room

More room

More room

The amenities in the bathroom were Blaise Mautin, just like at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, and when I called to ask for a shaving kit, it was promptly delivered by housekeeping. It was also an actual kit and much nicer than the normal stuff that comes stocked in rooms, so perhaps it’s better to have some toiletries on demand so they can invest more in them.

Shower and tub

Shower and tub

Sink and mirror with built-in screen

Sink and mirror with built-in screen

I explored the hotel’s amenities, and this part was definitely a bit of a letdown compared to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. The gym was rather small without much useful equipment (for me), though they did have a sauna. But it’s no iconic swimming pool and exercise rooms with sweeping views of the city.

Small gym

Small gym

Sauna

Sauna

Overall, this hotel was nice, and the downtown of Zurich is quite walkable so it has a good location. But I really don’t understand why people would pay the rack rate for the hotel, as most things about the hotel are nice but unremarkable, like the service and the amenities. Then again, Zurich is a ridiculously expensive city, so maybe it makes sense, but you’d be much better off spending your points at a different Park Hyatt.

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Tokyo for the New Year: Park Hyatt Tokyo

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From the airport, I took an airport limo bus to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. They have buses that stop in front of the Park Hyatt, and a one-way ticket combined with a one-day metro pass was 3100 yen. The bus ride is long, as Narita is quite far from Tokyo, and the Park Hyatt was the last stop on the bus that I took, so I ended up getting to the hotel about one hour and 45 minutes after the bus left from the airport.

Once I arrived at the hotel, I was immediately welcomed and asked if I was staying at the hotel that night. I said that I was and gave them my name, and then I was whisked up to the 41st floor for check in. As we approached the check-in area, an agent greeted me by name and escorted me to the room since in-room check-in is a Platinum member benefit. I have Platinum status through the Chase Hyatt credit card, and I used one of the free night certificates from the sign-up bonus to pay for my stay.

The Park Hyatt is definitely the nicest hotel that I’ve stayed at. Everything about it feels luxurious, from the incredible views to the prompt service. Every person that I interacted with made me feel welcomed and like nothing I could ask for was too much of a hassle.

Atrium as you get off the elevator

Atrium as you get off the elevator

The room offered plenty of space for myself, with a large and comfortable bed and a spacious bathroom. The toilet was a typical Japanese toilet with heated seats and numerous functions, and I wonder why more countries haven’t adopted heated toilet seats.

Bed

Bed

TV and welcome amenity

TV and welcome amenity

Separate tub and shower

Separate tub and shower

Japanese toilet

Japanese toilet

View from my room

View from my room

After putting down my stuff, I went to the 45th floor to go to the gym, which is actually on the 47th floor. The views from the gym are stunning, and it was one of my favorite parts of the hotel. The gym was actually decently equipped with free weights instead of the typical treadmill/elliptical/hand weights that you find at most hotel gyms, so I was able to get a good workout in, which felt great after sitting on planes and letting my muscles atrophy for the past 2 days.

Swimming pool and gym

Swimming pool and gym

Later that night, I went to the New York Bar to further recreate the “Lost in Translation” experience and listen to live jazz. While there’s normally a 2200 yen cover charge once the jazz starts, this is waived for hotel guests, and there was no pressure by the wait staff to order anything as a hotel guest.

Jazz at the New York Bar

Jazz at the New York Bar

The next morning, I headed back to the gym for a morning swim and some sunrise yoga. Words can’t do this experience any justice.

Sunrise view from my room

Sunrise view from my room

Morning views from the gym

Morning views from the gym

I’m no connoisseur of fine hotels, but the Park Hyatt Tokyo exceeded all of my expectations. The service was superb, everyone that I interacted with was gracious, and the views are incredible. The only drawback to the hotel is the location, as it’s a little isolated, but I didn’t mind taking the shuttle to/from Shinjuku station, and the walk wasn’t bad either. This hotel is expensive, even with points now that it’s a 30k per night category 7 hotel, but it’s definitely an experience worth having.

Trip Report: Park Hyatt Paris Vendome

For our trip to Europe, our flight arrived in Paris, but we were headed to Belgium the next day on the train. Since it was only one night and I thought we would likely spend a lot of time sleeping that first day since we would be tired from the flight over, I decided to splurge and book the Park Hyatt for this first night. Rather than spend 600 euro for a single night, I instead transferred 22,000 points from Ultimate Rewards over to Hyatt to book an award night.

A couple of days before arriving, I emailed the hotel asking if they provided any special accommodations for first-time guests. Even though I don’t have any sort of status with Hyatt, I had read that numerous people had received free breakfast during their first stay, and I definitely wanted to see if I could get that. Luckily, the manager who responded saying that she would be happy to extend us free breakfast and a possible room upgrade. Score!

The Park Hyatt Paris Vendome is without a doubt the nicest hotel I’ve had the opportunity to stay at. Everything was luxurious and bougie, and the service was generally spot on. Since our flight arrived so early in the morning, we got to the hotel well before the normal check-in time. I figured that we would just drop off our stuff and walk around Paris until the afternoon, but they were super gracious to offer us super early check in.

The staff was superb. Our check-in agent walked us to our room and gave us a mini-tour of the hotel and various features of our room, and our luggage was waiting for us when we got there. We had been upgraded to a larger Park Deluxe King, which gave us a little bit more space for all of our things, and there was a small gift of the most delicious shortbread I’ve ever had in my life waiting for us in the room.

bed

King-sized bed

bathroom

Bathroom with tub, shower, and sink in shower. Not sure why there needed to be a sink in the shower.

Later in the evening, they delivered another welcome amenity: macarons. I’m not sure exactly where they came from, but they were as delicious as macarons from Pierre Herme or La Duree.

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Macarons

It was definitely a good choice to get a nice hotel on that first day. Not only did we take a lengthy nap during the day, but I slept like a rock for that first night and was pretty much over my jetlag for the rest of the trip.

Breakfast the next morning was great as well, although I probably would not have paid the over 40 euro it would have been out of pocket. There was a nice selection of pastries, breads, meats, cheeses, and other cold items; hot items were generally limited to eggs.

I loved the juices they offered

I loved the juices they offered

A sample of the breakfast offerings

A sample of the breakfast offerings

Overall, I’m so glad to have had the chance to stay at this hotel. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Paris, and I would definitely try to book with points rather than cash.