I was discussing the Hyatt Regency Tokyo Atrium Suite with a Twitter follower the other day, so it seemed like a good time to cover it on the main site.
In 2012, I was doing a series of three night stays at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo to fulfill the requirements of the Diamond Trial to maintain the Hyatt Gold Passport status. Even as trial members, Diamond tier members receive four suite upgrade certificates, which can be used to take any paid reservation of up to seven nights and guarantee an upgrade to a base-level suite.
The Hyatt Regency Tokyo has two base-level suites eligible for the upgrade: the Regency Suite and the Atrium Suite. The Regency Suite is a decent sized place that is an improvement on regular room accommodations, but not something that I would go out of my way to stay at.
The Atrium Suite is a room that I would go out of my way to stay at. In fact, I believe that it is the best use of a suite upgrade currently available in all of Tokyo. Not to take away from the Grand Hyatt’s Grand Executive Suite, or the Park Hyatt’s Park Suite, which are both tremendous, but…well, let’s just say that they are merely an extension of the normal pleasures that you could have in a regular room at those establishments.
The Atrium Suite is a completely different animal, unlike anything you can experience anywhere else in the Hyatt Regency Tokyo, any Hyatt in Tokyo, or perhaps even any other hotel in the world!
This suite is unapologetically funky. For starters, just look at this floor plan:
The door is on the left, and when you enter you see a long path that allows you to walk the full hypotenuse of your triangle. I think that I was able to take 19 full striding steps from the door to the end of the room.
Along the way you pass the bedroom, which contains two queen beds (all Atrium suites have two beds. I don’t get why some people consider that a deal breaker. If a queen bed can’t contain your rolling sleepitude, then just push them together!)
That big window you see in the background looks directly into the bathroom, and a big oval tub in the middle.
The main living area of this suite, which I failed to take any pictures of (or, more positively, succeeded in leaving to your imagination) is a relatively cozy triangular cove. People that enjoy a nice view may be disappointed to find that there is only one small window facing outside by the work desk, facing a rather uninspiring street view (the suites at the Hyatt Regency are on the low floors; the four Atrium Suites are located two apiece on opposite sides of the seventh and eighth floors) However, should you choose to raise the drapes behind your sofa, you will transform your cozy little room into the most voyeuristic place in the entire hotel.
Yes, your room looks right out unto the Atrium of the hotel. You have a door to step outside onto a surprisingly large balcony (I cannot promise that the melon beach ball did not make an appearance here). And if you look over the edge, you will see this:
And if you look down, you will see this:
Just as I spent hours freezing in quiet contemplation in my private rock garden at the Grand Hyatt Deluxe Club Corner Queen room, I spent hours watching the mass of humanity crawl throughout the lobby like ants beneath me. You would feel like a king addressing his subjects, were it not for the weird, diagonal angle that you’re placed at.
And if there’s anything that should keep you away from staying from this room, it would be an allergy to weirdness. Because the weirdness permeates into the very fiber of this room. There are nooks and crannies all over the place to explore; there are things in this room that I only just discovered at the very end of my three night stay, and I’m not at all confident that I’ve discovered them all. It may not be the most comfortable suite, it may not be the most intuitive suite. But if you relish an adventure, this suite is really, really fun.
The suites in the Grand Hyatt and Park Hyatt are excellent, high quality options, but unless you have the money for, or the very good fortune to be upgraded into, one of the high end suites at those properties, then I would say that the Hyatt Regency Tokyo Atrium Suite offers the most special option available to you at a Hyatt hotel in Japan. Whether you love it or you hate it, I guarantee that you will never forget it.