Tablet Hotels Offering Tablet Plus Benefits Free for Park Hyatt Tokyo

December 12th, 2014

I have mentioned Tablet Hotels Tablet Plus program in the past.  For paying $195 a year for Tablet Plus membership, you get additional benefits on your hotel stay throughout a variety of hotels in their portfolio.  The benefits afforded to Tablet Plus members at the Park Hyatt Tokyo are very similar to what is received by Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members:

  • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
  • Guaranteed 4pm check-out
  • Complimentary daily continental breakfast per guest (max 2 guests), a value of 3000 JPY (approx $35US) per per person per day.
  • Complimentary access to ‘Club on the Park’ spa facilities for up to 2 persons during the entire stay (a value of 4200 JPY per person per stay- Approx $50US)

For a limited time, Tablet Hotels is offering Tablet Plus benefits on Park Hyatt Tokyo reservations for free!  No Tablet Plus member ship needed!

Not only are there a ton of great benefits that are normally only afforded to Diamond members, but the Tablet Hotels rate can actually turn about to be cheaper than booking direct through Hyatt.

In a random check conducted today for the dates from April 6th to April 9th, 2015, a Park King room can be reserved for as little as 56,100 yen:

Make sure that "A Gift For You" section displays before making your reservation.

Make sure that “A Gift For You” section displays before making your reservation.

On hyatt.com, the cheapest rate available is 63,100 yen for a Park Deluxe King:

Park Hyatt Tokyo can be stingy about making base rooms available on their website.

Park Hyatt Tokyo can be stingy about making base rooms available on their website.

As the Tablet Hotels reservation includes a complementary room upgrade (based upon availability, but which should very likely be available on week days such as this), you would pay over 7000 yen less for the same room, free breakfast, free spa access, and 4pm checkout!  Even though you won’t get Hyatt points for the stay, if you are not already a Diamond member, then I think that these benefits more than make up for that.

This is one of the rare occasions where I would recommend booking the Park Hyatt Tokyo via a third party booking service.

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Maximizing Park Hyatt Tokyo Enjoyment as a Platinum

October 23rd, 2014

I received an interesting e-mail, asking various questions about the Park Hyatt Tokyo in the context of being a Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum member. Although the experience is maximized by reaching the Diamond level, there are still ways to enhance your stay at this hotel as a Platinum member, or even with no status at all.

Here are the parts of the e-mail (along with my responses) that should be of benefit to all:

I am travelling with several of my friends on a one-week vacation to Tokyo, and we have all decided to stay at the Park Hyatt. My other friends have already made their reservations via Tablet. I want to book my stay via Hyatt to try and build up some points. Can you tell me:

- is there a big difference between a PARK DELUXE and a PARK VIEW room? is it worth it?

The Park Deluxe Room is a nice big room. It’s the first room I ever stayed at at the Park Hyatt Hotel, and it impressed me enough to maintain my Diamond status to this day.

The Park View Room is like a miniature suite. It’s the same design as a Park Suite, with the bedroom and living room “smooshed” into one.

While you won’t be disappointed with a Park Deluxe, I personally enjoy the Park View room much more.

- is the hotel okay with people splitting their stay into two bookings to take advantage of better rates on different days?

So long as you qualify for the rates, you can split your stay over as many rates as you like (the purpose of the Date Range Search tool on my site is to make searching for the optimal combination of rates a little bit easier.

However, do not expect the Park Hyatt Tokyo to automatically extend the benefits of the best rate throughout the entire duration of your station. For example, if you book two nights in a Park View and two nights in a regular Park room, it is unlikely that they would let you stay in that Park View for all four nights; they may will stick to the terms of each rate to the letter.

- should I just book a PARK DELUXE room because I am likely to get an upgrade to a PARK VIEW anyway (subject to avails).

If staying in a Park View room is crucial to your stay, then you should book the Park View room. But, as you say, you have a fair chance of getting the upgrade and, as I said, the Park Deluxe is quite nice in its own right, so I would go with booking the Park Deluxe.

- is there any way of getting around their late check in times on weekends apart from purchasing a day rate room?

In the past I have arrived about an hour early and been allowed into the room. Other times I have arrived 30 minutes early but still had to wait a bit. A lot of it depends on how busy the hotel is on any particular day. The only way to guarantee a room to be available in the morning is to bite the bullet and book the room one day earlier (letting the hotel know in advance that you will not be checking in until the following morning)

- are there any perks we should be aware of/travel tips/things to avoid.

The two things I would keep in mind are the restaurants in the basement of the building and the Spa on the Park schedule.

Park Hyatt Tokyo is part of a multi-purpose office building. Though not advertised as part of the hotel, there are several restaurants and convenience stores in the basement level that are of good quality and reasonably priced. The hotel restaurants are awesome, but you’re probably not going to want to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner there for a week!

Unfortunately, as a Platinum, you will not get free access to the spa facilities at Club on the Park. However, all of the activities at the pool and exercise area are still free to all paying guests. This includes pool exercises, fitness programs, and a good night sleep stretch. You can find details on the weekly schedule at http://www.parkhyatttokyo.com/Facility/Stay/cotp_exc_schedule_en.pdf.

Finally, if you are not a Diamond member, you can, for all intents and purposes, purchase “virtual” Diamond status for the Park Hyatt Tokyo via a Tablet Plus membership. By paying the $195 membership fee and booking through their website, you would be entitled to the following benefits at the Park Hyatt Tokyo:

Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
Guaranteed 4pm check-out
Complimentary daily continental breakfast per guest (max 2 guests), a value of 3000 JPY (approx $35US) per per person per day.
Complimentary access to ‘Club on the Park’ spa facilities for up to 2 persons during the entire stay (a value of 4200 JPY per person per stay- Approx $50US)

For a one week stay, this would offer considerable benefits that would offset both the $195 membership fee and the points lost through not booking direct via Hyatt.

Regardless of how you stay, relax and enjoy yourself at one of the most luxurious, iconic hotels in the world!

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Zero Night Stay Plan at the Park Hyatt Tokyo

June 27th, 2014

NOTE:The Park Hyatt Tokyo is no longer offering this plan.

If you search through the Offers page of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, you may encounter the following unusual offer:

Your Perfect Day

Enjoy an afternoon in our Park Deluxe Room with a leisurely brunch, access to Club On The Park spa, and cocktails at the bar for a perfect day.
  • Day use of Park Deluxe Room from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Full breakfast or a set lunch at Girandole
  • Access to Club On The Park spa & fitness facilities
  • Evening cocktails at the bar per room
*This offer is not bookable on-line. For more information or to make a reservations, please call +81 3 5322 1234 or e-mail to reservation.phtoyko@hyatt.com. Not available through hyatt.com.

From the description, it sounds like you get to feel like a Diamond member for seven hours.  But can breakfast be eaten before 10:00?  Can the spa and fitness facilities be accessed before check-in or after check-out?  Which bar do you receive cocktails at, or do you get a choice?  Do the Twilight Service appetizers come with the cocktails?  And, most importantly, what does this cost?

Based on the answers to this, it might be feasible to combine the value of a Hyatt Regency Tokyo stay with a splurge of luxury just a stroll through the park away at the Park Hyatt.  But, as the description states, this cannot be booked online, and details that are online are sparse.  So I contacted the Park Hyatt Tokyo reservations department directly for further details.  And here they are!

  • Check in is at 10:00am.  Check out is at 5:00pm. The Club on the Park can only be used between these times.
  • For breakfast, you must stop by front desk beforehand so the breakfast will be registered to the room.
  • Diamond Suite Upgrade cannot be applied to upgrade from Park Deluxe Room to Park Suite.
  • Breakfast/Lunch can be received as Room Service (provided it is done after 10:00am check in time)
  • Evening cocktails are for one drink per person in the Peak Bar, and do not include Twilight Service.
  • Promotion is for weekdays only until December 26th, 2014 (December 20th-25th are blackout dates)
  • Not eligible for stay credit in Hyatt Gold Passport.

And finally, the one factor that determines whether or not this could a good deal:  the price.  I wasn’t going to ask about every rate for the rest of the year, so I choose a random weekday in mid-September, a time that I figured would offer a fairly reasonable rate.

The verdict?  A rate of 37,000 yen, or a total of 45,155 yen with taxes and fees (same for one or two adults) .

This is not very far removed from the fare for a full night’s stay!  What a shame.  While this rate is probably geared towards wealthy Japanese housewives, if they would price this around 20,000 yen (maybe a bit more if they weren’t quite so stingy with the use of the Club), I bet that they could make a lot of extra money on rooms that would otherwise go empty, and give many more people a taste of what makes the Park Hyatt Tokyo so special.

I give this rate a grade of 8 for creativity and a 3 for execution.  Not worth pursuing further.

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