Beware of Dengue Fever near Hyatt Regency Tokyo and Park Hyatt Tokyo!

September 5th, 2014

EDIT: The Dengue Fever scare of 2014 is now over!

Normally I would recommend checking out the nearby Shinjuku Chuo Park (aka Shinjuku Central Park) that borders both the Hyatt Regency Tokyo and the Park Hyatt Tokyo during the course of your stay. However, there are now reports that someone may have contracted dengue fever via a bite from a mosquito in this park.

Dengue fever, which has not had a major presence in Japan since the end of World War II, is a particularly nasty illness where symptoms can range from “fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles.” In a small percentage of people, it can lead to far more serious symptoms, possibly even death.

Events at the park have already been cancelled. You should have nothing to worry about in the general vicinity of either hotel, but I would highly recommend avoiding going into the park until at least late fall, when the cold weather has settled in. If you must pass through for some reason, cover up and use bug repellent over any exposed skin. Better safe than sorry!

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Tokyo Hyatt Fact Sheets

June 24th, 2014

On the front page of every Hyatt hotel website, there is a link to a very useful resource that few people take advantage of: the hotel Fact Sheet.

Buried in plain sight between Parking and Hotel Features.

Buried in plain sight between Parking and Hotel Features.

The Fact Sheet is a PDF file that offers a wealth of information on the hotel that fits on a single piece of paper.

A little too small to read here though, so click this to bring up the full file.

A bit small to read here though, so click this to bring up the full file.

If you’re wondering which Tokyo Hyatt hotel is right for you, printing these all out and comparing them side by side is not a bad little way of quickly comparing and contrasting the hotels to determine what is best for your situation.

To save you some time, here are direct links to the fact sheets of all Tokyo and Hakone Hyatt hotels:

Hyatt Regency Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

Give them a look over and see what you think!

 

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Inside…Hyatt Regency Tokyo Eau de Vie

June 23rd, 2014

As I mentioned yesterday, I received a bunch of coupons with my new Hyatt Regency Tokyo Point Card.  The two best coupons were the 1000 points with any purchase Birthday Coupon, and the half off drinks between 16:00-20:00 at the Eau de Vie bar.  I wanted to see if it was possible to use both at the same time, and I had never seen this bar before anyway, so that’s all the excuse I needed to drop in and pay a visit tonight.

Can't get a straight shot of the entrance because the railing overlooking the atrium is too close.

Can’t get a straight shot of the entrance because the railing overlooking the atrium is too close.

The sign out front tells us that this place was established in 1980.  It does feel like it is possible that this is one of the few things that has remained unchanged about this hotel since the Century Hyatt Tokyo first opened.

Also: the bathtubs of the unrenovated rooms.  But I digress...

Also: the bathtubs of the unrenovated rooms. But I digress…

Google Translate tells me that “Eau de Vie” is French for Brandy. It seems an appropriate name for a hotel that has a lounge named Lounge and a Pastry Shop named Pastry Shop.  Come to think of it, any name besides Bar comes off as a bit too subtle for the Hyatt Regency Tokyo…but they make up for it by beating you over the head with that fact that this is a hardcore, old-school, straight-up BAR, right down to the quiet jazz mood music.

It's too dark inside to take pictures.  But that's never stopped me before.

It’s too dark inside to take pictures. But that’s never stopped me before.

There are tables to be had, but in a place like this, the bar counter is the place to be.  An ample supply of all sorts of expensive liquors awaits.

Not the kind of place I feel comfortable ordering a strawberry daiquiri.

Not the kind of place I feel comfortable ordering a strawberry daiquiri.

I know very little about liquor, so when the menu comes I just point to whatever the special happens to be.  If you’re expecting something wild and exotic like the Timeless Passion Cocktail, then you are obviously new to the Hyatt Regency Tokyo.  It is a timeless classic, the Classic Mojito.

But it's made with fine Cuban rum!  That's pretty exotic!

But it’s made with fine Cuban rum! That’s pretty exotic!

Google also tells us that “traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or yerba buena, a mint variety very popular on the island.”  I did not catch whether the bartender was using sugar cane juice, but everything else checked out, so I don’t doubt that this was the real deal.

He was not stingy with the spearmint.  Nor with the ice.

He was not stingy with the spearmint. Nor with the ice.

Again, I’m the wrong person to be giving out drink reviews, but it sure seemed like a high quality Mojito to me.  Minty, with a nice bite from the rum and the lime.  I had an enjoyable time nursing this and the bar nuts for around 20 minutes.

But I came to use the coupons, and now was the time to put them to the test.  When the check arrived, I handed over the birthday coupon, the half off happy hour coupon, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo Point Card, and my Hyatt credit card.  The staff took them all without a word, and a minute later I had my receipt for the 1010 yen drink, and 1050 points on my Hyatt Regency Tokyo point card!

Point total is updated in real time on the card!

Point total is updated in real time on the card!

I am now over 4% of the way to the 25000 points needed to upgrade to the Hyatt Regency Tokyo Premium Card!  Someday, free parking will be mine.

And on top of all that, I received another coupon for 50% off drinks.

Extremely overpriced drinks become only moderately overpriced!

Extremely overpriced drinks become only moderately overpriced!

It’s good for parties of up to 10 people.  I don’t think that I’m going to stop in for a drink again before the coupon expires on August 31st.  If any of you would like it, leave a comment and I’ll think of a way of getting it out to you.

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Lowest Price for Tokyo Hyatt Stays and Corresponding Point Redemption Values for the Next 12 Months

June 21st, 2014

If you have the flexibility to determine exactly when you can make your stay at a Tokyo Hyatt hotel, you may be interested in which specific time periods offer the best value for a stay.

I have gone through all of the rates at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Hyatt Regency Tokyo, and the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa to to determine the best value for hotel stays based on three criteria:

  1. Best regular rate
  2. Best regular rate w/free cancellation
  3. Best elite rate (including My Elite Rate for Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond members)

Based on these values, I have also determined the base value of Hyatt Gold Passport at these hotels.  In other words, this is the minimum value that you will receive for redeeming your points at each particular hotel.

All results are based on the tax and fee inclusive rate for single night stays based on double occupancy and availability as of June 19th, 2014.  It is intended as a ballpark reference, and is not representative of realtime conditions.  To check on current availability and different variations of these searches, please utilize the Tokyo Hyatt Power Search and the Tokyo Hyatt Date Range Search tools.

The results by hotel are as follows:

Park Hyatt Tokyo

  1. Best Regular Rate: 47080 yen/night
    Dates Available: August 25th, September 1st-2nd, September 7th, January 18th, May 6th, May 7th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.57 yen (30,000 points per night redemption)
  2. Best Regular Rate with Free Cancellation: 55318 yen/night
    Dates Available: August 25th, September 1st-2nd, September 7th, January 18th, May 6th, May 7th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.84 yen (30,000 points per night redemption)
  3. Best Elite Rate: 44334 yen/night
    Dates Available: August 25th, September 1st-2nd, September 7th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.48 yen (30,000 points per night redemption)

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

  1. Best Regular Rate: 47996 yen/night
    Dates Available: January 4th – 8th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.92 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  2. Best Regular Rate with Free Cancellation: 47996 yen/night
    Dates Available: January 4th – 8th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.92 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  3. Best Elite Rate: 47996 yen/night (Currently no My Elite Rate cheaper than the cheapest Best Regular Rate w/Free Cancellation)
    Dates Available: January 4th – 8th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.92 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

  1. Best Regular Rate: 47080 yen/night
    Dates Available: June 22nd-23rd
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.82 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  2. Best Regular Rate with Free Cancellation: 55318 yen/night
    Dates Available: June 22nd-23rd
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.82 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  3. Best Elite Rate: 44334 yen/night
    Dates Available: June 22nd-23rd
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.46 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)

Hyatt Regency Tokyo

  1. Best Regular Rate: 20121 yen/night
    Dates Available: December 22nd, December 25th-26th, January 4th-9th, May 1st-2nd, May 8th-9th, May 15th-16th, May 22nd-23rd, May 29th-30th, June 5th-6th, June 12th-13th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.68 yen (12,000 points per night redemption)
  2. Best Regular Rate with Free Cancellation: 24160 yen/night
    Dates Available: December 22nd, December 25th-26th, January 4th-9th, May 1st-2nd, May 8th-9th, May 15th-16th, May 22nd-23rd, May 29th-30th, June 5th-6th, June 12th-13th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 2.01 yen (12,000 points per night redemption)
  3. Best Elite Rate: 16096 yen/night
    Dates Available: December 22nd, December 25th-26th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.62 yen (12,000 points per night redemption)

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

  1. Best Regular Rate: 36900 yen/night
    Dates Available: Many Dates
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.48 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  2. Best Regular Rate with Free Cancellation: 36900 yen/night
    Dates Available: Many Dates
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.48 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  3. Best Elite Rate: 29580 yen/night
    Dates Available: Many Dates Throughout 2014
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.18 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)

As expected, Hyatt Regency Tokyo provides the best value in terms of money and overall point redemption value, though a Platinum or Diamond will see better value this year using their points for a stay at Andaz Tokyo (especially when staying with three adults, as Andaz Tokyo is the only hotel to not charge an additional fee for a third adult on an award stay)

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Introducing…The Hyatt Regency Tokyo Point Card

June 8th, 2014

Of course, as does every Hyatt hotel in the world, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo participates in the Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program.  But did you know that they also have their very own, completely separate loyalty program?

Well, they do, and it’s called the Hyatt Regency Tokyo Point Card.

Brought to you by the people that named their newest eating and drinking establishment "Lounge".

Brought to you by the people that named their newest eating and drinking establishment “Lounge“.

I would like to share with you how to get a Hyatt Regency Tokyo Point Card, but all of the information related to it, including the application form, is only available in Japanese. And the application is a paper form that must be filled out in Japanese.  However, I’ll explain the benefits and, if after reading them, you really want to enroll for this card, then contact me and I’ll see what I can do to hook you up (or ask someone on site about it the next time you visit the hotel)

First off, the bad news: you do not earn Hyatt Regency Tokyo Point Card points (henceforth referred to as just “points”, but understand that I am not talking about Hyatt Gold Passport points in this article) by staying at the hotel.  There are only two ways to earn points with this point card:

1. Receive 5 points for every 100 yen spent at a Hyatt Regency Tokyo Restaurant (not including room service)
2. Receive 2 points for every 100 yen spent at Joule Spa & Wellness, the spa within the hotel.

There are two ways that you can spend these points which you earn:

1. Each point is worth one yen of payment for hotel stay, at hotel bar, restaurant, spa, and pastry shop.
2. With enough points, you can buy certain hotel gift certificates. These range from lunch and dessert at hotel Caffe for 2,800 points, to one free night in a suite for 63,000 points.

The good news is that, once you earn 25,000 lifetime member points, you are upgraded to the Hyatt Regency Tokyo Premium Card!

You can tell that it's premium because it has the word "PREMIUM" on it.

You can tell that it’s premium because it has the word “PREMIUM” on it.

The benefits of the premium card are:

1. Double points earning over regular point card (10 points per 100 yen spent at restaurants, 4 points per 100 yen spent at restaurants)
2. 10% discount off of the Hyatt Daily Rate for stays (Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond members get 20%)
3. Late checkout until 3pm (Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members get late checkout until 4pm)
4. Free parking
5. Free use of pool and fitness gym (already free to all Hyatt Gold Passport members)
6. Wedding gift of 30,000 points

One more thing to note: unused points expire two years from the date of earning.

In summary, the practical benefits available to card holders are:

1. 5% rebate on your hotel restaurant purchases
2. If you spend over 500,000 yen at restaurants, you’ll get double that, free parking, and you’ll have earned almost enough points to consummate your marriage in an Atrium Suite.

If all of that doesn’t convince you to enroll, then here’s the clincher:  you will have one of the most exclusive, coolest looking cards in the world.  Show this card off, and you can have any guy or gal in the world that you want.

Just don't get married until you earn the Premium Card.

Just don’t marry them until you earn the Premium Card.

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