You’ve already read the first part, right? Terrific! Right, on we go!
I’d like to talk about my recent stay at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo in a Presidential Suite:
Unfortunately, I merely snuck into the room to take these pictures while the door was open. This is not the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, which upgraded us from a base room to a Presidential Suite on the last night of our stay this summer.
Sadly, we were once again relegated to a View Room. But regardless of the room, all Diamond members of the Hyatt Gold Passport program are afforded the use of the Hyatt Regency Tokyo Regency Club. Which, on a yen-for-yen basis, is the best hotel club lounge value in all of Tokyo, comparable to those found in rooms twice the cost elsewhere.
A room key is required to enter the club proper, but the club reception desk is directly outside of this door. So you can go directly to the ninth floor to sit down and check in in comfort, avoiding the long lines in the cavernous lobby down below.
If you arrive a couple hours early, a room may not be available, but you will be afforded entry into the Regency Club while you wait. Once inside, you will find an enormous space with three separate seating areas, most of which will be almost completely empty at this time.
The lounge is shaped like a giant letter L (or number 7, depending on your perspective. The first sitting room features a television and easiest access to the snacks and drinks.
The middle room, the corner of the L or 7, features nice sofas and the best views of the nearby Shinjuku Central Park and the Park Hyatt Tokyo.
On the way to the third sitting room, there is actually a separate small smoking room that I forgot to take a picture of. This room is behind a glass door, and does a good job of keeping the smoke out of the rest of the nonsmoking portion of the club.
The final room tucked in the back is the quietest, and the favorite of our family.
At all times during the Club’s open hours (7am to 10pm), there is a coffee/espresso machine, an assortment of hot tea, and various cold beverages available.
From 10am to just before evening cocktail time there are some cookies and a few additional tea varieties, such as peppermint. This is enough to make a nice little pick-me-up I call the THF Special: Coca Cola, Peppermint Tea, and lemon.
After 2pm, some additional sweets are available in the form of one or two types of cut fruit and a modest cake. Some apples and bananas may also be available.
This club really shines during evening cocktails and morning breakfast. The alcohol and appetizers are set out from 6pm sharp.
Though others feel otherwise, I am a big fan of these huge chunks of reggiano cheese. Most of the appetizers change from night to night, but the cheese has been a staple for years.
A different cake and a fruit cocktail dish is also available.
Although people will swarm the food immediately after it comes out, the staff do a good job of replenishing it. If you’re not into competition, you may have a more enjoyable time waiting until the second or third round of food comes around.
This is especially true for the hot appetizers, which start coming out at 6:30pm (sharp). The first wave is almost always gone by 6:31pm. Drifting around the entrance to the food and beverage room via the first sitting room around 6:29pm will get you the coveted prize if you’re really hungry.
And the prize has gotten that much better, because the hot appetizers have just been increased from two to four!
My favorite foods ever served at this lounge were the boneless fried chicken and Chinese shumai dumplings. Neither were available on this stay, but the sliced beef dish and the gorgonzola penne were decent enough. With four different items to choose from, it is definitely possible to make a meal out of this.
The alcohol is so-so, but it is a decent variety of free alcohol. The Japanese sake is probably my favorite.
I think that 7pm to 8pm is the best time to arrive, as it becomes easier to get the food without worrying about it disappearing while you are lining up.
The breakfast from 7am is my favorite part of the Regency Club experience. It goes far beyond a mere continental breakfast that many Regency Clubs settle for, with two hot meat dishes, hot eggs, a hot vegetable, and much, much more.
All this, plus excellent, caring service from all of the Regency Club staff, make the Hyatt Regency Tokyo Regency Club well worth visiting, even if you must pay for it.