by Lisa Milbrand
This sleek and stylish hotel lies right next to Shinjuku’s lovely central park, making it a perfect spot for your little ones to let off a little steam. The spacious rooms can accommodate extra beds or cribs, and kids under 12 can stay for free.
And as for convenienceâ€”the hotel sits right on top of a subway station, making it super easy to take advantage of the subway for getting around town.
Our Editor Loves
- Next to Shinjuku Central Park
- Indoor pool
- Kids under 12 stay free
We had a 11-day visit to Japan. Our last 4 nights were at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo which is only a 10 to 15 min walk to the craziness of Shinjuku. There is also both a subway line right at the hotel and shuttle to the Shinjuku Station provided by the Hyatt every 20 minutes. We did use points and opted for the Hyatt Regency Club breakfast to be included. Their early evening drinks and appetizers was fantastic too. On one morning the club was full but they gave us a voucher for the lobby buffet breakfast which was absolutely fine (better in fact). The staff was a good as you can get as is most placed in Japan. The only minor comments is that the room lighting is on the low side and their is no "free" business center. Be sure to reserve and pickup your pocket WiFi at Narita before you begin your Japan visit (e.g., we used Japan Wireless); it was our best friend keeping Google mapping up 90% of the time!
Traveling to a foreign country as a person with a disability often means compromising on accessibility, not so here! My universal room was not just easy for me to navigate, but was also newly renovated and beautifully appointed with classy design touches that blended accessibility features into the overall look and feel of the room. Finding a roll-in-shower in Japan is like finding a unicorn, but my room had not only a spacious step-free shower but also one that came with an overhead rain shower! While there was no built-in bench, I found the wooden seat provided to be adequate and quite stable.
All public spaces were accessible too, except for the pool, which is up a few steps. The shuttle bus that goes to Shinjuku station has a ramp, which all drivers know how to operate, and I was overjoyed at actually being able to access it (a rarity in the states, even though it is required by law).
The concierge desk was extremely helpful in arranging a motorized wheelchair rental, and was even proactive about changing the delivery appointment when I extended my stay.
I only ate at one hotel restaurant, Kakou, and had an amazing dinner there. The others looked good as well.
The location was terrific as, in addition to the 5 minute hotel shuttle to Shinjuku station, there was an elevator to the Tochomae subway station directly across the street from the hotel. Though the hotel is well connected to transit, it is in a quiet area next to Shinjuku Central Park. This is nice to come home too, though I do wish there were more cafes and independent restaurants to stumble upon around the hotel.
Overall, as a Category 3, this is one of the best values in the Hyatt system.