Where were we? At the Shinjuku Park Tower!
The tower itself actually contains many different things, including lots of offices. The hotel starts on the 39th floor and goes all the way to the top.
Whike I was in the right place, I was on the wrong side of the building. Luckily the guard at the office entrance had a map to explain where I needed to go:
Getting around to the other side involved a bit of a maze of some very lovely walkways and courtyards:
evebtualky I made it to the other side and into the Park Hyatt entrance. The first floor lobby is lovely but very simple, since all that's down there is a bunch of elevators to get you up to the hotel. After giving my name I was escorted upstairs to check in.
The elevators, by the way, not only have lovely lighting and wood paneling, but each one features different sculptures. This elevator features sculptures of dogs:
We reached the lobby level, which starts with this wonderful atrium:
This was also my first taste of the amazing views the hotel offers. Bring so high up means that everything has a view:
It was about 6am at this point so everything was very quiet. That's just as well, because as I soon discovered the hotel is a very well-appointed maze.
Down this hallway...
Lies the casual restaurant, which was just starting breakfast service:
Turning the corner, there's a kind of library hallway:
And turning the corner again, you finally reach the lobby proper:
I checked in, but it would be another half hour or so before our room was ready. So, I headed back to the restaurant for breakfast.
While I wouldn't say Tokyo as a whole is extremely expensive (at least compared to LA), one thing about staying at an expensive hotel is everything is expensive. Keeping in mind ¥1,000 is a little under $10:
I opted for the Belgian waffles, which I have to say were excellent:
By the time I finished my room was ready, and another elevator ride brought me up several more floors to reach it.
Home sweet home for the next three days:
They'd set out pastries, parfaits and fresh carrot juice for us:
And last but not least, the view:
Time to settle in and freshen up a bit, then it's onward to explore Tokyo!