Famous for its leading role in the film Lost in Translation, the Park Hyatt Tokyo is a firm favourite among sophisticated travellers. It offers flawless service and has one of the most atmospheric cocktail bars in the city. The 177-rooms spans the 39th to 52nd floor of a skyscraper (by renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange) with stunning views of the city and on a clear day even Mount Fuji. Complimentary wi-fi access is offered throughout the hotel, but since a lot of websites are still Japanese-only it is advisable to make use of the Park Hyatt's excellent English-speaking concierge service. The hotel is located in Shinjuku, the business and nightlife epicentre of Tokyo - perfect for enjoying all-night dining at izakayasa (bar-restaurants) and karaoke. One can also easily access the city’s best shopping in the flagship boutiques on Omotesando, the sprawling department stores of Shibuya and Roppongi Hills, and the unique boutique enterprises in Daikanyama. It is also just a 5 minute taxi ride from Shinjuku Gyoen, one of the city's most charming landscaped havens, spacious Yoyogi Park and the unmissable Meili Shrine.
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