After a truly exceptional flight in First Class on JAL, we were off to the Hilton Tokyo in the Shinjuku ward of the city. Tokyo is a massive city and I would highly recommend you stay in the Shinjuku ward if you are there for tourist activities as it is pretty central to everything. I would also highly recommend you check out the Hilton Tokyo as it is an exceptional property.
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Even though I have a ton of Hilton Honors points to burn, I have a few bigger redemptions coming up later in the year and wanted to earn a few extra. As such, I opted for the cash + points rate which was 20,000 HHonors points + ~$100/night.
Since we arrived at the hotel about 6 AM local time due to the slot and timing restrictions on international arrivals at Tokyo-Haneda airport, I figured we would leave our bags at the hotel and head out exploring a bit.
To my surprise, the hotel said they had a room (though no upgrade) available if we wanted to check-in right away. There was an $80 early check-in fee, but since the rate was so reasonable in the first place and I really wanted a shower, it was well worth it. After a quick check-in process we were off to the room.
We were given a standard king room which was more spacious than I was expecting in Tokyo. Immediately upon walking into the room there was a small closet with a safe to the left, followed by a little minibar area with some complimentary bottles of water, teas and coffee.
Further into the room was a nice little chair and a desk with the usual array of pens, paper and brochures for things to do in the area.
The bed took up the majority of the room and although lower to the ground than I am accustomed to, it was extremely comfortable.
The big selling point for me though had to be the view. Behind the traditional Japanese sliders was an awesome view of Tokyo!
The bathroom was a bit on the cramped side, but very usable for just a few days stay.
Of course, being in Japan, the toilet was one of those crazy ones that has a heated seat and all kinds of other crazy functions.
The shower was on the smaller side and featured a swinging piece of glass that covered approximately half of the tub. The problem is that the water would cascade off of you while showering and soak the floor. Even though there was a drain on the bathroom floor, it was still a bit odd and something I was not a fan of.
After a quick shower, we decided to head down to the breakfast buffet to grab a quick bite to eat before heading off to explore. Thanks to my American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card, I have HHonors Gold status which earned us complimentary breakfast each morning at the massive buffet!
The buffet had everything you could possibly imagine from a custom egg station, to local traditional Asian breakfast dishes, fresh fruits, breakfast meats and a wide variety of breads and pastries.
They even offered a juice bar where you could get fresh squeezed juices and wheat grass shots.
But my personal favorite had to be the banana milk they had on offer. I had never even heard of banana milk, but I seriously had to have a gallon of this stuff over the three days we stayed at the hotel.
After checking out Tokyo for the day, we came back to the hotel and asked the concierge to make us some reservations for the robot show (I am still not entirely sure what I watched, but I am pretty sure I enjoyed the hell out of it. Definitely check it out!) later and for a place to try fugu – poisonous blowfish! My girlfriend let it slip that we were celebrating my 30th birthday on this trip and that fugu was the only thing I wanted to do while in Tokyo. When we got back from the robot show later that night, the concierge had left an awesome note with a box of chocolates in my room!
Touches like this really make traveling just that much better and ensure that I will stay at the property again in the future.
After a fun filled 3 days in Tokyo, we waited in the lobby for the bus to come get us to take us back to Haneda where we would catch our flight to Hong Kong on the queen of the skies – the 747!
The Hilton Tokyo was hands down one of the best Hiltons I have stayed at. Not only is it centrally located to everything you would want to do as a tourist, but the breakfast spread is impressive and the staff is exceptional. Tokyo is one of my favorite cities anywhere in the world and I will definitely be back in the future!
What is your favorite hotel to stay at in Tokyo?
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