The buzzing Shinjuku district can be an assault on the senses, and this friendly hotel offers a welcome retreat. Close to all the business, entertainment and shopping areas, Hyatt Regency also has the green oasis of Shinjuku Central Park on your doorstep. Haneda airport is about an hour away and Narita airport about two hours. Shinjuku Station is close by giving you links to the city's metro too.
No basements here - the Joule Spa sits many floors up affording majestic views of the city skyline. A temple to wellness, it features Vichy showers, a mist sauna and signature treatments to soothe away your stresses. The Tokyo skyline and Mount Fuji form the backdrop to sensuous massages, facials and revitalising body rituals.
Choice is in abundance here, and the 744 rooms, including 18 suites, offer a staggering 17 different styles. All offer warm and inviting colours, working desks for those here on business, and all mod cons, including high-speed internet and satellite TV. Perhaps you could pick a "View" room that comes with - you guessed it - a panoramic vista of Shinjuku Central Park or the urban skyline. Suites come with all this, plus a living room behind a sliding screen and even more spacious bathrooms boasting the very best bath products.
At the hotel itself, maybe you could relax to live music in the atrium lobby featuring jazz and bossa nova artists; or head to the large indoor pool to soak up the views at penthouse level. Staff are an amazing resource for ideas on what to do here, and some of their tips include visiting the carefully landscaped Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or jogging in nearby Shinjuku Central Park. Then there's the famous Meiji Jingu shrine or the Odakyu Department Store, showing the best of the old and new in the capital.
French, Chinese and Italian are part of the world cuisines on offer here, while Japanese dining is explored in all its intricate glory. Renowned chef Michel Troisgros wows diners with his two-Michelin-starred French cooking that is a feast for the senses. The finest food from Beijing and Shanghai can be tasted at Jade Garden, and at Miyako you can watch as skilled sushi chefs chop and roll in this intimate, 14-counter-seat space.
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