Fodor's Expert Review
On the west side of Shinjuku, the Hyatt regency is set among a slew of skyscrapers and just far enough away from the insanity of Shinjuku’s center. Inside, the hotel has nine food and beverage options, a great spa, and stunning views of the surrounding area. Walking distance to anything you can ask for, the Hyatt Regency is a less expensive alternative to its sister Hyatt’s around the city.
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Minimal rooms are flush with striped carpets and light-wood furnishings. Ask for an upper floor as the views are spectacular. Complimentary amenities include tea, coffee, water, and slippers.
Tip Splurge here for a club level room. With that you’ll get access to the club lounge with free breakfast, afternoon tea, and cocktail hours with free booze.
Depending on room type, you’ll get shower/tub combos or separated showers and tubs. All bathrooms have tile floors, raised sinks, Toto toilets, and are a bit on the small side. Pharmacopia bath products are standard.
When you enter the grand lobby, you’re greeted by Pepper, the hotel’s cute/creepy robot who introduces you to all the Hyatt has to offer (and inspires nightmares about robots taking the jobs of service staff in the hotel). The lobby’s main feature are the stunning Swarovski chandeliers that hang majestically over the reception area.
A small indoor lap pool boasts that it has anti-septic solution in the water (is that good?). Skylights provide ample light and give the pool an outdoor feel.
You Should Know There’s a 2,000 Yen fee to use the pool and fitness center – that’s 2,000 each use.
Joule Spa & Wellness is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., has 11 treatment rooms, and a wide variety of offerings like facials, scrubs, and the luxurious Vichy shower.
The smallish gym has hardwood floors, big windows, and Technogym equipment. Free water helps keep you hydrated and free headphones drowns out the workout grunts. The hotel can rent you workout gear in case you left yours at home.
There are eight different dining options here and the best is undoubtedly Cuisine(s) Michel Troisgros – a two-Michelin-star French restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Other choices include Japanese, Chinese, and Italian restaurants.
Eau de Vie (water of life) is the hotel’s signature bar that’s open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you love whiskey and cigars, you’ll do well here.
The Hyatt Regency is in an easy to walk and very safe part of Shinjuku. Just across the street is access to a subway line that can shuffle you around the entire city.
For sushi hounds – head across the street to the Keio Plaza Hotel and scarf down at Kyubey (3-minute walk). If you love cats, don’t miss out on the Cat Café Calico (15-minute walk) where you can eat, drink, and purr alongside some furry friends.
Sister hotel Park Hyatt is only a 10-minute walk and inside is one of the most spectacular spots. Check out New York Bar for craft cocktails and Wagyu burgers to go along with insane views of the city.