World of Hyatt members now have the option of staying and redeeming points at two additional hotels in Tokyo, Japan as the program added the properties under the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” brand.
As can be expected these newest additions are pretty pricey but they are definitely worth considering as they provide a very unique experience if one appreciates heritage style buildings with character that is unique to the locale.
The Tokyo Station is a Category 6 property which means it costs 25,000 points per night and revenue rates in the mid 60’s (Yen). That’s par for the course considering the other hotels in the WOH portfolio. The location is great, without a doubt!
The Hotel Gajoen is probably one of the most unique hotels you can stay at in Tokyo if you want the full Japanese experience. It’s almost like a museum and very quiet. The location is a bit off the beaten track as well however still perfectly accessible. It’s a Category 7 and with 30,000 points per night costs the same as for example Park Hyatt Tokyo.
However here is one significant advantage the Hotel Gajoen has if you’re traveling as a family or group. The property allows 4 adult occupants per room on both revenue and points stays which makes it the only hotel in the Tokyo Hyatt portfolio that permits this.
Hotels usually allow children up to a certain age in the guest room of the parents free of charge but there are often pretty strict rules about that such as maximum age of 12/14. Being able to book one instead of two rooms in Tokyo makes a huge difference and actually renders the 30,000 points for the Gajoen a bargain should you need such a family arrangement.
World of Hyatt now offers a considerable amount of hotels in Tokyo (seven) with another one, the Hyatt Place Tokyo Bay, opening later this year bringing the total number up to eight properties. At this moment, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo at Shinjuku remains the lowest priced of all properties at a Category 3 for 12,000 points a night.
I really like the two newest additions under the Small Luxury Hotels flag. These are hotels with a lot of culture and history, definitely something different from your run of the mill branded city hotel.