Japan (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…….Sakura Style!?
Japan (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita
Japan (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka
Japan (Part 4) Around Kyoto
Japan (Part 5) Around Nara
Japan (Part 6) Andaz Tokyo
Japan (Part 7) Around Tokyo
Japan (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo
Japan (Part 9) Fujigoko Sakura viewing (Beautiful full bloom cherry blossoms)
Japan (Part 10) Westin Tokyo
Japan (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge
Japan (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare
We took a cab from the Andaz to the Conrad Tokyo around 2PM. We initially walked into a ground floor checkin desk but it turns out that was just the bag check desk or bell hop area. They took our bags and said our room wasn’t ready. When I asked when it would be ready he said I would have to go upstairs to the lobby level front desk.
We were helped right away with no waiting at the front desk and they advised they had upgraded us to a king room with a nice view but it wouldn’t be ready until 3pm or so. The other option is they could put us in a room with two twin beds right away. I didn’t want to wait as I was feeling like crap and wanted to lay back down as soon as possible thus we took the two beds.
We were assigned room 3236 which we thought was a nice comfortable room generally. A fairly large size room for a standard room. There were two nice beds but not as soft as we generally prefer. The beds were however much softer than the Andaz Tokyo which we stayed at the night prior. Aesthetically I thought the room was nice. The bathroom was large and featured all the standard things one would expect at a hotel of this level. The bathroom amenities were aromatherapy however you can request Shanghai Tang as another option.
A slight negative is the bathroom shower stall was “grungier” than I would like to see. The toilet was of course Toto branded but an older model that wasn’t quite as fancy as the Andaz.
Conrad Tokyo shower
We did order room service for dinner as I just couldn’t bare up the energy to go out. My wife ordered a burger and I was torn between the sushi and a Wagyu beef steak. I chose the Wagyu steak and OMG it was amazing! I let my wife have a bite and she was impressed too. The steak literally melted in my mouth! WOW I savored that steak. Easily the best steak I have had. It was well worth the approximately $100 for my steak and fries. The service was good and they did a nice job of setting up the table and advised to call when done and they would grab our dirty dishes.
Overall this was a nice property and we would both enjoy staying here again but the Conrad Tokyo is not a 5-star property but a solid 4-4.5 star property. Just misses the mark with some of its finishes. Perhaps if we had a suite I would feel different. The service was good overall but not extraordinary. I preferred this property slightly over the Andaz but I could see someone having the opposite point of view as they are close.
I would have preferred to spend all three nights here or at least two out of three nights but the hotel had no standard award availability for the Thursday or Saturday night while we were in Tokyo. The Friday night did however so I booked the night using our Free weekend night certificate that we earned through our Citi Hilton Honors Reserve credit card. I easily spent $10,000 on that card in the calendar year (via Target RedCard) to earn the free night cert. I also had to pay the $95 annual fee to get the free night certificate. So basically this “free” night cost us $95. I knew our travel would be slowing down the remainder of the year due to our new baby so I really wanted to burn the free night certificate at a high value property were I would get a good value. The Conrad Tokyo is a category 10 property (Hilton’s highest category) so it would be harder to get much more value than that! Category 10 properties require 95,000 Hilton points so our free night certificate was equal to 95,000 Hilton points in our scenario.
The cheapest cash rate I could find via Hilton.com for our one night stay was $502 bed and breakfast, advance purchase rate (not including taxes, with taxes included our out of pocket cost would have been over $550 easy). Our free night certificate saved us over $500!! Not to bad!
Let me know if you have any questions on the Conrad Tokyo or if you have stayed here please share your thoughts.