Towering over the bustling streets of Tokyo – on the 25th floor of the Shiodome, is the Artsy Park Hotel Tokyo. We chose this hotel over other Tokyo Hotels because of their Artist Rooms. Each of the Artist Rooms are hand painted by local artists, making each Artist Room completely unique.
As we entered the large open air lobby we were quickly greeted by bell staff who took our bags and welcomed us to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel was quick and easy. The entire lobby staff was very attentive, friendly and waving as we left for our room. We were escorted to our room by the receptionist who also kindly carried our luggage for us.
A short elevator ride takes us to the 31st floor. As we walk down the corridor to our room, we’re able to see some of the noted artist rooms everything from a goldfish room, vibrantly painted with beautiful goldfish floating on the walls to a Sumo room where the Sumo take center stage. Finally we find ourselves at the doorway to our room, noted on the door “The Dragon Room”. Keycard in the slot and away we go. The first impression of the room was a beautifully painted dragon mural. The mural stretched behind the oversized king bed and then wrapped the walls leading down the hall and into the bathroom. It was an amazing effort by the artist to say the least! You can tell the artist spent a great deal of time making sure everything was perfect, even painting little hidden characters around the room. The room also featured windows that stretched across the width of the room providing stunning views of the Tokyo Skyline, Tokyo Tower and on clear days Mount Fuji. The room itself was a comfortable size, leaving enough room for us to walk around even with our two large suitcases open on the floor. We feel if you had any more luggage this room could get uncomfortable.
Talk about a bed… This bed was huge! All the descriptions online say that its a King size bed, but it really is an oversized King, the overall comfort level was like a 3 out of 5. The bed was made up of a comforter and 4 pillows, 2 of which we’re filled with what felt like rice and foam… not ideal, so we ordered up 2 extra pillows. The bed itself kind of slept on the warm side, we found each night we’d both be on top of the comforter even with the A/C set cold.
We didn’t get a chance to snap any photos of the bathroom but we can say it was rather small and featured a toilet with a bidet and seat warmer. The shower had good water pressure and the mirror had a heated spot right above the sink which prevented the steam from forming on the mirror. . The water is super hard here, so make sure you have adequate lotion and conditioner. On the counter you’ll find a few complimentary amenities for those who have forgotten theirs, such as razors, hair ties, toothbrushes & toothpaste, shower caps, and hairbrushes all individually wrapped and sealed. As for the lighting, it was ok, the light switch is on the outside of the bathroom which can be inconvenient. All in all the bathroom was pretty average except for the continuation of the painting.
The biggest problem we had during our stay was the reliability and speed of the WiFi. We had problems with it from the moment we arrived to the day we left. The hotel had reset the connection several times at our request and the speeds would go up for several minutes but then quickly decline. It could be because they don’t have a password on it, but it was a huge inconvenience for us and anyone who needed to do basic work such as sending emails.
Restaurants / Room Service
We found ourselves ordering room service after long days out exploring the city. The menu is very small not offering many choices but the Wagu Beef and Fried Potatoes is an excellent choice. We didn’t have a chance to check out the restaurant located inside the hotel but we did get to enjoy their breakfast buffet twice. It offered up a great selection for just about anyones taste.
Staff & Amenities
For the most part everyone was friendly, even though 90% of the staff struggles with the english language which is to be expected in a foreign country. The concierge was little help when we had questions about the city, transportation etc.. They always acted as if we we’re inconveniencing them by asking them for help. The lobby has a business center (computers & printers), meeting areas, a smoking lounge, and restrooms.
Overall the Park Hotel Tokyo was a good value for what we paid. The one of a kind artist inspired room really was great waking up to each morning, as was the beautiful views of Tokyo. The location of our hotel was great for catching the metro as the Shidome station is in the basement of the building, you can also find the Shimbashi station across the street. If you are looking for Tokyo Hotels and love an artistic flare then the Park Hotel should be on your list.
Would you go back?
Ben: Yes, the room was a good size and the art was the reason we chose this hotel in the first place.
Sadey: I’m torn… I think the art rooms are great, but maybe next time i’d like to stay in a slightly larger room, especiallly if we we’re staying for longer than a few days.
PARK HOTEL TOKYO
Shiodome Media Tower 1-7-1 Higashi Shimbashi, Minato-ku 1057227 Tokyo