Growing up, my family loved the stay-cation which must be a part of why I have always loved hotels. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my sister and I exploring hotels together: finding claw machines with rubber grippers on ALL the legs, playing board games in a corner of a cozy lobby, and staying in the pool until we were sure our toes would fall off from pruniness. As an adult, the magic has not faded, I still jump at the chance to stay in a hotel for any reason.
Sitting down to write today, I realized that Nick and I, and sometimes William, have stayed in a lot of really cool hotels in the past year. To share all these unique places with you, I’ll be posting one hotel review each month that shares the details of the property and what we did during our stay. First up is The Conrad Tokyo!
We stayed at the Conrad for ten days while moving into our apartment here in Japan. It is situated in a great location which allowed us to sight see on the days we weren’t setting up at the new place. We loved the hotel and would highly recommend it to those traveling without young kids (4 and under). Read on for a peek inside this luxury hotel.
The hotel is beautiful and very modern. The calming atmosphere is both welcoming and relaxing. The lobby lounge boasts excellent views of the Bay via floor to ceiling windows and live music some nights. In addition to the lounge, the hotel has four restaurants on site. We only dined at Cerise, the casual restaurant since we had our two-year old in tow and found it was the best fit for us. The service and food were very good and they easily accommodated a toddler. We utilized room service for a lot of meals during our stay and it was always very quick and very good! The Chinese restaurant on site is also said to be amazing. Note that the lobby lounge does allow smoking, it doesn’t travel through the hotel, but can be off putting, especially coming from the US.
We were lucky enough to get a Suite (Executive Bay View) with a great view of Hamarikyu Garden and it was amazing! It was the perfect amount of space for our family’s extended stay. The bathroom is awesome, with floor heating, large tub, (William swam in it) and luxe amenities. I particularly enjoyed the doors which closed off the bedroom to the sitting area. This allowed for William to nap or go to sleep before us while we comfortably hung out in the sitting area. There is also an additional half bathroom and large walk through closet. I really can’t say enough good things about the room, we loved it, and it was definitely worth booking if you need (or just want) the extra space. Housekeeping and turn down service were excellent, we even had some surprises along the way!
With our executive room we enjoyed lounge access as well. The Conrad’s Executive Lounge offers daily breakfast, afternoon tea with snacks and evening drinks with appetizers. This is definitely geared toward business travelers and is on the small side. Still, the staff was very helpful and became fast friends with William, and took to racing with him up and down the hallway.
The gym is small, but it does have a variety of equipment including extensive free weights which can be hard to find in Tokyo. There is also a fitness studio that offers classes a few times per week at about $25 per class, I didn’t attend any but thought about it! There is also an indoor pool but guests under 4 are not allowed…at all. I thought that as long as we were with William it would be OK but they would not let us in. That was a huge bummer and one of my only real complaints about the hotel. There is also a large spa on site. I enjoyed a massage while we stayed, the locker rooms all have large whirlpools and saunas as well.
- Hamarikyu Garden: Walked from hotel, paid a small entrance fee and spent about an hour before jumping on the water taxi which has a station located inside the garden.
- Water Taxi: Enjoyed the scenic aqua route over to Odaiba, a man-made island.
- Odaiba: Found the Statue of Liberty replica, giant anchors along the coastline, and fun shopping at Aqua City Mall.
- Ginza: Took a cab for tempura dinner, I can’t recommend the place we went to but you are never far from great food in the city! Look for the toy stores, they are awesome. Ginza is within walking distance from the hotel if you choose to go by foot.
- Spa: Located within the hotel, they have a full menu of services and great relaxation room. I got a regular old massage…they are never long enough.
- Legoland Discovery Center: Took the train to Odaiba this time to visit Legoland. Grabbed lunch at Longboard Cafe, located in the USA Main Street themed area, of Aqua City Mall. Opted out of the candy museum, which is actaully a shop, but it’s there!
- Ghibli Clock: Located just outside of Shidome station, steps from the hotel. The clock is a steam punk creation that goes off at certain hours each day, definitely something to see!
Thanks for stopping by this week!
Tune in next week for a post all about our Legoland Discovery Day.