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Park Hyatt Tokyo Celebrates 20 Years With Cocktails and Killer Views

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  Site Where: 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 163-1055
July 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

Ready to feel a little old? Sofia Coppola’s movie Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and the Park Hyatt Tokyo, was released over a decade ago – in 2003, to be exact.

Even more surprising perhaps? By the time the film crews zoomed up to the 41st floor lobby and 52nd floor New York Bar & Grill, the Park Hyatt had already been around for nearly a decade too, which means this month the hotel is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, you can sample the “Timeless Passion” cocktail (above) while taking in the consistently awesome views from the hotel. There are a number of events over the next few months at the various restaurants and bars, and while nothing is confirmed yet, we think there might be some more news on a refresh of the rooms in the works.

The anniversary cocktail mixes yuzu-infused vodka, Aomori apple juice, Yamanashi sparkling wine, and Japanese pepper and costs 2,000JPY (just under $20).

Twenty years in, the New York Bar & Grill is still packed out with a mix of locals and visitors, which is not a bad run for a hotel restaurant & bar. We liked the recent addition of single tables around the open kitchen to watch the chefs in action and the views at the same time. Live jazz is played nightly (a cover charge of 2,200JPY ($22) applies from 8pm / 7pm on Sundays).

Rooms have withstood the test of time as well, thanks to their streamlined, uncluttered design, but with all the competition that has arrived since the mid-90s (even from within the Hyatt family), we can’t imagine Park Hyatt isn’t working on something to stay ahead of the game – something we heard whispers on as well.

A Park King Room at Park Hyatt Tokyo starts at around 50,000JPY ($500) a night. Weekend offers and advance purchase rates can dip just under that, but at busier times it goes up quickly from there.

[Photos: JasonD]

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