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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.
Do you know Nigo? If you are a fashion-conscious person living in Asia and clued into what's hot, then you would know that he is the current king of street style, a byproduct of founding and designing the clothing and shoe brand Bape, amongst other projects he has going on. He collects modern art, regularly hangs out with the likes of Kanye West and Pharrell, and is mobbed anywhere he goes. Naturally, a hotel is going to want a piece of this action, and the revered Park Hyatt Tokyo is the lucky recipient of a collaboration with him.
To celebrate their 15th anniversary, the Park Hyatt asked Nigowho has spent time in the 50th floor's Tokyo Suiteto compile music tracks for a special edition CD that evokes Tokyo's mixed cultures. Hypebeast explains the direction with a bit more detail:
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Wow. This snapshot was sent in by reader E., who went to Japan this fall and nabbed a pic of this view from the Park Hyatt Tokyo. While the shot isn't technically from a room, he offers this explanation:
A snapshot from The New York Bar & Grill at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, floor 52. Since the hotel starts from the 41st floor, this is pretty much what you are looking at from any given room. Jaw-dropping views, good cocktails, all hushed modern elegance - loved it. It's not the best photo, but blame it on the drinks we had.
For movie buffs (or ScarJo fans): yes, this is the bar where many of the scenes from Lost in Translation were filmed. Um, killer views, plus an opportunity to live out a ScarJo/Bill Murray romance and indulge in potent booze? Sounds like perfection to us though it's a bit pricey.
Rooms here start at 45000 JPY, which comes out to about 500 USD. But in addition to killer views like this, rooms offer deep soaking tubs, Egyptian cotton linens and beautiful green marble and granite finishes.
Follow in Bill Murray's footsteps, or contemplate your life like Scarlet Johansson's character did in the hit movie, Lost in Translation.
For 55,000 JPY, roughly $521, you can get one night's stay, comp breakfast, spa use, a cocktail, and "Map of sites featured in the film (karaoke bar, arcade, nightclub, shrine, etc.)"
If you want to stay five night's like in the movie, and get bennies like a shiatsu massage, it'll run you between $3600 - $5,000.
NOTE: According to Newsweek, the movie is not scheduled to release there until May.
“I always loved the Park Hyatt. I wanted to shoot a movie in that hotel. I like the way you keep running into the same people over and over again, the camaraderie of foreigners.”
That's Sophia Coppola talking in Filmaker Magazine about her love for Tokyo's Park Hyatt. The directress did end up making a movie at the Hyatt in Tokyo, the critically acclaimed "Lost in Translation" was filmed at the property.