Conrad Tokyo Review – Tokyo’s Finest Hotel?

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Introduction and Planning
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After staying in a traditional Ryokan, we were ready to take on the busy city of Tokyo.  I booked the Conrad Tokyo Hotel with my 2 free weekend nights from my Citi Hilton Reserve credit card.  The going rate for the hotel at a time was about $500 per night, so it was an amazing deal for a credit card sign up bonus.  We took a short 1 hour flight from Osaka (Itami) to Tokyo (Haneda) using 4,500 Avios one-way only as I explained here. We then took the limousine airport bus to Conrad Tokyo for 800 yen a person (30 minutes).

Conrad Tokyo Review

The Conrad Tokyo is located in the Minato district of Tokyo, which is the east side near several business buildings and also a 15 minute walk to Tsukiji fish market.  There is a metro stop nearby and the JR line about 10 minutes walking.  The hotel is located on the 28th floor and has a direct elevator to the hotel lobby.

Upon check-in we were given a bay view room because of our Hilton Gold status (also from the Citi Hilton Reserve credit card).  From reports on Flyertalk, Hilton Gold status will either give you a bay view room OR a standard room with executive lounge access.  However, both options will give you free breakfast in the restaurant.  I decided not to inquire further about the executive lounge access because we were going to out most of the day anyways.  The bay view sounded awesome, and we were definitely not disappointed.

Like other luxurious hotels like Park Hyatt hotels, you are personally escorted to your room and shown the features of the room.  Again, we did not touch our bags since arriving via the airport bus.  Our bags were delivered to our room shortly and like all of Japan they do not accept tip because it is already included in the room rate (which was free for us).  I have yet to stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, so I can’t really compare the two hotels.

I was shocked how nice the room was, especially the nice bathtub and rain shower.  I loved the huge mirrors and style of the bathroom with the signature Conrad duck.  The room was quite spacious despite not being a suite.  The hotel staff member directed us to the window and pushed the electronic shades to open up the view… Wow!

Tokyo Bay View

Tokyo Bay View

View from the Bathtub!

View from the Bathtub!

Conrad Duck

Conrad Duck

Nice Bathroom

Nice Bathroom

Rainshower

Rainshower

Gotta Love Them Totos

Gotta Love Them Totos

A Nice "View"

A “Nice View”

I also emailed the hotel a few days before saying it was my wife’s birthday so they gave us some small cakes that were quite good.

Mini Birthday Cakes

Mini Birthday Cakes

During turn down service, we also got another gift.  The service at this hotel is great and they definitely pay attention to small details.  For example, we had drank some tea in our room and they gave us more tea bags during turn down service.

Conrad Happy Birthday Bears!

Conrad Happy Birthday Bears!

We enjoyed the hotel room a lot, especially taking a long hot bath after walking all over Tokyo.  I would definitely pick the bay view room over the standard room with lounge access because you should be exploring Tokyo and not staying at the hotel at the lounge.

Cerise Restaurant Review

We did have breakfast in the restaurant on the lobby floor both mornings in their Cerise Restaurant.  Continental buffet breakfast is included with Hilton Gold status, but hot items like eggs and omelets are extra charge.  I found their continental breakfast to have a decent selection including Asian options and western options.  I liked eating their rice porridge with sticky sauce and soba noodles.  For western options, I liked the pastries and their nicely shaped fruit.  I love how the Japanese love nicely presenting fruit .  You can almost always know that fruit in Japan is good quality.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take too many pictures.

Pastries

Pastries

My Western Buffet Choices

My Western Buffet Choices

Nicely Cut Grapefruit

Nicely Cut Grapefruit

Nicely Presented Pineapple

Nicely Presented Pineapple

The coolest thing about the breakfast is that each person can order coffee or tea in a french press.  I’ve never seen something like this, but it is definitely quite nice.

His Coffee

His Coffee

Her Coffee

Her Tea

Conclusion

The Conrad Tokyo is definitely one of Tokyo’s finest hotels and Tripadvisor agrees as well.  I can guarantee you if you use your Hilton points or free night certificates at this hotel, you won’t be disappointed.  In fact, this is one of the best redemptions for your Hilton Reserve free nights (not everyone wants to go to Maldives or Bora Bora).  The only possible downside of this hotel is that it’s location on the east side of Tokyo and may be far from the action.  However, you can easily get anywhere in Tokyo within 20 minutes or so via metro or JR line.  The Conrad Tokyo is definitely one of my favorite hotels of all time. 

She Definitely Approves! :)

She Definitely Approves! 🙂

Disclosure: I do receive a commission if you choose to apply for the Citi Hilton Reserve credit card to earn 2 free nights.  Thank you very much if you choose to apply.   

8 comments for “Conrad Tokyo Review – Tokyo’s Finest Hotel?

  1. JakePB
    February 10, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Really nice post, Rom. I appreciate your thoroughness and your mentioning the hotel’s eastern location…thanks!

    • February 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Yeah not exactly central but easy to get around. You can walk to Ginza (15 minutes)

  2. choi
    February 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

    what would the actual cost on points for this stay had not for the Cert ?

    • February 10, 2014 at 9:06 am

      95K a night or 190K Hilton points. I paid $95 for 190K Hilton points. Not a bad deal for an annual fee.

  3. Angeline
    February 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    wow, you make me want to stay here! do only gold members get the rubber ducky and bears? i am also loving the individual tea/coffee french presses.

    • February 11, 2014 at 5:56 am

      I believe all guests get a rubber ducky. The bears were a birthday gift so that isn’t related to status. I recommend getting Gold status for free breakfast. It’s worth it!

      • Joe
        February 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm

        Rom! You screwed up, my man! The lounge is completely unreal and has happy hour with champagne from 5-7 every day! When it’s clear, you have views of the whole city!

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