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How to Stay in Tokyo for Free: Part 3 – Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review

How to Stay in Tokyo for Free: Part 3 – Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review

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Emily:   Have you always wanted to visit Japan?  You can get there for a fraction of the cost with a few credit card sign-up bonuses!

My boyfriend and I recently flew from Austin to Japan for ~$200 round trip in Business Class.  And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy hotels), I spent ~$450!

Japan is a beautiful country with LOTS to see and do, from high-rise skyscrapers to old temples to hot springs.  I loved Tokyo for its energetic neighborhoods, shopping, and delicious restaurants.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
Tokyo Is a Vibrant City With Endless Amounts of Things to See and Do!

Wherever you go, you’re sure to have an amazing time!  In this series, I’ll go into detail about where I stayed in Tokyo, what to do, and some of my favorite restaurants, and show you how you can do it, too!

How to Stay in Tokyo for Free Trip Report Index:

My Award Stay at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo

There are lots of spots in Tokyo where you can use points to stay for free.  Use Hotel Hustle or Award Mapper to find hotels you can book with points.

Because Daraius has Hyatt Globalist Elite status through March 2018 (and he shares it with me!), we both like staying at Hyatt hotels.  With elite status perks like free breakfast, I’m going to try to enjoy as many Hyatt hotels as I can before our status expires!

My family and I recently stayed at the Hyatt in Nice, France, which was fantastic!  Stay tuned for a trip report on how to use your miles & points to explore the French Riviera.

If you have Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status, you can get free breakfast on certain stays.

To stay for free at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, I used the 2 free night certificates I earned by signing-up for the Chase Hyatt card.   And I transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt that I earned from the Chase Sapphire Preferred.  It was super easy to do.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
Shibuya Crossing Is One of the Busiest Intersections in the World!

One of the best aspects of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is its great location, only 15 to 30 minutes from the main sites via bus or metro.  Well-known Shibuya Crossing is about 10 minutes by bus from the hotel.

That said, there are plenty of hotels where you can stay with points, so it doesn’t have to be Hyatt!

Grand Hyatt Tokyo Review

The regular rate for the Grand Hyatt Tokyo is ~$700 per night.  We used 2 free nights from the Chase Hyatt card sign-up bonus for part of our stay and 25,000 Hyatt points per night for the remaining 3 nights.

We stayed 5 nights total, so we “saved” $3,500 (5 nights X ~$700 per night)!

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
We Took Advantage of the Snacks and Beverages Offered on the Lounge Floor

Because of my elite status, we had access to the lounge floor, which included an evening happy hour of light snacks and drinks.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
I Loved the View of the City From Our Room at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Every part of the hotel was gorgeous!

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
The Rooms Were Clean, Bright, and Spacious

The rooms were modern and clean.  And I loved the curtain and light controls right by the bed.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
I Wish I Had Bedside Controls Like This at Home!

The room itself was a bit small, but probably large for Tokyo standards.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
The Room Had All the Basic Necessities

But the bathroom felt spacious and luxurious!  It was beautiful, and had a hidden door for privacy.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
There Was Plenty of Space at the Vanity. A TV Is a Necessary Addition to Any Bathroom, Right?

The shower area had a built-in bathtub and one of those fancy shower heads.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
I’ll Take a Rain Shower Any Day!

Say Hello to Mr. Toilet

Toilets are serious business in Japan, and we got to experience one of the best at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.

The lid on this high-end toilet automatically opens and closes when you enter and leave the separate toilet room.  And you can make the seat go up with the press of a button.

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
Does Your Toilet Have Its Own Nightlight?

At night, there was an automatic nightlight that came on when you walked in.  And the toilet had several other comforts to clean and pamper yourself with, like “privacy sounds” – you can choose from birds chirping, waterfalls, etc!

How To Stay In Tokyo For Free Part 3 Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel Review
I’ve Never Seen Such a High-Tech Toilet!

Some high-end Japanese toilets retail for over $10,000 in the US.  So we were definitely sad to say goodbye to Mr. Toilet in Japan!

You Can Do It, Too!

1.   Flights

Our round-trip Business Class flights to Japan cost 95,000 American Airlines miles and ~$110 in taxes and fees.

For an even better flight experience, try to find a seat on Cathay Pacific or Japan Air Lines!

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2.   Hotels

If you want to use Hyatt points for a stay in Tokyo, you could also consider the Park Hyatt Tokyo.  Nights there go for ~$1,000+, or 30,000 Hyatt points.  So you’d save a LOT of cash using your points there!

Both locations are very good, so it just depends on your preference.  I really liked the Grand Hyatt.  But next time I am in Tokyo, I would love to stay at the Park Hyatt to compare!

Nights at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo usually costs ~$700+ per night!  I used my 2 free nights from the Chase Hyatt card sign-up bonus for part of my stay.  And I transferred points to Hyatt from my Chase Sapphire Preferred, which is super easy to do.

Note:   On June 29, 2017, the sign-up bonus on the Chase Hyatt card is changing to 40,000 Hyatt points after meeting minimum spending requirements.

There are plenty of hotels where you can stay with points, so it doesn’t have to be Hyatt!  Use Hotel Hustle or Award Mapper to find hotels you can book with points.

Hilton has hotels in Japan including the Hilton Tokyo and Hilton Osaka.  Or you could use IHG points to stay at the InterContinental Tokyo Bay or InterContinental Osaka.  There are lots of options!

Bottom Line

Tokyo is one of my favorite destinations because of its unique, fun, and energetic culture.

I used American Airlines miles for our Business Class flight.  And a combination of my 2 free Hyatt nights from the Chase Hyatt card and Chase Ultimate Reward points transferred to Hyatt for our hotel stay.

We had a great time at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.  I loved the convenient location and the fresh, modern room.  And getting free breakfast because of Daraius’ Hyatt Globalist elite status was a huge perk!

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I’m still confused how you can share a status or accumulate room nights together if you are not married. But I guess you still have his name and so you use his credentials as his wife??? And again, there are just so many times you can earn the Hyatt certificates, and I have been following you since the blog started. This is from last August?

Sarah, if you knew more about Hyatt’s loyalty program, you would know that Daraius is able to make a Guest of Honor reservation for *anyone* – ex-wife or not – using Hyatt points from his account. It makes absolutely no difference whether they are married or not (and I don’t believe Emily ever took his last name anyway).

Good on you guys, Emily and Daraius, for continuing to run this blog together and for continuing to share miles/points/status perks. And to share perks with Emily for a trip with her boyfriend – That’s really pretty amazing for a divorced couple!

@ T- Thanks for the explanation. I agree–Daraius has been super generous and kind for sharing his miles, points, and status. Many times, it does feel better to give than receive.

Emily has been wearing cutouts and non modest clothing in many photos which I think are not proper. Also how do you use darius’ globalist status ( still don’t know how he got it, except from Hyatt because of the blog) when you aren’t married? And how do you keep getting chase free night certificates from signing up for their card ( I don’t know how many times I’ve read that you used your two free night certificates ) … I was able to get a chase Hyatt card two times in 5 years…….plus, with all your credit card applications, get approved for the chase reserve card last year? I’ve had far fewer applications than what I’ve read online over the years, and yet I’m still on hold for that card maybe next year…….

@ Sarah- When we visited Japan, it was in the 90s, so it was very, very hot. Tip: Don’t visit Japan (at least to the cities where I went) in August. I helped get Daraius the Globalist status by helping him stay in hotel rooms. He very generously offered to share his status with me for this trip. We are still great friends and still take care of each other in many ways! As for the free nights, me and Daraius also share free nights, miles, and points. In the past 2 years, I have only applied for a few credit cards, which I initially got denied for. I hope that helps clarify!

You could have gotten the Reserve card by getting a pre-approval in branch back when they still allowed it. That’s how I got one when I was over 5/24.

Brooke Babcock

Emily, I like your blue sundress but hope you wore it mostly in the hotel.

Ladies, women in Japan don’t wear revealing tops. Even on the chic young I saw short skirts but only oversized tops, often layered.

Hmm…so they don’t wear revealing tops but they have some strange fetish about dressing like sexy, young school girls?

Stayed at that Hyatt many times. It is no comparison to the Park Hyatt which is far better. I actually prefer the Hilton Tokyo just a block from that Hyatt with even better rooms and a much much better breakfast at the restaurant.

@ Sheng- Thanks for the tip! It’s on my must-try for next time!

I think you’re confused. The Hilton Tokyo is a block from the Hyatt Regency. I’ve stayed at both. The Hilton Tokyo had a better breakfast and lounge, but at the Hyatt I had a great view of Mt. Fuji from my room.