Sunday, April 9, 2017

[Hotel Review] Yokohama Royal Park - The Landmark of Yokohama

Just outside of Tokyo lies Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city and a popular destination as a day trip from Tokyo. Recently the Yokohama area has also become popular among visitors as a base for exploring the east part of Japan too; with easy access to the bullet train (Shinkansen) from Shin-Yokohama, relatively bigger rooms and lower prices than in Tokyo the city is an attractive alternative for those who are familiar with the area.
One of the most renowned hotels in Yokohama is the 5-star Yokohama Royal Park. This hotel is situated in the iconic Yokohama Landmark Tower, which was Japan's tallest building from 1993 when it was built until 2012.  With its convenient location it is easy to spot the building from afar, and with its 70 floors it also has one of the best views you can get in Yokohama. A while back I had the chance to stay a night at the hotel, and I have summarized the experience below.

Yokohama Royal Park is a part of the Royal Park Hotels, a Mitsubishi-owned group that also includes Royal Park Hotel The Shiodome, Royal Park Hotel Tokyo. This luxurious hotel chain is popular among locals and tourists, and rumor has it that even internationally famous athletes choose this hotel when visiting the area for sport events.
In other words; the Yokohama Royal Park is a good choice if you’re looking for top quality sleep during your stay. The hotel has a total of 603 rooms, with room types ranging from Double, Twin and Suite rooms. The top floor rooms come with free access to the hotel lounge, where you can enjoy the beautiful view in a relaxing atmosphere.
The rooms at the hotel are divided by different sections depending on the floor:

52F ~ 59F and 61F~63F - Regular floor (レギュラーフロア)
60F - Sky Resort Floor (スカイリゾートフロア)
67F - Top of Sky Resort Floor (トップ オブ スカイリゾートフロア)
64F 〜 66F Suite Rooms (スイートルーム)
    -> The hotel has a total of 20 Suite Rooms ranging from 65 - 250 square meters.
64F 〜 66F - Club the Landmark Floor (クラブ ザ ランドマークフロア)
     -> Hotel's Club Floor. Guests at this floor get free access to the hotel's Executive Lounge in addition to concierge services and breakfast included in the stay

Guest Room - Corner Bay Double Room

During our stay at Royal Park we stayed at one of their Bay View Corner Double rooms. From the room we had a beautiful view of the Yokohama Bay. In addition to Bay View rooms the hotel also has City View rooms, and for guests staying on the upper floors you might even see Mt. Fuji from your room if the weather is good.

Room View

Our room was situated on the 60th floor with a stunning view of Yokohama Bay. From our window we could look right down on Yokohama's great ferris wheel; Cosmo Clock 21. The ferris wheel is a beautiful sight in the evening as it is lit up and shines in a range of different colors and patterns.

Room Amenities

The amenities provided depend slightly on the room type. Below is a list of the amenities that are common for all rooms at the hotel:

Available in all rooms

  •  Air conditioning
  •  Complimentary tea
  •  Refrigerator
  •  Air purifier
  •  Hair dryer
  •  Satellite/cable channels
  •  Alarm clock
  •  Heating
  •  Shower
  •  Bathrobes
  •  In-room safe box
  •  Slippers
  •  Bathroom phone
  •  Internet access – LAN
  •  Telephone
  •  Bathtub
  •  Internet access – wireless
  •  Towels
  •  Coffee/tea maker
  •  LAN Internet in room [free]
  •  TV [flat screen]
  •  Complimentary bottled water
  •  Mini bar
  •  Wi-Fi [free]
  •  Complimentary instant coffee
  •  Non-smoking room


*Left: An audio connector that lets you connect your mobile device to the TV and enjoy your music directly from the TV

Bathroom

Our hotel room came with both a bathtub and a separate shower. The room was also equipped with a range of amenities; at the time of our stay the hotel was doing a collaboration with L'Occitane so all the shower products where provided by them.


Breakfast
Our stay included breakfast, and we enjoyed the great selection of food at their breakfast buffet. The breakfast is held at the Sky Lounge "Sirius" situated on the 68th floor, so in addition to the delicious meal we could also take our time to admire the marvelous view.

What to do
Yokohama Royal Park is situated in the Minato Mirai area just around 8 minutes by foot from both the Minato Mirai station and the Sakuragicho Station. The Landmark Tower building where Yokohama Royal Park is located also has a big shopping mall where you can find apparel stores and the official Pokemon store for those who might be interested in that. There are also a lot you can see in the area, and among other things you can visit Japan's biggest China Town in Chuukagai (中華街). There are also a number of seasonal events taking place in the city, such as the Christmas Market in the Red Brick Warehouse (Akarengan) or the Pikachu festival held around Sakuragicho in August. Yokohama also has several interesting museums such as the Cup Noodle Museum and the Yokohama Orbi Planetarium where you can try their blue Earth Burger. Or you might just want to stroll around the Minato Mirai area and enjoy the evening scenery.
That's all for now! I hope you enjoyed the post! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments in the comment section below.


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Basic Info

Name of Hotel: Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
Star Rating: 5 ★★★★★
Map
Location In the Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama, around 8 min walk from Sakuragicho Station (桜木町駅)and 8 min walk from Minatomirai Station
(みなとみらい駅)
Check in: Check In From 2PM
Check Out Until 11AM


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