REVIEW – JAL : Business Class – Jakarta to Tokyo Narita (B77W)October 20, 2016
REVIEW – Cathay Pacific : First Class – Tokyo Haneda to Hong Kong (B747) – [twice in a month!]October 20, 2016
- Location: Tokyo – Japan
- Loyalty Program: Hilton Honors
- Status During Stay: Diamond
- Room Type: Executive City Twin Room
After two amazing weeks in Bali, it was time to return in quasi palindromic fashion, through Tokyo and Hong Kong, back home to London.
The three pieces of sushi for dinner and lack of breakfast on the redeye JAL Business Class flight had left us both with an insatiable hunger, which is definitely a great position to be in, in Tokyo.
I honestly think it is impossible to have a bad meal in this city, every single dining establishment just seems to take so much pride in every aspect of serving food. We were so hungry that we decided to get some food at the first place we set eyes on, after getting through the barriers at Shimbashi station.
Suitably sated we walked through the myriad labyrinthine twists and turns that link Shimbashi station with Shiodome station and The Conrad Tokyo.
Check-in was handled by the amazing Ari, head of guest relations and one of the nicest people I’ve ever come across in the hotel business. He was effusive and friendly in his welcome, he explained that as a returning guest and (at the time) HHonors Gold, I had been upgraded to an executive floor room. He also went on to explain in depth about the Toko Shinoda exhibition, telling us about her life and how she came to work with the hotel.
Executive Twin City Room
Given how many times I’ve been to Tokyo I didn’t feel the need to go out and walk just for the sake of it. Instead I just hung out in the room, a room which I can only ever hang out in whilst I’m in Tokyo – catching up on trip reports and photo editing.
After a few relaxing hours I made my way to meet my friend Mossy in Omotesando, one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Tokyo, after he finished work.
Since we were so close by, I suggested that we should check out Omotesando Koffee – the notorious hipster coffee shop, whose enormous queues had thwarted me in the past. We picked up some cans of Strong Zero at a Family Mart, to entertain ourselves, incase the line was long… this was a solid strategy.
I’m not sure if the coffee here was necessarily better than what you get at places like Nude, Milkbar or Kaffeine in London but the atmosphere and overall experience were definitely cool. I’m also glad I went because this place was only ever meant to be a one year pop-up and two short months after my visit, it abruptly closed its doors for good.
There are now a few other locations in the Koffee family though, including one in Toranomon, right by the Andaz. So I’m sure I’ll have a chance to try the cakes on another occasion.
The Executive Lounge
Unfortunately we weren’t able to stay for cocktail hour as we had arranged to meet Mrs M and a couple of other friends at the Hilton Shinjuku. The Hilton recently underwent an extensive remodeling of its F&B outlets and it now looks pretty great, the design is very open plan, sleek and modern. A far cry from the staid, traditional and slightly depressing atmosphere that the place used to have.
Visit to the Hilton Shinjuku
As soon as Mrs M showed up she greeted us with a bag full of liver drinks. For those of you that don’t know what a liver drink is: Japan has a multi-million dollar industry which churns out tiny metal bottles, with bright colouring, which purportedly cure hangovers. These are sold at every convenience store in Tokyo (i.e. they are sold every 3 metres you walk). Some of these drinks contain turmeric, some contain taurine. Hepalyse contains that plus a load of liquefied calves liver… and it is the bomb. It is as close as I’ve come to genuinely feeling bulletproof before going out drinking.
Mrs M knew what she was doing.
The drinks at the new bar, Zatta, are really well executed, I also love how you get oshibori service and cheese sticks too.
High end Teppanyaki restaurant at the Hilton Shinjuku
After a couple of drinks we headed over to the new Teppanyaki restaurant: Junisoh. Mrs M pulled some serious strings with her contacts at Hilton to get us the chef’s undivided attention for the evening. The first time I ever stayed at the Conrad was on her friends and family discount rate, if it wasn’t for that I probably never would have strayed away from the PH and never would have realised how good the top end Hiltons can be.
After that intensely amazing banquet and the various bottles of red wine, white wine and sake that accompanied it, we headed into Shinjuku.
We ended up in one my favourite bars in the entire world. At the time I was there, my eagle eyed readers may have noticed, Mojitos were a shade over $2… and they are premium drinks. Regular spirits with mixer are 5 for 1000JPY, or $8 back in October 2015.
We drank and sang until our lungs and legs didn’t work anymore. I didn’t take a huge amount of pictures, in fact I only took one.
The next morning, I felt… OK. Not great but certainly far better for having woken up in a cloud-like bed, in one of my favourite hotels in the world, hanging out with one of my favourite people in the world; who was feeling just as bad as me.
The buffet here is slightly limited, compared to the main room, but the staff are more than happy to head over to the other buffet and retrieve anything you want.
The Conrad Tokyo is one of my favourite hotels in the world.The decor is modern, elegant and understated; the service is friendly and effusive without being overly stuffy and formal; the views are fantastic, the beds are super comfy and it’s close to HND.
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- Part 1:
- Cathay Pacific : First Class Lounge – London Heathrow T3
- Part 2:
- JAL : First Class – London to Tokyo Haneda
- Part 3:
- Park Hotel Tokyo
- Part 4:
- JAL First Class Lounge – Tokyo Haneda Airport
- Part 5:
- Cathay Pacific : First Class – Tokyo Haneda to Hong Kong (Take 1)
- Part 6:
- Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
- Part 7:
- Cathay Pacific : The Pier First Class Lounge – Hong Kong Airport (Breakfast service)
- Part 8:
- Cathay Pacific : Business Class – Hong Kong to Jakarta
- Part 9:
- Mesastila Resort, Central Java : Arum Villa
- Part 10:
- Garuda Indonesia : Economy Class – Semarang to Bali
- Part 11:
- Villa Bulung Daya – Tabanan, Bali
- Part 12:
- Villa Amrita – Ubud, Bali
- Part 13:
- The Definitive guide to Food, Culture and Nature in Ubud, Bali
- Part 14:
- The Edge – Uluwatu, Bali
- Part 15:
- What to do in Uluwatu, Bali
- Part 16:
- Garuda Indonesia Business Class Lounge – Bali Denpasar Airport (Domestic Terminal)
- Part 17:
- Garuda Indonesia : Business Class – Bali to Jakarta
- Part 18:
- Pura Indah ‘First Class’ Lounge – Jakarta Airport
- Part 19:
- JAL : Business Class – Jakarta to Tokyo Narita
- Part 20:
- Conrad Tokyo : King Executive City Room
- Part 21:
- Cathay Pacific : First Class – Tokyo Haneda to Hong Kong (Take 2)
- Part 22:
- Intercontinental Hong Kong
- Part 23:
- Cathay Pacific : The Pier First Class Lounge – Hong Kong Airport (Lunch service)
- Part 24:
- Cathay Pacific : First Class – Hong Kong to London Heathrow