June 20, 2014

An anniversary getaway at the Conrad, Tokyo

Matt and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on June 1st this year, and with my mom in town, we were able to getaway overnight, kid-free! We have had some Hilton points that we were able to cash in for a night at the very posh Conrad Hotel, Tokyo.

This hotel is very unique in that it begins on the 28th floor of a  building, so the views from every floor are stunning. This is the very sleek reception area.

The hotel lobby/bar, with spectacular views of Tokyo Bay. 

Our room had a huge window seat overlooking Tokyo Bay, I could've sat there all day long enjoying the view! 

The iconic Rainbow Bridge can be seen in the distance.

In the room was this small box of chocolates and some candied macadamia nuts, which were amazing.

There is always a teapot. It's much more common than a coffee maker in a Japanese hotel room.

Even a bath toy! 

This is the hotel pool with huge picturesque windows. 

We upgraded to the executive floor, and they had an afternoon teatime when we arrived. They had a lovely dessert buffet set up. This is the sundae bar. The silver decanters on the right had homemade ice cream. Yum! 

Chocolate fondue, anyone?

I finally decided upon an ice cream sundae, it did not disappoint.

But, Matt's mocha latte was even better! 

After dessert, we took a walk to the nearby Hama-rikyu Gardens, (the family gardens for the Tokugawa Shogun in the 1600's). It was a lovely green oasis in the heart of the city.

The hotel staff was amazing, and knew us by name immediately. Ari, at the front desk, asked if we needed water for our walk, and offered us this very cute water bottle in the shape of the famous Japanese shinkansen, or "bullet train". Kawaii!

 We walked around this lake to the matsu-no-chaya (pine teahouse), which has been reconstructed using its original cornerstones.

I love the lighting right at dusk, and it was such a beautiful evening to walk around outside. 

The teahouse was so cute inside, I want to come back for tea!  

This is the view of the Conrad from the park. 

This is a 300 year old pine tree. It is propped up with logs to help preserve it, very interesting.

Almost everywhere you go  in Japan, you can get a commemorative stamp. I really need to get a little book and start collecting them! 

Our next stop was the very high end Ginza shopping district, one of the most luxurious shopping district's in the world. We were only window shopping, of course!

The famous Wako store in Ginza, was built in the early 1900's and was one of the few buildings in the area left standing after the war. 

This is the Kabuki-za Theater, Tokyo's premiere kabuki theater.  

When we arrived back at the hotel, the hotel staff had left these swans, 2 Conrad bears and a nice card congratulating us on our anniversary. The staff was incredible! 

The executive floor breakfast was amazing with lots of western choices, even an omelet station. 

This was the Japanese breakfast selection, lots of fish options (I'll stick with the bacon).

 Sadly, our getaway had come to an end and it was time to go home (after another mocha latte, or two). It was so nice to just stroll hand in hand and have some time to ourselves. This is an anniversary I won't soon forget. Thanks mom!

4 comments:

  1. Very cool! I think we went to Applebee's. :/

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  2. Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful getaway for you guys! :D

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  3. Plush! So gorgeous --everything!

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