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When the Park Hyatt opened in 1994 as Tokyo's first skyscraper hotel, I knew it was bound for glory the moment I stepped out of the elevator onto the light-drenched 41st floor. No hotel yet offered views as surreal as this; and with its gorgeous layout, high-tech rooms, and polished service (check-in is at one of three sit-down desks), it seemed light-years ahead of the competition. No wonder it starred in the 2003 hit, "Lost in Translation." Although the Park Hyatt has since inspired many competitors, this remains one of my favorites. Rooms, measuring a minimum of 45 sq. m (480 sq. ft.), have walk-in closets, deep soaking tubs (and separate showers), original pieces of artwork, Japanese-style paper lamps, paneling made from 2,000-year-old wood from Hokkaido, and breathtaking views (although east views of Shinjuku's nightlife are the most popular, the west side sometimes has glimpses of Mt. Fuji). I also like the hotel's 2000-book library, the free bikes for exploration of nearby Yoyogi, Chuo, and Shinjuku parks, and the 47th-floor fitness facilities overlooking the city, with free use of a sky-lit lap pool, gym, and studio offering complimentary yoga, aerobics, pilates, and a relaxing "Good Night Sleep Stretch." I'm ready to move in.