Westin YokohamaI was taking a trip to stand with a friend as his brother in his wedding, and it was an interesting series of connections, including one that required me to overnight in Tokyo. I started looking for rooms and found many pretty pricey, then remembered I had a couple of free night certificates! I started looking around at options and found the Brand new Westin in Yokohama was in the range, and was easily accessible via the trains from Haneda, well. There ya go.
ArrivalAs I mentioned, I came into Haneda and took the train down (the Haneda express, pretty convenient) to the primary Yokohama station. From there I walked to the hotel (maps said it was half a kilometer, it didn't seem that far, it was only 3 blocks). Pretty easy and during part of my walk, I accidently walked through the Nissan world headquarters where they had many car displays, including the insane GTR.
The RoomI had opted for the regular base room with a king, and was upgraded to the executive floor. (That's basically the same room but on a higher floor, kinda an upgrade, I find that marginal myself). It's a pretty straight Japanese affair, storage at the entrance, then the room inside, with a protected separate toilet room and a place to stand and shower or bucket and scrub as people from there are wont to do.
Club LoungeIt seems Westins have a lot of properties with Club Lounges, but I don't stay at them much so I have been sadly unaware of the excellence present in these. I mean I did stay at one in Los Angeles that had one, but it was a weekend and I wasn't spending much time at the hotel those days.
As is the standard for Asian extravagance and service, this lounge is really a class act. So much that it seems many locals book a room just to sit here for the evening. Many in the club lounge had paid the extra amount (when they didn't get it because of Marriott Status) to enjoy it. Seemed like it was a place for dates even.
DiningThere are 4 dining places outside of the lounge, Iron Bay for steaks, Sugar Merchant for Diabetes (both on the top floor), Kissui-sen a very Japanese place and Brasserie du Quai for French (These are on the 3rd floor).
Also two drinking spots, the Code Bar for real drinks and the Lobby Lounge for tea and well, astounding views of the mountains.
FacilitiesA functional gym, I found it a little sparse on some of the exercises I wanted, but my editor said from the picture it was everything she would have needed, so there ya go. I'm higher maintenance than my editor and the gym is fine. [Editor's note - that's no surprise!]
SummaryNew, fresh, gorgeous, elegant, and streamlined. Rates, both paying for it or using points, are pretty good when I checked (all things change all the time). Easy access from the train stations, a killer Club Lounge. 6 eating and drinking establishments making it over a resort level of service. This is one outstanding hotel. Not a business designed one, but just a really damn nice city center hotel.
With all the places to eat, I leave it up to you to decide if you want to get club access or not, I'm honestly torn.