Saturday, January 31, 2009

Kanagawa - Part Four

After leaving the beach we headed north to Yokohama. Because I'd saved so long for the ski trip, I was able to book us rooms in the most AWESOME hotel! I also got an incredible deal, so even with the price of the hotel and all the souvenirs and meals, we only spent half the money I had saved! Woo hoo!

We stayed at the Pan Pacific, in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama Bay. It was absolutely spectacular! We had balconies over looking the bay! The hotel is attached to the Queen's Square mall and is directly across the street from Cosmo World amusement park.


Our hotel, as seen from Cosmo Clock 21
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When we arrived at about 7:30p there was a woman playing a baby grand piano, accompanying a another woman who was singing opera in the lobby! I had no idea it was such an upscale place! Needless to say, I felt a little shabby and out-of-place in all that opulance, and wasn't about to drag my ragtag group of kids and thrift store luggage through that lobby, so I checked us in and found a back way from the parking garage to our room! LOL
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All the hotel rooms have doorbells, and instead of the typical Do Not Disturb sign to hang on the door, there was a discreet little light under the doorbell, you just flipped the switch inside the door to turn the light to "privacy" or "make up" to let housekeeping know your preference! The bathroom had a huge bathtub with a seperate walk-in shower.
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MMy piggies enjoying a very long soak. These were the best bubbles I've ever seen!

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This was posted in our bathroom.

I've never seen a notice like this in a hotel room before.

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The next day, while O slept in (as always) the kids and I headed to the ferris wheel. Amazing views! We had hoped to go to China Town, the one in Yokohama is the biggest in Japan, but by the time we left the hotel I was completely exhausted, and we still had a 3 hour drive back home (3 hours, to drive 50 miles!!!!! I'll never get used to that!) so we just headed home.
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We had a really great weekend, a week later and the kids are still talking about it. Ethan asks everyday "Remember when we stayed in that hotel?" "Remember the ferris wheel?"
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View from our balcony
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Cosmo Clock 21
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Landmark Tower
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2 comments:

Gina said...

Sounds like an excellent trip and the hotel sounded awesome! I agree and I will never get over the "it takes 3 hours to drive 50 miles either" Ha ha ha, even still that just kills me. :D

Did you try any food in Chinatown? We went there one time but just walked around and never ate. Darn it, we shoulda tried something. : )

Slime said...

The hotel was the B-O-M-B! We never get to stay at places like that!

I'm making to plans to go back to Chinatown by myself, so I can enjoy it *my* way: no McD's, no KFC, no toy stores, no sporting goods stores, no searching for blocks for a western toilet b/c someone refuses to use a squatty potty! LOL