Less than 24 hours ago I was enjoying the most spectacular views of Tokyo right from my room. Oh, how I miss that room!
After spending 2 weeks traveling across Korea and Japan on a moderate budget, we decided that we would splurge our last few days in Japan in a 5-star hotel. It was worth every penny! If you've never traveled to Japan (or Asia) before, let me warn you that most rooms are tiny (I mean TINY) but are very efficiently designed to make multiple use of every space. Hotel pictures on the internet can be very deceiving, but the pictures of this hotel appeared to be very spacious and I must say that I was not disappointed. The rooms were even bigger and better than we were expecting.
CLUB LEVEL ACCESS: We stayed on the club levels of the hotel (floor 27-29) to get access to the gym, pool, sauna and Library Lounge and I would highly recommend it. While it is a slightly more expensive, the access to the Library Lounge with the complimentary food and drinks on the 27th floor more than pays for itself. It has floor to ceiling, wall-to-wall windows with views of the Tokyo skyline and directly overlooks the Diet Building. There is a small library with books, magazines and newspapers, and they serve complimentary continental breakfast, high-tea with hor d'ourves and cocktail hour with hor d'ourves. I am only slightly embarassed to say that we took advantage of this perk every day, and was surprised to see we were the only ones there the entire time (or perhaps we were the only people too cheap to go out and spend money). :)
FOOD: There are other restaurants in the hotel available, but they're pretty expensive. Our room package came with breakfast vouchers for Origami Restaurant and we thouroughly enjoyed our food and impecable service. It is a pre fixe breakfast menu in which you can choose American, Japanese or Origami breakfast. Being from the States, I was fearing their intrepetation of the American breakfast, but was pleased to see that it had a been elevated with Japanese flair for portions and presenation, served with beautiful vegetables, salad, your choice of eggs and protein, pastries and yogurt. If I could actually get a breakfast like that in the States I might go out for it more often! We were equally pleased with the Japanese and Origami breakfast options. While I really enjoyed our food in Origami restaurant, I doubt I would have chosen to spend $60/person on their breakfast were it not included in our package.
LOCATION: This hotel is located in the Goverment area of Tokyo and is next to the Diet Building and a short walk to the Imperial Palace. Access to 4 metro lines is located right across the street which is extremely convenient. We stayed in the Ginza area our first 4 nights and were able to step outside our hotel at night and find plenty to do and see at night. This hotel, however, is in a quiet nighborhood (a bonus for us our last few nights) but only one or two metro stops away from all the action. Dining options at the street level in the neighborhood are also limited. However, if you cross the street to the underground metro you'll find a lot of affordable restaurants and food vendors if you don't feel like wandering too far or aren't looking for a fancy meal.
STAFF: Every interaction with the staff of this hotel was exceptional. They were always eager to help us in any way, and we were always received with smiles, extreme politeness and kindness. The staff is even kind and polite toward each other, which is definitely something that you miss when you come back to the States.
ROOM: Awesome. This is a new hotel that opened in 2010, so every detail is new and modern. The decor is modern with a Japanese twist, and I appreciated the generous layout with the sliding shoji screen walls that divide the room into 3 areas: the sleeping/living area; dressing area with huge mirror, sink, closets, drawers and mini bar; and bathing area. The glass-surround steam shower is wonderful with the option to use the ceiling rain shower or the hand-held shower. The tub is separate and is extra long and deep. The toilet is separate room with a mini sink for washing hands and equiped with the latest Toto toilet technology (I miss Japanese toilets!). There is a wall-mounted iPod station with speakers throughout the rooms. Complimenary tea, coffee, bottled water, and elaborate grooming kits. Best of all, enormous walls of windows with fantastic views of the city.
BOOKING TIPS: I scoured the internet for the best price on this hotel, and found that it was cheapest booking directly through their web site. I signed up to become a Preferred Member (it only takes a few minutes), and immediately received access to their "members only" deals on upgrades and pricing. Because of these offers, I easily saved $200-300/night over other booking web sites, which made it possible for me to splurge on this hotel.
- Also Known As:
- The Capitol Hotel Tokyu Tokyo, Japan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Capitol Hotel Tokyu is situated very conveniently in Akasaka, the heart of downtown Tokyo. It is located with easy access to famous shopping and dining areas such as Ginza, Roppongi, Shibuya, Omotesando or Harajuku. Subway station with 4 lines is located right under the hotel. Guests are able to savor the quiet natural surroundings of Hie Shrine, a serene space surrounded by natural beaty where it is possible to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. ... more less
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