Rooms are what you'd expect from a business hotel in Tokyo, a very tight fit and minimalist but functional. I could have done without the flat screen TV that took up half the desk, especially since there were no international channels available. There is an empty fridge to keep snacks and an electric kettle/thermos seemed big for the room, particularly given the single green tea bag provided. The mattress was unusually soft for Asia.
Its location is convenient, as nearby Shimbashi Station is a direct shot on the train from Narita (allow a good 90 minutes for the journey though, plus waiting time for the train). The hotel is less than a five-minute walk from the Karasumori exit of the station (turn left following the train tracks until you get to the next to the last street before the main road, then turn right) and is also surrounded by other subway stops on various lines. The immediate vicinity is quiet though there are several Family Marts and similar corner shops very nearby. The neighborhood also offers a selection of restaurants. I had lunch at the sushi bar (immediately to the left of the main entrance) and found my chirashi tasty. The hotel's own restaurant offers an early evening food and drink deal (two snack-sized plates and two drinks) for Y800.
I booked this hotel on Agoda and the price compared favorably with similar properties. However, you should note that Agoda's claim of in-room wifi – the detail that sold me on the hotel as I had work to do on this trip - is incorrect. They only offer wired LAN connections in room, and wifi on the ground floor (there are only two armchairs in the small reception area).
This hotel caters almost exclusively to Japanese clients so just about everything (instructions for video on demand, phone calls, the internet, the menu of the hotel restaurant, the hotel's business cards, the coin operated washing machine) seems to be posted only in Japanese. Front desk staff I spoke to were shy about their English but were helpful and answered my questions when they could, which was not all of the time. With housekeeping and the restaurant, communication was minimal. Finally, as of this writing the hotel is not even on the APA English website, another sign that they are not seeking international trade.
This corner of Shinbashi is certainly not touristy, but if you're looking for comfortable and clean rather than boutique-y and luxurious, you could do worse in Tokyo.
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