I have stayed at this hotel a few times now and if you are looking for action at the front door you won't get it. Its a bit off the tourist route for that. Its a Japanese chain hotel that is frequented by the slightly older Japanese generation and a few tourists who stumble or see a good deal.
The hotel looks as if it was built in the 60's and for Tokyo is very spacious. It has a huge car park (for central Tokyo) out front and is surrounded by temples.
I would agree that there are parts of the property that are a little tired but here are the good bits:
The rooms are far bigger than anything you will get in Tokyo at a similar price, you actually have room to move and open a suitcase here. The rooms I've found are always clean although some of the rooms are a little worn.
There are 3 subway stations 1 JR station and a Monorail to Haneda airport all within walking distance. The Ginza is just a few stops away.
Haneda airport is a short monorail ride and 520 Yen away compared to Narita at 3000 depending on how you go and Haneda is in my opinion a much nicer airport.
Hammatsucho is a 10 minute walk away from the hotel, so bars and good local restaurants as well as western options are everywhere.
Roppongi and Tokyo tower are also close at hand, you can actually walk to and from Roppongi if you want to save a cab or tube fare. Rooms on the back of the hotel have lovely Tower views.
The hotel does have vending machines on each floor but more importantly has Lawsons shop in the basement for most of your needs.
On the bad side: The breakfast is expensive for what it is, as is the food and coffee in the lobby. I do thing that this is a common problem in hotels though.
The rooms do need attention and a refurb would be most welcomed.
Overall though the hotel is very good value for money, cheap for its room size and setting.
If you are looking for an action packed tourist experience, don't go there.
However if you want a quiet base for business or pleasure, this hotel is well worth a try.
Great central location, lots of food choices, and quiet. The tourist and shopping hotspots are just a few spots away in any direction.
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- Situated next to a quiet, leafy forest in the heart of Tokyo, the Tokyo Prince Hotel offers tranquility in a centralized location. Serene sculptured gardens outside your guest room windows give no hint of the bustle of the city beyond. With outstanding hospitality, luxurious rooms, first-class restaurants and a spacious parking area, the Tokyo Prince Hotel provides a convenient base for world-class travelers and business people alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prince Hotel Minato
- Prince Hotel Tokyo
- Minato Prince Hotel
- Tokyo Prince Hotel Japan