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“A not-so-hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Dai-Ichi Hotel Tokyo
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1-2-6 Shinbashi, Minato 105-8621, Tokyo Prefecture (Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi)   |  
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Ranked #19 of 99 Hotels / Ryokan in Minato
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Ann Arbor, MI
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A not-so-hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The Dai-Ichi remains our favorite Tokyo hotel and one of our two or three favorites anywhere. This was the fourth or fifth time we have stayed there. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful and speak good English. The location is excellent - two short blocks from the JR Shimbashi station and the Ginza subway line and a little further from the Hibiya subway line. It is a short walk to the south end of the Ginza as well. There are plenty of restaurants nearby. The rooms are large and comfortable. A few people have complained about them, but ours was in excellent condition and spotlessly clean. The internet service is free and speedy - about 20 Mb/sec upstream and downstream. The brass room keys are quaint - but they are in keeping with the 19th century France theme of the decor. In Japan nobody is going to steal your belongings, so the latest lock technology is not really necessary.We have tried the French and sushi restaurants. Both are very good. The top floor lounge has a spectacular view to the north and east. The second floor lounge is at track level for the JR metropolitan lines (Yamanote and others) and the Shinkansen. For train lovers, there are very few places that can match it and for everybody else it is interesting and unusual. Overall, highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Great location in a sprawling city, within a short metro / JR Line hop to all major attractions, and well within walking distance of good restaurants and under-arch pubs.
Yes, it's in more of a business district, but that means it's less chaotic at weekends.
The hotel is immaculate, Premier floor has the lounge advantages, and concierge are exceptionally helpful!
All in all a great stay!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I checked into this hotel today. The room I was given was dirty - stains everywhere. There is one large chair in the centre of the room and nothing else. It's like a basic hostel. I would not recommend staying here. It is very dated. On the plus side the staff seem helpful.

Room Tip: Don't stay here - it is dirty, smelly and noisy.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Great location for Ginza and Shimbashi. The staff were all phenomenally helpful. Super fast complimentary wifi in the rooms. The only thing keeping this hotel from getting 5 stars was the fact that the rooms are all a bit dated, but for the money it's the best deal in the area.

Also, can't recommend the concierge enough -- they were very helpful in recommending restaurants, giving us directions, etc.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Osaka, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Stayed 2 nights here at 15th floor. Everything is perfect with Japanese Omotenashi. One of the end of famous Ginza street is here in Shimbashi. This hotel is located at the center of Tokyo. JR, Japanese Railroad and Tokyo Metro Subway available here. Also Shimbashi is the terminal station for Yurikamome line for beautiful Tokyo Ocean front, notably it is with Tokyo Big Site where many exhibition and conference is held.

Room Tip: Higher floor might be better. The hotel is located in front of Shimbashi station and If you're g...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

The hotel's main strength is excellent location for a reasonable price.

It's easy to get to via Narita Express and then 2 stops on JR from tokyo station (doable with suitcases) - we worked out that our NEX ticket (~3000yen) included the JR fare; otherwise there's a hotel shuttle (timetable on hotel website). Taxi to Tokyo station is just over 1000yen - much easier if there's bulky luggage.

10min walking distance to a large number of restaurants around shimbashi station and ginza, along with all the shopping. There is direct access to metro from the basement on 3 lines so getting around tokyo is fantastically convenient from the hotel.

The hotel is a little dated but excellent service - most staff spoke reasonable English. Amenities were good - wifi was free for our rooms but gym and pool was in the next (annex) building and was not complimentary. Rooms were reasonable sizes and our wives loved the great Shiseido toiletries. Being close to JR also means that noise can be an issue. We were on level 17 and can still hear the train until just after midnight - the northwest side would be the furthest away from the train station. There's a great little bakery in the hotel lobby and a 24 convenience store directly across the street.

We only tried the teppanyaki restaurant in the hotel which was reasonably good but pricey. Given there are so many great restaurants around the area and in ginza we'd recommend looking around.

Overall a solid 4 for our rating.

Room Tip: North facing is a little further away from the train noise although probably not much difference - h...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The room is spacious and clean, with big bathroom and well stocked ablution staffs. We pay a little extra to stay on club floor which provides free very good continental breakfast. Otherwise , we have to pay quite a bit for the breakfast.
The view of Tokyo Tower and night view is amazing. We like the bar on the top floor.great view and service.
There are a lot of eating places and convenient stores near the hotel. The Shinbashi subway is less than 3 minutes away and the Shinbashi JR station is a little further, about 5 minutes away.
It is within walking distance to Ginza.
We would stay here again if we come to Tokyo again.

Room Tip: If you want breakfast and don't want to pay for breakfast, opt for the club room with good view...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Dai-Ichi Hotel Tokyo

Address: 1-2-6 Shinbashi, Minato 105-8621, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Minato > Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Minato
#15 Business Hotel in Minato
#15 Luxury Hotel in Minato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dai-Ichi Hotel Tokyo 4*
Number of rooms: 277
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