I recently stayed at Hotel S for 3 nights and this is a really good example of the deluxe businessman’s hotels that are starting to be found around Tokyo. They are a good value for getting a bit more of an upgraded room than what you would find at a standard businessman’s hotel for not much more money. I had a standard room as I was traveling solo, it was very well equipped and efficiently laid out, and a little bit larger than some of the other rooms I’ve had in this price range. My room was facing Roppongi-dori and you could not hear the traffic unless it was something really loud.
Staff there was very accommodating and friendly. Reception staff had very good English skills, and they are taking efforts to cater to foreign visitors. The room was very clean and well equipped, I was amazed to see the mini-kitchen and the free waters at this price range. The room layout was like a boat, very efficient & compact but it didn’t feel cramped. Overall it was very comfortable.
Location is good and bad. The good part it is close but not right in the middle of the main action of Roppongi. The bad part is it’s not close but not right in the middle of the main action of Roppongi. So depending on what you are after, it’s either just far enough away to provide a nice break or it’s just far enough away to be annoying. (It is very close to Metro Hat & Roppongi Hills) Just plan to do a lot of walking, but that’s normal for Tokyo. I was there on the weekend right before Halloween, and talk about a wild party in that area, it was far more than I ever have seen anything in the US. So I was actually glad the hotel was slightly out of the area as the noise level and the lack of street touts, etc. made it easier to deal with the goings on. I found The B Roppongi while walking around, it’s right on the edge of the club zone; Hotel S is the better choice if you don’t want to get hassled by strip club touts, noise, etc.
Overall a good value and a good choice for the area, I’ll plan to return on my next trip.
Tip for finding the hotel: come out of the subway at the Metro-hat entrance, cross Roppongi –dori by the Metro hat, keep walking south down Roppongi-dori and you will pass a couple of clubs. Just when you think you are heading the wrong way as the area will turn more business/ residential like, you will see the Family Mart. It’s just past the Family Mart, and if you are approaching at night it’s not very well lit. The Virgin Café is easier to spot than the hotel entrance. There is a subway exit tunnel that crosses under the street before exiting to street level, but it’s stairs only so it’s challenge if you have luggage.
And if you are looking for a great Jazz club, Jazz House Alfie is right between Metro Hat and the main Tokyo Metro entrance and an easy walk from the hotel. Acoustics of the place are fantastic and they get quality players in there.
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