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Hotel Avanshell Akasaka
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2-14-14 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 107-0052, Japan   |  
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Ranked #13 of 93 hotels in Minato
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“Best Kept Secret in Tokyo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Planned on staying at the ANA, but prices were ridiculous, so thought I'd try this place out. I loved it. In my book this place is 5 star, but since I don't want others to discover this gem, I give it 4 stars. No, it's not fancy and big like the ANA or Hyatt, but the rooms are WAY bigger, the staff is very friendly, the place is nice & quiet, the restaurant has great breakfast, the rooms are very clean, and there is free wifi. What more could you want? Oh, It's also close to lots of great restaurants, the subway, grocery stores, Starbucks, shopping. If you're tired of small boxy hotel rooms, give this place a try.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 4 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

Having previously stayed in more up market establishments we were very pleased to find the Avanshell which at less than half the price is fantastic value. Rooms are very big and clean. Bathroom has in bath shower but it's powerful and everything works. Staff are very friendly and although at first it appears no wifi if you ask they give you a wifi unit to use for free! No rip off charges. Doesn't have all the amenities but everything you need is close by.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

If you're looking for an excellent location (really close to a Metro station, close to the heart of the city, numerous great eating options close by), spacious and clean rooms, friendly service and good value for your yen, then the Avanshell Akasaka is going to be tough to beat.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

The Avanshell is a great, spacious, friendly and very convenient hotel. Great area to stay. Very close to two subway stations and a great restaurant downstairs. Huge rooms and great value for money. Everything you need is supplied.This is my third stay and will be staying again soon.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for just over a week! The room was fantastic! We are used to the small 30 sqm rooms in the flasher international hotels in Tokyo! The Avanshell room was 55 Sqms with a separate lounging area that gave us room to spread out on the hot humid summer nights! The air con was essential and really great! The room also had a convection oven!

It's location is great! Close to Akasaka station on the Chiyoda line. From there you can get anywhere. And nothing is too far away. There are other metro stations within an easy walk in less oppressive weather!

Being just of the Government district it has heaps of great restaurants and it's amazing after dark as millions of taxis prowl hoping for a jumbo fare from someone out later than the subway runs.

The area is upmarket Tokyo and lovely and quiet - very different to shinjuku area. The hotel is moderately priced and we reckon it would really suit families though I am not sure about the policy in terms of more beds in the room. There is certainly space.

Internet was a breeze. Reception gave us a wireless access point when we checked in. Logged on with all the devices and iMessaged and face timed with the kids and friends ! First class and included in the room charge!

If I was going back to Tokyo for business or pleasure I think the Avanshell is where we will be. The only downside is that it's not well known by taxi drivers etc!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We came back to the Avanshell after staying there 5 years ago. The neighborhood now has the TBS headquarters and Akasaka Biz tower close by, so there are lots of dining and breaksfast options. The rooms are spacious, the beds are comfortable, the staff is very gracious, and the prices are reasonable. If you have a Solare Smilage membership, you can get a discounted rate.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

I recently visited Tokyo for the first time and stayed at the Hotel Avanshell Akasaka in April, 2012 for about 14 days. I travelled with a friend and we had a large room with two twin beds, washroom with tub/shower, small dining table, desk, microwave, bar fridge and sink. I found that the rates were very reasonable. I brought a netbook and was able to connect with their free internet (they provide the cable if you ask for it) with no problem and use Skype to connect with people back in North America. They also provide toiletries, free toothbrushes, brushes, slippers and robes for your use (not to take home). We selected this hotel based on reviews from Trip Advisor and also wanted to be close to friends who lived in the area. I loved the hotel room!

The location was convenient to the metro, both the Akasaka station on the Chiyoda line (exit 2) -- about 3 minutes away and the Tameike-Sanno line on the GInza line. Although the Tameike-Sanno station is about 6 min away, it is sometimes easier to take to it to eliminate transferring. If you will be using the metro, we found it best to buy the PASMO card, load it with money and you're set to go.

In terms of eating around the hotel, as other reviewers mention, there are many places to eat. For breakie, there is a Starbucks north of the hotel (I think in the Akasaka SACAS building area) just north of the hotel (through the laneway) and also a McDonalds, Burger King in the same area. There are also nice cafes -- Excelsior and Tully's which have breakfast specials. If you want to try a cheap Japanese breakfast, try Yoshinoya's nearby. You get rice, salmon, miso soup for about 580 yen. There is a really good food market called Maruetsu Petit, which sells packaged food like bento boxes, sushi and fresh fruit, bottled drinks etc. We ended up buying a lot of food from this place. In the area, we also ate at Osteria Pippos? - in the hotel and it was very good. Otherwise we were out and about and didn't eat in the area much.

Although this may not be the cheapest way to get to the hotel, it was the route we took. To get to the hotel from Narita airport, we took the Airport Limo bus to TCAT station, which was about 6,000 yen for a return ticket and two days of travel on the metro. I think it was about a 50 minute ride on a very nice bus. Because we didn't want to lug the suitcase on the metro, we then took a cab from TCAT to the hotel. Since it's hard to describe where the hotel is, you can tell the driver that it's near the Akasaka SACAS or BIZ building and then walk from there.

For shopping and site seeing, you'll need to hop on the metro.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 2-14-14 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 107-0052, Japan
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Minato
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#19 Romantic Hotel in Minato
#19 Family Hotel in Minato
#26 Business Hotel in Minato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Avanshell Akasaka 3*
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