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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 #12 of 94 Hotels / Ryokan in Minato
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“Close to metro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Very large rooms for Japan. Wonderful area to Tokyo and close to metro akasaka stop -1 minute walk. ( go out #2 exit) . No breakfast though included but reasonable priced. There a lot of food choices close by.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We are a party of 3 and stayed one night at the start of our Japan holiday. We caught the NEX to Tokyo station and in stead of getting a taxi to the hotel we were brave and took the Subway. REALLY easy and we saved so much money. The best exit if you have luggage is number 2( because it has an escalator). 1 is closer but lots of stairs. Come out of 1, turn left, then turn into the alley and follow the alley - you are at the hotel! Wish someone had told us that - we got very lost. Lively huge room, nice welcome. We didn't eat breakfast...went back to the station entrance area and found an Excelsior coffee house.

I was impressed with my booking enquiry and the follow through has all lined up. We will return at the end of our trip. Only complaint was noisy air con that I couldn't work out how to turn off but I would ask next time.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tasmania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Tokyo Avanshell and Akasaka

I chose this hotel as it was convenient for visiting a friend living in Mid-town Residences nearby.
It was really reasonably priced at Y13700 per night and a very very big room. It was comfortable and relaxing as the area it is in is so quiet.
We had breakfast included but it was a rather lacklustre affair, like you would make at home either Japanese or Western style. It was very cheap. At night the restaurant is an Italian one, but it was empty as we went past with no atmosphere and we quickly found cheaper pizza and better looking place up through the laneway in Akasaka
The staff were very helpful and even though I spoke with them in Japanese, they are very competent speakers of English.

The hotel was incredibly convenient in other ways.
Just beside the hotel along a pleasant walkway of 50m or so takes you out onto a convenient local area. In front of the massive Biz Tower is a piazza of great cafes and drinking spots, very sophisticated. We went to B&R sat out on the terrace. Very relaxing, slow wervisce though.

There are numerous Massage therapy and Back specialists ( all that sitting in seats all day for poor salary man) and some great Izekaya, Chinese and other Japanese restaurants.

Underneath Biz Tower is a plethora of shops and restaurants that we didnt even see.
Hiie Ginja a beautiful shrine, is nearby walk and incredible modern buildings surrounding it make it very interesting. We are not in Kyoto now!

We went to Roppongi Hills to the fabulous 52nd storey Mori Museum 10 in ride by taxi or quicker trainride.

Its a 1 minute walk from The Akasaka station on the Chiyoda line.

Room Tip: Relaxation Room has a massage chair. But I did prefer the real deal at nearby at Bear Hug. Our roo...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

As others have said, the room is very generous by Japanese standards. We booked a double and it was more like a studio apartment, with a small kitchenette. Location was excellent, just 2 minutes from the subway (Chiyoda Line) and close to many restaurants and bars. The reception is a bit understaffed at night but generally not a problem. Make sure you get a card from the hotel if you are planning on taking a taxi, rather than just telling the driver the name and hoping that he can find it!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Baldock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We stayed here in April 2014. Opted for a deluxe twin room which was absolutely huge. Lots of reviews said the rooms were big but we were really surprised.

The next nice surprise was how many amenities were included in the room. Aside from the usual stuff in the bathroom, kettle, fridge etc. we were pleased to find loads of storage space, fabric freshener, and an iron. The latter was a godsend as we'd been living out of a suitcase for quite a while. The room was quiet and had good airconditioning (when we figured out how to use it).

The bathroom was basic but decent. As others have mentioned it's a shower over bath type affair. We had no issues with hot water or water pressure.

The room wasn't very modern - some of the decor was starting to look a little dated. To be honest though this wasn't a problem in the slightest as the room was so clean and comfortable.

The location is pretty good. Nearby there are some nice bars and restaurants. In particular there's a nice sushi restaurant on the second floor of the nearby atrium building. The metro is a short walk away. It's not super convenient as it seems like everywhere we went needed at least 2 changes, but the trains are so clean and cheap it's not really a problem.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay here. We'd definitely stay again and would recommend.

Room Tip: We arrived at Gimpo airport so took the monorail to Hamamatsucho. Taxi to the hotel was only about...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is a real find! The rooms are huge, especially by Japanese standards, and have a balcony and a little kitchenette with a microwave.

The staff are thoughtful and efficient (we stayed at the hotel at the start and end of our trip and they automatically put hypoallergenic pillows in our room the second time we stayed) and the receptionists speak remarkably good English and always seem happy to help.

There are two metro stations close to the hotel (one is directly behind the hotel) and local tourist attractions include the imperial palace and some well known shrines. The Rappongi district (good for nightlife) is also close by.

On the downside, the hotel has few amenities e.g. no restaurant or swimming pool, but there are lots of restaurants and supermarkets on and around the same road as the hotel, and the hotel also has an arrangement with a local gym.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

If you wondered about the meaning of the hotel's name - it is the katakana version of URBAN Shell, slightly lost in transliteration.
Its hard to beat the hotel's location; right in the middle of Akasaka (dozens of restaurants literally around the corner) and close to 4 subway lines. The Chiyoda line Akasaka station's #2 entrance is just around the corner. The giant Hiei Jinja (shrine) is a ten minutes walk away, so is Ark Hills (ANA-Hotel & airport limousine bus) and the famous Roppongi crossing. We stayed here twice during the month of February (rooms 505 and 907, respectively)
The hotel itself keeps staff and cost to a minimum but still they will help with your luggage etc. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful and they will get out of their way to help you solve any problem a tourist might have.Making phone calls for you, inquiries, etc. A light bulb was replaced within minutes and other fixes were dealt with quickly as well.
The rooms are very spacious and well furnished (you might even get a massage chair) however, the bathrooms are small but have all the usual amenities, including free tooth brushes. Hot water is slow to arrive. Room 505 also had a microwave.
The hotel has no lobby and no restaurant. Breakfast (nothing special) can be had in the Italian restaurant Pippo underneath the front part of the hotel. You must buy the respective coupon (was $15, now $13) first.
The hotel's architecture is in the Japanese "mansion" style meaning that the elevator is outside and rooms are accessible form an outdoor gallery, only. During the snow storm in early February that was a problem. In room 505 the beds were placed head against the window so the cold could creep in during the night. 907 did not have this problem.
The hotel does not have a health club but guests can use a nearby (10 mins walk) one for a fee of $25.
The hotel's fast and efficient laundry service is very reasonably priced. Cleaning a dress shirt will set you back only $5 (remember, this is Tokyo!) much cheaper than in other hotels. If that still sounds too much, there is a coin laundry around the corner.
Another unusual service of the hotel is that for guests returning within a fortnight or so they will keep your luggage so you will find it waiting in your room already, upon your return. This is a great service for foreigners spending several weeks traveling all over Japan but who do not want to carry all their luggage the entire trip.
Overall, of the 7 hotels we stayed in during our month-long trip this one offered the best cost-benefit ratio and we will definitely return here.

Room Tip: In the winter months ask for a room where the beds are not set against the window.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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:
#11 Family Hotel in Minato
#29 Business Hotel in Minato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Avanshell Akasaka 3*
Number of rooms: 71
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