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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   7-6-13 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 107-0052, Japan   |  
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Ranked #26 of 93 hotels in Minato
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“Great stay.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

Stayed at B Akasaka for a week. When we arrived at subway, we met a local who took us to the hotel via the secret lift. This was a huge help as we were hot and bothered after our travels and carrying luggage up hills and stairs would not have been fun. As has been mentioned before, take exit 3b, follow road until the bend and lift is in to your right.
Reception area was small but comfortable. Loved the smell of it! Wifi is only available here, not in rooms, so you often find people gathered here. There's a coffee machine for free tea and coffee throughout the day - good for a pick-me-up after a long day sightseeing. Reception staff are very friendly and helpful.
Room was clean and comfortable. We had a twin room. Small but still not as tiny as i had imagined. We were travelling with 2 suitcases and 2 backpacks and were able to store them underneath desk. No wardrobes but there is a hanging rail. Shower was great. Soundproofing between rooms is good but you can hear noise in hallway, not an issue unless fellow guests are making noise in corridors at unsociable hours. Blackout blinds were great for getting a good nights sleep.
Breakfast came as part of the deal. There was a reasonable selection including traditional Japanese breakfast with miso soup, grilled fish, rice and pickles, as well as toast, croissants, scrambled eggs, hotdog sausages, potato wedges, fruit, yoghurt and cereal. Always something you could eat but don't think I would have eaten there daily if it wasn't included in room price.
There is also a spa attached. As we had a packed schedule, i didn't have time to try this but treatments looked good.
Before booking, we were concerned about which area to stay in. Most suggested Shinjuku or Shibuya. Similar hotels here seemed to be a lot more expensive. We worried about being in the middle of nowhere but found this location suited our needs. Spent most of our day sightseeing and then had dinner and drinks in evening. Metro runs until midnight if you are looking to venture to another area, although there are plenty of restaurant and bars around the hotel too.
Overall I was happy with the stay here and would recommend to others.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, August 15, 2012
El21,

Thank you for staying at the b akasaka for a week and for taking the time to write a review of the hotel.

We are happy to be labeled as your “great stay”! We are relieved that your friend took you to the lift - that is the route we recommend to our guests because we know it can be hard to take the stairs with luggage. For your information, we have a taxi stay package – if you book this package, we would gladly reimburse one meter taxi cost, which is enough to get here from the nearest Akasaka station for more comfortable and convenient travel.

Thank you for your kind comment about our team. I will make sure to pass it on to them. Please come back again and see us!

Kind regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Stayed for 3 nights in March and overall the hotel is up to standard. The location is around 10 minutes from Akasaka subway station but you need to walk either uphill or along a long stairway before reaching there, as it was still pretty cold at night in March and I returned to hotel usually after 11pm, the walk might be quite a struggle given the strong winds along the way but in general it's not a too difficult walk. I took taxi from Tokyo station upon arrival and also taxi to the nearest hotel to get on airport limousine to Narita airport though because it might be kind of difficult to get there just by walking uphill. Staff speaks good English and is ready to help to book limousine tickets from the nearby hotels. Rooms are in general typical Tokyo room size but is comfortable enough for us Asians. Might be a bit small for foreigners of larger body build but I note a lot of foreign tourists staying here. Breakfast is buffet style. One thing however though the hotel is a new one and kind of "business-type" style, only the lobby offers free wifi but not in the rooms.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, August 1, 2012
Hi mmys704

Thank you for staying at the b akasaka and for posting a review of your stay.

Getting to our hotel is not the easiest thing to do with a lot of luggage, and that is why we have a stay plan called the Taxi plan. If you book it, we will gladly reimburse your taxi cost for one meter, which is enough from Akasaka station, the nearest rail station to our hotel.

There is a route where you can take an elevator to skip the hills and stairs. This elevator is near the TBS building right near the staircase as you exit Akasaka Station. Please also contact the hotel before your arrival for additional details.

Thank you again for sharing your experience with us.
We look forward to welcoming you again!

Kind regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area manager
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Palo Alto, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

We found this location and hotel after a long search. The hotel itself is as advertised and commented upon by other guests - very clean with a very friendly and courteous staff. The rooms are fairly small but adequate for tourists - we were out and about during the day and just wanted a comfortable place to sleep. We found the place, Akasaka centrally located to all major tourist destination - easy access to shops, places to eat and the subway. There are great place to dine at the Biz Tower, located within a 5 minute walk to the hotel.
The coolest thing we found was convenience that the 7-11's offered, fruits, snacks, personal care items etc..- there are a couple of them within a few minutes by walk. Also, btw , the ATM machines at the 7-11's will allow you to access your accounts (we had ours at a local bank in Palo Alto), in the event you need to withdraw cash, like we had to since the places around there would not take TC's and it was close to midnight on a Sunday.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, July 26, 2012
Dear B G

Thank you for choosing the b akasaka and for writing a review of your experience with us.

We like the restaurants in the Biz Tower as well as many other places around the hotel. We also have an Italian restaurant called Liana at the hotel. They serve great pizzas so please check it out next time you are here. We look forward to welcoming you again!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Cosy hotel, only a 5-minute walk from the nearest Tokyo Metro station - Akasaka. Quiet neighbourhood considering it's a couple stops away from Shinjuku, Shibuya, etc.

Room was on the small side, as is the norm with Japanese hotels (see photos). The buffet breakfast was served at the restaurant adjacent to the lobby and had continental as well as Japanese options - meaning that having the same breakfast for 7 days wasn't an issue.

Exit 7 from Akasaka station takes you down the main road, filled with convenience stores and restaurants or take Exit 4 for a more picturesque stroll past the high-class diners and illuminated trees. Both exits have steep inclines and unfortunately we took Exit 7 when we first arrived, having to drag our luggage uphill.

TIP: We followed some locals one morning and discovered an elevator. Exit 3B from Akasaka station will take you up two escalators. At the top of the second, there will be a covered path - follow this path (it will wind to the right, with the TBS building on your left). The path will then wind to the left and by now, you should see the dreaded stairs. However, at this 'corner' (where the path turns left), on your right there should be a small entrance. The elevator is hidden in this corner. Hop in, take the elevator to level 4 - the hotel is a short, 1-min walk down the road. Easy!

Overall a cosy place and not too far from many big areas in Tokyo, would recommend if you're looking for a good, quiet night's sleep just out of the hustle and bustle.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, July 26, 2012
Dear Obses2ion

Thank you for staying at the b akasaka and for taking the time to write a review of us.
We are happy to hear that you liked the b breakfast. Your tip looks great as that is what we would recommend at the hotel.

As you mentioned, although we are centrally located, we are in a quiet neighborhood. We are glad that you would recommend us.

Thank you again for the review. Please come back and see us again!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

Great hotel tucked in a quiet area in the business district but still within 5 mins to the subway and restaurants and bars. Small but modern and serviceable rooms. Just realize that in Tokyo, space is a premium and do expect the rooms to be small. Travelling with kids could be a challenge due to this but singles and couples should find it fine. Staff speak English and there's internet (Ethernet cable) connectivity in the rooms and wifi in the lobby. It is in the middle of most major areas in Tokyo (around 10-15mins Subway) and Roppongi is a brisk 15-20mins walk away which lends to its central but paradoxically quiet location. Just perfect to escape the hyper energy after visits to Shibuya or Shinjuku.

Room Tip: Make sure you insist on a non-smoking room if you're a non-smoker.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, June 7, 2012
Dear DonaldLim75

Thank you for staying at the b akasaka and sharing your experience on TripAdvisor.
Yes, our rooms are Japanese sized - we try to make our space as efficient as possible. If a guest prefers a bigger space, we would recommend a superior twin room because it is almost a double space compared to a standard single room.

We have noticed that many travelers find it too much to stay in those fun but loud areas such as Shibuya and Shinjuku. Although we are close to Roppongi, Shinjuku and other busy and energetic areas, we try to provide a sense of calmness, cleanness, and a “laid back” feel at the b akasaka. We hope we can be a special Tokyo base and more.

Thank you again for choosing the b akasaka and posting your review.
We look forward to welcoming you again!

Best regards,
Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Great hotel. Good location with a subway station just 5mins walk away and plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. Central too which means you aren;t more than 10-15min (by subway away) from any attraction. Good range of food for breakfast including western stuff like cereal and toast! Rooms are small but modern but no complaints.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, June 7, 2012
Dear DublinBrianDublin

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the b akasaka.
We think location is one of the most important factors for choosing a hotel, so we are happy to know that you find us close to most of the popular attractions. The Tokyo metro subway system might look overwhelming and confusing but it is not hard once you get used to it, and it can be fun.

We are happy that we were able to provide a good breakfast for you. Yes, our rooms are Tokyo sized – we try to make them efficient as possible.
Please come back and see us again. We look forward to welcoming you!

Best regards,
Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Darwin, Australia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

This was a lovely hotel in the business district. Was quite close to the subway, yet we got lost the first time trying to find the hotel and took a taxi! The only time we ever took a taxi as getting around Tokyo is easy once you understand the train system.
The rooms were small (I've stayed in smaller believe me), but were very comfortable with all the amenities one could ask for. Breakfast was pretty average, not really catering for westerners! Toast, croissants & scramble eggs don't really cut it when there is a big variety catering to the locals! Close to the heart of Akasaka and the best Curry in Tokyo! Would recommend this hotel to anyone.

Room Tip: Not much really as am guessing all the rooms are pretty much the same size!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, June 7, 2012
Dear tassh

Thank you for taking the time to post our review.
Sorry to hear you had trouble finding the hotel and had to take a taxi. Please give us a call next time so that we will be able to guide you to the hotel.

We are happy to hear that you felt very comfortable in your room with all of the amenities installed because it is our everyday goal to meet our guests’ needs and comfort. I will share your opinion about the breakfast with our culinary team – we could consider adding more Western options.
Please come back and see us again! We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Best regards,
Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Address: 7-6-13 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 107-0052, Japan
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Minato
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Minato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — the b akasaka 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the hub of the business, entertainment, dining and shopping districts of cosmopolitan Akasaka. Close-by is TBS Studios, Akasaka Sacas and two major subway stations providing easy access to Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Omote Sando. A short walk away you’ll find the Imperial Palace and the popular nightlife and entertainment area of Roppongi including Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown, Suntory Museum of Art and the National Art Centre. The hotel also features Image SPA facility. ... more   less 
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