This hotel belongs to the category "Japanese Business Hotels", hotels designed to provide economical (for Japanese standards) and no frills accommodation to domestic business travelers. Japanese travelers are familiar with the type of place and know what to expect. For foreigners, it may be a little trickier.
Hotels in this category are generally modern and of good (midrange) quality, tailored to cater to individuals not spending any leisure time in the hotel and willing to pay just for the essential space, service and amenities to rest and sleep.
About "The b Akasaka", key item of interest to international travelers will certainly be the size of the rooms. The hotel provides accurate and truthful representation on their website and at time of booking you will know a Single Room comes in a size of 10 sqm (107 sqf) with a bed large 110 cm (3.6 ft), a Double Room comes with 13 sqm (140 sqf) and a bed of 140 cm (4.6 ft), a Twin Room comes with two 97 cm (3.2 ft) beds in 17 sqm (183 sqf). Whether you travel alone or with a companion, these may easily be some of the smallest rooms (and beds) you have ever stayed traveling.
I spent at this hotel three days in a Double Room in a business trip. The first impression as I walked through into the room was of disappointment, barely the space to drop the luggage and walk around the bed, which actually turned to be basically no space after opening my luggage and hanging my clothes on the wall (no wardrobe); but I got quickly adapted and in the end enjoyed the experience as a kind of fun. Had I traveled as a couple, my Double Room would have been too small even for my easygoing standards.
If you can cope with the space, all the rest works fine for the hotel grade. The hotel is housed in an elegant building on a quiet hill in an upscale part of town. Service is efficient, infrastructures and amenities are modern, rooms are (i.e. my room was) clean. Wireless available in the lobby only, internet cable in the rooms. TV with Japanese channels only but I believe you may buy pay TV card for an extra charge. Breakfast is very basic but you won't leave hungry. Location also works pretty well, with large choice of restaurants and bars just a few-minute walk away. Subway station is also few minutes away.
All in all, this hotel is ok so long as you understand you are choosing a place suit basically for just resting and sleeping and are willing to live with the discomfort of staying in a very small space.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The b Akasaka Hotel Minato
- b Akasaka Minato
- b Akasaka Hotel Minato
- The b Akasaka Tokyo, Japan