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“Good Base to Explore Tokyo for 1st Time Visitor” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3-13-1 Takanawa, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 108-8612, Japan   |  
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“Good Base to Explore Tokyo for 1st Time Visitor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

It was our first trip to Japan and we spent our first 2 nights at Grand Price Hotel Takanawa. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and below are some of the pluses and minuses we experienced.

Location is good and easy to find. It's close to Shinagawa Station--about 5 minutes walk but you have to walk up the hill to the hotel (other Prince brand hotels are a little closer and with no uphill walk). I think location makes it a good place for those who are not familiar with Tokyo. Narita Express (certain cars) stops at Shinagawa Station so we were able to travel here directly from the airport without changing trains (saving us from dragging luggages to board crowded commuter trains). Although there are not a lot of attractions nearby, JR Yamanote line stops at Shinagawa Station which makes traveling to Tokyo's major attractions easy. Shinkansen (bullet train) to Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya stops at Shinagawa Station, so traveling to and from these cities is easy also.

The hotel has a nice garden which is shared with another Prince hotel. When we were there around the end of March, Sakura (cherry blossom) was in full bloom which made the garden very beautiful and a nice place to stroll around and relax.

We heard a lot about how small hotel rooms in Japan were but it was a pleasant surprise to see our room was fairly spacious. (It was bigger than other hotel rooms we stayed in during our trip while paying about the same rate). It had a nice garden view. (Rooms on the other side had view of Tokyo Tower). Wire internet was also available from the room and they had wire ready to use in the room.

The hotel's AC system can only be set to either cooling or heating at a time for the whole hotel. When we were there, though the weather outside was cold, the room was a bit too warm so we wanted cooling AC system. However, only heat could be used at that time. So if you go there during certain seasons (spring or fall), you might not get what you want as far as AC is concerned.

The hotel has a number of restaurants but I couldn't comment on food quality as we didn't dine in any of them. They are much more expensive than restaurants around the station.

We also noticed the sign saying that the hotel provided shuttle service to the airport. The price was comparable to Narita Express, so it can be a good alternative if you don't have JR Pass. Again, we didn't use it, so I can't comment on it other than the fact that it's available.

Staff were nice and friendly. Check-in and check-out process was quick and easy.

Overall, I found Grand Price Hotel Takanawa a good hotel to stay in Tokyo especially for the ease of commute (within Tokyo, to/from the airport, and to/from other cities). It's particularly beautiful and can be a destination by itself in spring when Sakura is blooming!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

The Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa is a great hotel within 10 minutes walking distance of Shinagawa Station. It is served by the airport limosine bus which makes it easy to reach from the airport. While the walk maybe considered long by some, it allows you to walk through some very nice scenery which during the Spring season is wonderful. The rooms in the hotel are very large by Japanese standards which enables you to relax during your stay. Depending on the room that you have booked you can see either a view of Tokyo, including the Tokyo Tower & Skytree or a view of the Garden which is very nice indeed. Staff are very friendly in the Hotel and will try their best to speak to guests in English. However, I would advise you learn a little Japanese before you go to Japan as it makes the experience a whole lot more enjoyable. There are several facilities near the hotel including the Aquarium, Cinema and a small eatery plaza. the rooms are clean, in some rooms the walls are slightly thin but it was no bother to us.

Room Tip: Garden view rooms are well worth it. Learn some Japanese
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This hotel is not that close to the train station. There is another Takanawa Prince hotel which may be confusing for some. Better check before you get there as it can be a bit of a walk with luggage.

My biggest complaint is that you find yourself planning your day around the shuttle bus, which really shouldn't be the case on your holiday. You need to catch a shuttle bus to get to the hotel. You have to wait in line for the bus at the train station and when the bus arrives it is just a mad rush for seats as the bus is small. I don't mind walking uphill, but that was just ridiculous. The last bus is also at 8:00pm or 8:30pm. So for some people who think it is a waste of money to spend 710yen (can be spent on sushi instead!) on a cab to take them the short distance uphill or if it is raining too heavily to walk uphill with all your bags, you need to get there is time.
Then catching the bus from the hotel requires a reservation. This shuttle also stops at 3 other hotels so be sure to book in advance and not the night before.
8pm is far too early to be stopping the shuttle bus, since a lot of shops only shut closer to 10pm. This has been communicated to the hotel but nothing has changed.

The room itself is clean. Unfortunately, we requested a non-smoking room but got a room on the smoking floor. The bell captain offered to send up a bottle of air freshener and suggested we open the window to air it out. This helped a bit.
There is enough space to have two large luggage open. It is more spacious than a few hotels in Tokyo. There is no WiFi in the room, only in the hotel. The connection is ok but wish a hotel that was charging me that much could provide WiFi in the rooms.
The bed is clean and they provide yukatas to use in the room, you will have to search the drawers for them. You can sign up for their 'green cleaning service' which is a decent idea, you get a 500yen coupon for choosing not to have your room cleaned each night.

In the middle of the night, there was a man shouting in the next room and the staff failed to handle the situation and he continued to shout throughout the night until early morning ( he got tired?). The air-con was a puzzle, even after putting it on the lowest setting it was still quite stuffy. Since it was raining at the time we couldn't open the window much. Even when the display said 23degs, it felt a lot warmer.

Overall, this is a much more expensive hotel which did not deliver. Breakfast was not included, and the hotel is pretty secluded unless you walk back downhill to the station which does have good food.

This was a last minute booking for me, if I had the option of early booking, this would not be on my short-list. This is more of a family style hotel or maybe for a wedding. I saw a few weddings held there. The garden was lovely and the koi pond was very serene.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

rooms are not renovated since the hotel opened twenty years ago, it seems...sticky carpet, walls full with scratches, supersoft mattress, air con hardly to adjust, worst of all, could hear my neighbours all night long, and they weren't even loud...furthermore, staff is very polite, but hardly understands english. all in all, a miserable stay, was supposed to stay ten days but checked out after the first night. what's on the bright side? well, not much, but the garden and the public spaces are quite nice.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Good place to start visit tokyo. Rooms are functionals and outside there is a nice garden, a real corner of peace in one of the biggest cities in the world! Staff is very kind and helpful, but they don't speak a good english. Breakfast is not included and very expensive, so I walked outside every morning looking for bar or supermarket to get coffee and croissants!

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

There were another hotel with the same name, but it's called New Grand Prince Takanawa and we went to the wrong hotel. Arrived too late at night and had to drag 4 heavy luggage to get to the hotel in the cold as there were no more free shuttle bus. When we arrive we are requested to go to our hotel which is another 3 mins walk through the garden. Checked in and they gave us a double room instead of twin bed which we have booked. Called the receptionist and says the rooms are fully booked and refuse to give us an upgrade. Very disappointing but we have no choice but to wait for 2 days before they have a twin room for us. Hotel is outdated and room is quite small.

Has no wifi in the room and has to go to the lobby to utilize the free wifi connection but it's poor and we hardly get the connections. Free shuttle bus every 30 minutes but advance booking is required. The last bus is at 8.30pm so most likey you'll miss the last bus and has to take a taxi back to the hotel which will costs you around 700yen for the short trip. Else you will need to walk uphill about 10 mins. Overall I'm okay with the stay but will consider going to another hotel instead.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Comfortable and clean room, good size, some small signs of wear. Convenient location if you can stand 5 minutes walk to Shinagawa station. The hotel is on a hill, so the way back could be annoying but they have a bus service from/to the station if you ask. Nice garden and good bars and restaurants. Free wifi in public areas and in the room if you rent a router (1000 JPY)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3-13-1 Takanawa, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture 108-8612, Japan
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Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Minato
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Minato
#18 Family Hotel in Minato
#21 Romantic Hotel in Minato
#32 Business Hotel in Minato
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa 4*
Number of rooms: 414
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Also Known As:
Prince Hotel Minato
Prince Hotel Tokyo
Minato Prince Hotel
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