Tokyo was our last stop on our 3 week trip to Japan. The hotel was ok, nothing spectacular.
It is about a 15 min walk via the passage from Shinbashi station - if you arrive in Tokyo via the bullet train or JR. However, the directions we received from the hotel made the walk even longer. Shinbashi is huge and very crowded and we couldn't find the proper exit, even the signs are confusing! Once we found the skywalk (inner passage), we got lost several times, it is not easy to navigate the way to the hotel. Unfortunately I can't provide detailed directions, since I only took the passage from Shinbashi once!
On a positive note, the Oeda line Shiodome subway stop is about a 1 minute walk from the hotel and very easy to find. It is also a great line, easy access to get to many different areas in Tokyo and it connects well with some of the other subway and train lines.
Check-in was fast, but we only noticed the luggage carts after lugging our heavy suitcases to our rooms. It would have been nice if the carts had been pointed out to us while we were checking in! This was the only hotel where our suitcases were not already in our room, after being shipped from our last stop. We used the wonderful luggage shipping service throughout the country and at each hotel, our luggage was already waiting in our rooms when we arrived!
For anyone arriving or departing via airport limo, it is an easy walk over to the Conrad hotel next door, no need to even take an escalator. As soon as you get to the entrance of the Conrad, someone takes your suitcases and then loads them onto the limo bus. Nice!
The rooms at the Shiodome aren't very big. I had a Premium single and there wasn't room to open my suitcase on the floor, without blocking the way to the bathroom and exit door. I ended up by clearing off the desk and putting the suitcase on top!
Although we had asked for rooms with views, mine consisted of an office building next door. I had to keep the curtains closed all the time, in order not to give a 'free show' to the office workers - who work late into the evening!
The wallpaper in the room was peeling and stained and the carpets were in deplorable condition and stained as well. The room was not as clean as other hotels we stayed in - there was noticeable dust on the top of the headboard.
I had to request more towels, as only 1 was provided. On a positive note, every day afterwards, additional towels were left on the bed.
The bathroom was the typical Japanese bathroom size - not very big. It was very helpful to have a hot water indicator in the shower though. The bed was big, but absolutely rock hard, The pillows too! There is an easy to use clock with an alarm on the headboard, which came in handy.
I was on the 10th floor and there was a room with a washer and dryer and vending machines.
A complimentary breakfast is served, however double-check the times as they can change. The only Western food seemed to be 2 types of rolls and hard boiled eggs + coffee. There is more of a selection if you don't mind eating a Japanese style breakfast.
The hotel is relatively convenient, Shiodome is a business area with a lot of tall buildings and throngs of office workers rushing through the skywalk, fun to see.
There didn't seem to be many restaurants and convenience stores on the streets outside of the hotel. However all the inner connecting buildings have restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. There is also a convenience store, drugstore and restaurants in the connecting building closest to the hotel (I don't remember the name of the building, but it's less than a minute walk from the hotel). Definitely check out the restaurants on the higher floors of the Shiodome City center (about a 4 minute walk via the passage) and the 46th and 47th floor of the Carretta building (2 minute walk). Absolutely amazing city views!
Tsukiji Fish Market and the Hara-rikyu gardens are within walking distance - don't miss a visit to either! Tsukiji is only 1 stop away on the subway and very easy to find. It was the best sushi breakfast we have ever eaten - the best sushi period, a real OMG moment! Next to the check-in desk is a display with information on Tsukiji and other attractions, as well as a good map of the inner skywalk (corridor).
The hotel staff were very pleasant and polite - typical in Japan! English was widely spoken as well, which was helpful when asking for directions and general information.
There is no in room WIFI, however you can use it in the lobby. Apparently there is a business center for hotel guests, with free computers. No one ever told us about it though, someone in our group discovered it accidentally!
I don't know if I would stay at the Villa Fontaine Shiodome again. Although the location was good, on my next trip to Tokyo it would be nice to stay in a different part of the city.
I am also not certain if I would recommend this hotel. There were assets, but most of these related to the location and accessibility. I guess if you don't mind average 3 star accommodations, don't plan to spend much time in the room and don't want to blow your budget on a hotel in Tokyo - you may be happy here. But if you want a more upscale hotel, look elsewhere.
Tokyo is an amazing city, so much to explore, see and do...and eat! The subway system was surprisingly easy to navigate, stations are designated by colors, letters and numbers and subway lines are color coded and have a corresponding letter. Buy a Pasmo or Seismo refillable card, to avoided buying individual tickets each time you use the system. You will be travelling by subway a lot, Tokyo is huge!! Also don't forget to go to Tsukiji market for an early sushi breakfast - if you love sushi you will feel like you have died and gone to heaven!!
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