We spent two weeks and four hotel stays in Japan. This was our "home base" for four nights. It's hard to pick "a spot" to stay in Tokyo. There are may fun neighborhoods. But Shibuya is really central, there is lots to see and do around the hotel, and the hotel was very nice.
The staff was friendly, helpful and spoke great english. Anything questions or needs, they fell all over themselves to help us.
The hotel is a five minute walk to the ever-famous and ever busy Shibuya subway station.
The rooms are large by Japanese standards, and by western standards typical of what you'd find in a Ritz or nice Hyatt.
There is an Am/PM convenience store actually in the buliding which we used to get snacks and sandwiches.
My only knock on this hotel, is the following. The lobby is a little sterile, which you would find in Manhattan too. But it lacks that Japanese cultural feel. You could have been in any big city in the world. And also the food is mega expensive, again like what you'd find in a NYC hotel. We had two cups of coffee in the coffe shop and it was $20. (that includes what you'd tip in the US, since you don't tip in Japan). So we grabbed stuff in the AM/PM mart and snacked in our room, which was actually fun. (bring cash though, c-stores in Japan generally don't take plastic).
Gym (which is pretty small...three tread mills, a couple stationary bikes and weights) is free to 18+ if you use between 7:00 and 8:30 I think. Forget exact hours, but if you want to workout, it's free in the morning. You do have to pay $20 PP to use the facility the rest of the day. My daughter and I did pay the fee once while the rest of the crew recovered from jet lag, and we did have fun. They have massage chairs in the spa (in the locker rooms). The pool is heated and very nice, and we enjoyed the hot spa too. But having to pay, and excluding kids (common in Japan) was a bit of a drag.
Like hotel a lot, and have no regrets about staying there. But you might be albe to kind more charm elswhere.
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