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Shibuya Granbell Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   15 - 17 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture 150-0031, Japan   |  
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Ranked #7 of 29 hotels in Shibuya
Portree, United Kingdom
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“so nice i stayed here twice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

stayed here in 2009 and 2012.....about 10 min walk from train station.staff were really friendly and helpfull to me...lovely room,no great view but cosy bed.internet connection.japanese style toilet with buttons to scoosh your bum clean,loved watching the sumo wrestling and local japanese news all the time,also a great wee bar and restaurant area were we got free uk style breakfast...defo stay again

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights @ Granbell, it's a great location and walking distance to shibuya subway or JR station. The room is very small however most of the hotel room in Tokyo is small anyway. The staffs are friendly and very helpful. The entrance of the hotel doesn't look like a hotel more like an apartment but it's worth every money we spent.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

You may have heard that the boutique hotel concept has inexplicably barely caught on in Japan and its true. This is one of the only such hotels in Tokyo. It is well located just a quick walk from the shibuya station and this is very nice as you'll likely be dragging luggage (i had skis too) which is no mean feat in one of the busiest pedestrians areas in the world. make sure you study the hotels map on its website for the walking directions. If followed to a T the will get you there in about 5 minutes. However, there are numerous ways to blow it and its a hilly area so when in doubt, consult the map.

The hotel itself is nicely designed. Very modern and very functional. My room, as you can see, was in total (including the bathroom) approximately 10' x 6'. This meant there was practically no room to walk around; however, it was totally comfortable, bright (as it had two huge opening windows) and very functional. The bathroom was a glass enclosed unit with a fancy Japanese toilet and an awesome scaldingly hot rain bath type shower, which was much appreciated given the freezing cold tokyo winter.

The location is great: it's just far enough from shibuya crossing so as to be quiet but close enough to walk there in five minutes. This also means its only a fifteen minute walk from harajuku and ayoma, putting you right in the middle of some of tokyos coolest neighborhoods. If you're here in part at least to shop you really can't be better situated than here as every major label and department store in the city has a branch no further than 20 minutes walk away. In Tokyo this means that every brand you've ever heard of and thousands you haven't are at your doorstep, without the need to get on the train. A big plus in this mega city. Being close to shibuya station also means you can pick up the JR Narita express right there, which is the best way to get back to the airport from the city unless a $300 taxi ride is in your budget.

On the downside the hotel shows its age almost everywhere. A new coat of paint on the interior walls of the lobby and the rooms would do wonders to cover up all the scuff marks that come with wear and tear. Some linens were torn and the bar downstairs looks like it was once hip but has since been taken over by football fans who've tacked beer posters everywhere. The restaurant definitely leaves something to be desired so don't go thinking the free breakfast is a selling point as its nothing at all. However, it really doesn't matter given that there are a million options nearby where you can have anything from the best French pastries east of Paris to donuts from New York's Donut Plant (at the only outlet of that Mecca for fried dough outside of the lower east side I know of in the world).

In summary I'd stay here again in a minute. With its convenience and comfort and the fact that you can actually get a nice and very stylish room with your own bathroom in the middle of Tokyo for about $100 (try finding that in New York or London) you can't beat the shibuya grandbell.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This hotel was located only 5 minutes from the Shibuya Crossing and from the train station itself.

The rooms, were clean, affordable and comfortable. The only issue we found was how dimly lit the whole hotel was. Staff were friendly and forthcoming with information.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I only spent a short time at Shibuya Granbell, arriving at 1am for a 1 night stay between flights. The room was small and basic, which is standard for Tokyo, and fine as I was on my own and it was just for 1 night, but I don't think I would have been comfortable in such a small space for a long period of time. However the hotel was in a fantastically convenient location right near Shibuya train station. The staff were pleasant and helpful and the hotel was clean and stylish. The spa package provided had some lovely products.
My only major complaint is that there was no wi-fi (or if there was I couldn't find any info on how to connect to it). There was a LAN connection but as I only had my iphone I would have liked to be able to connect to wi-fi

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Just back from a stint in Tokyo. We stayed in the Granbell for 3 nights. The hotel has a great location with a lovely restaurant just up the road. The rooms are small but perfectly laid out with everything you need including a wonderfull powerful shower. it is spotlessly clean & comfortable & very quiet considering its location. The staff are very friendly & serve a decent breakfast. It boasts free WiFi throughout the hotel. its a five minute walk to the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world & the Shibuya train station. I would stay there again should i ever return to Tokyo. Hai!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Room size is tiny, but if you don't have much luggage its the perfect amount a solo/business traveler needs. Stayed in the smallest room they offer (I think 12.6m). Breakfast at the Japanese style restaurant was surprisingly well presented and was a good way to kick off the day. Best part is access to Shibuya.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15 - 17 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture 150-0031, Japan
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Shibuya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Shibuya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shibuya Granbell Hotel 3.5*
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