The Navios Yokohama is a reasonably priced and well-appointed business hotel in the docklands area of Yokohama. While a bit away from the major sites in the area, the hotel is priced as much as half as much as the other business hotels in the area (Intercontinental, Pan Pacific, etc...). Read on for more:
The Navios is located about 3 blocks north of the Bashmichi subway station, directly adjacent to the World Porters shopping complex. It's one block east of the Yokohama Cosmoworld amusement park, and about a 10 minute walk east of the Pacifico Yokohama convention center, and Queen's Square mall. For those arriving by JR Train, it's about a 15 minute walk from the Sakuragicho station. Taxi service is available from all major points, but are the typical somewhat-overpriced Japanese standard. Unless you have a ton of luggage, travelers arriving directly from Narita airport should take the Narita Express to Yokohama station, and then transfer to the Tokyu Toyoko / MinatoMirai line to Bashimichi station, from which the hotel is an easy 5-minute walk.
The Navios has a large lobby with a gift shop, and a full-service front desk, which requests that keys are deposited when you leave the hotel. There is a small coin-operated business center in the lobby, though Internet service is theoretically available in all guest rooms. The wireless service is somewhat flaky, though, and I was never able to connect in my room, though many of my colleagues had no problem. There is a full-service restaurant off of the main lobby, which offers three meals daily, though most guests will visit primarily for the buffet breakfast included with most room rates. The breakfast spread is rather impressive, even by Japanese breakfast standards, with a wide array of both Japanese and Western breakfast favorites. There is a bar/lounge on the third floor, which is well stocked with an international selection of drinks and snacks; prices are slightly more expensive than non-hotel bar prices, but are quite reasonable compared to the other business hotels in the area!
NOTE: The Navios is not a non-smoking hotel. While they make a fair effort to deodorize the rooms, some clearly had the lingering remnants of smoke. If you're extra-sensitive to cigarette smoke, you may want to look elsewhere. While not overly bothersome to me, others in my group were bothered. The staff was accommodating to room change requests, however, and eventually everyone in my group ended up happy. So do be aware, and let the staff know ASAP if you think you might have to make a change.
The rooms are slightly larger than many Japanese business hotels -- which is to say that they're smaller than a comparable Western room, but still have enough space aside from the bed to accommodate a side table and chairs, as well as a work desk. The beds are quite firm, with the stiff pillows characteristic of Japanese hotels. Views from the rooms are excellent, particularly if your room faces towards the bustling Minatomirai district. The bathrooms have the typical high-tech toilet, with a sink, and a combination bath/tub. Water pressure was excellent, and there was always plenty of hot water. The one annoyance with the room was the mandatory key-insert power port near the door. The power port also controlled heat/AC for the room, and in cool weather, the rooms became quite uncomfortable if you're out for the day -- so it takes as long as a half hour to get the room live-ably comfortable upon your return. A small annoyance in the name of saving the planet... right? ;)
The front desk staff were excellently helpful and polite. Most were fluently bilingual in English and Japanese, though a strong Japanese vocabulary is helpful if you'll require more assistance than with standard hotel-related tasks. Taxi service to anywhere in the area is easily arranged, though there is sometimes quite a wait for a cab to arrive. The staff has a reasonable knowledge of the area, and were helpful with recommendations for local restaurants and attractions.
As a business hotel, it's unlikely that many visitors will be arriving here for time at the Cosmoworld amusement park. However, for those with time in the evening after meetings, the adjacent World Porters shopping complex contains several excellent restaurants, many shops, and a large cinema. Within a 5-minute walk is the Red Brick Warehouse complex, with more shopping and restaurants, as well as many local entertainment districts in both the docklands area, and around the Sakuragicho station. About a 5 minute walk away (between the hotel and Pacifico Yokohama) is the Minatomirai Manyo Club, a publicly-accessible onsen hot springs spa. Clean, inexpensive, and offering a full 4 floors of steaming hot water and other entertainments, the onsen was a lovely way to unwind after a long day. With late-night hours and towels provided, a visit is an easily-accomplished essential for those who need to relax in the area.
Overall, my 8 days at the hotel were an enjoyable stay, without any major problems or complaints. While the scent of smoke in some rooms was a problem for some in my group, our visit was one of my better longer-term stays in the Tokyo/Yokohama area.
Highly recommended for travelers who are attending an event at Pacifico Yokohama (and don't mind a 10-minute walk each day), or for those that need a location nicely balanced between business destinations and local tourist spots. Solidly 4-star.
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