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Akasaka Granbell Hotel

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Granbell Hotel was established in 2006 under the basic concept of "Style Hotel which satisfies everyone who gathers in the city". Many different people gather in the city in search of its culture. What Granbell pursues is a diversity of hotel stays which satisfy every guest such as youth, adults, families, and guests from abroad. That is new Style Hotel breaks away from existing hotel categories such as "business hotel", "city hotel", "resort hotel". Design thoughts which harmonize with the culture in the city, highly original loft-style rooms, artistic designed rooms which show personalities. GRANBELL HOTEL would like to be a Style Hotel which fits in with the city culture. It is Granbell's mission to create Style Hotel which fits in with the city culture. And we believe that it makes the city more attractive. We have Good location, about 2minutes on foot from Akasaka-mitsuke station and great accessibility to Aoyama,Asakusa, Ginza, Shinjuku or Shibuya. You can also reach Akasaka station on foot which are in business district. Here is also good area to access to tourist spot such as Tokyo Disney land, Tokyo tower, Tokyo sky tree and so on.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Newspaper
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Free internet
Wifi
Internet
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
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Non-smoking rooms
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Smoking rooms available
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Iron
Refrigerator
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

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Akasaka, Roppongi
Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants, bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art galleries.
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Overall, I think this was a decent stay. I stayed here for 8 nights and I will list all the pros and cons below: Pros: + Staff was excellent, with most speaking decent English and very friendly and responsive to requests + Location is pretty convenient with proximity to Akasaka Excel Tokyu Hotel (good if you are using the Airport Limousine Bus which will drop you off there) so it was a short 3 min walk to the hotel across the street. There are also 3 subway lines nearby: Akasaka-Mitsuke, Akasaka, and Nagatacho + Hotel gives free water, soup, and continental breakfast + They provide a free cel phone to use while you're there (I didn't know about this until after I checked into my room, which would have been great as I already bought a SIM card) Cons (negatives): - Room was very small. I know, this is Japan, so you were probably already expecting it, but I still didn't expect it to be this small based on the pictures I saw online. You cannot lay a large suitcase down and open it up without leaning part of it against the wall. - The hot water in the shower was not working properly everyday. There were spurts in the shower when it would go cold really quick and then scalding hot the next second. I had to learn this pattern so I could jump out of the way when it was super hot to avoid burns. It did this every time I took a shower, but I learned to live with it. - The carpets seemed to be dirty (the pattern on the carpet is such that you can't tell if it's really dirty, but I could tell it was dirty). - The lighting is not too bright in the room or bathroom - Since the bathroom is so small, there really isn't anywhere to place your personal toiletries other than on top of the toilet seat. - There is no electrical outlet in the bathroom, so I had to use the hairdryer in the bedroom area while sitting on my bed. - For some reason, my keycard kept getting de-magnetized. I had to get a new keycard 4 different times during my stay. This was highly inconvenient. The guy at the front desk suggested maybe it's because I had it near other cards in my wallet or man-bag, but I made sure to keep it separate on a few other occasions and it still happened. There's something wrong with their machines, I guess. Overall, it was a decent stay and I would definitely consider it again though due to the location. There are a lot of great drinking/eating places nearby.
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Pros: big bathroom with separate toilet. Bathtub n shower is separate (don’t have to stand in tub to shower which is common in biz class hotels in Tokyo). Room (I took premium twin) is bigger than usual. Foot massager awesome in e room. Smart phone, bar fridge, hair dryer, kettle all available. Female guests get a special toiletry pack with face mask daily! Make toiletries are in the standard pack in e room. Bottled water available 24 hours at lobby fridge no limit. Breakfast serve at lobby daily from 7 -11 am. Bread, cereal, juice, coffee & tea. Guests can bring to their rooms to consume. 2 mins on foot from a subway station: Akasaka-Mitsuke station. Airport Limo bus goes to another hotel nearby (Tokyu Excel Hotel Akasaka) n is only 5 mins on foot to Granbell (almost all flat ground). Cons: most rooms are smoking. So make sure u get a non smoking room n decline if they offer to spray to remove odour. It does not erase all e cigarette smell!
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Akasaka is good central location for Tokyo with easy access to hotel via Maronouci (red) and Ginza (orange) subway lines.There are plenty of bars, shops and restaurants in this neighbourhood which primarily cater to the business crowd though not as busy as Shibuya or Shinjinku. I had a single room which had a semi double bed which was very comfortable . I found the layout frustrating as there was only one small drawer for storage and no wardrobe.. The room is designed for one/ two nights stays for business travellers rather than someone staying for longer. So I had to improvise so that I could store my things in the room. Perhaps they need to look at Hub hotel in the UK for better design inspiration.The shower was powerful and shower room not cramped which was good. The reception staff were friendly and helpful and spoke good English. Breakfast is available from 6.30 am at reception. There was reasonable selection of bread, pastries and cereals that you could take up to your room. There are coffee machines and a refrigerator full of bottled water which you can take for free through out the day. I would have rated this hotel higher if it had not been for the storage issues.
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Positive: Negative : + location - roomspace +bathroom - breakfast (bread n Coffee) +clean - temprature +Wi-Fi +free water I recommend the hotel but you have to know what to expect P. S very good restaurant in that area
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What can I say, I just like the place, the way the rooms are designed. It's not the usual form over function style of Japanese modernism. The rooms aren't any larger than the average business hotel, but it's clear a lot of thought went into how to use the limited space, and the result actually works. I've been staying here on and off for years, and though it's not all that new anymore and getting a bit scuffed, it's aging well, as much of the construction is glass and steel rather than the usual plastic. At first I was unimpressed by the graffiti design of the carpet, but I suppose the idea is to encourage you to think of the somewhat scuffed walls as art. Well, maybe. My main reason to write this review is to comment on the coffee and breakfast, about which I read some critical comments in other reviews. Breakfast is basically breads, coffee, juice, and cereal. I read some reviews claiming it is instant coffee and undrinkable. This entirely wrong. There are three coffee machines in the lobby, and though they are pretty quick, you can see from the beans and hear from the grinding sound that this is freshly ground and brewed coffee, or else a really impressive simulation. The two machines featuring "specialty coffee" had beans from Brazil and Rwanda, respectively, and though I found the Brazil beans a bit unflavorful, I thought the Rwanda was pretty decent. If this is not fresh enough for you, the Mametora shop a few blocks down can brew you a cup from freshly roasted beans. As for the breads, there are generally about six types, including bagels and something resembling danish. There are cheese slices in the fridge and various toppings, also some cereals. All in all it's a fairly decent continental breakfast; you'll have to eat it in your room but that prevents crowds in the lobby. I did have one issue when I requested a humidifier, which is one of the items on the list of items described as for "rental" (which are actually free of charge; Japanese doesn't distinguish between borrowing and renting). Anyway, the front desk guy said he would bring it to the room and came up ten or fifteen minutes later. I asked if it had water in it, and he said no, so I spent the next fifteen minutes trying to figure out how to take it apart to get the water in. Finally I looked the damn thing up on the internet and discovered it was actually an air filter. Air purifier is also on the list of items for rent. So I went down and explained. The clerk seemed a little mystified still. "Plasma cluster?" he inquired helpfully. No, I said, "mizu ga haitte iru!" (water inside!) He looked a bit doubtful but came up ten or fifteen minutes later with something that was indeed a humidifier. Next day I had to figure out how to add water to that one too. Problem: most hotels offering the loan of a complicated device will give the staff some training about them and have the staff make some effort at explanation. Even a manual in Japanese would have been better than nothing. Other than that I didn't have many complaints. I had a non-smoking room on the 9th floor, and it was fairly quiet and relatively non-smoky, although some smoke smell did manage to creep in one morning. I'd be wary of the lower floors especially in the summer, as I recall having been bothered by street noise from the bar downstairs.
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PRICE RANGE
$96 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanKantoTokyo PrefectureTokyoMinatoAkasakaAkasaka / Roppongi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
61
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