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“Capitol v Century - No Contest!”

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The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Ranked #7 of 74 Hotels / Ryokan in Chiyoda
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London, United Kingdom
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“Capitol v Century - No Contest!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

When booking we considered this hotel and the Century Southern Tower as they were both well rated and similarly priced. To hedge our trip we stayed at both, this puts us in a very good position to make the comparison. We are now glad we had booked the majority of our time at the Capitol. The Century is OK and I will write on this soon, however it doesn't compare to the Capitol other than it's proximity to Shinjuku by any measure.
All the former reviews of the Capitol are accurate in terms of room size, view, subway access, cleanliness and wonderful bathrooms. So I will just concentrate on what else appealed.
We checked out for a couple of days to tour and as soon as we returned to the lobby we were remembered. They securely stored our luggage while we were away. The Concierge arranged a fantastic Kobe beef restaurant (see Kobe 511). Every member of staff genuinely treats you as a valued guest. Something about this place makes you feel as if you were staying in an exclusive penthouse appartment with private subway access in central Tokyo.

Room Tip: Having stayed both sides I don't think there is a bad room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

the location is not very convenient -- which means you are about 10 min walk to the nearest train station, either Chiyoda line or Marunouchi line. However, it's right next to the dining area (Akasaka) and a large shrine/temple (in case you are interested)

The room is very large, modern decoration, which is very rare in a city like Tokyo. I particularly like the shower/bath room, it's separate from the toilette room, very nice. Towel supply is sufficient.

However, I noticed the hotel increase the price recently (maybe due to the weakening yen?)
But for a hotel which give you an experience of 5*, the price is very reasonable.

Also, the place has a free gym for the guests. You can find most of the machine there, I went periodically after work (if I still have the energy) but it close very early (10 or 11? cannot record)

I haven't tried food in the place yet, but heard it was great.

Another thing I like the most is the lounge design. Water flow in soundlessly, the scenery combines western square design together with Japanese lantern and gardening, which makes you feel very peaceful.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

We are still in residence at the hotel, and thought that some feelings about our stay would be helpful, rather than wait until our return home to London. On arrival we were guided to the Reception area, and our luggage was quickly transported from the limo. First impressions are of a very elegant, quiet atmosphere, and very proper in the normal Japanese manner. Which means a great deal of bowing!

Hotel full, so no upgrade, and on inspection of the room, none was needed. The room is simply huge, with sliding paper walls to close areas. The view from the 23rd floor was towards the Imperial Palace and if you are very lucky you might get a glimpse of Mt Fuji, mostly covered by cloud. Looking down to ground level, you see the local Shinto shrine, which is about three minutes walk from the front of the hotel.

Although a real 5 star hotel, it is intrinsically Japanese, without any of the international feel of a Hyatt or Mandarin. Little attempt is made to speak fluent English, but then we came to Japan to discover the Japanese and hence no great problem.

The room service is impeccable as is the general cleanliness of the hotel environment. Breakfast in the Origami restaurant is quite chaotic, as they run out of items and forget to replenish unless asked, and then this is done very quickly. Dinner in the Origami is satisfactory, however the Japanese restaurant in the hotel is exquisite both in food and service. We ate at the Teppanyaki section and the meal was just sublime. Having eaten at the famous New York Grill at the Hyatt Regency, the previous evening, that makes the Capitol Japanese Restaurant a must during your stay in Tokyo.

On a more mundane subject, the subway train station, below the hotel is great, especially if it is raining or you are foot- sore or both! The different rail lines are easy to understand, and mean taxis are not really required.

In conclusion, if you want a top quality, peaceful hotel, in a tranquil part of the city, then you won't go wrong by choosing The Capitol Tokyu Hotel. Other choices might have been the Hyatt Regency or The Manarin, but the cost differential can't be justified, unless of course you are in Tokyo on expenses.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

I stayed in Capitol Hotel for a week and had a most wonderful experience. The design is sleek, modern, minimalistic and yet, filled with warmth and spirit. The location is not the most convenient but the subway is just below. One does not have to be exposed to the elements. The Ginza line brings one to most places and it also forces one to learn the system in Tokyo.

Rooms are spacious and clean. The housekeeping could help with a little more consistency in service. Sometimes, it is nicely packed and at times, only the basics are completed. Television channels (especially English entertainment) are lacking - only Fox Entertainment and sometimes programmes are dubbed in Japanese. More channels would be nice but not necessary.

Gym is adequately equipped. I dun like the treadmill though. It vibrates as one moves along it and I think i had a vertigo-induced moment.

I think the hotel can improve with better signages to the street level. One had to ask to get around.

Overall, I would definitely come again ..

Room Tip: On one side of the hotel, it faces the mammoth government buildings - very Stalinist structures and...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

The subway lines directly under this beautiful, modern, beautifully appointed hotel help to make this luxurious hotel a great location for tourists. Within walking distance are many affordable restaurants While the hotel is geared for businessmen, the helpful English speaking staff were very knowledgeable and seemed eager to please.

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the Japanese capitol buildings afforded a very interesting skyline.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Location: Not immediately amongs the hustle and bustle but within easy walking distance of plenty and multiple subway lines subway directly linked to hotel basement - especially the Ginza Line - I didn't find this a problem at all.
Room: Wow. I have nver stayed in such a well designed and comfortable room. Firstly, it was extremely quiet with no slamming doors, no noise from neighbouring rooms, and no noise from outside. Twice each day the room was serviced with obvious care and attention - yet on my floor I can't recall seeing any housekeeping staff and definately didn't hear any slamming doors (they actually have some sort of soft closing device) vacuum cleaners or loud exchanges. The walk-in shower was huge and internal screens could be opened to allow views out the main window (distant views ans much lower buildings). Bed incredibly comfortable for me - firm yet yielding and no bounce.
Facilities: Pool, gym, changing rooms, sauna etc top notch. Indoor pool is especially beautiful with soaring angled columns. The staff hover constantly but they just want to make sure you're being looked after and are nothing but polite and attentive and friendly.
Food: I ate at the Japanese restaurant and highly recommend the food and service. The main restaurant served a nice breakfast but doesn't do the full-on buffet like a lot of places, which was fine by me. I had beautiful fresh fruit, cerial, and eggs to order which suited me fine. The restaurant is surrounded by water and gardens and tables are nicely spaced, which makes it very pleasant and a nice contrast to the hurried and crowded buffet in other hotels. It is also run with incredible efficiency and attentiveness.
Library Lounge: This is a lovely spot for a few drinks and nibbles. Don't expect too much food-wise but the view is excellent and the service (which could require some gentle encouragement) is ok once they understand your expectations.
Overall: This isn't your classic large foyer and lots of activity type hotel - which I am usually attracted to - it is a discrete, extremely well-run hotel that favours quality, service, comfort and functional design over showyness. Very highly recommended.

Room Tip: Upgrade to the Library Lounge if you can get a good deal.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

The hotel is very conveniently located with connection to several metro lines. You can reach everything in Tokyo very easily. The station is directly under the hotel so access is easy. You can also walk around close by with plenty of food and drink options around. There is a nice shrine right next to the hotel to visit. The rooms and bathrooms are very big, great shower, comfortable beds and the service was perfect. Can definitely recomend staying here and would return for next Tokyo trip.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Address: 2-10-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda 100-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Chiyoda > Akasaka / Roppongi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Chiyoda
#5 Family Hotel in Chiyoda
#5 Spa Hotel in Chiyoda
#7 Luxury Hotel in Chiyoda
#7 Romantic Hotel in Chiyoda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Capitol Hotel Tokyu 5*
Number of rooms: 251
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu is situated very conveniently in Akasaka, the heart of downtown Tokyo. It is located with easy access to famous shopping and dining areas such as Ginza, Roppongi, Shibuya, Omotesando or Harajuku. 4 different subway lines stations are directly connected the hotel building. Guests are able to savor the quiet natural surroundings of Hie Shrine, a serene space surrounded by natural beaty where it is possible to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. ... more   less 
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