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Hotel Grand Arc Hanzomon
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All reviewstokyo towerimperial palacenational theatreflights of stairsjapanese style roomminute walksemi double roomsubway stationbusiness hotelquiet areahotel is locatedhotel roomheavy luggagenon smoking roomvending machinetokyo standardsstayed at this hotel for nights
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We booked 5 nights in this hotel and stayed in a twin-room. By japanese standards it was a big room with a fantastic view of the Imperial Palace grounds and the skyscrapers of the financial district surrounding Tokyo Station.
The price was most reasonable.
The area is a little quiet during the evening hours, but there are a couple of places where you can find something to eat (24h restaurant, chinese place, soba place, izakaya, coffee shop).
The subway (Hanzomon line) is within reach (5 min by foot).
All in all we really liked the place. Staff was helpful and friendly and most of them spoke English.
There was free WiFi in our room. The room was clean and nicely furnished.
If you expect buzzing nightlife around you, you might not enjoy it as much as we did, but if you like to unwind from the city and enjoy the view at night, it´s the place to be for you.

Room Tip: Do consider that two european people woud most certainly find it a little crammed in a semi-double bed (width only 1.20m), so be careful to choose a double or twin when booking!
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Henriette T
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

The location is central and that is what the premium rates are for, but in reality there is little life in the area on evenings, weekends and holidays. IF you are lucky you MIGHT get a view of the Imperial Palace but most rooms would not have that, in which case it is not any better than a business class hotel. Free WIFI in the rooms.

I had a small double which had too much furniture that it was not possible to walk around the bed. Drinks were in a vending machine down the hall as were cards for premium channels. Checkin was only at 2pm and checkout at 10am - pretty stingy hours in my view. Found hte staff to be efficient but not particularly nice.

For the money, next time I would book a business class hotel in another area such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro or Roppongi.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Cannon_Wood_001
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Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

I agree with other positive reviews. One important addition is that it does now have free wifi for guests. They give you a code valid for one month when you check in. Good signal in my room on 13th floor.

Also, i think breakfast is fine, especially the japanese one in "mon" in the basement. Sure there'sno buffet but of you can afford to stay here you are unlikely to be malnourished.

Thank SkiMad93
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

I recently stayed at the GAH for 3 nights. Check-in was quick and painless, just the way it should be after a 10 hour flight and 1.5 hour train/subway ride. About the hotel:
- Staff were very friendly and helpful
- Great location
- Super clean ( like most things in Japan)
- Nice rooms and washrooms
- Free Internet access but bring a long cable if you want to lie in bed. No wireless.
- As others have said, walk to one of teh bakeries nearby and enjoy a nice cup of tea/coffee and a freshly baked pastry instead of eating at the hotel.
- The price is right for downtown Tokyo ( I paid $114/night on Bookit)

The hotel is located a few steps from the Honzomon subway station. As others have mentioned, this particular subway station does not have escalators at the exits and you will have to carry your bags up three flights of stairs. Make sure you take exit #1 or you will have a longer walk.
I toured the city on foot/subway/train/monorial for three days. Buy a full day unlimited subway pass (~$10) and you will be all set. There are two subway companies in Tokyo, but the "Tokyo Subway" has the most lines. In some cases you will have to pay a few extra dollars to transfer from one line to another. The machines to buy tickets all have an "english" button and subway staff all speak some english. Take advantage of the central location of the hotel to come back in the afternoon for a quick nap!
There is a great Indian restaurant near the hotel called Dimpmahal. Try their Thali which was delicious and only 1500 yen.
I had many great inexpensive meals all over the city.
If you are there on a Sunday, make sure you check out the "temple sales" which are basically the Japanese version of our garage sales. there is a complete listing on Google.

Room Tip: Higher floor facing the Palace
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank dds60
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Stayed at the Grand Arc for 4 nights, good location, very close to the Imperial Palace grounds where we did a walk around one morning. Quiet location, rooms are small (but standard for Japanese hotels) and we made it work with two suitcases and a little furniture re-arrangement. Very close to the Hanzomon subway line, where you can get direct access to Shibuya and Shinjuku. Views from the hotel room was fabulous! Very safe feeling walking around late at night

Staff there spoke fairly good english and we were treated well (no concierge in the hotel but that was not a problem)

A few things to note:- i) Japanese subways at different stations sometimes do not have elevators or lifts that take you to street level so pack prudently or carry a backpack instead of a suitcase-makes it easier to move around. ii) If you are carrying luggage, book the rearmost seat on the Shinkansen as you can put your baggage behind you, against the rear bulkhead wall. Luggage storage space is at a premium on those trains so reserve your seat early on. iii) To get to Grand Arc from Narita, I'd suggest catching the Narita Express to Tokyo and then the subway-we took another (at the time seemed a more direct route) which I believe took us longer to get there. iv) Have your breakfast outside, there are quite a few French inspired patisseries around with fantastic breads and pastries for your morning breakfast (and cheaper too)

Overall, very good value for money!

Room Tip: If you're traveling as a couple, book a semi double room and you should be facing the city side.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Perks2508
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