I stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks every month for 7 consecutive months (October 2012 to May 2013). The purpose of my trip was obviously work, and my role as a software developer will give you an idea of my personality type (perfectionist, tidy, punctual, orderly...etc).
The staff were fantastic - typical of Japanese hospitality service.
The room is good for the price (I got a corporate rate of JPY16000/night). Free WIFI in the room, and connection by LAN cable in the room a bonus - great for SKYPE and watching online TV/movies through laptop connected to TV (I supplied my own HDMI cable). The room has tea/coffee machines but I never used them. The bathroom (with shower over bath) is typically small especially for someone 185cm tall. More expensive rooms have a walk in shower (would have been nice!!). I had no problem with the air-con during winter, but did not experience a summer there. Nights can get noisy with sounds from neighboring rooms and/or sirens on the main road outside - but not that frequent. Good wardrobe space. I always ordered more hangers for all my business shirts. Didn't use the hotel laundry service as I preferred to save money and use the laundromat 5 min walk away, and then iron my clothes myself (using good equipment from hotel)
When it comes to food I'm very much a foodie - expect high standard at reasonable prices. IMO the hotel does not offer this. I ate dinner at the main restaurant many times only because I was using loyalty points, and even then I struggled to find good value. I had the full buffet breakfast once just to experience it, and at JPY2500 IMO it's not good value for the limited range of food on offer. I only enjoyed the scrambled eggs and toast (but I'm really fussy). The bacon is not what I'm used to in Australia. Not sure what it was so did not touch it. The range of fresh fruit was limited to 2, but not surprising given the cost of fresh fruit in Japan. For breakfast I was happy with my Weetbix I brought over from Australia, eaten in my room with my own bowl and spoon. But if you're into food you need not worry - within 5 min walk across the road you have everything you could want at reasonable prices - japanese, ramens, sushi, kebabs, subway, pizza, pasta, turkish, steak, indonesian, chinese, pubs, coffee, even a McDonalds and Hungry Jacks...etc,etc. Just brilliant. It really is food heaven. Exceptional lunches for JPY1000, and dinners for JPY2000. Much more expensive places also if you are after something special. Downstairs in the basement is a great cheap Italian place which was also great value. Don't try the Hooters - burgers I would only feed to my dog. I tried one and the bun was still cold (from fridge) in the middle. You go to Hooters for the novelty of the girls dancing around.
The location is great because of the access to the subway across the road, and also the food choices. It is also about 25 minute walk from the nightlife district of Tokyo (Roppongi)l. I did this many times on Fri/Sat nights after the last train (which is around midnight). It is very safe to walk the streets in the early hours of the morning.
For those interested in fitness the hotel does not have any facilities because they refer you to a gym in the building next door. I payed around JPY5500 for 2 weeks. Other rates are available. It is not a big gym, but has the basics and does the job.
Overall great place. If it wasn't I would have chosen elsewhere....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ★Located 1 min. by walk from subway station★Two subway station serving 5 lines are just a stone's throw away from our hotel.Using the subway,you can reach key areas such as Shinjyuku,Shibuya,Ginza and Tokyo station within 10 minutes.And there are limousine bus services between our hotel and Narita and Haneda airport.Besides there are a lot of restaurant around our hotel. The perfect location for your business and sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Akasaka Excel Chiyoda
- Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu Tokyo, Japan