It was relatively easy to get to the hotel from Tokyo Station. I was told to look out for a beige building but the exterior of the hotel isn't really beige. Just look out for the hotel sign at the top of the building.
As we reached the hotel around 7 am, we couldn't check-in yet but the staff were willing to keep our bags for us. We went back again at 12:30 pm, hoping that our room would be ready given that check-out time was 11 am and the housekeepers would have had some time to clean the rooms. But we were told that we had to wait for another hour. I felt that this was rather inflexible, especially since we saw our bags being transported to our room before the hour was up. It would have been nice if our room had given priority in terms of preparation since we had reached the hotel in the early hours of the morning and had been wandering around for sometime with no rest.
Aside from this initial hiccup, the rest of our stay was comfortable. The staff didn't have a good grasp of English, including the restaurant staff. But one of them was helpful enough to come to our room to personally show us how to access the English TV channels. He was also kind enough to check the TV schedules for us on the Japanese channels to see whether there were any sports programmes showing. Unfortunately, we didn't get his name but he was on duty at the front desk at 1:30 pm on 2 Oct :) It would be nice if the hotel expands the number of English TV channels as I saw quite a few non-Japanese guests staying there.
We stayed in the Forus room so there was no view. It was a bit disconcerting at first to look out and see the wall of another building but we got used to the lack of view. The shower stall (no bath tub) was awesome and was a key reason for me picking the Forus room. The comfort sleep system was over-rated - I didn't see how it would help to lull me to sleep. The items provided to us (e.g. bedroom slippers) were of good quality. The hotel was close to Tokyo Station and another subway station (name of which I cannot remember now) so in terms of travelling around and from Tokyo, it was convenient. There were also eateries, Starbucks and Takashimaya nearby so we felt relatively safe walking back at night.
All in all, if I do go back to Tokyo, I would consider staying here again.
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