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“Great location, but not a hotel for foreigners.”

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Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Ginza
Ranked #32 of 97 Hotels / Ryokan in Chuo
Reviewed April 11, 2014

Let’s start off on a positive note: the location is great, just around the corner of Ginza’s main shopping street. It’s clean, there’s free WiFi and it’s rather quiet. Inside the room you’ll find a small bed, a small desk, a small bathroom, a small place to hang a few shirts – and (small) pyjamas! Did I already mention the concept of “small”? Because that’s what it is: not even 30 cm/12” between the bedsides and the walls and no place at all to put anything that has to lie down (shirts, paperwork, suitcase, …) The “American breakfast menu” is bizarre and exactly the same every morning. I’d rather have them serve a full Japanese breakfast, instead of this weird “fusion” of (no) tastes.
And the staff pretends to be friendly, pretends to speak English and pretends to be willing to help – but in fact they don’t succeed in any of these.
This hotel should not accept foreigners and foreigners should not go there, because the interstellar gap between cultures is still far too wide.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Bottom line: very good Ginza location, clean and comfortable room, good service; but, for the tariff ($180/night including taxes) the room looked and felt tired out, behind the times, and almost shabby. Needs new paint and furniture!!

Details: I stayed for three nights as a solo traveler in early April 2014 -- a popular time, at the height of Tokyo's sakura season. Staff was polite and efficient. Twin room was big enough, clean, and comfortable. Wireless worked A-OK. Good, hot shower. The hotel's main shortcoming is its basic drabness, e.g. pale green walls, scratched wood floors, and an overall sense of benign (but well-maintained) neglect. Perhaps others would regard the drabness as charming; but, to me, it signaled complacency.

All that said, the location is good for access to Ginza and its many attractions.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

A shock is the expression we had as we entered the smallest hotel room I ever been into. It was supposed to be a double room and in as much as the bed, yes it was a small double bed. In either side of that bed we had a 'generous' 30 cm space in one and may be 40 cm on the other side. The space between the desk, yes it had one, and the bed was so small you could sit on the bed and write on the desk. Hardly luggage space for two people travelling from the other side of the world for about three weeks, had to get some stuff out of the room!

A part from the size the room had a good sized bathroom, very clean and had all convenient items. If the room was of the same standard .......

The man on the front desk wasn't much use or had any sympathy in fact 'roude' comes to mind when we complained, in fact if he worked for me he would have been dismissed. However a young lady came up to the room after my wife went down to find someone to speak with, she was curtious and was able to move us to a more spacious room and showed me a good enough room to move to in a couple of days. For this I was grateful.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Mickeyis
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

A quirky hotel with an old-world feel and décor that perhaps was designed to put you in mind of Paris in the fifties – there are Cocteau prints on the walls and faint strains of accordion music in the lobbies. Not hi-tech modernity but still oddly comforting for a European traveller in the middle of an unfamiliar culture.

Yes, my room was small and it required logistics to keep tidy, but was spotlessly clean, cosy and quiet (I was on the top floor). The all-singing-and-dancing ‘shower’ toilet is a Japanese speciality and certainly a luxury especially if you want to freshen up in a hurry. Also the bath and shower delivered hot, high-pressure water.

I stayed on a short business trip and found the location excellent. I easily walked with my suitcase from Tokyo Station (an hour by Limousine Bus or Express Train from Narita airport (3,000 yen). There are many metro stations nearby for various metro lines (allow extra time to familiarise yourself with the complicated-looking ticket machines), and a plethora of restaurants just a short walk away – yes, including a Starbuck’s if you crave a familiar milieu.

Just two streets east parallel to the hotel are Ippudo Ramen and Isola Blu, both of which I warmly recommend. Ippudo is crowded and theatrical (the waiters look like young male extras from The Water Margin and they shout the orders across the restaurant to the open kitchen). The food is absolutely delicious and great value. Isola Blu is Japanese-style Italian, with delicate pizzas and seafood. Both pass my ‘female business traveller eating solo’ test. There are also plenty of late-night mini supermarkets to stock up on small snacks or drinks if you don’t have time for lunch.

The only slight omission was no safe in the room, but the reception staff are so helpful I’m sure they’d look after things for you. Last but not least, there’s no-fuss no-code wifi in the rooms and a coin-operated printer in reception (15 mins for 100 yen) so you can print out documents from a pen-drive.

Two tips: my BlackBerry Curve refused to work in Japan – apparently only newer phones are compatible – best to check before travelling. Also smaller restaurants and shops could not accept my British credit cards or debit cards, neither would bank ATMs – you have to go to a post office to withdraw cash. There’s one near Matsuya department store on Chuo Dori (main shopping street).

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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5  Thank Hanna_Diana
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Rooms too small to open your suitcase, too hot, slow WiFi, breakfast not included, smelly rooms and rather run down. Only plus is the favorable rate and Ginza location.

The Monterey Ginza is just around the corner and much better. However, newer hotels like Remm in Akihabara offer better comfort for almost the same price. Don't think I would stay there again.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Stayed a couple of nights in August 2013.

The location is excellent, around 15 minutes walk to Tokyo Station. The nearest Metro Station is about two minutes away.

The room itself was small but quite comfortable. (although the pillows were a bit hard and small) The bathroom was small and rather basic but with a good water pressure in the shower. The air condition worked well. (That's a good thing if visiting Tokyo during the hot and humid summer)

Check in and check out went fast, the staff were friendly and spoke descent english. A great thing was the Wifi that was included in the rate.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Gyllenbock
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

First off, if you're staying at the Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Ginza, make sure that you don't confuse this hotel with the Hotel Monterey. I didn't realize there was another hotel with such a similar name, so trying to ask for directions didn't turn out so well for me. This room was TINY. My wife and I stayed here, and being from America this was one of our first culture shocks. I have stayed at two other hotels this trip, but this was by far the smallest. It was really hard to maneuver with 2 people.

That said, the A/C worked well (although instructions on the thermostat would have been nice), there were plenty of outlets and the room was clean. This hotel was also nice, as it is a stones throw away from Chuo Dori (the Michigan Avenue of Tokyo). There are a lot of places to eat and shop around here. It's about a 15 minute walk from Tokyo Station or 10 minute walk from Yurakucho Station.

But all in all, it was worth it for the price we paid for it. This was booked with Hotwire.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Dru Y
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Address: 1-10-18 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Chuo > Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#18 Business Hotel in Chuo
Price Range: $78 - $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Monterey Lasoeur Ginza 3.5*
Number of rooms: 141
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Soeur Ginza is designed in the image of a Parisian apartment building, providing guests with a feeling of proximity to the sights and sounds of the colorful city streets around it. Guests can indulge themselves by strolling around the streets of Ginza, doing some shopping, taking in a movie or enjoying a spot of lunch at a chic cafe. We invite you to make yourself at home and spend a relaxing time at La Soeur Ginza Hotel. ... more   less 
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