My partner and I stayed in Meguro Gajoen - A historic, yet modern Japanese hotel in a quiet corner of Tokyo. Meguro Gajoen is primarily a wedding banquet hall but it also offers a wealth of other amenities to visitors.
We reserved the 80 square meter tatami (a traditional Japanese type of wooden flooring) room, although Western style rooms are also available. The room was quite bright, pacious and separated by Japanese sliding doors into a living room, bedroom, and bathroom. There was a Japanese style low table with four low seats in the living room which also included a "tokonoma" alcove as well as a huge 40 inch LCD TV (CNN and a movie channel in English only) along with a DVD player. Separated from the living room, was a small sitting room with a proper table and two chair along with a fully stocked bar and tea making facilities. The sleeping area had a big closet along with a Japanese style vanity. At night, there was a turn-down service which was actually a futon set-up service - The futons were rolled out onto the tatami floor at night by the hotel staff. The futons were quite comfortable.
The bathroom was quite nice, very Japanese and was divided into four parts. Upon entering the bathroom, one finds a double sink and mirror. In a separate area from the double sinks is a beautiful Japanese cedar bathtub (with water jets), a bathroom TV as well a separate steam room. There was a window in the bathroom, but don't worry as no one can see inside. The toilet was in a separate room and featured a Japanese washlet. The amenities provided were alright, although nothing special: There were Japanese branded soaps, conditioners and body washes. Soaking in the tub was the most pleasant part of the evening.
The hotel offered a Japanese onsen (hot spring) but we didn't see it/use it. There is no fitness centre, or a spa or a pool in the hotel. There were numerous restaurants to choose from, and we dined at the "Club Lounge" restaurant. The food was quite delicious and the price just right! The lobby was quite nice – There was an atrium along with a waterfall and Japanese garden outside the atrium. The entire hotel is very Japanese - From the paintings on the walls to the very amusing washrooms in the lobby. The place is usually full of guests as there are daily weddings in one of the many banquet halls. There are also tours of the older parts of the premises: Meguro Gajoen has an eighty year history and a lot of the old areas have now become a museum. We had a tour included in our hotel room package which entitled us to see the older rooms of the hotel which is now a museum. There are a lot of intricate wood carvings and paintings - Very interesting!
There were no service-related problems. The staff was courteous and always smiling. English can be a bit spotty but there were really no big issues. My only gripe is that there is no Internet/WIFI connection anywhere in the hotel but then again, this isn't a business hotel.
The hotel is in the downtown core of Tokyo although it's not in a busy neighbourhood. It's under a five minute walk from JR Meguro Station (or the Tokyu Meguro Station) but there are complimentary shuttle buses running from the hotel to the station. We didn't use the shuttle but walked. As I mentioned before, Meguro Gajoen is in a quiet area of Tokyo and there isn't much to do in the vicinity. However, the Meguro Station areas offers a lot of dinning/entertainment options. Meguro is under a ten minute train ride to Shinjuku and Shibuya areas of Tokyo or a 20 minute train ride from Tokyo Station.
While not luxurious, Meguro Gajoen is a great hotel and offers a taste of Japan that is difficult to find if you're in Tokyo. The location is good as is its Japanese ambiance. It's worth a stay!
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- Also Known As:
- Meguro Gajoen Hotel Meguro
- Hotel Gajoen Tokyo Meguro