While the whole property is a throwback to the hotel infrastructures of the early 80s, it is kept clean and well-maintained despite a couple of areas where immediate refurbishments are in order.
Low-rise for a city like Tokyo, this particular Prince Hotel immediately strikes you as a staple seminar venue for many local companies. The lobby is never without crowds of business executives in identical black suits alongside Japanese guests from outside the city and a bunch of foreign tourists. Hands-down, this place has got to be a record-holder in the number of restaurant-outlets inside a hotel - 11 all in all plus a very handy and well-stocked convenience shop in the basement area. You will never run out of dining options here, unless you want to cut costs on food expenses and just get from a 7-11 or am/pm store nearby.
Now, the very popular common-area carpets of the hotel (in every floor) are consistently the subject of ridicule in many past reviews. The comments were dead-on accurate. They are in dire need of replacement because it has definitely seen a lot of better days and just waiting for an overhaul soon. Meanwhile, the moment we stepped inside the room, we noticed that there is a relatively different feel. The carpets are relatively newer, and the bed and bath areas are very clean. For a triple-sharing accomodation, our deluxe room was just the right size, with enough space for our luggages. The toilet and bath became a constant source of joy for us. The heated toilet seat with two controls for bidet and wash is very comforting, while the wide assortment of complementary toiletries (including hairbrushes) made us regret bringing so much stuff for personal effects. One comment I would like to add is the need to improve the temperature of the room which was really warm despite the weather outside plunging to the single digits. We had to constantly keep the second door (which separates the dressing area and bath from the room itself) open all the time just to keep things cooler.
As for the hotel personnel, they are the most attentive and courteous people I have ever encountered in all the places I have visited in the past. No concern, complaint or assistance were left unattended, as they act on these things very rapidly and with a constant bow and respect. I particularly love the way they treat the arriving elderly guests who never get past the front door without a staff helping out in carrying bags or small luggages.
Location-wise, it could be better, but we appreciated the proximity of the Onarimon subway station. While not the most convenient for tourists wanting to get rid of transfers to other lines with useful routes, it adequately served its purpose. What became more handy was the 10-minute walk to the JR Hamamatsucho station which can bring you to all the important sights and shopping areas in minutes. If you love using taxis, its central address keeps you very close to the nightlife of Roppongi or the high-end shopping in the Ginza district.
All things considered, we wouldn't mind staying at Tokyo Prince Hotel again for our return next year. The rate we got was reasonable, considering that I enlisted myself as a member of Prince Club International before making the booking. This gave the three of us free daily buffet breakfasts and an automatic late check-out time till 6pm. We were happy with our experience with the same.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated next to a quiet, leafy forest in the heart of Tokyo, the Tokyo Prince Hotel offers tranquility in a centralized location. Serene sculptured gardens outside your guest room windows give no hint of the bustle of the city beyond. With outstanding hospitality, luxurious rooms, first-class restaurants and a spacious parking area, the Tokyo Prince Hotel provides a convenient base for world-class travelers and business people alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prince Hotel Minato
- Prince Hotel Tokyo
- Minato Prince Hotel
- Tokyo Prince Hotel Japan