We are just about to finish our 10 day trip in Japan. This was half business (presentation at a conference in Kyoto and at a research institute in Tokyo) and half family trip (since this was my first time in Japan I brought my wife and my 12 year old daughter with me). First we spent 3 days at Hotel Nikko Tokyo followed by 4 nights at Hearton Hotel Kyoto (which I have just reviewed) and another 2 days at Nikko. Needless to say, I found Nikko on Tripadvisor and I was not disappointed. The more time we spent at Nikko the more we loved it. The hotel is a bit far away from the hustle and bustle of central Tokio. It is in a newly developed area called Daiba and is surrounded by architechturally interesting modern buildings, shopping malls, jogging tracks etc. Getting to the city center (e.g the Ginza district was very simple. The subway (or the special one rail train to be more precise) stops right in front of the hotel. The line is called Yurikamome line and it is only 6 stops till the endstation (Shimbashi) which is in walking distance from Ginza). Upon arrival in the hotel we saw the nice and spacious hall where we had to spend 2 hours till checkin. Checkin time is 3 pm (checkout is till 12) and our room was ready by 2 p.m. The two rooms that we stayed first and last were not exactly the same. Both were quite big (especially to Japanese standards) and both had a balcony overlooking the bay with the rainbow bridge and Tokyo tower. The view is very nice at daytime but simply jawdropping at night. We simply couldn't stop taking pictures from the balcony. The main difference between the 2 rooms we were given was that in the latter one (5th floor) there was an inner window between the bathroom and the room so one can enjoy a glass of champagne sitting in the bathtub while looking at the breathtaking night view of the bay. The breakfeast in the Ocean Dining restaurant (3rd floor with a view on the bay) was excellent with a wide variety of things to choose from ranging from grilled salmon to pencakes and different kinds of fresh fruit. It is mostly crowded so people often had to wait 10-15 min to get seated. The other restaurant on the 2nd floor offers a similar but somewhat limited selection of food and service is not as good as in Ocean Dining. The staff is extremely polite and helpful. They speak good English (good enough for us non-native English speaking folks). Our only negative (or simply strange?) experience at Nikko was in the spa were my daughter (12 year) was not allowed to enter because only people older than 18 (????!!!!????) can enter. Ever since she turned 4 or 5 we had no problem taking her to any swimming pool or spa so this might be so e kind of a misterious policy the hotel has in place. The next day my wife decided to try the pool anyway but to her greatest surprise the pool was filled with warm water so she couldn't swim.
Apart from this, our stay at Nikko was quite memorable and I can only recommend it to anybody travelling to Tokyo either for business or for leasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the waterfront area of Tokyo Bay, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba enjoys spectacular 180-degree ocean views, with each guest room overlooking stunning views of Tokyo's skyline, Rainbow Bridge or Tokyo Tower from its private balcony. The hotel is also strategically situated only minutes away from a popular entertainment and shopping area as well as a key business and commercial district. With a wide selection of dining options and two levels of flexible meeting facilities, Hilton Tokyo Odaiba offers both business and leisure travelers a memorable stay like no other. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nikko Tokyo Hotel
- Nikko Tokyo Minato
- Hotel Nikko Tokyo
- Hilton Tokyo Odaiba Japan