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Hotel The M Akasaka Innsomnia
Ranked #42 of 109 Hotels / Ryokan in Minato
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

The Avanshell is a great, spacious, friendly and very convenient hotel. Great area to stay. Very close to two subway stations and a great restaurant downstairs. Huge rooms and great value for money. Everything you need is supplied.This is my third stay and will be staying again soon.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for just over a week! The room was fantastic! We are used to the small 30 sqm rooms in the flasher international hotels in Tokyo! The Avanshell room was 55 Sqms with a separate lounging area that gave us room to spread out on the hot humid summer nights! The air con was essential and really great! The room also had a convection oven!

It's location is great! Close to Akasaka station on the Chiyoda line. From there you can get anywhere. And nothing is too far away. There are other metro stations within an easy walk in less oppressive weather!

Being just of the Government district it has heaps of great restaurants and it's amazing after dark as millions of taxis prowl hoping for a jumbo fare from someone out later than the subway runs.

The area is upmarket Tokyo and lovely and quiet - very different to shinjuku area. The hotel is moderately priced and we reckon it would really suit families though I am not sure about the policy in terms of more beds in the room. There is certainly space.

Internet was a breeze. Reception gave us a wireless access point when we checked in. Logged on with all the devices and iMessaged and face timed with the kids and friends ! First class and included in the room charge!

If I was going back to Tokyo for business or pleasure I think the Avanshell is where we will be. The only downside is that it's not well known by taxi drivers etc!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We came back to the Avanshell after staying there 5 years ago. The neighborhood now has the TBS headquarters and Akasaka Biz tower close by, so there are lots of dining and breaksfast options. The rooms are spacious, the beds are comfortable, the staff is very gracious, and the prices are reasonable. If you have a Solare Smilage membership, you can get a discounted rate.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

I recently visited Tokyo for the first time and stayed at the Hotel Avanshell Akasaka in April, 2012 for about 14 days. I travelled with a friend and we had a large room with two twin beds, washroom with tub/shower, small dining table, desk, microwave, bar fridge and sink. I found that the rates were very reasonable. I brought a netbook and was able to connect with their free internet (they provide the cable if you ask for it) with no problem and use Skype to connect with people back in North America. They also provide toiletries, free toothbrushes, brushes, slippers and robes for your use (not to take home). We selected this hotel based on reviews from Trip Advisor and also wanted to be close to friends who lived in the area. I loved the hotel room!

The location was convenient to the metro, both the Akasaka station on the Chiyoda line (exit 2) -- about 3 minutes away and the Tameike-Sanno line on the GInza line. Although the Tameike-Sanno station is about 6 min away, it is sometimes easier to take to it to eliminate transferring. If you will be using the metro, we found it best to buy the PASMO card, load it with money and you're set to go.

In terms of eating around the hotel, as other reviewers mention, there are many places to eat. For breakie, there is a Starbucks north of the hotel (I think in the Akasaka SACAS building area) just north of the hotel (through the laneway) and also a McDonalds, Burger King in the same area. There are also nice cafes -- Excelsior and Tully's which have breakfast specials. If you want to try a cheap Japanese breakfast, try Yoshinoya's nearby. You get rice, salmon, miso soup for about 580 yen. There is a really good food market called Maruetsu Petit, which sells packaged food like bento boxes, sushi and fresh fruit, bottled drinks etc. We ended up buying a lot of food from this place. In the area, we also ate at Osteria Pippos? - in the hotel and it was very good. Otherwise we were out and about and didn't eat in the area much.

Although this may not be the cheapest way to get to the hotel, it was the route we took. To get to the hotel from Narita airport, we took the Airport Limo bus to TCAT station, which was about 6,000 yen for a return ticket and two days of travel on the metro. I think it was about a 50 minute ride on a very nice bus. Because we didn't want to lug the suitcase on the metro, we then took a cab from TCAT to the hotel. Since it's hard to describe where the hotel is, you can tell the driver that it's near the Akasaka SACAS or BIZ building and then walk from there.

For shopping and site seeing, you'll need to hop on the metro.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

The Avanshell is a comfortable, elegant and extremely professional establishment. As a client I found the rooms to be clean, spacious and well worth the price. I would recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to stay in Tokyo. The kind staff, well versed in speaking English, proved to be very helpful when booking dinner reservations and transportation, whilst also offering directions to some of the lesser known shopping, eating and sightseeing destinations around the city. The location was perfect with plenty of supermarkets, restaurants, ATM's as well as a train station located nearby.

A special note must be made of Osteria Pippo's, the cozey little Italian restaurant found on the bottom floor of the hotel where you will find arguably the best Italian food in all of Japan. Delicious pizza's, pasta and an amazing selection of Italian deserts are but a few of the delights offered by the restaurants Sicilian born chef, Pippo.

In all honesty, there wasn't a single area where I could say that the Avanshell fell short of the highest standard. I really enjoyed my stay!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

Avanshell is located in Akasaka, within easy reach of most spots in Tokyo either on foot or via the Metro. If you are looking for space, good price, accessibility, a safe and interesting neighbourhood, this should be one of your top choices in Tokyo.

If you do a little research, this hotel is within easy reach from Narita by JR Express and 2 short trips/changes on the subway. Once you reach Akasaka, finding the hotel can be a little difficult even with the direction given on the hotel website or the ones suggested by google map, especially if you arrive after sunset. OK, here is the most direct route you should take to avoid any confusion upon arrival: Take Exit 2 from the Akasaka Station. As you reach street level, there is a little lane directly on the left of the station exit just before Burger King. This lane appears very dark and uninviting after sunset but there is actually a sign on the wall pointing to the hotel. Walk along this lane and the hotel stretches from the second half of this lane till the end. Even though you can see the reception of the hotel, you have to reach the end of the lane and make a U-turn, walk past the Italian restaurant to get into the hotel entrance. Once you have the liberty of analysing the set-up of the station, all exits are actually within walking distance of the hotel. Roppongi is a 20-min walk (via the smaller streets) or one metro stop down the Chiyoba line.

As others have pointed out, the English level shown by the reception staff is not terribly good but more than adequate if you are not demanding. I had no issue asking for what I wanted.

I do think that this is not a purpose-built hotel but a renovated one, possibly from an apartment block. This explains why all the corridors are outside the building and exposed to the elements. There is nothing fancy here, no marble-lined hallways, no chandelier at the reception, no swimming pool, no business centre, etc. etc. There is only one restaurant, an Italian one but there is a large complex in the vicinity with dozens of restaurants and hundreds of eateries in the neighbourhood. Not only that, there are scores of convenience stores scattered everywhere. Spend some time exploring the neighbourhood and you will be surprised how convenient this hotel is.

The room itself is very large by Japanese standard, no doubt because of the fact that the building is a converted apartment block. Each room has a little hallway with a shoe cabinet; a little pantry with a microwave, a mini-fridge and basic tea-making facilities; a writing desk that is large enough to be used as a dining table; a balcony with a view of the neighbourhood; 2 small-sized double beds and a fair-sized bathroom.

There is free internet but no WiFi provided in the room but I circumvented the inconvenience by using a little gadget that I always bring along when travelling - it converts a LAN signal to a WiFi signal so that I can use my iPad and smartphone.

The temperature in the room is a tad problematic as the air vents are pointing towards the writing desk, and the head of the bed is by the window. The air circulation is not uniform enough to ensure a constant temperature throughout all areas of the room. When I was here last week (mid-January), I had to make-do with using the cushions and pillows to block off the cold air coming in from the windows, left the bathroom door open so that it wouldn't get too cold, and at the same time tolerated with the high temperature when sitting at the desk.

Yes, if you are not fussy about the non-essential items that most international hotel chains have to offer, Avanshell Akasaka is well worth consideration.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

I have stayed at many hotels in Tokyo over the last 20 years. I recently stayed at the Avonshell at the recommendation of a friend and I have since stayed here twice. The rooms are nice and large, no trouble opening suitcases in this hotel, the location is great with hundreds of excellent restaurants very close by and including the great Italian Restaurant in the hotel and finally the price is very good. Value for money while staying a very "Japanese" location in Tokyo. I will be staying here regularly.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Hotel The M Akasaka Innsomnia
Address: 2-14-14 Akasaka, Minato 107-0052, Tokyo Prefecture (Formerly Hotel Avanshell Akasaka)
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Minato > Akasaka / Roppongi
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
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#12 Family Hotel in Minato
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel The M Akasaka Innsomnia 3*
Number of rooms: 68
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