We enjoyed three nights at this hotel. We arrived fairly late due to the flight schedule and the first thing happening while walking through the door was the staff greeting us by name. Apparently they have been waiting for us and we were the only guests "missing" that night. Check-in was flawless and we enjoyed a free coffee from the publicly accessible Seaco Espresso machine in the lobby.
The room is quite small but functional and sparkling clean. The bathroom is indeed only separated but a glass wall (partially blinded), so this is something to get used too. The shower is awesome, a rainforest shower type with many heads and sufficient water pressure. The beds are nice with two pillows on top and a sufficiently soft mattress. The in-room a/c was efficient as well, very important since the outside temperature was over 90F when we stayed there.
The breakfast is okay with many western and Japanese choices providing a good start into the day. There is a free Saeco coffee machine in the lobby making way better coffee than what is provided at breakfast.
I would also like to address issues from other reviewers here:
- The hotel is indeed located at a steep hill, however, a public lift eases that and circumvents any climbing. Fortunately, the lift is right by the metro station and about 150m away from the hotel (2 minutes). Just go straight out of the hotel into the little side road and you will see the lift on the right hand side before the side road curves to the left. Easy and very convenient.
- The room, at least for Japanese 3-star hotels, is not particularly small. Although I am far away from calling is big or spacious, you may encounter many smaller rooms while in Japan.
- We paid a fixed fare of about 100$ to the hotel (including the night surcharge and all tolls) and about $80 from the hotel to Haneda airport. Taking a cab from Narita is just a bad idea, I mean honestly who would take a cab for more than 50 miles in a high-price country like japan and get upset with the price afterwards? Furthermore, the taxi driver had no issues at all in locating the hotel.
- location: Minato is a very quiet, safe, and somewhat upcoming area in Tokyo. While it is not very close to all the sights and it is true that you need to change metro lines at least once, we liked the quiet environment with no interruption to sleep at all. There is a sufficient (if not overwhelming) number of restaurants in walking distance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the hub of the business, entertainment, dining and shopping districts of cosmopolitan Akasaka. Close-by is TBS Studios, Akasaka Sacas and two major subway stations providing easy access to Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Omote Sando. A short walk away you’ll find the Imperial Palace and the popular nightlife and entertainment area of Roppongi including Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown, Suntory Museum of Art and the National Art Centre. The hotel also features Image SPA facility. ... more less
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