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the b akasaka
Ranked #46 of 110 Hotels / Ryokan in Minato
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Sydney, Australia
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83 reviews
58 hotel reviews
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“best for those with light luggage”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Small but very clean, this hotel best serves those who like to walk as the nearest metro station is some distance. The hotel is on top of a hill, next to the Tokyo Broadcasting Service, and is very quiet at night. It seems slightly out of the way, but your walks in any direction are rewarding.
Breakfast was 1000 yen -- food, nothing fancy, and I had better elsewhere for the same price.
If you have only light luggage then you can walk to the Metro. However, with anything heavy you will need to catch a taxi from the taxis lined up at the large business building opposite. My mid-afternoon (light traffic) taxi ride to Tokyo Station cost 1600 Yen.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Hi carilloneur

Thank you for choosing the b akasaka and for taking the time to post the review.

There is a route where you can take the elevator near TBS, and we would love to share it with you – please let us know when you visit next time. We would help you catch a taxi if you would like us to. We are disappointed our Japanese and Western breakfast buffet didn't meet your expectation.

Thanks again for staying at the b akasaka.

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

The rooms are small, and the bathroom is a glass cube in the corner! The decor is getting on a bit, and has lots of scuffs (as you'd expect in a small room). It was slighlty smaller than other hotels I stayed in whilst in Japan and had no bath in the bathroom (the shower was no good for my 5'11" girlfriend either, as the head was too low, and only just high enough for me at 5'8").

The breakfast was buffet style (Japanese or western), and not great. There are coffee shops not too far away if you'd prefer to sort your own breakfast.

The nearest underground station is Akasaka, which doesn't go direct to as many places as from Akasaka mitsuke (a bit further to walk). It is close to lots of restaurants.

I also stayed at the Hotel Monterey Akasaka, which is better positioned for Akasake mitsuke, is slightly large room, and better decor. If you book in advance you can get the Montery for similar/same price.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jim H
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear Jim H

Thank you for choosing the b akasaka and for taking the time to write a review.
We are disappointed that we did not meet your expectations.
We look forward to welcoming you again.

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

We booked 1 night here as somewhere to get our heads down before an early flight from Narita the next morning, and we booked it on the basis of how cheap it was.

The room was reasonably small, but it had all of the necessary bits and bobs you usually find in a hotel room. The bathroom was behind a partially frosted glass partition, which was a bit odd, as your room-mate (if they feel so inclined) can quite easily peer over the top of the frosted section and watch you having a number 2 or a shower, and there is nothing you can do to stop it!

Beds were very comfy and the rooms were clean. Location-wise, its very handy for Akasaka and Roppongi if you want to sample a bit of nightlife, but the immediate vicinity is reasonably quiet so there is no problems with noisy traffic during the night.

I would probably stay there again if I had to, but Id look around at a whole list of other hotels first.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Big_Lal
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Dear Big_Lal

Thank you for choosing the b akasaka and for your time to post your review.

We are sorry we couldn't meet your expectations regarding the frosted glass partition. Although you can’t see through it, we understand your thoughts. The reason behind choosing the frosted glass instead of a regular wall was to make the Tokyo sized room look bigger and more relaxing and comfortable atmosphere with an urban touch.
As you mentioned, the location is one of our strengths – it is close to restaurants, bars, and more but we are in a quiet area.

Thanks again for sharing your experience. We look forward to welcoming you again.

Best regards,
Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

The Service is good, the room is good, the environment is very clear, and everything is fine but the room is tooooo small. I stayed at a single room for three nights, and I know it is a normal situation of "small" of room in Japan, however I still do not like such small space (in such price).

每個環節都很棒,唯獨房間真的太小了,單人房小到令人不耐待在房間。浴室空間卻很舒適,也很方便使用。早餐ok,地點離捷運站五分鐘腳程,雖然要爬上赤坂的小小山丘。以這個價錢來說,太貴了一點,也比較適合出差或只是回房睡覺的旅人。

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Thank pomelo66
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hi pomelo66

Thank you for choosing the b akasaka and for sharing your experience.
We really appreciate your comment – we are beyond pleased to find out you are satisfied with everything. As you said, the Tokyo standard room size is different – if you prefer a bigger room, we would recommend our superior rooms as they are bigger. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any help choose the right room for you.
Thanks again for your review. We look forward welcoming you again!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed here our first few days in Tokyo. The room was a well thought out space that made use or every inch. While it is smaller than most people in North America are used to, once we got used to it, we didn't have any problems. The bed was comfortable but the pillows we found to be a bit flat, which we've discovered is a common hotel problem and doesn't reflect on just this hotel.
The staff was most helpful to two travelers on their first adventure in Japan and helped us locate things on maps, told us how to get to the subway and even helped us make dinner reservations for a popular restaurant. We did have the hotel breakfast one day but landed up going elsewhere the other days for what we were looking for. (Non-buffet basically).The hotel is in a quiet area just outside of the business district, so it was very quiet during the evenings. The train stations are a 10-15 min walk down the hill and there you will also walk thru a district full of dining options.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank LB1982
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hi LB1982

Thank you for choosing the b akasaka and for your time to post the review.
Thank you so very much for your compliments about our front staff members – I will make sure to share them with the team. We are so happy that we were able to help you out and make your trip easier and more comfortable.

As for the pillows, we are sorry you found them flat – next time, please don’t hesitate to let us know so that we will be able to switch them with the better fitted ones for you.
Please come back and see us again upon your return to Japan!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

I have nothing but positive comments about the B Akasaka. We spent 2 nights there, location suited us perfect. Room was small (normal for Japanese standards) and Internet was good and fast. The bathroom is very nice no complains on that either. Only 2 things I would improve: there's no closet whatsoever (not that I needed for 2 day but maybe yes for more) and the bed could be better quality (more comfortable). Breakfast was good and staff excellent. Will come back!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank eddiecreagh
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hi Eddiecreagh

Thank you for choosing the b akasaka and for sharing your experience at the hotel.
We are glad you like our bathroom – it definitely is one of our strengths and popular amenities at the hotel. We are sorry we did not meet your expectation regarding our beds and closet. Was your bed too hard or too soft? We have placed francebed, which is known for their great quality beds in Japan. Although the clothes can be still hung in our “closet” space, there is no door to it. It is to make the space more efficient and for the designing purposes. Thank you for your comment regarding our breakfast. I will make sure to share your compliment with our culinary team. Please come back and see us again.

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Ryuji Chiku
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2013

I stayed here for 12 nights in the Superior Twin room (the rooms with the double bed was actually smaller smaller so decided against it). Overall, I really liked this hotel and initially my wife hated the size but ended up liking it a lot because of the shower and the toilet! (It's pretty rare to find a shower that is a stand alone shower i.e. isn't part of a dirty bathtub in a Japanese hotel)

Pros:
- Hotel was clean, some of the staff could speak a decent level of English
- Laundry facilities onsite (Washer and Dryer)
- Located away from the hustle and bustle
- The Bathroom was amazing, had your automated 'japanese' toilets (i.e. heated seats, heated spray, deodorizer) and a really cool shower which had a detachable head on the side, a waist level massage spray.
- Wifi downstairs, however, each room had wired internet.
- Pretty cheap!
Cons:
- Room was pretty small, but I expected this. This being said, we were able to fit 60kg of luggage in the room (bags under the desk with suitcases at the end of the bed)
- Dryer is an electric dryer so it takes a while to dry your clothes (about 2.5 hours to be honest)
- Breakfast was the same every day, which would have been ok if we had stayed for less than a week....although, to be fair, the selection was quite good. You could choose - Salmon, Scrambled Eggs, Rice, Miso Soup, Sausages, Potato Wedges, Fruit Salad, Yogurt, Croissant, Japanese pickles.
- I'm 6 foot 2, and struggled to fit under the shower so had the shower head hitting the back of my head, surprisingly, the single bed fit...
Tips:
- Please do not take the steep stairs to the hotel, especially with luggage. As the reviews have mentioned, take Exit 3b at the Akasaka Station which will lead you towards the TBS building. You will walk straight for 2-3 minutes and then there will be a right turn. Walk along this and just as you see a bend towards the stairs turning left, there is an elevator in a concrete shelter. Use this to go to Level 4. Walk straight and look up. You should see a big B sign. That's your hotel.
- I took the Taxi twice, to Roppongi it was about 1000 yen and to Tokyo Station, it was around 1700 Yen. The trains should get you everywhere quite easily, but sometimes, it might be helpful to take the taxi (i.e. With heavy luggage from Tokyo)
- There is a 7 eleven you can go to which is a 4 minute walk but the hill is quite steep. If you head back to the hotel before 11pm from Akasaka Station, go into the Akasaka Biz tower and go to the 7 eleven there. Otherwise, you might have to go to the one which is 24/7 BUT is on a steepish hill.
- Get a PASMO Card (it saves you a lot of time on the trains and you can get a refund afterwards for it). The PASMO Card works on the JR too.
- There is a supermarket nearby (Exit 5) which operates 24 hours and a McDonalds nearby the Station if your desperate.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Womble_marley
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IshinHotelsGroup, マネージャー at the b akasaka, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hi Womble_marley

Greetings from the b akasaka!
Thank you for choosing the b akasaka and for sharing your experience.
We loved reading your detailed review as we were sure some travelers would find it very helpful. We really don’t need to add anything to it, do we? We think it is very fair.
We are beyond pleased to be able to cater to you and your family.
Please come back and see us again!

Best regards,

Ryuji Chiku
Area Manager
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Property: the b akasaka
Address: 7-6-13 Akasaka, Minato 107-0052, Tokyo Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Minato > Akasaka / Roppongi
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa
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#12 Spa Hotel in Minato
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Hotel Class:3 star — the b akasaka 3*
Number of rooms: 156
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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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