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Reviewed August 21, 2012

This hotel is massive, in fact it's in 2 separate buildings. Location wise, it's in a good part of town, by all the Embassies and a 7 min walk to the underground. It's very dark inside with lots of wood panelling and old fashioned decor. The reason we chose this hotel is because it has the only outside pool in Tokyo. Big surprise though, you have to pay extra to use the pool, about £18 per day, and if you want to use the indoor one, then that's another £18 too! If you are imagining a beautiful pool with landscaped gardens that can be found in Europe and USA think again. This was a 1950's style old fashioned lido with a smoking seating area on a top level and nonsmoking area around the small rectangular pool. Very, very basic. The Japanese we discovered do not sunbathe, so this is for swimming in and really not getting a tan and relaxing. Next to the pool is the Terrace Restaurant which has an outdoor garden that is very peaceful, tranquil and unusual in the heart of the city. We ate here a few times and the food was not bad, but oh, so, so expensive, £6-7 for a coke and £12 for an ice cream sundae that was one scoop of ice cream, some nuts and a squirt of chocolate sauce! We had breakfast here, a choice of both Western and Japanese and it was fine, nothing special, but perfectly adequate. The rooms in the hotel are large and we were able to have 2 connecting. I think the decor is very dated and everything is looking very tired, wifi was extra (of course). This is a hotel for business men, the lobby was full of them, having meetings on the very many sofas in the huge, rambling reception.If you're here on holiday then stay somewhere more modern, light and less formal and stuffy, somewhere that is in the 21st Century!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on a high floor, away from the elevator.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank stacey049
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

A lumbering, clunky, and aging legacy hotel. It is actually two separate hotels joined by a rambling and confusing series of steps and elevators. it takes several tries before one gets one's bearings.

That said, the hotel is well priced, perhaps in recognition of the fact that it is past its prime. Also on the plus side is the generally cheerful staff and refurbished rooms. The hotel is the best choice for those having business at the US Embassy, which is around the corner. All in all, a good stay at a reasonable price.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

This place rocks! The hotel was built in 1962, and the interior hasn't changed for all the right reasons. The lobby has been preserved perfectly and now exudes retro coolness...like a set of Mad Men. The rooms are recently renovated, small, but new/modern. They offer many ammenities packed into a small space including an awesome shower, glass shoji screens, and the obligatory Japanese bionic toilet. It is conveniently located next to the American embassy and is a short walk from Roppongi. I loved this hotel. Service was exceptional and price was great. They treated our traveling party right and made sure my boss' press conference went off without a hitch. I'd stay here again...and again. LOVED it.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We flew in for a 2 day buniness trip from the States. The facility, rooms and service were outstanding. The rooms were fresh, clean and very comfortable. We had some meetings in the lobby which is set up very nicely for quiet informal meetings. This was a first class hotel at a reasonable price. The staff was helpful and well trained to guide people that didn't know Tokyo or the language. The grounds are nice and stores are conveniently located on the bottom floor. The subway is near by as well as many nice restaurants. Two thing to be aware of are that the workout facility is very expensive to use and the equipment is not up to normal US standards (they do provide jogging maps you can carry with you in the rooms with interesting routes. Take them jogging or likely get lost) Also, the hotel's Restaraunt is very very expensive relative to what can be found around (after making that mistake on the first day we went to a Starbucks a block away for breakfast the 2nd day for a fraction of the price).

Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

We stayed here because it was close to the American Embassy. The hotel is huge! It has a lot of restaurants, bars, and 2 buildings with shops etc. Technically you don't need to leave the hotel to do anything. This is convenient if you are doing business in the area, as the shuttle from the airport is very convenient and relatively cheap. The breakfast was decent, nothing extraordinary. I also ventured to the gym a couple of times which was not convenient to get to since it was in another building. I had a good 10 min walk through the main lobby and shops to get to it. They also require that you sign up for machines...and they weren't high end either..it was a bit of a disappointment. The bar was always smoky and I couldn't stay in there for long. They have a great service of pocket wi0fi, where for under $20 a day you can take wi-fi with you all over tokyto and be connected. This was amazing. Venturing out of the hotel was a little inconvenient. You have a couple of metro stops a good 10-15min walk from the hotel. It is hilly too, which was not fun in the rain. It has some decent eateries nearby, but to really try the good stuff you will have to get on a train and got to Harajuku etc.

Room Tip: try the south wing if you plan to use the gym!
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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