The hotel was very new, opened for less than a month when we were there. The staff that greeted us did not speak English (in fact, throughout our stay, we did not meet any staff that could speak fluent English), but she spoke Chinese, so no problem for us.
We booked a family room and was shocked by how BIG the room was!! We were able to push our bulky stroller into the room and still have enough floor space to open our luggage (something not to be taken for granted for in Tokyo).
The room could sleep 6 people easily (while most hotels in Tokyo struggled to fit 2 people in comfortably). It had 2 double bed joined together + a double decker bed.
The boys were thrilled by the super large bed!!
The toilet was also very clean and big, equipped with bath tub. They provided 4 sets of towels in the family room.
The TV in the room was a Smart TV, though we never quite figured out how to operate it.
The family room was fully booked for some of the nights we were there, so we also stayed in the standard double room. The bed was big and comfortable for Tokyo standard and the floor space was about the same as what we got in the family room. The toilet was also equipped with bath tub.
There was free breakfast in the hotel lobby every morning, but it was nothing much. (Still, better than nothing.) Since the lobby had very limited sitting area, they provided baskets for you to bring the food back to the room to eat.. Cute!
The WIFI connection in the room was lightning fast… But it was a bit tricky to get started. Look for a board on the wall with Japanese instructions regarding room usage, and there is the WIFI password at the bottom of it. If you key in the password into your device, it is still not going to work… Because you need to set up the router! Find the router in the table drawer, and plug it into the LAN point, then you are ready to go. In the family room, we played hide and seek for a long time for the LAN point and eventually found it at the bottom left hand corner of the loft bed. In the standard double room, no problem, it was at the table where all the electrical points where.
Location wise, I loved it: It was a very short walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke station, which was the interchange for Ginza and Marunochi lines of Tokyo metro. These two lines were very useful for sightseeing in Tokyo. The Ginza lines takes you to Asakusa, Ueno, Akihabara district (via Suehirocho station), Ginza, Shimbashi, Omotesando and Shibuya. The Marunouchi line takes you to Ikebukuro, Tokyo Dome (via Korakuen station), Otemachi, Tokyo, Ginza and Shinjuku. Only downside perhaps was that there was no JR station nearby, which is not good if you are using any of JR rail passes. Around the hotel, there were many eateries that opened late.
Getting to the hotel was tricky for the first time, although it was only a short walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke station. We arrived with a stroller and a big luggage case, so needless to say, we used the elevator to get out of the station (there was only 1 elevator in the station). So if you are using the elevator like us, when you come out from the elevator, walk straight towards Bic Camera (ビックカメラ). Turn left at the junction where Bic Camera is, you should see Subway on your left. Keep walking and turn left at the second junction (it should be a one-way street where traffic is moving towards you). Walk another 50m or so and you should see the hotel on your right.
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