We loved this hotel, and even after we moved onto the rest of our vacation we thought of it, and the area, as our 'home' in tokyo. Transferring trains at the nearby yurakucho station we would look back towards it longingly lol. Which brings me to the best part about this hotel: it's in an excellent location, probably the best area to stay in tokyo, which is why we had initially chosen to stay here. The nearby Yurakucho train station will be your best friend in Tokyo; hop on the JR yamanote line (green train) to get pretty much everywhere you want to go in Tokyo. The Yamanote line is great because even if you screw up and choose the wrong direction of travel, it's a giant circle so worst case scenario it just takes you longer to get where you're going, although you can always just get off at the next station and hop on the other direction.
Any hotel near a JR yamanote line station will be a good choice, it's only going to take you 30 minutes tops to get anywhere you want to go, so if the price here is a bit too steep for you there are tons of other options along that train line.
Regarding the neighborhood for this hotel specifically: it is a super-safe, well populated and very high-end part of town. Head east, north-east for all the shopping you could want (Ginza area). If you're looking for high end items the Imperial hotel across the street offers a great selection of expensive goods as well. Just north, north-west of the hotel are the imperial palace grounds, and there's also a very nice park immediately south of the palace grounds. We were lucky that we could see the imperial palace from our room.
In addition to good shopping, this area also has many of Tokyo's top restaurants - there is good food everywhere you look in Tokyo, and this area is no exception. If you're on a budget there is a family mart (convenience store) and seven eleven just north of the hotel, and let me preface that by saying that convenience stores in Japan are wayyy better than in north america. They're actually a viable way to feed yourself in Japan. Seven elevens are also where you'll need to go to take out money from an ATM - don't worry, in Japan there is a seven eleven on every block lol.
Back to the hotel itself: we found the staff to be helpful, but they speak quite limited english so bring your translator app or brush up on your miming skills: as in any other country, just make an effort to speak the local language and even if you suck at it, people will be inclined to assist you.
The rooms were immaculately clean, but this is par for the course in Japan - even a $70 room in Tokyo is likely to be clean, if nothing else. Someone has commented on the window between the bedroom and bathroom, but there is a blind so that's really not a problem. The bathroom was spacious enough, but the room itself was admittedly small. There was just enough room for the two of us with our luggage, but what does it really matter if you're just using it to sleep - if you have children that's another matter of course.
There was an assortment of teas and a kettle for your use in the room, along with a television. One of the interesting things about this hotel is that every room comes with a massage chair: be warned however that the instructions are only in japanese, and believe me I searched the internet for an english pdf. The massage is quite strong, so much-so that it's uncomfortable on its standard setting. If I could read Kanji I'm sure you can adjust the strength but my attempts at just mashing all the buttons did not help sadly.
Yes, the beds are hard - but if you're coming to Japan that's something you're going to have to get used to, you'll be hard pressed to find a western bed in Japan unless you're willing to pay up.
For the price we paid ($130 a night) I felt we got good value, and I would definitely stay here again.
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- Remm Hibiya Hotel Chiyoda
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