My family of 2 adults and 2 kids just completed a one week stay at the Courtyard Marriott Ginza earlier this month. This was our first visit to a Courtyard Hotel and we knew that the Courtyards were the lowest class of hotels in the Marriott group and hence we went with lower expectations. We got alot more than we expected.
The Courtyard Marriott Ginza provides a high level of comfort and luxury and is really not too far quality-wise from the pure 5 star hotels. he difference is that the Courtyard provides an understated form of luxury as opposed to the over-the-top luxury of the post 5 star hotels. The hotel is simple, elegant and comfortable and it made us feel more at home compared to the big 5 stars.
The room was just great - small by international standards but very generous by Japanese standards. We had 3 beds in the room. This was automatically given to us by the highly discerning check-in staff who noticed that we had 2 kids in tow and needed an extra bed.This was without any additional charge. The room had a very cosy ambiance about it. We loved the use of dark wood throughout (not sure if it was real wood but it sure looked real enough), which made the room look very elegant. The Marriott beds were, as usual, super comfortable. The bathroom was spotlessly clean and came with a large bathtub that was great for soaking. The only dissappointment was that the large flat-screen TV only had 2 English channels - BBC and a movie channel. More would have been better, especially a cartoon channel to keep the kids occupied.
The Ginza location is another huge plus point. After seeing a few neighborhoods around Tokyo, I woiuld say Ginza is the best place to stay in. There are big shopping boulevanrds with lots of high-end shops, bright neon lights and big crowds but there are also lots of smaller streets that are quiet, clean and quaint. These are dotted with lots of small shops adn restaurants. Its very relaxing to walk around the streets of Ginza browsing or looking for a place to ear. Definitely one of the most relaxing places I've been to inside a big city.
The transport connections are another strength of the hotel. The airport bus stops right in front of the hotel (take the bus from Stop No. 7 at Narita airport). There are 3 subway stations close by - Higashi Ginza is a 2 minute walk to the left as you exit the front door, Ginza station is 5 minutes away and the Shinbashi station is perhaps 10 minutes away. First timers travelling on the subway will have a hard time at first because all the instructions seem to be in Japanese.
This hotel would be perfect if it had a pool for those hot summer days in Tokyo and could do with more English channels. On the other had it has a business center with free internet, which many big name hotels don't provide free of charge.
The Courtyard Marriott Ginza is really exceptional and is among the very best city hotels I've come across because of its comfort and convenience. It is my only choice of hotel in Tokyo.
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- Business-oriented hotel situated in heart of Tokyo's commercial center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel Chuo
- Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel Japan
- Courtyard Hotel Chuo
- Chuo Courtyard