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“Budget friendly, but not the most central location”

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Hotel Villa Fontaine Nihombashi Mitsukoshimae
Ranked #56 of 94 Hotels / Ryokan in Chuo
Reviewed 29 July 2014

Overall our experience at this hotel was good. The staff speaks minimal English which could be a problem for some, and the location is not close to central activities/locations in Tokyo. This is an extremely quiet area of Tokyo and is kind of out of the way, which made things a little more difficult especially when trying to get dinner and go out at night around the hotel. We enjoyed the experience, but next time when looking to book in Tokyo, we plan to look for a hotel closer to key areas in the city.
Pros: budget friendly, nice staff, and good sized room.
Cons: rock hard bed, poor location, and minimal english speaking by staff.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Small but cheap.

If you want a central location in the middle of the action this is not your hotel. Villa Fontaine is located in a pretty quite neighborhood of Tokyo which we enjoyed but not everyone is looking for this. Subway station is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel and if you are using a JR-Railpass you are looking at about a 10 minute walk. So consider this when booking. Apart from that this is a nice and clean hotel yet small but it's Tokyo. Bigger rooms mean bigger prices so if you are a bit on a budget and don't mind having no closet whatsoever this hotel is perfect. Forget about storageroom you'll have to use your suitcase and you'll have to put it up agains the wall behind your bed. I had a semi double room meaning I don't know if other rooms are bigger. Beds are a good size but are rather hard to sleep on. This hotel offers a very basic breakfast Japanese style. Nothing fancy or big choices but again for this price I don't mind. Staff is very friendly and speak English good enough to help you out. There is free wifi but used LAN all the time which usually is a bit faster and stable. Bathroom is small like the rest of the room but clean. There is no dinner in the hotel but there are enough options in the neighborhood if you don't want to go somewhere else.

Conclusion: If you are looking for a cheap, nice and clean hotel and are not looking for a huge room with storage this is the place to go. Nihombashi in not in the heat of the action and subway is a bit of a walk. Besides that a good decent choice. For the record I paid about 62 euro/night.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank edwinaarschot
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

This is a great hotel !!!
The rooms are small, the bathtub is small and there is no dresser - you are, after all, travelling in Tokyo Japan but that is where the smallness ends
1) Great Free Hot Breakfast - Eggs and Sausage, Pastries and Salad. It changes 3 times in a week
2) The rooms are very clean and they are cleaned every day with a change of Linens and Nightware
3) There is a fridge in every room
4) The staff was very friendly and helpful
5) It is convenient to the Suitengae and Akhavusa Subway Lines
6) It is very convenient to the Tokyo City Airport Transit Station
7) There are plenty of low cost eateries near the hotel

It was the best Shower I have ever had in a hotel !!

Room Tip: A block away from the City Airport Transit Station only $30(US) to the airport better than the subwa...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank JerichoNewYork
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Bit of a late review, but stayed in January 2013 for 3 weeks. Travelling on a tight budget meant that picking a hotel within our price range was extremely limited as I wasn’t very keen on staying in a shared Ryokan. If you come directly from the airport on one of the shuttle buses they drop you off quite close by to the hotel, probably a 20 minute walk. The hotel is located in a small back alley just off of a big main road so you need to pay attention to signs (look up). There was a 7/11 just around the corner and two different subway entrances less then 15 minutes away from the hotel. Ideally located down the road from Akihabara, took us about 20-30 minutes to walk there or about 5 minutes by Taxi (a lot of taxi drivers DO NOT speak English so I advise you know familiarize yourself with at least the main road so you can tell him where to stop or grab a hotel card so they can at least try and navigate for you. The hotel itself was small and quaint, the check in is located in the basement and the area is shared with the breakfast buffet seating. There is a laptop at the front desk which can be used to print out any passes or tickets as well as free wifi (you need to get a new password daily) available in this area, they also had the convenience of a drink vending machine next to the bathroom and a laundry room for washing (I think it cost around 100 yen or so to do your washing). Our room was a non smoking double which a lot of westerners would find small but was fine for our needs as we literally were only there for sleeping and showering (I was sick for three days so I was bedridden for this time but the free LAN allowed me to still find things to do and watch). The point I need to make is that if you’re travelling all the way to Tokyo and you choose a budget hotel, one would think you wouldn’t be spending all your time in the hotel room anyway. The room came with basic amenities: slippers, robes, fresh towels daily, hairdryer, fridge, kettle, tv, soap, shampoo etc. Our towels were changed daily and you can put a sign on the door for those who are more eco friendly if you didn’t want them changed frequently. There isn’t much of a view from the window but again did not care or cause any concern as we weren’t looking for a view. There is a free breakfast daily with rotations of pastries, breads, salads, meats and eggs (as well as water, coffee, juice and tea), everything was very tasty and simple but a word of advice is get downstairs early as the small seating area fills up very quickly. Rooms also have a big book of everything that feature room service menu’s as well as local restaurants and places that deliver (e.g. pizza hut which was very expensive!!) The front desk speak minimal English but my partner speaks Japanese so we were fine most of the time, the front desk is supposedly manned 24 hours, but on checking out at 5am in the morning we couldn’t find anyone around and had to bother a poor cleaner to try and get someone on the desk only to find out she was resting in a little room just located next to the front desk, I guess if we’d called out some more she would have come out but we didn’t know what to do. Overall it was a very good stay and we had zero complaints. We are returning to Tokyo in January 2014 and have booked for Villa Fontaine Ueno which I look forward too and hope it lives up to the standards held at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshimae

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank ryjs_is
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

small but clean and good value. close to mrt (2mins walk) 7eleven and Lawson (convenient store similar to 7eleven).
breakfast provided was also good.
easily one of the most convenient hotel in the area.
no complaints.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

My second stay here. Same feeling. Ok, but not what I prefer.
I was disappointed that the floors are really messy during the day when housekeeping throws all the linens on the hallway floors.

Bed was adequate. Bathroom was clean, but too small.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank pine129
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

This was my fourth stay at this hotel which is only 3 blocks away from my corporate headquarters and I stayed for 6 nights. The hotel is modern, comfortable and affordable and my rooms have always been immaculately clean. This is absolutely not a spacious, luxury hotel, so look elsewhere if that is what you desire or expect.

If you have never stayed in a Japanese business hotel before, you might be shocked at how small the rooms are. Then again, you might eventually begin to see and appreciate the attributes of thoughtfulness, efficiency and simplicity. The room is equipped with all the modern conveniences and the bath has wonderful water pressure and the hotel supplies virtually all bathing and shaving necessities (a big pump bottle of shower gel, shampoo, toothbrush, comb, disposable razor, comb and hair brush, qtips, toothbrush and toothpaste, so you really don't have to pack much in that category. Also, the Toto toilet includes a bidet and has a heated seat.
There is a hot water pot for making tea (no coffee), a small refrigerator, a flat screen TV , a very firm bed and an Ethernet cable (no wifi in the room so pick up a simple access point device such as an Asus which converts the wired Internet to wifi), pajamas and slippers which are small. There are also pant presses in the hallway which you can bring into your room for a quick pressing and the hotel also offers excellent dry cleaning and pressing services.
Free breakfast buffet in the morning typically consists of loosely scrambled eggs, protein such as chicken meatballs or pork sausage, varieties of breads for toasting, salad with a ginger or sesame dressing, juices, miso soup or clear broth and of course tea and (finally!) coffee.
This hotel is centrally located in the Nihonbashi area so there are plenty of restaurants and there is a 7-11 conveniently located at the end of the street.
Typical patrons of this hotel are Japanese business men, young Japanese couples and the occasional American business man like myself. Overall, the hotel offers the basics, it is minimalist but efficient, secure and comfortable.
The front desk staff are very polite and helpful and the cleaning staff are meticulous.
My advice is to use this hotel when you are here grinding out a week of work where the hotel room is not a large focal point.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Address: 1-7-6 Honcho Nihombashi, Chuo 103-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Chuo > Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #56 of 94 Hotels / Ryokan in Chuo
Price Range: £46 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Fontaine Nihombashi Mitsukoshimae 3*
Number of rooms: 154
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