I will start by saying I did not stay at this hotel, but rather came specifically to see the rooms decked out in "Gundam style" (for the uninitiated, don't confuse this with "Gagnam style" - Gundams are giant mech robots from Japanese anime.
As I learned from the very helpful and attentive sales management staff, the hotel had quietly branded itself in Japan as a venue that specializes in designing limited-engagement “custom rooms” for clientele with a certain fan base. Designers and promoters of certain anime and other entertainment properties will contact the hotel to create these rooms, and will often lend props and other materials. The attention to detail is astonishing – from wall art to bedsheets, from coasters to the toilet-seat cover, absolutely every aspect of these rooms remain “in theme.” The two Gundam suites (each representing a different opposing faction from the anime series) include special edition models, decals on the windows that give the illusion that spacecraft are flying around outside, and even, in one case, a Gundam cockpit with flashing lights and noises. Such atmosphere is not cheap: you're talking $300US a night if not more. But if you are the consummate fan (and if you, unlike me, would not be terrified of somehow marring or wrecking these beautiful things), this place is a find. Like many things in Japan (and unlike the crass blaring advertisements of the rest of Odaiba), this is something kept very quiet...you just have "to know" it exists...and so now you do!
Again, my rating represents the artistry of the rooms, and the friendliness of the sales staff...I did not stay the night so I can comment on nothing else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located 20minutes from Haneda International Airport and a mere 15minutes from the central business area, Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is the perfect place to stay whether your trip is for business or leisure. Visit the most celebrated sites or the biggest convention center (Tokyo Big Sight) in Tokyo - just minutes away. Feel the sophisticated service and enjoy the artistic views of the cityscape. We look forward to the pleasure of serving you at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Pacific Le Daiba Hotel Minato
- Grand Pacific Le Daiba Minato
- Le Meridien Tokyo
- Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba Japan