Firstly, a big thank you to gburg2000, John P and others for the fast track directions of how to get to the B the easy way. The hidden elevator actually looks like a concrete prison entrance on the ground floor as you approach it, but the directions are all spot on.
If you are arriving into Narita, I highly recommend the Suica-NEX card which gives you return journey on the train for the hour or so transfer from NRT into Tokyo Station, then also gives you credit on the Metro system (we still had credit remaining after our 3 day stay) for the 30mins or so Tokyo Station to Akasaka. The card costs 3,500Yen, approx £37 per person and is very convenient and saves hunting around for change. As mentioned by others, the nearby Akasake-misuke actually has better links to areas and may save you swapping lines once you become familiar with the hotels location. Often you are better getting off the Metro near your destination and maybe walking for a few minutes, rather than swapping multiple lines just to get a little bit closer as most stops are not really very far apart.
We arrived on an early morning flight so the room was not ready, but the pleasant lobby staff took our bags and provided us with a local map to get us started.
As far as the hotel, it was advertised as a four star by BA, but I'd class it more like a good Tokyo 3 star. If you've ever stayed in a budget Etap hotel in Europe, this hotel has some common modular themes, but to a much nicer standard. Our twin room on the top floor was clean and well prepared with all the nice touches like dressing gowns, slippers, toothbrush, fridge, flat screen TV etc, great multi head shower.
The bathroom with a glass dividing wall was also as I've seen in some other Asian hotels, but not really sure it is the best option in such a compact room. Although it looked good, I think I would have preferred a solid wall to divide the living space. We traveled light with just one bag each, so did not find storage much of an issue.
Beds were firm but fine, aircon was powerful (30C in the daytime during our stay) and the room had blackout blinds. The hotel is in a very quiet location, so no problem with noise. In fact the hotel's location is in a pretty modern business area, but within 5 mins you can be in a busier area to have coffee/drinks or snacks, or onto the Metro to head out to other districts.
Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment so we only went down once, but in fairness there is a nice area to sit out in the sun and have a coffee and cereal. It might just have been that we didn't know what to expect in a Japanese breakfast, but the Western offering was just OK. Nice bean coffee from the machine in the reception area though. If I head back to Tokyo I'd like to check out the B Roppongi, as I like the style of the B hotels and would recommend them as excellent value. Oh yeah, WIFI works well, even on the 8th floor.
When you are in Tokyo, areas we really liked were Shinjuku daytime/evening for plenty of hustle & bustle and some good tourist shops (The Loft, Tokyu Hands), Akihabara (Electric City) for all the gaming, gadget and toy shops, also Harajuku to check out all the oddly dressed people and also close to the Royal Palace.
Enjoyed our stay and met our needs - recommended for a no nonsense, good value, well located base to enjoy Tokyo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the hub of the business, entertainment, dining and shopping districts of cosmopolitan Akasaka. Close-by is TBS Studios, Akasaka Sacas and two major subway stations providing easy access to Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Omote Sando. A short walk away you’ll find the Imperial Palace and the popular nightlife and entertainment area of Roppongi including Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown, Suntory Museum of Art and the National Art Centre. The hotel also features Image SPA facility. ... more less
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