As with most hotels in Japan, just because this is rated 3.5 stars does not mean it is pedestrian or downmarket: the Villa Fontaine range of hotels offer outstanding value for money and this place is very much a business hotel that any executive would not look out of place in.
The hotel room is just right - it's not a tiny room like other business hotels, but this being Tokyo, it doesn't have the space that one would see in comparable hotel rooms in other countries such as Australia. However the bathroom is a real treat, as it is more spacious than the ones usually found in Japanese business hotels. There is free internet connection (via cable) but there is free wi-fi in the lobby area. The free breakfast is a no frills, honest salary man affair but everyone seems to enjoy it: from the senior executive clad in Zegna to the interns clad in Zara.
If you are coming from Shimbashi station (on the Yamanote line), you have to walk through the underground corridors for approximately ten minutes until you reach the "end of the corridor" where the Conrad/Sumitomo Building is located, then you reach a central atrium (its that soaring atrium in the hotel's glamour shots).
The upside is that the underground complex houses a shopping centre and is interconnected to several buildings with food courts, spas, salons and convenience stores galore. I visited the Mandara Spa in the Park Hotel complex and I highly recommend their 90 minute package (30 minutes facial and 1 hour massage) for approximately $200. You get free use of their hydrotherapy complex and it was divine. This is only 5 minutes walk (again, underground) from the Hotel Villa Fontaine Shiodome.
The Tsukiji fish market is only a 10 minutes walk but make sure you triple check the opening dates - even though the hotel had flyers that listed operating dates, when I showed up it was closed for a "market holiday" that was not listed in the flyer. The only consolation is that there are a number of sushi restaurants in the market's vicinity and they remained open 24/7.
Possibly the most enchanting gardens in Tokyo - Hamarikyu gardens - are just around the corner from the hotel. I suggest that you time your trip so that you finish the 90 minute loop of the garden in time for you to catch the ferry to Asakusa - I missed it by 10 minutes but it is a must-do activity, which will take you down the Sumida River and see Tokyo of yesteryears.
Lastly, if you really feeling adventurous, energetic, or just plain crazy, you can do what I did which is go to Tsukiji first thing in the morning (like 5AM), breakfast at a sushi counter, walk to Hamarikyu (next door to the fish market), then walk to Roppongi - it will probably take you anywhere from 1 to 3 hours depending on how fast you walk - or how many times you stop to check out interesting streets and sights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lobby Lounge GRAND OPEN! Bar lounge of the hotel has finally will open. It is a space for relaxation was nestled a spacious sofa seat and natural wood interiors. Keeps you relish a cut fresh ham, from the wine of Spain production to soft drinks, you can enjoy a drink menu of about 50 kinds. Because you can use any other hotel guests, We are looking forward to a lot of customers come. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fontaine Shiodome
- Fontaine Shiodome Hotel
- Villa Fontaine Shiodome
- Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome Japan