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Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome
Ranked #25 of 116 Hotels / Ryokan in Minato
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 February 2014

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.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Room was clean and tidy and has everything I needed for one night. Well placed for me to get train back to Narita on the Narita express. Breakfast was OK, not what I had been used to in Okaido. It felt that I was back at school with the segmented tray for all my food!!

Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Yes its in the business district but several eateries in the block next door, great park over the road to spend hours in, their version of Kew Gardens I suspect, staff very helpful but understated friendly, no big smiles or welcome, large twin on the 9th floor (all twins are on 9th) and great views over the park I mentioned, easy to get anywhere by the incredible train system Tokyo has to offer, wifi great which having read earlier reports about not in the rooms was good to find, no british teabags but alittle shop in the same buildin on 1st floor also sells fresh milk! if you get at the right price its a gem!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We booked this hotel because everything else was booked in December. We are a family of 5 and had to book 3 rooms for 3 days, they insist on 2 people per room. The location is in an office/professional part of town, so it was very quiet. But traveling by subway to the main tourist areas is easy. The rooms were a reasonable size and clean and we had wifi. Breakfast was included. The problem was that we went to Kyoto first and it was buzzing and the people were incredibly polite and helpful and you really felt good to be in Japan. Reception wouldn't let us check in at 2pm, made us wait to 3. They never greeted us as we walked in and out of the hotel (unusual in Japan) and the place just didn't feel welcoming. I recommend it for business but try something better if you're on vacation.

Room Tip: Beware of the 2 person per room policy if you have kids over 6 years old.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

Stayed there for 2 nights in Shiodome Business area. Arriving on late flight in an empty district with only convenience store closed after 10pm did not make a superb impression until the moment I entered the very nice and modern lobby. Room was small but quiet and extra clean. Breakfast in middle of lobby was basic but OK. Staff was great as I needed shaving kit, I had the feeling he went outside the hotel to provide one, really the extra mile !

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 December 2013 via mobile

My room was large in Tokyo standard and it had all amenities I needed for my 1 week business trip. And the hotel is connected to the metro station(well all hotels in Shiodome area are) so I didnt need to worry about the bad weather.
It was a very good value for money!
1 drawback - no wifi in the room.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

A decent enough hotel that came as part of our package and conveniently located in central Tokyo.....but be careful about your room selection. Our room was tiny ( we expected this in Tokyo ) but it also faced out in to the Atrium - it had the feeling of a tiny cramped cell with no natural light. If you can... then ask for one that faces outwards to be more bearable

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome

Address: 1-9-2 Higashi Shinbashi | Shiodome Sumitomo Building, Minato 105-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Minato > Odaiba / Shiodome / Shinbashi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#21 Business Hotel in Minato
#22 Romantic Hotel in Minato
#24 Family Hotel in Minato
Price Range: £76 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Shiodome 3.5*
Number of rooms: 497
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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