The Mitsui Garden Hotel Yotsuya is part of Mitsui Garden hotels with facilities across Japan (5 in Tokyo). I stayed at this hotel in November 2011 and was very satisfied. Location is a key strenght of this hotel but let me explain you clearly this. If visiting Tokyo for the first time, you certainly might consider staying in one of the various "centers" of Tokyo, for example Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, Ikebukuro. You would have the advantage of returning to your neighborough to explore during the evening/night and not care about metro/trains stopping service after midnight. However, if you are not a "night explorer" like me, and you prefer easy reach, then the location of Mitsui Garden in Yotsuya is excellent. In fact, the hotel is just five minutes from the Yotsuya station, a mid size train hub with two of the most important JR lines (Chuo and Sobu line) and two Tokyo Metro subway lines (Marunouchi and Nanboku lines) which basically mean you are on two of the widest reaching urban transport systems in Tokyo. I found that when staying at this hotel I could easily reach any area in a relatively short time. OK, in Tokyo you never have issues with metro/train transportation. But here it is even better. I could choose between Ginza and Shinjuku and it would take no more than 10-15 min. Shinjuku is 5 min on the Chuo (Express) just one stop. Ginza easily reachable directly by Maronouchi (10-15 min). Different options to get to Shibuya either changing at Yoyogi on Sobu line or by a combination of Tokyo metro lines. Akihabara 10-15 min Chuo line and then change to Sobu at Ochanomizu. In short, Yotsuya is quite central, closest to Shinjuku but within the Yamanote loop so also east side of the city are within easy reach. The hotel per se is very nice and modern. A clarification needed. This is not in Shinjuku and be aware in Japan check in time is mandatorily after 3pm. Rooms are small but compared to Japanese business hotels I have been several other times, these are larger, clean, modern with LCD HD TV (only english channel BBC World however), nice shower (my room was a "comfort room"), mini fridge, slippers, yukata. The hotel is on Shinjuku dori, which despite its 6 or so lanes I found astonishingly quiet especially in the evening. My room was on the back street, and despite some works in progress on the road a couple of nights, was very quiet. The hotel seems new, reception staff very courteous and helpful. My room price did not include breakfast, but I found convenient having breakfast at the hotel restaurant "Pizza Salvatore Cuomo" for 1000 yen. Breakfast was quite good with a western buffet choice (including croissants, ham, yogurt etc) and a nice choice of fruit, vegetables. Other options for breakfast include Doutour just 1 min walk and other nearby eateries including Yoshinoya, KFC. Different convenience stores (Family Mart). I enjoyed the Yotsuya neighbourough when returning in the evening from the more bustling areas of Tokyo, landing in a quieter area was nice and helping to wind down before sleep. Just behind the hotel there is a small street full of small restaurants/izakayas, just parallel to Shinjuku dori, which I found very nice.
One last plus, coming and leaving Tokyo by train (I used NEX), I did not have to do a single staircase with my luggage!: escalators at Tokyo station, escalator at Yotsuya and walk out on slightly climbing path out of the station, pedestrian xing and then 5 min pavement walk and was at the hotel.
Overall, highly recommended convenient and affordable hotel perfect for the expert Tokyo explorer not having to stay mandatorily in one neighbourough and willing to have a central hub from where reach to the different Tokyo areas.
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