This hotel is smallish in feel with tiny rooms but if you're in the 50% of guests on the Sky Tree side of the hotel you're virtually guaranteed a good view of the Sky Tree just 0.9 miles away. If you have the money, go for either the Corner Twin or, better yet, the Deluxe Twin. Both will have wide double windows and the best views of the Sky Tree. The price will be either 50% more (corner twin) or double (deluxe twin) the price of a standard twin but your experience will be transformed from mundane to ethereal.
Be sure your room faces the ST rather than the train station.
Dinner at the top 24F restaurant Ren is a great choice. Lunchtime, the place looks a bit drab and feels boring absent the enchanted mood the place takes on early evening, or better yet, later when the Sky Tree is enshrouded in darkness, standing out like an enchanted tower in the distance. So dinner is my recommendation. But be sure to reserve a booth table facing the Sky Tree. The counter is less comfortable though with an equal view, and the tables up on the deck make it difficult to peer out at the view. To reserve, the best idea is to go up to the restaurant ahead of time, either lunch or before dinner, and ask the staff to save you one of the 4 or 5 booths with a good view. Staff is very accommodating and anxious to get the big hitters at night (which they anticipate u are if you're taking the trouble to reserve, but don't feel pressured to order something expensive from the mediocre wine list, as the staff is very polite).
The 0.9mile 15 minute walk to the Sky Tree is rather boring, passing through a nondescript neighborhood which could almost be east LA w/o the graffiti. The walk in the summer could have you work up a good sweat so be prepared.
You probably want to take the hotel up on its Sky Tree special passes so u can skip the long lines, but those are pricey. Hey, if you stay in the Deluxe or Corner Twin and plan to see the Tree, u may as well complete your premium package.
This hotel was formerly a Marriott but Tobu took the hotel back as the Sky Tree was coming up. It is disappointing that there really is no better quality hotel in the Sky Tree area at this moment (eg, no room service or pool/exercise facilities), but I suppose the Mandarin Oriental in Nihonbashi offers a fabulous view of the tower from some of its rooms and restaurants facing east with the ST about a 15-minute cab ride away (10 minutes on a Sunday morning). Service and efficiency at the Tokyo Mandarin can be severely lacking at times though and so I avoid that overpriced office bldg-based complex.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Trusted Partner of TOKYO SKYTREE(R) TOBU HOTEL LEVANT TOKYO IDEAL LOCATION AND PROXIMITY Being one of the TOKYO SKYTREE® official hotels, our hotel is in the middle of hot tourist area close to TOKYO SKYTREE®, Asakusa, shopping centres along with nice eateries and convenience stores. We are only 300m walk from Kinshicho Station. WONDERFUL VIEW OF TOKYO SKYTREE® We boast our beautiful tower view from some of the rooms and in-house restaurants. Imagine yourself gazing quietly at the sparkling tower at the center of the night sky while resting on your bed or enjoying delicious dinner with your beloved person. It adds up to the romantic atmosphere. SUPERB ACCESSIBILITY TO MAJOR ATTRACTIONS We provide shuttle bus to TOKYO SKYTREE® and Tokyo Disneyland®. Direct airport limousines operate between our hotel and both Haneda and Narita International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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