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“Japan Budget Hotel, but good for the fair”

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APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari
Ranked #2 of 46 Hotels / Ryokan in Chiba
Reviewed 23 January 2012

Came here to exhibit in Makuhari Messe, we had a superior room, and yes, the room is SMALL! The bathroom feels like a cubicle that is placed in the room, very unpleasant to shower or use the bathroom, it stinks. The bed was too springy, i can feel the spring when I sleep. But the location is great, there's a few malls within walking distance, and a train to go to tokyo. There are restaurants and bakery on those malls, so it is convenient. Not only it is expensive, it is also not a very comfortable hotel, and it doesnt look friendly. Some of the hotel staff do not speak English, but what really helps is that there's a 24/7 convenience store inside the hotel. Food there are fresh and eatable.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 October 2011

If you have a business at the Makuhari fair, then it's not too bad. The superior rooms are OK, there is a nice "balinese" spa inside the hotel and a 24/7 convenience store.
The building is huge and not very pleasant to the eye. Most guests are from nearby countries such as China, which translates in huge queues in the morning for the breakfast buffet. There is a direct path into the fair pavillion, which makes things easier in the morning.
A direct bus from and to Narita Airport is also available.

I also once stayed at the standard single rooms, which were really tiny. It's bearable, but certainly not for vacation or family.

Room Tip: Do not take the single standard rooms, unless you're really on a tight budget.
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  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

Plus points of this hotel are the public baths (free for guests), nice views particularly from the bar on the 50th floor, walkway to the conference centre (messe), 24-hour convenience store, many reasonably-priced restaurants nearby in various hotels and business buildings, and direct bus to/from Narita airport (40 minutes). Small rooms and pre-fabricated bathrooms that other reviewers complain about are standard for Japanese business hotels. Free internet connection: in-room wired internet was fast but wi-fi in lobby was slow.

Room Tip: ask for a room on an upper floor (mine was on 43)
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 May 2011

It's very near to outlet & Aeon shopping mall. U can go to shopping by walk on skywalk which connect to hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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1  Thank Nenew
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Reviewed 27 January 2011

Stayed at APA near Tokyo Bay, Chiba City for 7 nights. The rooms are larger than the typical Tokyo rooms but still small for western standards. The Room was very clean and compact. Beds very low but full pillows were welcoming. Coffee maker and coffee available in room and a tiny fridge. You get free water if you do certain things like recycle your garbage and don't request daily bed linen changes. The staff were friendly and attentive. The area doesn't offer much in terms of entertainment but there were many restaurants to choose from. Internet was not wireless so be sure your computer has a port to hook up the connection. Would stay there for future meetings/conferences.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 October 2010

Having read previous reviews I was apprenhensive about this hotel. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Very convenient with covered walkway to Messe. Yes, my room was small but so am I and I was travelling alone, so it didn't matter. The hotel in general was very clean, and my room in particular was well-equipped with all necessary gear (eg: internet access), clean and quiet. 23rd floor with great view across Tokyo Bay. Non-smoking. Many reasonable restaurants within easy walking distance. Stayed 4 nights. Shuttle bus to airport. Free bus to rail station although it's just as quick to walk.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 March 2010

Firstly the location is the best for anyone going for the exhibition at Makuhari. It's the closest hotel and very convenient to go through the connecting walk way.

It was also very good to have the convenient store within the hotel. I had friends staying at Spring Hotel - a very nice hotel, but late at night when it was freezing cold we had to run to the 7-Eleven for some thing we forgot to bring.

The rooms, however, were fairly old and stuffy. The bathroom seemed as though it was premade in a boxlike shape and just put into the room afterwards. There was a strong smell in the room, I'm not too sure if it's the stuffiness or the smokers before my stay. However, the rooms were reasonably clean and it had everything I needed.

The beds were nice and comfortable, but they were placed with the head by the walls behind the glass windows. The cold came in right through and made half the bed cold throughout the night and so I ended up sleeping on the opposite side instead.

The shops were a bit far, and the station into Tokyo was even further. Therefore, this hotel is only recommended to those attending the an exhibition for a few days.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled on business
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Additional Information about APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari

Address: 2-3 Hibino | Mihama-ku, Chiba 261-0021, Chiba Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kanto > Chiba Prefecture > Chiba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 46 Hotels / Ryokan in Chiba
Price Range: £36 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari 3.5*
Number of rooms: 1501
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rising majestically over Tokyo Bay, the metropolitan Makuhari Prince Hotel is drawing worldwide acclaim as Japan's newest international business center. The 50-story tower is conveniently connected by an arcade to Makuhari Messe, which hosts some of the world's most important trade shows. Offering a high level of hospitality, this urban hotel has some outstanding features including restaurants with spectacular views, and state-of-the art wedding and conference facilities. Best of all, the Makuhari Prince is strategically located near both business and leisure areas of Tokyo, making it the perfect starting point for business travelers who also want to add some vacation time. ... more   less 
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