we stayed at the mercure narita during our last night in japan because our flight left at 9am the next morning and there was no way i was dealing with that commute from shibuya at 4am.
the hotel is in need of a good renovation and felt old and stuffy. it is definitely not one of the "newer" look mercure hotels and for those familiar with the accor brand, it really was a glorified ibis, just with more restaurants on property.
after taking the airport bus to narita, we wound up getting extremely lucky and left the airport to find the mercure bus waiting. the driver was pretty rude and made us run across the road with our luggage since he was going to be late, but at that point i was so happy not to have to wait at least 30 minutes, i didn't care. the ride to the hotel took about 15 minutes since there was no traffic.
upon arrival, we were able to check in early and didn't have to pay extra, which was a pleasant surprise. the room itself was clean yet dingy, but for one night we could deal. immediately went and tried lunch at the restaurant on the corner (same side of the street as the hotel, catacorner from the family mart); highly recommend their lunch specials.
check-out was quick and easy, staff were pleasant.
-location is excellent, anything you could need in narita (except for the airport) is within walking distance of the hotel. the train station is a very short walk (no more than 2 minutes) and narita temple is a very enjoyable walk (15 minutes?) along a pedestrian friendly street. i spent hours walking around and have to say narita is such a cute little town, i was surprised how much i enjoyed my time there.
-the price was affordable, at least compared to other hotels in the greater tokyo area
-lots of restaurants on property, although never tried any of them. lots of restaurants (from convenience store fried chicken or sushi to mcdonalds to ramen) within very short walking distance.
-each floor had vending machines by the elevator
-shuttle bus schedule. how is an airport hotel able to get away with starting their first airport schedule run at 7am? it was frustrating that i booked this hotel specifically because of its free shuttle, yet we couldn't even use it on the return trip. fortunately, the kensei starts running earlier and it is a very easy walk to the station (even with luggage) so we didn't have to take an expensive cab.
-the bathrooms are really old and the shower leaked water like it was its job. don't expect classy mini toiletries here either.
-restaurants on property are expensive and breakfast is not included in the rate. eat elsewhere unless you're tired and on an expense account.
for what it is, the mercure is not a bad stopover hotel. go in with lowered expectations and you'll be fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Hotel Narita is located at Tokyos Narita Airport, a few minutes walk from Kesei rail station. The hotel features 248 rooms, a restaurant, bar, gymnasium, squash court and complimentary airport shuttle service. Narita San-Shinshoji Temple, one of the largest temples in Japan, is also nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Accor Hotel Narita
- Mercure Narita