The hotels I stayed at in Tokyo is a tale of two cities. The first hotel, the b Akasaka – Mitsuke, is a moderately priced three-star property. I paid out of pocket. The second hotel, the Ritz Carlton Tokyo, is a ridiculously expensive five – star+ hotel. I paid for that stay with a hefty number of points from my Starwood, I mean Marriott account.
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The b Akasaka – Mitsuke hotel is part of the Tokyo based Ishin Hotels Group, which owns or operates 21 hotels in Tokyo and other major Japanese cities. In 2018, this hotel receivred a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
The best feature of the b Akasaka – Mitsuke hotel is its location in the Akasaka district in central Tokyo. The address is 3-21-7 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 Japan. The hotel sits on a quiet side street. It is within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops and public transportation.
An entrance to the Akasaka Mitsuke subway station is less then 100 meters from the hotel. Once you find the shortcut between buildings, walking to the subway takes less than one minute. The Marunouchi and Ginza lines intersect at this station. You can get anywhere in Tokyo on the subway. The popular Shinjuku and Shibuya districts are only a few stops away.
It took a little less than 30 minutes to get to the hotel from Haneda Airport. The taxi driver had some difficulty finding the hotel on the many small side streets in the area. I arrived at the hotel at almost 22:00. Two clerks were on duty. They had my reservation information at hand. Check in was fast and easy.
The second best part of this stay was the price, $75/night. Hotels in Japan can be very expensive. That is one reason I usually stay in Japan for only a few days at a time. For this trip I reserved a standard room for three nights through the Agoda website. Even though the room was small (11 square meters), I was very happy with that price during Sakura season. Today, Agoda is offering the same room type for $151/night.
Although the room was advertised as being available for two people, if another person had been in the room, we would have been constantly stepping on each other.
As far as amenities, the room has air conditioning, an air cleaner, fast free WiFi, a refrigerator, slippers and alarm clock. WiFi is also available in the lobby.
The bathroom is also small but roomy enough for one person. Unlike many tubs in moderately priced Asian hotels, the shower head is placed high enough that I could use it without bending down. It can also be removed and held in your hand.
My room was on the fifth floor at the end of the hall. That was a good location because I never heard noise from other rooms or the hall.
The b Akasaka – Mitsuke hotel has coffee in the lobby. Some floors have a laundry, an ice machine, or vending machines.
The hotel is next to the Excelsior Café, which provides breakfast for hotel guests. You can get to the café from the hotel lobby. My rate did not include breakfast, but I stopped one morning to try it.
The area around the hotel is very clean, as is the case in Tokyo generally. Nearby restaurants offer various types of Japanese food. There is American fast food as well. I dropped in a couple of times because it was easy to order and fast.
Despite the tiny room, I was pleased with this hotel. Quiet side streets, nearby restaurants, and proximity to the subway station makes location the best feature of the hotel. It was a good deal for $75/night. At the rate of $151/night that the hotel is asking today, I wouldn’t be so pleased. Then again it is Tokyo, so prepare to shell out even for average hotels and tiny rooms.
I was looking forward to the next hotel, my first stay at a Ritz Carlton.