The advantage of staying at this hotel is immediate access to all of the fanciful facilities of the National Children's Castle on the lower floors, including a pool, entertaining playrooms, an "exploratorium" roof garden, a gym, theaters, a music lobby and crafts classes. The hotel itself offers simply furnished rooms at affordable rates. English is not spoken, but the staff is accommodating and young children will be too enthralled by all the activities to notice much. Note the huge, fanciful sculpture in front by artist Taro Okamoto.
Clean and comfortable accommodations in the heart of Tokyo's Jimbocho book district are provided by the Sakura Hotel. The bilingual staff is friendly and helpful and the front desk is open around the clock. All the rooms are either singles, or doubles and quadruples with bunk beds. The clientèle is very mixed, from students to company reps to budget overseas travelers. Many return time and time again.
Opposite one of Tokyo's most famous wedding halls, the Gajoen Kanko Hotel features an art-deco interior behind an unassuming façade. The hotel dates from 1931 (hence the deco style) but was renovated a few years ago. Rooms are quite comfortable and adequate for the price. The elegant rooms make the place perfect for a romantic holiday while the comfortable facilities ensures that families also find their stay enjoyable.
Once the tallest hotel in Japan, the Keio Plaza has been a centerpiece Tokyo hotel since the early 1970s. Additions in the 1980s allowed it to compete with the spate of newer hotels going up in the district. Today it boasts a vast array of rooms in both traditional Japanese-style as well as Western-style configuration. Those on the west side have an excellent view of the futuristic-looking Tokyo government office buildings.
Overlooking Meiji University, the Yamanoue Hotel, also known as the Hilltop Hotel, has a proud history of hospitality stretching back to the 1930s. It was one of the favorite haunts of author Yukio Mishima. Today, the hotel's art-deco furnishings and spacious rooms still attract a cultured clientèle. The elegant charm of the hotel is especially suited to romantic getaways or a honeymoon stay.
Located right on bustling Shinjuku-dori Street, this new hotel caters primarily to corporate travelers. It is convenient to business and entertainment districts and is located on a subway line that goes directly to Tokyo Station and Shinjuku. The rooms are functional and comfortable with amenities international executives will appreciate but luxurious enough for tourists who are simply on vacation to also be comfortable. Whether you are in Tikyo for business or pleasure, a stay at this hotel can't go wrong.
The 10 story Hotel Universe is located just a few minutes' walk from Tokyo City Air Terminal, with easy access to central Tokyo business districts via two subway lines. Rooms are clean and simple, Western style with private toilet and bath.
Traditional Japanese art and culture often emphasizes harmony with nature, and Yoshimizu offers the pinnacle of accomodations that follow this philosophy. Located in the popular Ginza shopping district, this bed and breakfast is the perfect setting for those who want a truly Japanese experience. Guests sleep on tatami mats in an austere but wonderfully traditional setting that is instantly recognizable as distinctly Japanese. Adding to this atmosphere are two shared traditional stone baths, located on the upper floor. In keeping with its naturalistic philosophy, Yoshimizu offers none of the usual electronic amenities, but the tatami mats are 100% organic cotton, and the building itself is constructed of carefully considered materials, including thick-stemmed bamboo flooring and diatomaceous earth walls. To top all this off, all rooms include a traditional daily breakfast made from local organic vegetables, meat and fish. Dinner is also available but requires a separate reservation in advance.
Hotel Daiei is a small hotel that gives travelers comfortable and clean lodgings. The Koishikawa district is quiet and residential, within close proximity of beautiful cherry tree lined streets and the Bunkyo ward gymnasium. Rooms are small but quiet, and fax and copy services are available for business travelers. On premise you will also find a small lounge and restaurant. Note that rooms are difficult to book in February and March, when students lodge here to cram for graduation exams.
With the flavor of a traditional Japanese guesthouse the Sumisho Hotel is conveniently located between Tokyo Station and the Tokyo City Air Terminal. Each room comes comfortably equipped. The Japanese National Tourist Office lists the Sumisho as one of the historic and memorable hotels of Tokyo.
Formerly known as the Hotel Atamiso, the Hotel Alcyone is listed among the "historic and memorable" hotels of Tokyo by the Japan National Tourist Organization. The decor is strictly 1970s and a bit gaudy. Rooms, however, are clean and comfortable and available with either Western-type beds and bath, or Japanese-style tatami mats with futon bedding. The Kabuki-za theater is just around the corner and the Tsukiji Fish Market is only five minutes away on foot.
The Hotel Gimmond Tokyo is conveniently located near the Nihonbashi business district, not far from Tokyo Station and the Tokyo City Air Terminal. All rooms are Western style, with private bath and toilet. The hotel is a member of Japan's "Welcome Inn" association, suited for tourists as well as business travelers.