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Hotel Review – Where to stay in Tokyo?

Gate Hotel Tokyo

Deciding where to stay in Tokyo is always a challenge – there are just so many choices! We had the opportunity to visit two popular and unique hotels located in world famous capital – Tokyo, Japan, let’s go!

The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon

First Impressions

The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon, Lobby

Located in the historical neighbourhood of Asakusa, you’ll find no shortage of sights and attractions within this precinct. Travel up the lift to the hotel lobby on the thirteenth floor, and you’ll be wow-ed by the breathtaking panoramic view of the city through the double volume, full-length floor to ceiling windows of the hotel.

One of the most enthralling attraction of this hotel is the impressive view of the city and its unparalleled proximity to Tokyo’s majestic, and oldest temple, the Sensō-ji. You may recognise it from its gigantic red, hanging lantern. The Gate Hotel has an open rooftop which is open to registered guests only. On clear days, you may get lucky and be able to see Mt. Fuji from here!

The Room

The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon, Essential Twin Room

There are different room categories to suit your every need: Modest, Authentic, Essential, Scenic and Classy. If you prefer, you can choose from one of two suite choices, the Balcony and the Gate. Each room is thoughtfully decked out with complimentary toiletries, and our Essential Twin room was equipped with a thirty-two inch state of the art plasma TV, humidifier, and what I adored MOST of all was the firm SlumberLand wide mattress and the inviting, creaseless white sheets. On this I had a few nights of the best rest ever. The room afforded us the amazing view of the Tokyo Skytree and pretty, glittering city lights in the evening.

The Food

After a good night’s rest, it was time to satiate our hunger. Gate Hotel’s impressive breakfast spread are delicately designed for diners’ delight – choose from a selection of made-to-order mains such as Scrambled Eggs with Toast, French Toast with Bacon and my personal favourite, the Curry Eggs Benedict. The mains were served with a selection of side dishes including pasta, fresh fruit, hot-baked crispy potato wedges. The centrepiece was golden honey dripping slowly from an actual honeycomb! This was a hit with both the adults and children.

The Gate Hotel, Breakfast

Worthy of mention was a live orange juice station – a server prepares freshly-squeezed orange juice on the spot – a refreshing change from sugary orange juice made from concentrates at many typical hotel breakfasts.

The Verdict
The Gate Hotel is a relatively newly-opened hotel, which means that guests get to enjoy the perks of newer fixtures and facilities. Even while the hotel is not equipped with a spa or pool, it is still a great option for those looking for comfortable stay in the heart of one of the older districts of Tokyo, putting to rest your question on where to stay in Tokyo.

The Gate Hotel
Kaminarimon by HULIC
2 Chome-16-11 Kaminarimon, Taito, Tokyo 111-0034, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5826-3877
Website: www.gate-hotel.jp/english

The Keio Plaza Hotel

First Impressions

The Keio Plaza Hotel is an international 5-star hotel located in Shinjuku’s, one of the most interesting districts of Tokyo.

Shinjuku, Japan

Upon entering the lobby, I was greeted with a magnificent 6-metre tall Ikebana (floral arrangement) display. Ikebana, or kadō (“way of flowers”), is a traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, and a highly regarded as a significant and integral cultural art form of the Japanese.

Keio Hotel Lobby’s exquisite Ikebana display

The check-in process was quick, and we were ushered to our room by a staff, who went the extra mile, and took the time to explain each feature and amenity of our room.

The Facilities

Keio Plaza Hotel is a magnificent city hotel, fully furnished business centre, nursing room, meeting rooms and even a clinic within the hotel. If you are visiting during the summer months, you’ll want to take a leisurely swim in the sky view pool found on the top floor of the complex, or sweat it out in the well-fitted fitness gym, located on the seventh storey. And good news, there’s free and stable Wi-fi found throughout the premise!

For those with a special interest in art, you’d discover gems of art as you take a walk around the hotel’s art gallery located off the main floor lobby – many famed local and international works of art are displayed throughout this area.

One of Keio Plaza Hotel’s most unique experience is the Japanese Tea Ceremony where guests may personally experience and learn more in-depth about the roots of the Japanese tea tradition. Through the session and a chat with our Japanese master, who was dressed in a beautiful traditional Japanese kimono, I learnt a lot about the art and developed a new interest and appreciation of the the intricacies of the age-old tradition. I was also served Japanese sweets which was paired beautifully with the freshly brewed matcha green tea.

Keio Plaza Hotel, Tea Ceremony Room

The Food

From a breakfast buffet at Glass Court to an authentic Japanese meal at Kagari, you’ll find something here to satisfy every craving and palate from the library of eleven unique restaurants. I particularly loved the Kagari – chef’s creation of the freshest Japanese dishes with local and seasonal ingredients, Kagari understands and respects the nourishment organic produce provides. The range of quality dishes include Shabu-shabu, fresh sashimi and sushi, tempura, and many others.

The Verdict

While the price tag of a stay here might be relatively higher compared to its counterparts, its worth every last penny. The Keio Plaza Hotel is a great choice for those looking for a unique and relaxing Japanese lodging experience.

If you’re were wondering where to stay in Tokyo before this, I hope you’ve got your questions answered! Start your travel planning now and create lasting memories in the beautiful city of Tokyo.

Keio Plaza Hotel
2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku,
Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo
160-8330 Japan
Tel: +81 3-3344-0111
Toll Free: 1 800 222 KEIO (USA only)

Website: www.keioplaza.com



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