HOSHINOYA TOKYO

HOSHINOYA Tokyo is very unique.  It wouldn’t be to everybody’s taste, some like it, but others don’t.  If you are looking for a luxury modern ryokan adventure in Tokyo, I would highly recommend HOSHINOYA Tokyo.  Perhaps, if you get tired of staying at typical luxury 5-star hotels in Tokyo, I really think you should stay here.  This is not “Pure Japan”, but this would be much more unique, creative, and like a Japanese-style contemporary art museum.  We took off our shoes at the entrance and the staff put them in a shoe locker which is made from bamboo.  This is the same way as Ryokans.  That’s interesting.  On the other hand, if you want to see dynamic Tokyo City views from your room, this is not.  The building tends to be low if compared to others.  Also, the property is located in an old-fashioned business district in Tokyo.  If you want to go shopping whenever you like, the property would be inconvenient unless you get a TAXI.  The hotel would be great for business persons, solo travelers, or couples, but not family with small children.  The ambiance is serene, sophisticated, and stylish.  The modern interior made from bamboo creates a mature impression.  It’s overall darker which would be more suitable for couples.  TV is embedded in the mirror in front of the bed.  We didn’t notice until we turned it on.  Facilities tend to be the latest.  The room tends to be cramped for this price range.  There is no view from the room, and the building is covered by the Edo-komon motif of lattice windows.  The silhouette of latticework appeared suddenly depending on the direction of the sun.  What a magical place!  The room had a characteristic mysterious atmosphere.  If you are going to stay here, don’t forget to check a weather forecast before booking a room.  If it’s cloudy or rainy, you wouldn’t be able to see interesting silhouettes while chilling out in your room.  Then all of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, pajamas, and kimono-style outfits, and a Japanese tea set, etc.  You can travel light.  Also, each floor has a Japanese-style lounge to relax while drinking complimentary Japanese sake, beer, wine, Japanese sweets, snacks, cup noodles, and popsicles, etc.  Room service is available for 24H.  The Free Wi-Fi reception was excellent in the property.  There are some convenience stores nearby.  Also, some interesting activities are provided for guests.  If time allows, you should join them.  Then, the indoor communal hot springs on 17F are available.  The water temperature tends to be lukewarm.  The spring quality was nice even though the location is in the center of Tokyo.  All of them are open from 15:00-11:30 the following morning.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal bathing area.  Unlikely, there is no room with private hot springs in the property.  Then HOSHINOYA Tokyo is a universal design.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  You might want to inform staff in advance if you bring people with weak feet as they can arrange a room near the lift.  Then the food experience for breakfast was just OK.  Only some rice balls and miso soup were served at the lounge.  If you are a gourmet, or you want to have a proper breakfast, you may want to order room service for breakfast.  You can choose either Western or Japanese cuisine for breakfast.  Also, there are some nice room service menus for dinner as well.  Then if you have dinner at the Japanese restaurant in the property, you need to book a table by the day in advance.  The restaurant is a reservation-only.  Alternatively, you can go out for meals as there are many restaurants and cafés around here.  *Please note that most of them are closed every Saturday and Sunday.  You may want to go to around Tokyo Station, Ginza or Hibiya, etc.  Overall, the hardware is clearly outstanding, but the software, personnel, and service were not of the same class and still have a long way to go when we stayed in 2018.  If you expect a 5-star hotel service, you may feel a bit disappointed.  On top of that, it would be pricey even though the location is in the boring business district.  The location is near the Imperial Palace.  You should take a walk around there in the early morning.  It takes just 3min on foot from Exit A1 of Otemachi Subway Station.  It takes 25min from Tokyo Station on foot.  It takes 5min by TAXI from Tokyo Station.  It costs around JPY1,000.  *Please note that if you take a taxi, go to Otemachi Financial City Grand Cube on B2 floor.  You can find a porte-cochere of HOSHINOYA Tokyo.  Most of the taxi drivers wouldn’t know it.   Have a nice trip!    **Check-in & out times 3:00 PM / 12:00 PM ***All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  Check Availability and Pricing for the hotel on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about HOSHINOYA TOKYO

Style Luxury Modern City Hotel
Guest Rating Superb 9.1
Estimated Price 90,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at +81 3-6214-5151 from overseas
Call at 03-6214-5151  from domestic

Internet Connection Free Wifi in the hotel
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is available at 5,500JPY per day
Location HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s MAP
Access 3min walk from Exit A1 of Otemachi station or
25min walk from Tokyo station
1 hour by bus from Haneda airport
Address and TEL 1-9-1 Otemachi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 100-0004
Tel +81 50-3786-1144
Official Homepage HOSHINOYA Tokyo’s HP