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Where to Stay in Tokyo this Fall: ANA InterContinental Tokyo

Living in Japan has it perks but it has it cons too like we can’t really do a review about hotels for you guys (before) since we haven’t stayed in one. Although we made a budget-friendly hotel list as suggested by our friends (here), we can’t really elaborate much about it. On my recent trip to Tokyo after my 6-month stay in Manila, I’m happy to share that we’ve stayed at (not one but) two hotels! Honestly I felt really excited not just for myself but for you guys because now I could finally share a legitimate experience and a review.

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Photo taken in Hakone (a good side trip destination when in Tokyo) by Ashley

Before I begin with my hotel room review, here’s a short list on why I loved my stay in ANA INTERCONTINENTAL TOKYO:

  1. It’s a close walk to Tameike-Sanno and Roppongi-itchome Station. This is very important! When you have to maximise your time in Tokyo since there are so much places to go, destinations to see, foods to try – you can’t waste so much time on transportation.
  2. It’s also near to the must-see sights in the center of Tokyo such as Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace, Senso-ji Temple and Mori Art Museum. We actually walked to Tokyo Tower.
  3. Breakfast at Cascade is awesome. We stayed for four days and we always looked forward for their breakfast.
  4. They accept major credit cards such as -VISA, JCB, American Express, Diners Club, UC, DC, Bank Card, Million Card, Master Card, Saison, ANA. I know this is an important information for tourists because Japan is (still) generally a cash country.
  5. According to tripadvisor, it’s the top 17th hotel in Minato area of Tokyo. Other people’s review about this hotel helped me a lot so make sure you read reviews before going!

Now onto the rooms..

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We got a classic room on the 14th floor and since Tokyo has tall buildings and infrastructures, we can’t see much view on this level. The bed is nice and soft but their comforter could get too hot after a while. Their bathroom is also kind of old looking. There’s a desk, refrigerator, two single sofas, iron and water heater inside the room. You can also request for a humidifier if you prefer. For more info about their rooms, click here. Their check-in time starts at 3:00 pm and check-out time is at 12:00nn. If you’re staying in Tokyo for a short time, I really suggest that you stay in a budget hotel since you won’t be able to maximize the hotel amenities. I only stayed for 8 days this time and I still feel like I wasn’t able to cover everything. I was torn in between enjoying my hotel stay and going around the city (or even side trips outside the city). By the way, they have an outdoor pool that’s only open during summer.

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ANA InterContinental Tokyo

www.anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp
12-33 Akasaka 1-Chome, Minato
+81 3 3505 1111

Things To-Do in Roppongi

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Top Things To-Do in Roponggi:
1. Drop by at Mori Art Museum at Roponggi Hills. They’ve previously hosted Tim Burton, Andy Warhol, Pikachu, Peanuts (Snoopy), Doll (Blythe, Barbie, etc) exhibit and café. It was so, so amazing! We weren’t allowed to take photos for most part of the exhibit though. Enjoy!

IMG_4613_cb-1024x1024 The world of Tim Burton

 

2. Enjoy National Art Center. It’s proclaimed as Japan’s largest museum.

3. To complete the triumvirate, go to Suntory Museum of Art at Tokyo Midtown as well.

4. Visit Tokyo Tower. By this time everyone must be “I’ll go to Tokyo Skytree instead.” But, no. I’ll give you three reasons why you should still visit Tokyo Tower. It’s cheaper! For only ¥800, you can climb up. Less lines without extra cost. Last, Tokyo Tower has this “moon river” romantic vibe maybe because it’ less crowded and more private compared to Skytree.

5. Roppongi is famous for it’s night life, though it’s not highly suggested, why don’t you try karaoke!

6. Eat! It could be really expensive to dine in Japan especially in this area. Try Pink Cow (they serve Mexican goodness), Baker Bounce (my number one go-to place), Ritz-Carlton café (for afternoon tea), Cinnabon (yes they have it here) and Rigoletto (for dining and wine night with friends).

7. Adore their architecture! One of the best I’ve seen! Continue reading

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