My spouse and I started our three week Asia excursion at Smile Nihonbashi. Located within a five minute taxi ride of Tokyo Station (useful if you decide to take the Narita Express from the airport), the best part about this hotel is its location on the Hibiya Line at the Kayabacho station.
The hotel is geared toward the business traveler in a business district in Tokyo. The rooms are small, but we were able to set up our large suitcase and smaller (but not small) suitcase in a configuration that allowed us to move around. They have free internet access through an ethernet cable with good speeds. There is also a small minifridge, good for stashing some cold drinks or left over food. A hair dryer can be found in the desk drawer and the shower has dispensers of soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
If you want to use the TV, your first challenge will be reading the Japanese on the remote. The second challenge at least for me was not selecting the buttons that turned on the porn. The third challenge was that there were no english channels. So in room entertainment was the Internet. We had brought our own netbook, but they did rent laptops if you wanted.
One should be aware that smoking is still prominent in Japan, and while our room was smoke free and didn't have a smell, you will walk through smoke in the lobby especially during the day when groups of Japanese business men meet for tea in the hotel lobby cafe.
The young staff's english is serviceable and they were friendly and helpful. One of the great features for a traveler away from home for a few weeks is the hotel's laundry room. For 400 yen you can wash and dry a load of laundry. Given that we came across hotels on our trip offering to clean a pair of underwear for that price, it's a bargain. You can buy a packet of detergent at the front desk for 50 Yen. Note there are no options like, COLD, WARM, HOT. Just place your load in the washing machine and insert your money. Same with the dryers. In addition, you can pick up an iron and ironing board at the front desk.
It is the location of the hotel that we appreciated the most. To start, for ammenities, there is a Lawsons one door down from the hotel. Lawsons is a very prominent chain of convenient stores in Japan where you can purchase bottles of water, soda, bandaids for blisters, etc at resonable prices. There are a number of easy restaurants within a block for quick breakfasts to start the day if you don't want to eat at the hotel's buffet. There is even a Starbucks within a two block walk for those who need a break from being adventurous. You can also find a range of options for dinner at the restaurants nearby.
And then there is the Hibiya line. The nearest of the entrances is a half block away from the hotel. Some of the stops on the Hibiya line include Ginza, Akihabara, Ueno Station, and Roppongi. In addition, if you plan to go to the Fish Market, the hotel is less than a ten minute cab ride there, and if you plan to go on the Tokyo Great Cycling Tour (see http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1066444-d1070100-Reviews-Tokyo_Great_Cycling_Tour-Chuo_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html) you are a five minute walk to their offices. The hotel is also located about a seven minute walk from the Nihombashi (note: it is spelled Nihom and Nihon) station which gets you on the Ginza, Tozai, and Asakusa lines.
One caution. We found in our travels in Asia that all the hotels now have down comforters. Which are nice, but warm. While there was a room temperature adjuster with the settings of Low, Medium, and High, the high did not cool the room a lot. If you are a larger person and get hot easily at night, this may be a problem. The room window does open, so if it is cool/cold outside you should be fine. But if you hit a warm spell, you could have a sleepless night.
Our travel agent made this selection, and we couldn't have been happier. A good hotel, at a good price, in a great location.
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