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Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo Ikebukuro
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Reviewed 13 May 2008

This hotel is located in a great location, 1 block from Ikebukara train station (2nd largest train station in Tokyo). From here you can connect to anywehre in the Tokyo Metropolitan area including a train from Narita airport. The neighborhood is filled with great restaurants and department stores. You can find any kind of food at the TOGO store next to the train station which has food on 4 different floors, 2 on the upper levels (floors 14 and 15 for sit down dining) and 2 sub basements with more takeout counters (several hundred) of every type of cusine, a liquor department, many bakeries and a full grocery store. This is where we went almost evey day to pick up breakfast and dinner items at a very reasonable prices. Note that if you use forks and knives, not all takeout places have utensils other than chopsticks so bring a plastic set from home. Paper nakpins are also in short supply but you get free tissue handed out at almost any street corner in Tokyo so you can use that. The hotel rooms were on the small side, mine had no drawers whatsover, and a very small closet. However the bed was very comfortable and king size, with down pillows and cover, and immaculately clean. I had an empty refrigerator that I could stash all my food purchases in (no mini bar). Hotel has a full health club including an indoor pool that costs about $20 per visit to use, but this includes use of free exercise clothes and shoes, and free classes. Book your room at their web sit to get substantial savings on room costs (my room averaged about $140 per night). Note that if you go to Tokyo you will have to climb lots of staris and walk for miles as the train stations are huge. I averaged about 6 miles per day walking. Signs in Tokyo are in English in the train stations and on major streets, but it can be easy to get lost as the numbering system is totally incoherent and you need to frequently ask for help which locals are very happy to provide. Bring lots of cash as ATMs except for the airport don't take US ATM cards and credit card usage is not that common.

Thank Liale
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Reviewed 8 May 2008

We chose this hotel for our Honeymoon, so our expectations were high. We booked using priceline, and got a great deal on air fare plus hotel. First of all, it was a snap to get to from Narita airport. You can take the airport limosine bus (for the same cost as taking the JR, without the hassle of luggage on the train) from the airport and it will drop you off directly at the Crowne Plaza Metropolitan. The staff was extremely courteous, spoke english well, and very helpful. I had originally booked a standard corner (a bit larger) economy room, but decided to upgrade to an executive king room, since this was such a special stay for us. I was able to do this by emailing them, they responded promptly, and let us pay for the upgrade upon check-in (only about $100 extra per night). The room was absolutely amazing! We had a king size bed, mini fridge (which they stocked with drinks everyday), safe, huge gorgeous bathroom, complimentary robes and slippers (brought fresh everyday), and 2 large windows with spectacular 24th story views of the sprawling city below. We were in love with this room! There was even a tray of fresh fruit waiting for us when we arrived, which was great for two tired jet-lagged newlyweds. These executive rooms were on the exclusive "Metropolitan floor", which was accessible only by our room key cards. During our 8 day stay, we used the Ikebukuro station nearby to access the JR and subway, which allowed us to easily get to ALL the sites we wanted to see during our visit. The Ikebukuro station is a major hub, and is a stop of the big Yamanote line that encircles the city. We did not miss out on one thing, and had little trouble getting around, even when multiple transfers were necessary. We even made a day-trip to Kamakura (took about 1 hour on the JR) to see the great Buddha and Hase-dera temple, and had no problem whatsoever (except forgetting our umbrellas!). There are lots of restaurants around, plenty of varieties of food, and lots of shopping near the hotel. The Metropolitan across the street had a huge department store, and 2 floors of restaurants. Be sure to visit the Mos burger across the street from the rear entrance for a truly Japanese fast-food experience! We also found a great restaurant on the last day called "Tapa", which was in the basement of a building on a nearby corner. I dont recommend breakfast at the hotel or anywhere, as the cost was high. There are 3 convenience stores nearby that have fresh fruit, pastries, canned coffee, and juice for a light breakfast in your room for cheap. Orange juice was put in our mini-fridge daily. We also picked up beer, bags of chips, rice cakes, sushi, and salads for late-night snacking. The convenience stores are: 7-11, am/pm, Lawson, and FamilyMart. It is expensive enough eating out everyday for lunch and dinner, save your money on breakfast! I recommend this hotel for anyone visiting Tokyo. We had an exciting and adventurous Honeymoon, with plenty of relaxation time in the great room and awesome bathroom (extra deep tub and rain showerhead). It was convenient, the staff was wonderful, and Ikebukuro is an up-and-coming district with a plenty of restaurants and shopping, and a fun night life. Don't overlook this truly great hotel!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2008

Everything was spotless & hotel has a luxurious look about it. As expensive as you would expect in Tokyo. Breakfast buffet is good but was extremely pleased mine was included in price or I would have gone elsewhere to eat.
Rooms small, but understand this is a Japanese thing, bathroom even smaller, with more buttons on the toilet seat than an airline pilot has to contend with.
Gripes:
- the place is pretentious & there is a real "down their nose" feeling from the staff when you make any requests or consultations.
- bar is pricey, service picky & a distinct lack of ambiance to the place. Not allowed to stand at the bar (which I like to do).
- location is poor & we seemed miles from anywhere. Seedy area but felt safe walking around. The nearness to the station is fine if you want to take advantage of trains, but if you do any hotel daily bus tours you will be picked up first, be on the coach for an hour doing other hotel pick-ups, then dropped off last.
If I do Tokyo again (unlikely, if I return to Japan I would stay in Kyoto!) I would certainly not stay here.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 April 2008

This is an exceptional hotel, with an exceptional level of quality and service. Several onsite restaurants, free Internet (bring a cable), and very convenient to the Yamanote line train. Located right next to the Ikebukuro station, you also have more food than you could hope for.

Rooms are very spacious, for Tokyo.

However, given that it's a Western branded hotel, expect to pay more than you should.

If you want a real deal on a Western hotel, book a local Japanese "Western-style" hotel, like the Bellclassic one station over in Otsuka. These hotels are usually harder to track down on your own, and usually are built to cater to the Japanese wedding industry, where western style hotels are the vogue. But the prices are fantastic and the service on par with what you'll find here, and most such places have everything the business traveler needs

Stayed: November 2007
Thank SoCalFoodie
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Reviewed 31 March 2008

Don't be put off by thinking that this hotel is far from the centre of Tokyo. The local train station is at the end of the street and the journey to Tokyo main station takes about 10 mins.
The hotel itself is up to the usual high standard of Crowne Plaza, I couldn't find anything to complain of during my visit.
The area of Ikebukuro is an extremely busy area with plenty of shops to keep you occupied during the day and hundreds of small restaurants to discover at night.
Having said that the area is short of traditional Japanese sightseeing opportunities so you have to use the train for those.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled solo
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