Advantages A bargain, Internet, inclusive breakfast, near multiple metro stops, friendly
Disadvantages Not as posh as other alternatives nearby
NB. This review is for the Hotel Villa Fontaine Nihonbashi Hakozaki. The hotel has changed its name and I have asked for this to be moved across to the right listing here.Location
It was a bit of a spur of the moment thing to book out holiday to Japan. We both really wanted to see Tokyo, but weren’t sure where to book. In the end we decided to do what usually suits us, which is to book somewhere outside of the very centre of the city and then to travel in by metro or walk to places.
If the location of the Nihonbashi Hotel Villa Fontaine wouldn’t suit your holiday needs then it’s worth remembering that this is a chain of hotels. We saw quite a few of these across Tokyo, including one in Ueno and also Otemachi.We stayed in the Hotel Villa Fontaine in Nihonbashi for 10 nights and I would definitely recommend it. There is always the worry when booking just one hotel for a longer period that it might not be that great and then you’re stuck there for the whole duration. However, this was not the case with Hotel Villa Fontaine.
BookingMy partner booked the hotel through Expedia along with our flights as a package. Removing the cost of flights this meant that we were able to book a double room for 10 days for about £400, that’s roughly £40 a night. This is an utter bargain compared to pretty much anywhere else in Tokyo centre.
Aside from the price, other selling points to this hotel are that it includes a free breakfast each morning and also free wired Internet. We brought a laptop with us and found the latter incredibly useful when trying to make sense of things we’d seen each day and to plan the next.Getting to the hotel
We flew into Narita airport, Tokyo, and there were a range of different options to get into the city. One easy option is to use the Airport Limousine bus (an orange coach) that terminates at the T-CAT. This is the Tokyo City Airport Terminal, and is about two roads away from the hotel itself. Alternatively you can also get a rapid train service, but this seems very expensive for the slightly faster journey.We found that the cheapest and easiest route for us was to go by the local stopping service train and then transfer to the metro. My partner had done a lot of research about this as we were forewarned that the Tokyo metro system can be a bit confusing to a newcomer.
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A 2-minute walk from Suitengumae Subway Station, Hotel Villa Fontaine Nihombashi Hakozaki offers modern rooms with free wired internet access...
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Availability: Price is per double room per night and may vary depending on date booked