Everything in Tokyo is expensive. Accommodation is not an exception.
I don’t believe in wasting money on accommodation. Whenever I travel, I stay in hostels / dormitories. But as much as possible, I choose to stay in a hotel for a couple of days just to get the sense on how different it could be from other countries.
I usually book my accommodation through booking.com. This website allows me to make a reservation without paying anything. You just have to make sure to cancel it days before.
During my recent visit to Tokyo, I stayed in three different hotels. I met up with friends later on and shared a room with them in Hotel Gracery Tamachi and Ginza Capital Hotel. Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo was my favorite for a variety of reasons.
One thing I noticed about Japanese hotels is that their beds and pillows aren’t as soft as the the usual pillows. They’re not big on pillows. I only had one instead of the usual 2.
I have a certain affinity to brown interiors. The moment I saw this on sale in booking.com, I knew that I had to stay here.
Location is key. Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo is just right next to Otsuka station on the Yamanote line. Just exit on the right and this hotel should be the 2nd or 3rd building from the station. The Ikebukuro area is just 1 train stop away and Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ueno can all be reached within 20 minutes via the Yamanote line.
I love how elegant the interior is. I also find the table to be “fancy”. The safety box was cleverly hidden.
My favorite part of my stay in Hotel Bellclassic Tokyo was the ensuite bathroom. The toilet was separate from the bathroom. It was also surprisingly spacious compared to the Japanese hotel standard.
Oh gosh, Shiseido! I was really tempted to take these home. I even asked the front desk if I could take these home but they did not understand my question. I was very hesitant because the usual bath essentials in other hotels were really small. These were really big!
After several consultations from friends and research online, these are really meant to be taken home. Hotel Gracery Tamachi had the same products so I took those instead. To this day, I still feel guilty for taking those big bottles of products. The daily price of the hotel could be equivalent to one bottle of Shiseido face soap. haha (remember, I got this room for a deal).
One thing about Japanese hotels is that they use Shiseido products.
I love the fact that the toilet is kept separate from the bathroom. And it has a little sink in this little room, too! Oh how I miss the bidet. The lid is kept warm all the time. I didn’t really pay attention before. I guess bidets are designed to keep your bums warm.
For the other two hotels, Hotel Gracery Tamachi and Ginza Capital Hotel, they were okay. But not really to my liking. Although, I find Hotel Gracery Tamachi to be way better than Ginza Capital Hotel.
Sometimes, it’s really worth shelling out a little more on accommodation. At the end of the day, you deserve a good night sleep after a day full of beating.