We have just booked a cruise to Japan and will spend 6 days on our own afterwards, in mid October, dividing our time between Kyoto and Tokyo. We have been to Kyoto before and have reserved the Westin Miyako where we had stayed previously. We are considering 2 or 3 days in Tokyo and would be very grateful for any suggestions concerning specific hotels, or at least suggestions about which neighborhood or a district of Tokyo to look into. This trip has come together very quickly, (as in 48 hours!) and I'll be at the library soon, but any direction at this point would be welcome. I haven't spent much time looking yet but will start in earnest now....$300 per night blows me away but that would be near my upper limit per night. Any suggestions or thoughts would be welcome. Thanks.
As part of a tour a couple of years ago we spent two nights at the start of the trip at Via Inn Asakusa and two nights at the end of the trip at Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku. Both were good hotels and I would be happy to stay at either again. The Asakusa location is right near the Sensoji Temple. The advantage of the Shinjuku location is that one of the shuttle buses to Narita stops right in front. I can't comment on prices as they were included in the tour cost.
The map feature on www.booking.com can be quite handy - allows you to view hotel locations overlaid onto the city grid to get an idea of how close they may be to public transportation and thus how easy it will be to get around. Can save a lot by opting to stay outside the city center.
A quick look is showing a number of properties with good reviews for a lot less than $300 per night for a mid October stay.
Thanks for the replies. Neil, we have booked the Sunroute. It meets all our criteria for price, location, et al. Thanks very much! I like booking.com as well and used them. This trip has been planned at the speed of lightning, and can now devote time and energies to the fun stuff. Thank you! Arigato!
When we stayed at the Sunroute we were able to get late check out on the last day by signing up for their frequent guest program. Useful since our flight out wasn't until evening.
Are you a Bill Murray fan? His movie "Lost in Translation" is mostly shot in the (very expensive) Park Hyatt.
We stayed at a wonderful hotel next to the Tokyo Station. It is easy to get to from Narita, taking the Narita Express to Tokyo Station.
It is the Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi. Cost about $170 per night, breakfast included.
You will enjoy the Sunroute Plaza. There is a washer/dryer in the parking garage and an entrance to the Toei subway next door, with Shinjuku station and the Metro/JR East lines an easy walk away.
Thanks again. The Sunroute location in Shinjuku is appealing, and access to transportation is a big factor as one of our party has some trouble walking distances. This all sounds good. I checked into the Metropolitan and it is just a tad over $300 per night for our time frame. (the Sunroute is $255 per night ).The japan guide website looks informative. Thank you for your help!