I visited Tokyo as my birthday vacation in July this year and was warned the weather was hot.
Compared to Singapore, the temperature was rather mild, but there was a strange discomfort of feeling cold air while experiencing hot rays from the sun.
We traveled by the red-eye flight via Singapore airlines and arrived at the hotel at 9am.
We were unable to check into a room as it was too early, but given access to the lounge to rest.
The lounge is one of the better ones in Tokyo according to my online research.
For Intercontinental Ambassadors, the gift (package) is shown below. I still don't know what it (left upper corner) is...
Why choose this hotel?
The hotel is located centrally and very near the Tameikesanno metro station which is a hub for several lines.
The rooms are considered large for Japanese hotels.
Intercontinental Group or IHG
Getting to the Hotel
We had plans to take the bus which stops at the hotel but it was an hour's wait so we decided to take a taxi instead.
Taxi fares are rather expensive in Tokyo and the trip was about $80 sgd ($60 usd).
We took the bus for the ride back to the airport and it was really convenient.
The hotel is really grand with a large lobby and a giant waterfall.
The front desk is readily visible from the entrance.
We had a basic room which was definitely sufficient to rest for the nights here.
At 32 sqm, the room is considered rather big by Tokyo norms.
The toilet is on the smaller side and I don't really enjoy seeing into the toilet from the room.
A traditional teapot sits on the minibar but stayed unused for my stay.
The Food and Drinks (The lounge actually)
We had a great time at the lounge which offered nice views and a good range for breakfast and cocktails.
The lounge breakfast is the best I have had so far.
The range is so wide and almost like a full buffet breakfast in other hotels.
There was a selection of fruit, including the famous (read expensive) Japanese Musk melon!
And a good selection of soft drinks and tea as well.
Ample seats around too. There was never a need to flight for space.