Travelog Part Four
Michael Taylor is flown to Tokyo, Japan, by ANA InterContinental Tokyo, where he spends two nights as part of a press trip of journalists and travel writers from Hong Kong. Day two: a tour of the hotel followed by Michael's verdict.
Location, Location, and Location
The hotel is located in Tokyo's stylish Roppongi district, one of the Japanese capital's most important commercial centres. Many foreign countries have their embassies there. It is also one of the city's top spots for nightlife.
Talk about location, location, and location!
There is a shopping arcade, a business centre, a health club, a clinic, an outdoor swimming pool, and several food and beverage outlets. The hotel is a one minute walk to two subway stations. Two other stations can be reached on foot in less than 10 minutes.
Targeted at business travelers, the hotel has extensive MICE facilities including banquet rooms of various sizes. Various kinds of team building activities can be arranged.
Having said that, a significant amount of the hotel's clientele are leisure travelers, who appreciate its proximity to subway stations and some of Tokyo's top tourist attractions. The Imperial Palace, for example, is just a short walk from the hotel.
A five star hotel, the ANA InterContinental Tokyo has 844 guest rooms and suites, running from affordable to luxurious.
Unlike most hotels in the four and five star range, the hotel does not have a dedicated club floor. Instead, all guests – even those staying in "entry level rooms" – can gain access to the Executive Club by paying a daily surcharge.
And what an executive lounge it is! At approximately 600 square metres, it is the largest executive lounge in Japan. It is also among the most stylish. Dramatically lit at night, it has the feel more of an exclusive private club than an executive lounge.
The hotel falls into the "something for everyone" category. There are hundreds of comfortable rooms that are very affordable by Japanese standards, but you'll have to book early because they are very popular with budget minded travelers.
But those with deeper pockets won't be disappointed by the higher priced rooms, which are more spacious and feature more luxurious amenities. Those wanting to experience a slice of Japanese life should consider one of the tatami suites.
With 11 food and beverage outlets, you won't go hungry – or thirsty – at the hotel. The hotel has excellent conference facilities, and its professional MICE and concierge teams will ensure that your every whim is met – and kept within your budget.
I was fascinated by the hotel's executive lounge concept, which allows all guests to gain access by paying a daily surcharge rather than factoring this into the price of the room.
Let's face it. Not everyone staying in a suite needs access to an executive lounge. And some people happy with entry level accommodation would appreciate having access to the facilties and amenities that an executive lounge offers.
This sounds like an idea whose time has come.
Recreational facilities include a spa, a fitness centre, and an outdoor swimming pool – a rariety in the Japanese capital. I hope that my next stay at the hotel coincides with warmer weather so that I can take advantage of that outdoor pool!
To Be Continued
This is the fourth in a series.
Your Response Wanted!
Have you ever been to Tokyo? Would you recommend it as a travel destination? Why or why not?
Please post your comments in the comment box below. Better yet, please post them on Facebook at the following link: Accidental Travel Writer on Facebook. And don't forget to LIKE us while you're there!