So it's not cheap, but Intercontis rarely are (although this is one of the more expensive Incontis I've stayed in).
But the hotel fights to be completely worth it at every turn:
1) the views are lovely
2) the restaurant (although pricey, especially the Chinese places wine list) is excellent, had the spring rolls followed by the spicy fried shrimp...yum yum yum
3) the staff are perfect
4) the work out area is smallish, but the running machines provide unbeatable views whilst running 26 stories above the city...on a clear day, I could see Mt Fugi
5) there was a small question of pricing for a night extension, and the hotel handled it immediately and seamlessly without discussion (high five to the front desk manager!)
6) Dean&Deluca downstairs in the base of the building was a nice surprise;)
7)Wifi worked great, and my MacBook Air was grateful (as was my girlfriend for the steady Skype connection)
8) But my biggest compliment goes to Ben (Johnson?). I work in the industry, and have known a lot of concierges in my 10 years in tourism. He's one of the best I've dealt with, certainly the best so far in Japan. If someone else is working the concierge desk, ask them when Ben is coming back on and wait to mine him for data. The man is a knowledge machine, and must secretly read minds to know exactly what to recommend to set you on your way. Never a moments feeling he'd sell us on for any sort of commission, no sponsored leaflets being handed out. The guy was 100% correct, and gave recommendations based on experience and heart. Get him to mark up a map for you, and cherish his advice. His help made us decide to extend our stay another night. Three cheers for Ben.
1) It's a little south of where you want to be, but with terrific train connection
2) the chinese restaurant staff don't speak English, but the menus are in English, so not an issue
3) The exchange rate at the hotel isn't good, but once again Ben came through and recommended a bank on the 2nd floor which had a superb exchange rate, best we'd had yet
So...if you can afford it, stay here....room 2810 had good views, but I'd heard some rooms a little higher might have been sweeter...I'd certainly stay here again, and would recommended it to any friend with the budget to do so as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo is an island of calm amid the swirl of a fast-paced business district. Tokyo Conference Center, Shinagawa, is right here, and a sheltered walkway leads to nearby Shinagawa Station. The Sengakuji Temple, Shinagawa Aquarium, the Tsukiji fish market and the shops in Shibuya offer glimpses of local lifestyles and culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Strings By Intercontinental Tokyo Hotel Minato
- Intercontinental Hotel Minato
- The Strings By InterContinental Tokyo Japan