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Hotel Grand Prince Takanawa Hotel 5 star
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3-13-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo Tokyo, Japan -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

It's not the size of this ochre brown building located at the heart of the Shinagawa district that impresses, but rather that it is a lovely place surrounded by gardens, cherry trees and manicured lawns. It is also not overly large. Its kitsch side actually adds to its charm. The only real reasons you need to stay here are that you will be very comfortable and the rates are very reasonable for a hotel in this category. Another reason for visiting it.

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    Location 4.54 /10

    It's not the size of this ochre brown building located at the heart of the Shinagawa district that impresses, but rather that it is a lovely place surrounded by gardens, cherry trees and manicured lawns. It is also not overly large. Its kitsch side actually adds to its charm. The only real reasons you need to stay here are that you will be very comfortable and the rates are very reasonable for this category. Another reason for visiting it.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 350 guest rooms spread over 15 floors are quite spacious with their 32m², which is exceptional in Tokyo where this number typically corresponds to a 2-bedroom flat. We won't waste time talking about the decor, which couldn't be more traditional. Let's say a Japanese-style Holiday Inn, without any bad surprises. The pleasant surprises are found in the amenities: a safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, combs and kimonos (in their summer version, which the Japanese call 'yukatas'), as well as a top of the line television and air-conditioning of course. The bathroom is relatively small but does include a bathtub, not to mention a Japanese-style toilet with a heated seat, several buttons, and water jets that spray in all directions. It takes some time to figure it all out but once you do you'll really enjoy it. No adjoining rooms We recommend you ask for a room with a view of the garden.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    An oasis of calm at the heart of the Tokyo metropolis, the Grand Prince shares this garden with the Sakura Tower and the New Takanawa, which belong to the same chain. Guests can thus use the facilities and dine/have a drink at the restaurants and bars in the neighbouring hotels. There is nothing really interesting about the reception, other than that it is rather big and full of armchairs and sofas where you can check your e-mail thanks to the free Wi-Fi. Bellboys dressed as Spirou will welcome you and take your luggage up to your room without expecting a tip. The custom of tipping hasn't yet arrived in Japan. The style is a little ornate, with a rococo decor that the Japanese were big fans of in the 1980s. It's all a little kitsch but also somewhat European, which may be reassuring for those looking for a bit of familiarity. The hotel has a swimming pool that is open in the warmer months (May to September) and a hairdresser available all year round.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Breakfast is served as a buffet in a room decorated like the Trianon (a small château located on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles) and even goes by this name. The steak house can be found in the garden shared by the 3 hotels. There is also a tempura restaurant, a sushi restaurant and a tea house, plus a bar with a terrace looking onto the lovely garden. Finally, a grocer's shop in the basement means that those in a hurry can get something on the run, not to mention the many vending machines that, in Japan, are never out of order.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

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    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

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    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

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