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Hotel The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo Hotel 4 star
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26-32Fl. Shinagawa East One Tower 2-16-1 Konan, Minato-ku Tokio 108-8282 Tokyo, Japan -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

It's not what you think: there are no Japanese women in tiny bikinis ready to welcome guests. 'Strings' refers to actual string, of course. In this case it refers more specifically to the strings of a musical instrument, a balance of tension and relaxation. The architect was instructed to create a calming environment: mission accomplished. The renovation works carried out in 2008 on this old hotel have been a model of perfection, even if you won't come across many Japanese at the Strings, seeing as the hotel is mostly popular with Western tourists. Part of the excellent Intercontinental chain, the hotel has a yield policy (optimising prices) that will often get you a great deal in Tokyo.

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    Location 3.92 /10

    The hotel is located next door to the Shinagawa train station, with the Shinkansen bullet trains providing connections to Kyoto in the south and Hokkaido in the north, and the Yamanote underground line which links Tokyo's major tourist areas. Shinjuku is the furthest away at 20 minutes, with Shibuya just 12 minutes away. Limousine Buses run between the airports and the hotel.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The guest rooms are a good size for the city at 32m2. The rooms are bright, and feature a modern and soothing decor with mahogany bed heads, natural wood furniture, brown carpets and greige wallpaper (grey-beige). The American-style Intercontinental hotel beds are particularly comfortable, and the desk also serves as a dressing table if you lift the shelf. Internet access is free, but via a cable rather than wireless. With a mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities, an ironing board, iron (very handy) and trouser press (it just adds more creases!) all provided, the amenities are all there. A large window that doesn't open affords a breathtaking view of either the city or Tokyo Bay (the better option as you don't get the noise from the train station). The bathrooms are big compared to the bedrooms and the norm in Japan. The mix of wooden floor and stone is superb. The bathrooms are fitted with a bath tub, shower and Japanese-style toilets, which are not separate. A multitude of complimentary toiletries are provided, including a lightweight yukata bathrobe. These guest rooms are available with one or two beds, although there are no adjoining rooms. The upper two floors are in penthouse-style: basically the hotel charges extra for them.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    As is often the case in Japan, reception is upstairs: on the 26th floor to be precise. Above it, the 209 guest rooms are spread over a 6-floor atrium. The lobby is the hotel's nerve centre, where you'll find restaurants, the bar and the remarkably well equipped business centre. Guests will be suitably impressed by both the splendid ikebana arrangement in the middle of the lobby and the glass bridge crossing the stream that leads to the restaurant. The fitness centre offers a commanding view of Tokyo. That combined with the possibility of hiring sports wear if necessary means that there's no excuse for missing a workout.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    All this is on the lobby floor, as well as The Dining Room restaurant, where the rather expensive buffet breakfast (£17), lunch and dinner are served. There are numerous coffee shops in the surrounding area, and in terms of restaurants, Tokyo is one huge food court! In addition to The Dining Room, there is also a Cantonese restaurant with a stunning view of Tokyo.

    Equipment

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

      keep fit, sauna, massage, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, golf, sports, gym

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    • Meeting room

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