Tokyo Hotels on Any Budget

Private banker and a regular traveller to Japan, Joe Batchelor gives his three favourite Tokyo hotels, from luxury to hidden gem.

The Budget Option

If you want the best location in Tokyo for the absurd price of US$100, the Rainbow Hotel in Uneo is the business hotel for you. It’s not the prettiest place in the world but it’s functional; you sleep well, the staff bend over backwards to help and breakfast is included. As for location, I think it’s the best secret Tokyo hotel the city has; you’re in Ueno Park, giving you super jogging, cherry blossoms, and close proximity to museums and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Ueno market is charming and the area is bursting with quirky restaurants. You are literally sitting on the best station in Tokyo with bullet train access to anywhere, Yamamoto line to Akihabara, Tokyo, Ginza in five minutes and Narita in 30. A convenience gem! Rainbow Hotel, 2 Chome-13-1 Ueno, Tokyo; Tel: +81 3 3833 7716

The Middle Roader

The Prince Park Tower, a member of Preferred Hotels, sits just behind Roppongi and in Tokyo location is everything. A ten-minute stroll and you’re shopping in Roppongi Hills or having a cocktail at a popular spot like Gas Panic in Roppongi. You really feel as if you’re not in Tokyo however, because the hotel sits in the middle of a beautiful green park, which is great for a morning run in the shadows of iconic Tokyo Tower. The city would not allow this space to be wasted. Below the park sits the most extraordinary suite of facilities – bowling, beauty treatments, spas, fitness, hot springs, wedding and conference rooms – that you can find anywhere in Tokyo. The Sky Lounge, as well as French, steak and sushi restaurants, meaning that even if you’re feeling lazy you’re not missing out on world class cuisine. The Prince Park Tower, 4-8-1 Shibakoen Minato, Tokyo; Tel: +81 3 5400 1111 

The Luxury Solution

I love the Mandarin Oriental in Nihonbashi because you always know what you’re getting service wise; this is the best Tokyo hotel hands down. The Mandarin in Hong Kong is my second home, so I feel bad being disloyal, but Tokyo takes the service quality to a new level. With an elevated reception, you check-in looking at Mt Fuji and a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city. A beautiful spa, award-winning restaurants, unbeatable service; it’s simply fantastic. Imperial Gardens and Tokyo station is a five minutes’ walk away, with access to everywhere. Unbeatable if the company is paying! Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Tel: +81 3 3270 8800

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About the Author

Joe Batchelor

British-born Joe Batchelor has worked in the finance industry in Asia for 18 years, having lived in Hong Kong, China, Indonesia and Japan. He travels regularly throughout the region and loves golf and a good deal.