Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo
THE HOTEL: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa is conveniently located within walking distance of Tokyo's Shinagawa Station – a central transport hub for the city. Haneda airport can be reached in around 15 minutes from the hotel.
THE CHECK-IN: Following a long night flight and a train ride from Tokyo Narita airport, the hotel staff were gratifyingly efficient. The reception was large and airy, with relaxed seating, and is a welcome retreat from the bustle of the city. Staff took my bags to my room and the entire process was swift.
THE ROOM: I had a comfortable Superior Modern King Room. Every room in the hotel has a balcony, while my room also featured a large double bed, desk and chair. It was carpeted and tastefully decorated and had a TV with pay-per-view options and free high-speed internet access. The bathroom had a shower and bathtub. Note that smoking is permitted in some guest rooms and certain areas of the hotel.
THE BUSINESS: Meetings and events facilities include the International Convention Center Pamir, two grand ballrooms, the Hilten Main Banquet Hall, as well as several medium-sized banquet rooms and halls.
THE FACILITIES: The hotel has a wide variety of dining options, including the Shimizu Japanese restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, café and the main Asama bar. The hotel features a sky pool on the roof of the lobby and a Diamond Pool, located in the hotel’s Japanese garden. The New Takanawa Lounge provides access to a coin-operated computer, printer, photocopier and fax machine. There is also an ATM and convenience shop on site.
THE VERDICT: The hotel is situated in a terrific location, with plenty of good facilities on offer for business travellers. A short walk to Shinagawa station provides access to Tokyo’s major hubs. There are a large number of room types available to guests, and the exclusive club floors offer various suites. My room was perfectly quiet and the hotel as a whole is a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
THE DETAILS: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-8612, Japan. Rates for a Superior Modern King Room start from around £84.67 per person, per night, not including breakfast. See www.princehotels.com for more information.
Reviewed by Benjamin Coren (2016)