Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu 渋谷エクセルホテル東急: Why This is the Best Value Hotel in Tokyo
In a city made famous by the film “Lost in Translation”, booking the right hotel is perhaps the most important decision you can ever make. Forget about being lost in a nutshell, but finding trinkets, underground sushi shops and depachika’s can lead to a worst traveller’s nightmare when visiting Tokyo for the first time. If there’s any valuable tip I’ll leave to ambitious Tokyo travellers, Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu is my best kept secret.
Situated in the heart of the Shibuya crossing,
Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu is part of the Tokyu Hotel Group founded in early 2001, that brings comfort and luxury to travellers without sacrificing the foundations of a good hotel. Awarded by TripAdvisor with a Certificate of Excellence in 2014, Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu is one of the most recommended hotels recommended by seasoned tourists, with around 408 rooms that rise 25 stories above the Shibuya Mark City.
At Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu, hotel guests would experience hassle free check-in, coupled with perhaps Tokyo’s most hospitable hotel personnel. During peak seasons of Hanami and Koyo, this four-star hotel offering value for money facilities can get fully booked in no time. Complete with complimentary Wi-Fi access, high speed LAN, smartphone chargers, and purifier, Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu embodies a modern hotel catering to the mobile tourist. Complimentary breakfast coupons are served as an option to your booking. I chanced upon the hotel’s gracious handling of delays in giving me a room, and a nice complimentary breakfast coupon was alleviating.
The hotel’s Restaurant A Bientot delivers exceptional French and continental buffet for breakfast, the options of poached egg and tossed greens giving a healthy start to your morning. However when in Tokyo, a breakfast set of steamed rice, miso soup, grilled Aji (dried horse mackerel), tamagoyaki and tsukemono shouldn’t be missed at Shunsai. Whisking a cup of natto or fermented soybeans is quite an experience to enjoy. After a long day of shopping, sipping a cup of coffee at Estacion Lounge is the most convenient way to unwind. But head up to the 24th floor and you’ll see there is more to Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu than being the conventional hotel.
Did you know that taking photos of pedestrians in Shibuya crossing at the popular Starbucks shop in Tsutaya is not allowed? As a hotel guest of the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu, the Shibuya crossing is at your disposal. Whether you’re watching soccer players atop Tokyu Plaza, or notice the large crowds getting out of the Hachiko Exit during rush hour, the place is magical and only at Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu can you find the best venue to capture the world’s busiest intersection whenever you please.
As it is situated in the heart of the crossing, Seibu, Shibuya 109 Men, and Shibuya Hikarie malls are all accessible by foot within a couple of minutes. The central district of Shibuya doesn’t fall short of the gastronomic choices from Coco Ichibanya to Ippudo, Ichiran, and even Sukiya and Yoshinoya chains. Whatever your stomach desires is all within a foot away from Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu.
Although the hotel might not be fit for solo backpackers, Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu is a great hotel choice for families, especially those traveling with children. During the cherry blossom season, room rates can range from $200 to $250 per night for four people staying in a room, but travelers might find the rooms cheaper on other days. Booking as early as you can is the ultimate rule of thumb.
While cheaper alternatives may be surrounding Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu, it is one of the three hotels where the Airport Limousine bus alight and can take you to either Narita Airport or Haneda Airport. Enlisting on the limousine bus is a more convenient way of heading to the airport without having to drag your trolleys aboard the Narita Express train, and is more advisable especially for those traveling with children.
If Hong Kong has the Pullman Hotel, a stone’s throw away from the Causeway Bay MTR station, Tokyo has the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu. After a day’s worth of shopping in Shibuya, there’s no better place to rest your tired feet and relax than at a hotel that puts convenience and accessibility on first gear.
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