The Ascott Marunouchi is just a quick 10 minute walk from Tokyo Station, one of the main termini for the Narita Express. The hotel actually occupies the 22nd to 29th floors of the Otemachi highrise building in a very busy business district. I chose to stay here after my plan to stay at an AirBnB fell apart after the host sent me an email with a ridiculous list of rules. Among them being I couldn’t bring luggage to the apartment during check in because the host legally was not allowed to operate the AirBNB in the neighborhood. It was probably the most semi-shady thing I heard about in Japan.
Walking down the street the hotel and its secluded driveway can easily be missed with its shrouded leaf wall and trees. The hotel is actually right next to the Otemachi subway station, making it conveniently located for access to most of the Tokyo area.
The hotel lobby itself is actually located on the 22nd floor of the hotel and really is all about understated elegance as is the case with the accommodations. The ground floor does have a bell desk, but I rarely saw anyone stationed there throughout the 4 nights I stayed here. Just for full disclosure: I paid for this hotel using the Citi Prestige Card using the fourth night free benefit. I don’t recall the price I paid, but it wasn’t the cheapest accommodation I’ve ever stayed in
Check in was a swift affair with it being completed as soon as my dad presented his Citi Prestige card. I explored the adjacent sunroom to take a look at the views. Apparently if it were a clear day you should be able to see Mt. Fuji in the distance.
The Two Bedroom Deluxe Apartment:
We booked a two bedroom deluxe apartment and it ended up being on the 27th floor of the building with some awesome (but not photogenic) views of Tokyo. The apartment is extremely spacious by Tokyo standards (by any standards actually) and certainly made it feel more like home.
Here is the floor plan for the apartment:
The apartment featured a bedroom with a king sized bed near the entrance and a large full bathroom with a walk-in shower across from it (not attached).
The kitchen had RO water(drinking water) and was stocked with everything you could possibly need to cook meals. Do be aware that the stove requires induction pans to work so if you bring your own pots or pans, they won’t work.
Off the living room was the master bedroom with a desk, large LCD television, and king sized bed. Needless to say everything looked and was in immaculate condition.
Attached to the Master Bedroom was a large master bath featuring a large walk-shower, bath tub, closet space (not pictured), and single vanity.
It was raining in Tokyo for one of the days we were there so I decided to get a workout at the gym. There is only so much exercise you can get roaming Tokyo Station or walking in the pouring Tokyo rain. The gym and indoor infinity pool are located adjacent to the lobby and feature views of adjacent skyscrapers.
The locker room and shower room were in ridiculously clean and I guess you can shower here if the ones upstairs are being used? Anyway sarcasm aside it was a really nice space and hardly anyone was there using it.
The pool was also extremely well designed and certainly a nice place to soak in the views, but I didn’t use it because it wasn’t a lap pool.
As I said the hotel is located right next to the Otemachi station and has easy access to much of central Tokyo. My favorite area has to be Ginza. I can’t think of a more brightly lit up street outside New York.
The Ascott Marunouchi is located right across the street from the Imperial Palace in Tokyo so there is no short list of places to visit nearby. The annoying part about the hotel is that there is no supermarket adjacent to the hotel so your options are pretty limited. when it comes to grocery shopping. There is a 7-Eleven across the street though, which stocks the basic necessities as well as tons of food and drink options.
I often wonder as I walk these streets whether I could literally eat off of them. I mean I couldn’t spot a single cigarette butt, soda can, or anything anywhere in the vicinity.
The Ascott Marunouchi is one of the finest serviced apartments I’ve ever seen in terms of amenities, location, and sheer quality. I also should say that I absolutely love the signature scent they have everywhere in the hotel if that is actually a thing across their brand. I would comment about the service at the hotel, but it was pretty much nonexistent, but in a good way. We never really needed any sort of help from the staff because every aspect of the hotel was already geared to what we needed. With that being said, I have one comment to make: why does the hotel need a bell desk when there is hardly anyone there? We didn’t need help with our luggage, but I can see how people would normally expect that of a serviced apartment hotel of this caliber.
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