Tokyo’s Top Hotel Chains: Quality Rooms That Won't Bust Your Budget!

Tokyo’s Top Hotel Chains: Quality Rooms That Won't Bust Your Budget!

Update: 21 December 2017

Business hotels are known for their reasonable prices, excellent access, and good service. Many visitors to Tokyo choose to stay at such hotels to save their budget for food and sightseeing. Even though weekends and holidays may cause spiking prices, booking at the right time will result in big discounts and unbelievably low prices, even right in the heart of Tokyo.
To make navigating Japan’s business hotels easier, we have compiled the major chains that can be found all across the country and listed their features, pros, and prices.

Toyoko Inn

Toyoko Inn

Toyoko Inn is a chain of basic business hotels that was created under the motto of “the modern version of station ryokan,” referring to traditional Japanese guesthouses right next to train and postal stations. Of about 260 Toyoko Inn hotels all across Japan, 39 alone are in Tokyo, with 5 in the Asakusa / Ueno area, 10 around Tokyo Station and Nihonbashi, and a lot more scattered around major stations and sightseeing areas. As the motto suggests, every Toyoko Inn boasts great access, always close to a train station or airport, and offers a free shuttle bus service for its guests.

■ Price
Single: from 7,300 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
from 7,800 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays
Twin (price for two people): from 10,300 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
from 11,000 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays

■ Major Areas
Akihabara
Ueno
Asakusa
Tokyo Station
Ikebukuro
Shinjuku
Shinagawa

■ Breakfast
Toyoko Inn is famous for serving a simple breakfast for free.
Includes bread, onigiri rice balls, miso soup, coffee, and more. The contents of the breakfast may vary by location. We especially recommend the delicious onigiri. Some hotels serve bread from nearby bakeries, others bake it in the hotel kitchen.

■Wi-Fi
Free

■Features
1) All rooms are equipped with a humidifier and a trouser press. The bed in the single rooms is “double” size (150cm × 203cm).
2) The lobby has a free water server and ice dispenser.
3) A free shuttle bus to and from the main stations, airports, and other facilities is available. Toyoko Inn Tozai Line Nishikasai even offers a shuttle bus to Tokyo Disney Resort and Big Sight.
4) The Tokoyo Inn Club Card Membership (1,500 yen entry free) grants you benefit such as early check-in and booking up to 6 months in advance.
5) Toyoko Inn Shinagawa Port South Gate Tennozu Isle features a free sauna.

APA Hotel

APA Hotel

The APA Group operates about 170 urban-type business hotels all around Japan, in addition to 147 partner hotels. The 51 locations in Tokyo cover all major areas, such as Ginza, Roppongi, and Asakusa, but also quieter spots like Tsukiji, Kiba, and Sugamo. Each hotel offers an average of 152 rooms (with an astonishing 55,793 rooms being available in total as of August 2017), so APA Hotels are a good choice even during busy seasons. The APA Card Membership is available for free and grants various extra services, such as early check-in and discounts.

■ Price
Single: from 8,900 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
from 13,900 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays
Twin (price for two people): from 19,000 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
from 23,000 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays

■ Major Areas
Akihabara
Ueno
Asakusa
Tokyo Station
Roppongi
Ikebukuro
Shinjuku
Shinagawa

■ Breakfast
APA Hotels offer breakfast for an extra fee.
At certain locations, “The Premium Breakfast,” is available, a Japanese- and Western-style buffet with a rich selection that nets you 10 APA points. If you book it in advance, the price is 200 yen off. A public “restaurant breakfast ranking” can be checked on the official website at all times.

■ Wi-Fi
Free (in every room and in the lobby)

■ Features
1) The “Web Discount” is available on the official homepage, always letting you book with the best rates if you fulfill certain requirements.
2) The beds are an original creation called “Cloud Fit,” developed together with the US-based company Sealy.
3) Sometimes, sampling promotions are held, equipping the hotel rooms with various sample items.
4) There are large LCD TVs in almost every room.
5) The APA Member’s Club can be joined entirely for free and offers many benefits, including speed check-in and the industry’s best cash return rate. Usually, the goal of the card is to gather points, but you can opt for the famous APA Curry instead.

Dormy Inn

Dormy Inn

This hotel chain puts great emphasis on bathing and gourmet. Dormy Inn features natural hot spring public baths at 44 of its 67 locations throughout Japan. Eight of them are in Tokyo and six even have an outdoor bath to relax in. The hotel chain’s breakfast is called “Too Tasty Dormy Breakfast” and is carefully prepared with local ingredients.

■ Price
Single: from 11,000 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
From 13,090 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays
Semi-double (price for one person): from 7,595 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
from 7,595 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays

■ Major Areas
Shibuya
Akihabara
Asakusa
Ueno

■ Breakfast
Breakfast available for an extra fee.
Dormy Inn is well-known for serving delicious local specialties for breakfast. The Akihabara location tickles your taste buds with an Edo-style set menu, Ueno serves Kanto-style oden, and Kanda offers local cuisine with soba and fried tempura. The price ranges between 1,200 and 1,500 yen.

■ Wi-Fi
Free

■ Features
1) The natural hot spring baths are one of the biggest characteristics of Dormy Inn hotels.
2) “Yonaki soba” is provided for free, depending on the time and volume. At five locations throughout Japan, the first 30 guests get to enjoy dinner service.
3) Airweave and Simmons beds are available at some hotels.
4) Dormy Inn Gotanda features “Global Cabin,” the luxury version of Japan’s characteristic capsule hotels. Free smoothies are available in the morning as well.
5) Dormy Inn offers long-term stay plans. They’re available from 4,500 yen per day (per person) on a weekly and monthly base. Laundry is free, a cleaning service included, and free rental of various long-term goods is also possible.

Yonaki Soba

Hotel Sunroute

Hotel Sunroute

This chain operates 71 Hotel Sunroute locations across Japan with a focus on both business and leisure. They offer attentive, warm service and space for events such as conferences, banquets, and weddings. Hotel Sunroute has pledged to five features, making them the chain’s main strengths: convenience of access, hospitality, membership system, women-only rooms, and ecology.

■ Price
Single: from 4,980 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
from 6,800 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays
Twin (price for two people): from 9,880 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
from 19,600 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays

■ Major Areas
Ueno
Asakusa
Ginza
Shinbashi
Ariake
Shinagawa
Shinjuku

■ Breakfast
While the breakfast itself varies by store, it is usually provided by a restaurant directly inside the hotel. Sunroute Hotels offer a variety of special deals, such as free breakfast if the age of two people staying in the same room is over 100, kids’ plates for free, special summer breakfast for free, and so on. Certain hotels even offer contemporary French cuisine or 24-hour family restaurants.

■ Wi-Fi
Varies by location. Rental pocket Wi-Fi available at some hotels.

■ Features
1) The “Ladies’ Plan” features free face masks, bath salts, and three DHC Cosmetics articles. Certain locations even offer massage cushions and aromatized air humidifiers.
2) Sleep blissfully well in Simmons’s bedding, available some Sunroute hotels.
3) Every room comes with deodorizer, a washlet, and a bath salt present.
4) Hotel Sunroute Ginza’s rooms are equipped with air purifiers with humidifying function.

Super Hotel

Super Hotel

The Super Hotel chain operates 121 locations all around Japan, with 77 hotels offering hot springs or public baths to freely enjoy. Especially the free breakfast service is great at Super Hotels, prepared with organic vegetables and low-pesticide rice. The automated check-in via a special terminal is also easy and convenient. One of the big draws of Super Hotel is the many extra options regarding sleep, such as soundproof rooms and special pillows.

■ Price
Single: from 6,600 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
From 11,090 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays
Twin (price for two people): from 8,000 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
from 15,600 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays

■ Major Areas
Akihabara
Ueno
Asakusa
Tokyo Station
Shinbashi
Roppongi
Shinjuku
Ikebukuro
Shinagawa

■ Breakfast
Free breakfast (except for certain stores).
There are two types of breakfast available at Super Hotel. The “healthy breakfast,” including rice, miso soup, salad, and side dishes, everything made with local and organic ingredients with a special focus on seasons and regional delicacies. The other option is the “freshly baked breakfast,” serving baked delicacies such as croissants and bread alongside rice porridge, yogurt, eggs, and more.

■ Wi-Fi
Free

■ Features
1) The two free breakfast choices are amazing.
2) Automatic check-in and check-out make for a convenient experience. Check-in is possible until midnight.
3) There are various discounts and services for students and seniors, both Japanese and international. Junior high students, high school students, college students, vocational school students, and graduate students can make use of a special discount if they show their student ID. Seniors of 60 years or older simply need to prove their age via their passport to get up to 20%!
4) The pillow can be freely chosen from 8 different kinds in regard to hardness, height, and material.

Smile Hotel

Smile Hotel

As the name suggests, this business hotel chain is all about making their guests smile by providing relaxation, cleanliness, and safety. Smile Hotels has 42 locations all over Japan, mainly in sightseeing areas, and 6 hotels in Tokyo. The characteristics and feature differ by location and the company offers various plans tailored to the specifics of every hotel. Smile Hotels are known for being close to Japan’s skiing areas, so winter sports tourists should keep an eye open for them.

■ Price
Single: from 6,400 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
from 7,900 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays
Twin (price for two people): from 10,900 yen on weekdays and Sundays;
from 11,300 yen on Saturdays and the day before holidays

■ Major Areas
Nihonbashi
Asagaya
Tama
Asakusa
Sugamo

■ Breakfast
Both paid and free breakfast is available.
The menu varies by location, some offer Western-style breakfast and some Japanese-style. Especially recommended are the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi and Sugamo hotels, where a Minami-Boso Japanese-style breakfast will tickle your taste buds with delicacies from the city in nearby Chiba.

■ Wi-Fi
Free

■ Features
1) A Card Members get a 10% discount on their rooms. This card is applicable to over 400 hotels all over Japan and has no annual fee.
2) If you book via the official homepage, a one-hour extension of your stay is free of charge.
3) Delivery, copy machines, and fax machines are available around the clock (for a fee), hand towels are offered upon check-in, and certain hotels offer coin laundry.

※The information given in this article may be subject to change.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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