At this point in history an affordable, stylish city-center boutique shouldn’t really be a novelty. But in Tokyo it still is. Here you’ll find some of the finest high-luxury accommodation in the world, as well as a plentiful supply of average and below-average business hotels. But places like the Granbell are out to change that, one hotel at a time — first in Shibuya, and now in Akasaka as well.
It’s located in a fairly typical high-rise building, but this is Tokyo, and that’s what you get. Inside, though, it’s quite a bit more inspiring, projecting a sedate and somewhat grown-up image — the Granbell’s idea of design is closer to chocolate-and-cream luxury than to eye-popping graphic hip. As with the Shibuya location, the Granbell Akasaka begins with some very compact and affordable single rooms, and moves up to suites that are much more substantial — still just this side of enormous, but exceedingly comfortable all the same.
Once you move up the scale you’re in the same bracket as Tokyo’s classic business hotels — the value here is probably in the more affordable end of things. But either way it’s hard to fault the Granbell’s style, not to mention the location; Ginza, Shibuya, Shinjuku and Aoyama are all within easy reach.
From Narita Airport - approximately 70 minutes.
From Haneda Airport - approximately 50 minutes.
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