Traveling to Tokyo is strain enough from the United States, the long plane ride and crossing the International Date Line might wear on your body. Now you have to hope that you picked the right hotel in a foreign country rolling the dice with hotels in not always fun.
Holiday Inn Tobu Narita – www.holidayinntobunarita.com . This is a great place to spend your first night in Japan if you arrive at the Narita airport. By this time you have been on the plane for hours, the crossing the dateline has taken a bit out of you. My advice is to stay here one night; it will help you get your bearings, a good night sleep and something besides airport or airplane food. It is not anything to write home about, but the location with a free shuttle to and from the airport makes it the perfect place to stay on your fight in or out of Tokyo/Narita. $100 – $150 per night on Hotels.com.
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo – www.starwoodhotels.com . From the outside this Sheraton does not look like it would measure but the inside is modern with grand lobby that is great for sitting reading a newspaper or planning your daily actives. The location in mainly residential but the Hotel provides a shuttle to a busy shopping area with a stop for theTokyo Metro located in large shopping center. Breakfast can be included with your rates, but my advice is to check some of the local morning hotspots only a short walk away. Rates on average on Sheraton website $167.00 Dollars (base on current conversion rates)
Hotel Monterey Akasaka – www.hotelmonterey.co.jp . Part of the Hotel Monterey Company, LTD, with properties in many parts of Japan, the Monterey Akasaka is hidden gem. Located in a local restaurant & shopping area, this boutique business hotel is a great value in the over priced downtown Tokyo hotel seen. With a short walk to the Tokyo Metro and across the street from a Temple with only 196 rooms is the best place to stretch your Dollar. Semi Double rooms starting at $138 US Dollars for during the week, www.agoda.com offers early booking discount that can save you over 30% on this hotel.
No matter where you stay in Tokyo or the surrounding area remember a few things that the hotel rooms in Japan are much smaller the what we are used to in the United states & the location of the hotel is really importation because taxi prices are extremely high in the downtown Tokyo area. My advice would be to stay near a Tokyo Metro stop this will be able to take you almost anywhere in the city. Enjoy your trip, the culture and make sure to try the food.